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The system of studying in Australia sometimes it has some differences in various states. Australian children start school at age of six. From 6 to 12 years, they study in the first stage of secondary education (Primary school), from 12 to 16 years - the second (Junior school), from 16 to 18 years - the third (Senior school, 11-12 classes). Secondary education is designed for 12 years.
Foreign pupils in Australian schools is not so much as in England - they account for about 5% (about 15 thousand.). Children who come to Australia from overseas, most suitable boarding schools. The vast majority of foreign students are concentrated in the last two graduating classes (Year 11 and Year 12). Their goal is to get an Australian Certificate of Secondary Education (Higher School Certificate) and to go to university in Australia on a common basis.
Colleges in Australia
Public and private Australian colleges carry out training on a wide range of areas. State colleges have the combined system at TAFE (Technical and Further Education), are considered more prestigious.
A typical set of proposals in colleges includes business program, management, marketing, accounting, information technology, secretarial business, design, tourism and hotel management. Dimensions groups in colleges include15 persons. Vocational training has a clear practical orientation, and in some specialties, you can go through practice (sometimes paid).
Depending on the duration of study in Australia you will receive a certificate or diploma - conventional or advanced level. Duration of training to obtain a certificate is 12-52 weeks. During this time, students receive the necessary training to engage in professional activities for junior positions (for example, working in a restaurant or bar). The diploma is issued after an average of 1.5-2 years of study, advanced diploma - after 2.5-3 years of study. This diploma allows you to search for work in the managerial positions of middle management.
The peculiarity of training in Australia colleges is that students move from one program to another without any exams. For example, you can enter the language college courses, then transfer to a professional program leading to certification of I degree, and then - to receive certificates II, III, IV degree. If you want to study further, you will find a program leading to a diploma, and then - a bachelor's degree. At the same time you have the opportunity to transfer to the second or even third year of university-partner. Professional programs in colleges is is one of the ways in Australian universities.
Universities in Australia
Education system in many universities in Australia is markedly different from the common in European countries (England, France and Switzerland), "classic" model. Some of Australia's universities have the right to confer a bachelor's degree and only a small number of departments, which train specialists in the most popular areas - business, accounting, information technology, law, engineering sciences. Most Australian universities have multiple campuses, the amount of all college campuses in Australia is more than 150.
Study in Australia has its own peculiarity. For example, in the higher education system has developed sector of remote programs: 10 out of every 100 Australian students acquire knowledge without leaving home. First degree students graduated from the course remotely, has been given the University of Queensland in 1911, and now offer distance learning programs for over thirty universities in Australia, including the most prestigious.
For foreign students, there are preparatory departments (Foundation courses), calculated by an average of 24 weeks of training (although there are shorter options, the so-called Fast-Track) and combine intensive classes in English with the study of several core subjects. Learning English in Australia and successful completion of the Foundation program almost guarantees a place on the first course in Australia universities.
Admission to the Foundation training programs carried out 2 - 4 times a year. To enter you need a high school diploma and a good command of English (at a level of 5.5 IELTS score and 500 points for TOEFL). To prepare, you can always use the program to learn English in Australia, offered by ITEC.
Another version of admission to Australia's universities - it is a translation of a Russian university. To do this, students need to complete 1 course of the Russian high school, take the exam in English, which include essay writing (IELTS - with a score of 5.6 points, TOEFL - 550 points) and submit academic transcript of the courses taken and grades received.