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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2013
australia: the education destination 25 24 australia: the education destination many international students find that Australia has a different academic culture from their own countries. to prepare international students for university, Australia offers foundation studies. Foundation studies are also known as pre-university courses or tertiary preparation programs. If you do not meet the entry requirements for a bachelor degree, you may be able to complete a foundation course first and then progress into university. Most foundation courses offer guaranteed entry to a specific university when you meet the course requirements. Generally, students will need to have an overall IELTS score of 5.5 or above. If you are below these English language requirements, then you can undertake an ELIcoS course before starting your foundation studies. You will also receive English language support during your foundation program. Through a foundation studies program, you will become familiar with the Australian academic culture and gain the skills for successful study at the bachelor degree level. ‘ ’ PatHWaY to uniVErsitY Foundation studies prepare international students for university. They can provide an alternative entry if you do not meet the requirements for an Australian bachelor degree. most universities and vocational institutes provide these support services: • an international office to help students adjust to Australia • study skills programs for success in the Australian academic system • English language tuition to improve speaking or writing skills • an accommodation office to help find an appropriate place to live or flatmates • job and careers service to assist students in finding part-time work or a future career path • social activities for international students to meet others • on-campus medical centres, banks and bookshops • clubs and societies on campus for sports, hobbies, cultural and religious groups. The international office has many support services to help overseas students settle into their new environment in Australia. uniVErsitY suPPort serVices Universities and vocational institutes help their international students adapt to Australia and the new learning environment. ‘ ’ prepAring you For university studies The programs are generally from six months to one year, and you study at either a university, vocational institute or college. You study a stream relevant to your planned bachelor degree. For example, the types of streams offered may be in: science and engineering; business and finance; and arts and communication. Students are taught by teachers who have a good understanding of the content of the first year of the bachelor degree. You will usually study core subjects, such as English for Tertiary Studies and Information Management, as well as electives related to your stream. The English for Tertiary Studies (Academic English) subject covers topics essential for success at university, including reading, writing and speaking skills such as: reading comprehension; researching and referencing; note taking, academic writing; and presenting to a group. individuAl support Foundation studies programs tend to have small classes and qualified, dedicated teachers who will give you individual support. The teachers help you succeed to take the next step to university. classes are held in a similar format to a university tutorial and you will be given an orientation to the university. Foundation studies programs have commencement dates throughout the year, usually in first semester (February / March) and second semester (July / August). Through a foundation studies program, you will become familiar with the Australian academic culture and gain the skills for successful study at the bachelor degree level. • universityprogrAms
Australia The Education Destination 2012