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Australia's Education System

The education system in Australia is segmented into several levels. The following are those that are available to International students


The Australian government is very active in it's efforts to ensure that the education on offer to International students is of international standard and that the Institutions will deliver what is promised. Australia has some of the strictest consumer protection laws in the world to protect International students.

Your education and fees are guaranteed by the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act.

High School

In Australia the High school program covers secondary students up to year 12. Successful completion of year 12 is required for matriculation and qualification for entry to university courses.

Australia has a national curriculum framework to ensure high academic standards across the country. All schools provide subjects in the eight key learning areas: English, mathematics, studies of the society and the environment, science, arts, Languages Other Than English, technology, personal development, health and physical education.

Secondary school students can choose specialised subjects. Although subjects vary from school to school, they might include: law, psychology, computing, graphic design, aviation, drama and many others.

English Courses

Australia is an ideal place to study English. Because you will be living, talking and studying amongst native English speaking people, you will have the best opportunity to use and improve your English.

There are five main types of English courses taught in Australia:

You can enrol in English language courses at any time of the year. Full-time courses range from four weeks to 48 weeks. Expect to spend about 25 hours a week studying, including time spent in class and studying on your own.

Vocational Education

Australia provides a rich mixture of Vocational courses at the Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutions. Disciplines include science and technology, business and management, design, arts, engineering and building, horticulture and land management, tourism and hospitality as well as many more.

These courses are provided by the government run Technical and Further Education Institutes (TAFE) as well as private colleges, schools and universities. All courses are run in accordance with nationally endorsed training specifications.

These vocational courses can quite often be used as a training pathway to other higher education courses. Universities may give credit towards degree subjects for this training.


Australian universities and higher education institutions offer programs leading to Bachelor Degrees and higher qualifications in a diverse range of fields. Australian universities offer programs from Architecture to Zoology.

The Bachelor Degree is the most common qualification offered in Australia. Specialised research training and professional development is also offered through Masters Degrees and Doctoral Degrees.

Post Graduate

Postgraduate studies are available which develop skills in research  that will put you at the forefront of the development and application of new technologies. Australian universities provide study opportunities in every major discipline, in individual and collaborative projects.

Business Studies

Many International companies and businesses consider the quality of business courses in Australia to be immensely valuable for their employees. There is a growing trend for these companies to send their employees to study here as a means of improving their quality and entrepreneurial abilities.

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