Australia Student Travel

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Australian education has a worldwide appeal because of its high standards and its outstanding support services for international students. The Australian government requires that agencies scrutinize quality and that codes of conduct be established, so students and their parents are assured of a safe, superior experience while in Australia. In this regard, the educational environment reflects the environment in Australia as a whole, which is clean, peaceful, and democratic.

Australia has long been dedicated to a multicultural society, not only for practical reasons, but because it promotes friendly harmony among all kinds of people and cultures. In this atmosphere, students can learn and travel in safety and concentrate on their studies. They can go about the country and enjoy practicing their English while they sightsee in one of the world's most spectacular lands. An invaluable asset for any student is the International Student Identity Card, which is good for discounts on all kinds of transportation and attractions. It also provides basic health and life insurance.

Student Life

Once enrolled and settled in, students are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week while courses are in session, and are allowed to work full time during vacations. If becoming fluent in English is a primary goal, Australia offers six levels of courses for all levels of proficiency from beginner to advanced. Courses range from four to 48 weeks.

Enrollment is open throughout the year, so students can begin their studies whenever their visas are granted. Government and immigration websites can provide detailed listings of universities and other types of schools, and curricula are posted on university websites. Australia has an excellent Vocational Education and Training (VET) system that has courses in such practical fields as computing, marketing, and tourism. Australian universities, vocational schools and training institutions offer distance learning for those who cannot, or prefer not to, travel to Australia.

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