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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2013
australia: the education destination 83 82 australia: the education destination tourists from around the world visit tasmania for its World Heritage-listed natural environment, wildlife and colonial history. Hobart, tasmania’s capital, with its fine harbour, is the second oldest city in Australia after Sydney. launceston, known as the ‘Garden city’, is the third oldest. Both were founded in the early nineteenth century. The small size of Tasmania means that international students receive personalised, friendly support on campus and they become part of the community. It’s easier to make friends and settle into your ‘Australian home’. Tasmania is famous for its fresh fruit and specialty agricultural products: apples, lavender, farmhouse cheeses, wine – even truffles. other industries range from tourism to aquaculture and every aspect of marine industry and manufacturing. Tasmania is also known as a creative State for its poets and authors, musicians, artists and craftspeople. university And vocAtionAl institutes The University of Tasmania, founded in 1890, caters for over 20,000 students across two campuses in Hobart and Launceston. Around 3000 of these students come from more than 70 countries. The university has around 20 centres of research excellence. Its niche specialties include environmental management and ecotourism, aquaculture and biomedical science. The university also incorporates the Tasmanian conservatorium of Music and the specialised Australian Maritime College. Tasmania has government and private vocational institutes offering hundreds of courses. The Tasmanian Polytechnic, formerly TAFE, offers advanced diploma, diploma and certificate levels, and has an English language division. It also has diploma to degree pathways, qualifying students for university entrance. tAsMAniA International students in Tasmania enjoy friendly, supportive campuses and affordable prices on an island with a beautiful natural environment. TOP FIVE 1 Be astounded by the unique exhibits and the architecture in the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart. 2 Take a bush walk around Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest fresh water lake and a World-Heritage Wilderness area. 3 Listen to music in Salamanca Place in Hobart on Friday nights and enjoy the hip markets there on Saturdays. 4 Go on a ghost tour at Port Arthur and learn about Australia’s convict past. 5 Take a chairlift above Cataract Gorge and enjoy the wilderness just 15 minutes walk from the centre of Launceston. FIND OUT MORE study in tasmania www.studyinTasmania.tas.gov.au English language courses are offered at a range of private colleges, the University of Tasmania and the Polytechnic. Most English language colleges provide student support, social activities and sightseeing trips. primAry And secondAry schools The State has more than 200 government (public) schools, as well as some of the most prestigious independent (private) schools in Australia. Tasmania has the highest proportion of teachers with postgraduate qualifications in Australia and one of the highest in the world. living And Working in tAssie Tasmania’s cost of living is lower than the mainland cities. But Hobart and Launceston are as up-to-date and wired-in as any other city in Australia. This means international students can enjoy a high standard of living in a sophisticated urban place with an affordable cost of living. There are plenty of housing options either on campus or close by. At the university campuses in Hobart and Launceston, suitable accommodation is easy to find, either run by the university or privately owned. Private rental houses, homestay and boarding school accommodation are also available. Students often work part-time at restaurants and cafés, in retail or driving a taxi. Not only does this work provide extra spending money, it’s also a good way to get to know locals and improve your English. Temperatures are cooler than elsewhere in Australia because of the southern location. This weather is perfect for outdoor sports such as whitewater rafting and bushwalking. More cultural pursuits include sightseeing Hobart’s historical buildings or browsing through the arts and crafts market at lively Salamanca Place. There are many cafés, restaurants and shops in Hobart and Launceston. Friendly, relaxed, high quality: if good things come in small packages, then for international students, Tasmania is a very good thing indeed. • The small size of Tasmania means that international students receive personalised, friendly support on campus and they become part of the community. ‘ ’ Images: Tourism Australia and Tourism Tasmania livinginAustrAliA
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