Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +8 hours to +10.5 hours
Climate: Temperate climate
Calling Code: +61
Australia , is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia to the north-east, and New Zealand to the southeast.
For some 40,000 years before European settlement commenced in the late 18th century, the Australian mainland and Tasmania were inhabited by around 250 individual nations of indigenous Australians. After sporadic visits by fishermen from the immediate north, and European discovery by Dutch explorers in 1606, the eastern half of Australia was claimed by the British in 1770 and initially settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales, founded on 26 January 1788. The population grew steadily in the following years; the continent was explored, and during the 19th century another five largely self-governing Crown Colonies were established.
On 1 January 1901, the six colonies became a federation, and the Commonwealth of Australia was formed. Since Federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system and remains a Commonwealth realm. The population is 22 million, with approximately 60% concentrated in and around the mainland state capitals of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. The nation's capital city is Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Territory.
Australia is a developed country, with a prosperous multicultural society and excellent results in many international comparisons of national performance such as human development, quality of life, health care, life expectancy, public education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights. Australian cities routinely rank among the world's highest in terms of cultural offerings and quality of life. It is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, ANZUS, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, South Pacific Forum, and the World Trade Organization.
Australia has an worldwide reputation for excellence in all areas of education and training. Australian universities are well-known for the quality of their teaching and research. One learns from teachers who are experts in their fields and who can provide you with a sound understanding of your chosen field.
Australia’s approach to vocational education and training leads the world in innovation and quality. You will have the prospect to step outside the classroom and practice your skills in real and simulated workplaces. This will give you a genuine advantage over other graduates.
Studying English in Australia will give you the opportunity to use and improve your English every day. Australian English language institutions have excellent facilities which include video facilities, libraries and computer-assisted learning to help you become a fluent English-speaker in no time. You’ll even be able to find a program to meet your specific needs.
Internationally Recognized Qualifications
More than 400,000 international students were enrolled at an Australian education institution in the year 2007. Once you graduate, your qualification will be recognized not just by international employers but also by leading education institutions around the world.
This is because all Australian education qualifications are included under one national system - Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF links school, vocational and university qualifications, making it easier to progress to the next AQF level anywhere in Australia.
The AQF also makes it easy for education institutions in other countries to recognise your qualification. When international employers see it, they know what it stands for: a world class education in a modern, democratic and technologically advanced society.
Australia provides international students with the most rigorous consumer protection in the world. In the year 2000, Australia introduced the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000. ESOS ensures that, in order to enrol international students, institutions must first meet requirements for registration. All institutions which meet registration requirements are listed on the publicly available Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
If an institution doesn’t meet stringent standards for marketing activities, education delivery, facilities and student support services, it isn’t registered. That means it can’t enrol international students.
However, it’s important to note that if you come to Australia on a non-student visa, you won’t have this assurance.
Study & Living Costs
Australia is the perfect place to enjoy a quality education and outstanding quality of life. What makes it even better is that Australia offers excellent value for money, with living expenses and tuition costs comparable to the United Kingdom and Unites States.
Australians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world - without the expensive price tag. An average international student in Australia will spend about A$360 a week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport and telephone. Remember, though, that this figure depends on your location, lifestyle and even your course.
University is the highest level of study in Australia. There are 41 universities in total - 38 public (government funded) and three private. You can study at the undergraduate level (Bachelor degree) or postgraduate level (Graduate Certificate, Diploma, Masters, PhD).
Australian universities develop the skills of their graduates through dynamic learning environments and an emphasis on free-thinking. Technologically advanced facilities and expert teaching staff give students the edge in learning.
Australian universities have high quality courses and exciting research and development programs. Some universities specialise in particular fields or research. To find out more, see Excellence Australia, leading-edge research and business and MBAs.
Australian universities award the following qualifications:
• Bachelor degree
• Bachelor with Honours
• Graduate certificate
• Graduate diploma
• Masters degree (by research or coursework)
• Doctoral degree.
Students receive academic and personal support through the wide range of services. These include orientation programs, academic tutoring programs, English language assistance, cultural and religious associations, sporting clubs and social events.
Technical and Advanced Further Education (TAFE)
Vocational institutions are closely linked with industry, making courses very practical and skill-based. Vocational courses are provided at both the government-funded Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and at private institutions. Some universities also offer vocational courses.
Australia’s vocational education and training programs are known for their practical skills and job-ready approach. You can do a vocational course to begin a career, as a pathway to university or to gain practical skills to advance your career.
Courses have a practical focus and many provide work placements. They are designed together with professional and industry bodies to meet the current needs of the global marketplace.
Vocational institutions offer over a thousand courses in every industry from engineering to computer programming, cookery to hotel management, legal studies to business management.
The vocational institutes are divided into private colleges and government-run TAFE institutes (Technical and Advanced Further Education). Some provide a range of courses while others specialise in one field, such as hospitality or aviation. Courses vary from six months to three years.
The vocational qualifications are listed below and they all link to each other. To understand more about each level, see the Australian Qualifications Framework.
• Certificate I, II, III and IV
• Advanced Diploma.
A vocational course can be a pathway to university for students who may not meet the entry requirements. Many institutes have links with Australian universities and provide acceptance into a bachelor degree, dependent on your grades.
English Language Courses
English language courses can be taken for study, travel, immigration or business purposes. There are around 100 private English language centres in Australia. Some universities and vocational institutes also offer English language courses
Australia is a popular place to study English whether it’s for education, career or travel. Australia is renowned for its teaching of English language courses.
English is the national language of Australia so you'll be learning from friendly native speakers inside and outside the classroom. Australia has an international reputation for quality, with courses accredited and monitored by national bodies. Australian institutions offer a diverse range of English language courses and have innovative teaching approaches. You’ll study English in real-life situations through excursions and activities. Some courses include work placements. Part of the valuable experience of studying English in Australia is that you learn in a multicultural environment, so you will experience other cultures and be taught by culturally sensitive teachers.
Many programs are available from General English courses at all levels to those tailored for work in specific industries. For travellers, there are courses that combine English with cultural tours, scuba diving, golf and many more! Here are some examples:
• English for academic purposes (university or vocational study)
• English for high school preparation
• English for professional purposes
• English for work with internship
• Business English
• Holiday English courses
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