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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2013
australia: the education destination 75 74 australia: the education destination Queensland is Australia’s second largest State and it ranges from the white sandy beaches of the south east to the tropics of the north, and out to the Great dividing range and sparse landscape of the outback. The capital, Brisbane, is a clean, liveable city with a population of around 1.8 million. Sitting alongside the Brisbane river, the city includes beautiful parks and dedicated pedestrian and bike paths. over 26% of Brisbane’s population was born overseas, making the city culturally diverse. It is an exciting, multicultural city with festivals, events, restaurants, arts and community facilities. QueenslAnd International students enjoy a world-class education in the sunshine state, with its great weather, beautiful beaches and amazing landscapes. International students are studying in institutions across Queensland from the Gold coast in the south to Ipswich and toowoomba in the west, to mackay, townsville and cairns in the north. there is a range of institutions on the Sunshine coast, just north of Brisbane, in the cities and towns of mooloolaba, maroochydore, noosa and nambour. With the Great Barrier reef and ancient rainforests in the north of the State, students have access to fascinating research opportunities. Queensland’s high level of tourism also provides students with the chance to study and participate in a renowned tourist destination. universities And vocAtionAl institutes Queensland has nine world-class universities in the capital, Brisbane, and throughout the State. The Queensland universities are: Australian catholic University; Bond University; cQUniversity; Griffith University; James cook University; Queensland University of Technology; University of Queensland; University of Southern Queensland; and University of the Sunshine coast. All Queensland universities are involved in teaching and research with some featuring in medical breakthroughs and groundbreaking research. The strengths of Queensland universities include fields such as the creative industries, biotechnology, medical research, marine science, environmental science, tourism and hospitality. Queensland has government and private vocational institutes. The government-run TAFE Queensland offers around 800 programs through 100 campuses across the State. Private vocational institutes in Queensland have an array of study options from aviation to information technology to tourism. Studying English in Queensland is a popular choice for international students. Each year, around 23,000 students learn English through a Queensland university, vocational institute or private college. You can study at a range of locations across the State and choose from a variety of courses. outside of class, you have time to enjoy the beautiful sights of Queensland. Brisbane is an exciting, multicultural city with festivals, events, restaurants, arts and community facilities. TOP FIVE 1 Catch a ferry out to one of the many islands in southern Queensland – Stradbroke, Moreton or Fraser Island. 2 Listen to a band or meet with friends at one of Brisbane’s cool, sophisticated bars and cafés. 3 Take a trek into an ancient rainforest and see plants, birds and animals like nowhere else on earth. 4 Combine shopping, dining, nightlife and the beach on the Gold Coast. 5 Attach your snorkel and mask, and discover the wonders underwater of the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage-listed site. FIND OUT MORE study Queensland www.studyqueensland.qld.edu.au Brisbane www.studybrisbane.com.au Images: Tourism Australia and Brisbane Marketing. ‘’ primAry And secondAry schools The Queensland school system is divided into: Primary school (Years 1 to 7); Junior secondary education (Years 8 to 10); and Senior secondary education (Years 11 to 12). Schools have an academic focus supported by co-curricular activities including music, arts and performance and sport. International students can attend government or independent (non-government) schools. living in QueenslAnd Brisbane boasts a wonderfully rich calendar of cultural events and arts, offering everything from musicals to theatre, ballet, opera, concerts and festivals. Brisbane’s warm evenings are perfect for enjoying the diversity of city nightlife. Live music clubs, bars and discos to suit all tastes can be found across the city. The city is known for its outdoor lifestyle with sporting activities and top sports events throughout the year, including international cricket, sailing, water skiing, soccer, rugby league, rugby union, biking and skydiving. Just south of Brisbane, the Gold coast has great beaches, popular nightspots, and many cafés, restaurants and bars. cairns has all the conveniences of a major city but is nestled between the Great Barrier reef and World- Heritage listed rainforests. Townsville is Australia’s largest tropical beachside city, providing outstanding education facilities, a safe, friendly and welcoming lifestyle. Toowoomba, only 90 minutes from Brisbane, is a modern provincial capital, boasting beautiful heritage buildings and gardens and a range of education options for international students across all sectors. With low living costs, rewarding education and a fantastic lifestyle, Queensland is a State of opportunity for the international student. • livinginAustrAliA
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