Courses in Australia
English language studies
English language courses are targeted to specific purposes, such as English for Academic Purposes, English for Business and English for Computing. There are English language colleges across Australia and they offer a range of English language training courses to help you to improve your English language skills. Many Australian universities and vocational institutes also have English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) centres on their campuses.
Foundation studies (bridging courses)
If you haven' t studied Australian senior secondary school or a foreign equivalent, Foundation studies (also known as bridging courses) will help you meet the entry requirements of a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Bachelor degree. Most courses are designed specifically to prepare international students for the Australian academic environment.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutes
Students can begin vocational education and training after secondary school (Year 10) or senior secondary school (Year 12). Courses are offered at privately-owned institutions and the government-funded Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes. Vocational education and training qualifications are popular in Australia because they are of a high standard, particularly compared to some foreign systems. They give you practical skills and industry experience. Many vocational institutes have links and agreements with universities. Through these links, universities may offer up to one year of advanced standing into a Bachelor degree as well as guaranteed entry into your course, when you achieve the required grades at your vocational institution.
Qualifications offered through VET institutes are:
Certificate I, II, III or IV :
The higher the level of Certificate, the more responsibility you are likely to be given in the workplace. For example, a Certificate I in Business provides basic skills in a certain field and could lead to work as an office assistant. A certificate IV in Business provides a more in-depth understanding and could lead to more senior administrative work such as a senior accounts clerk.
Diploma courses combine strong theoretical knowledge with a high level of technical and/or creative skills.
These are a slightly higher level than a Diploma and require two or three years of full-time study. Many Advanced Diplomas have links to Bachelor degrees.
The Australian academic year
The Australian academic year begins in early February for school students and late February/early March for vocational and university students. There is often an orientation week for new students in mid to late February. Schools generally have three or four semesters. Most universities and vocational institutes have two semesters with exams at the end of each semester in June and November. There is a two- to four-week break between semesters. The long summer holiday break is from November or December to February. Many courses have start dates in either semester.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DON'T MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDYING ?
Most courses and training done by international students in Australia on a student visa are covered by the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). However, there are also a number of courses for international students that are registered with the Australian Government and are not part of the AQF. Many of these courses help students to meet the entry requirements for further study or may lead to further study with a final AQF qualification. These courses are called Foundation Studies or Bridging courses.
We offer special work programs where you may spend three to four hours a day working in a business or for a family and learn English in addition. The family provides you with free accommodation and you may have the opportunity to join them with family activities.