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Study in Australia

Why Australia?

There are many reasons that over 180,000 international students come and study in Australia...

Study in Australia
  • High quality, first class education with modern facilities, excellent teachers, support services and international recognition.
  • Quality standards assured by Australian Government laws
  • Dynamic and energetic study environment with a choice of study pathways, entry points and study environments.
  • Australia is a politically stable, safe and friendly country that welcomes international students and visitors.
  • Excellent living standards with lower costs of studying and living compared with the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • International students in Australia can work up to 20 hours a week and full time during holidays, allowing them to earn money, gain useful work experience in a foreign country, and meet a variety of new people.
  • Australia is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. You may find Australia very different from home, but it is a welcoming, friendly and a lot of Australians understand your culture - more than 20 per cent of them were born in another country.

The Land "Down Under"

Australia is a perfect destination for study abroad. Experience the drama of the outback, the Great Barrier Reef, cosmopolitan cities like Sydney and Melbourne and Adelaide and beaches out of this world.

Australian Higher Education

Australian students normally attend thirteen years of school before they enter university. There are seven years of "primary" education, followed by six years of "secondary" (like "higher secondary" education in India) education. At the end of the twelfth year students can sit for examinations leading to the award of a certificate. The certificate goes by different names in different States. In Victoria it is called the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). In some other states it is called the Higher School Certificate (HSC). Regardless of the name, students can use their certification earned in any State to apply for "tertiary" entrance in their own State or any other State.

Public and Private

In most States there are "private" schools (where tuition fees are paid to the school) and state schools, where the studentís place is largely paid for by the State. There are usually more state schools than private schools.

Sometimes private schools are called "Independent" schools (independent of the State that is). To make things even more complicated, in some states, private schools are called "public" schools, because they are owned by "the public". Many independent or private schools are run by the Catholic Church. Some others are run by other churches, or other religions. Some private schools are non-religious. No state school is run by a religious body or church.

Read more about the Australian education system.

Websites of Interest

www.australia.com
The official site of the Australian Tourist Commission 2004. Very informative and well designed.
www.ausgovindia.com
The Australian high commission, New Delhi.
www.abc.net.au
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) web site.