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Education Providers

Geelong is fortunate to have so many quality educational institutions that are registered with the Government to offer courses to international students. Whatever stage you are on your educational journey there are many options to choose from.

  • ELICOS

    ELICOS

    (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students)

    Providing English language classes to prepare students for further study, Elicos courses can be completed at any age and study stage but are usually the first step to studying in Australia.

  • Private Higher Education College

    Private Higher Education College

    Providing higher education for post-secondary students, qualifications range from certificates to bachelor degrees. Marcus Oldham College graduates commence careers in agriculture or para-professional roles. Deakin College students pathway into the second year of Deakin bachelor degrees.

  • Registered Training Organisations

    Registered Training Organisations

    Registered Training Organisations deliver vocational education and training (VET) services, including certificate, diploma and Advanced Diploma levels.

  • Secondary School

    Secondary School

    Catering for students from Year 7 to Year 12, upon successful completion students will have achieved either the: Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or International Baccalaureate (IB).

  • TAFE

    TAFE

    Providing vocational training that focuses on hands-on learning, qualifications offered include certificates, through to advanced diplomas, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships. Graduate students commence careers in trades or para-professional roles, or pathway to university.

  • University

    University

    Providing higher education for post-secondary students, qualifications range from bachelor degrees to post graduate doctoral degrees. Graduates are highly skilled to work in a diverse range of academic, professional and research roles.

Private Higher Education College

Providing higher education for post-secondary students, qualifications range from certificates to bachelor degrees. Marcus Oldham College graduates commence careers in agriculture or para-professional roles. Deakin College students pathway into the second year of Deakin bachelor degrees.

Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian education system is a national policy that covers qualifications from the tertiary education sector (higher education and vocational education and training) in addition to the school-leaving certificate; the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. This is known as the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

The AQF has 10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system. This allows you to move easily from one level of study to the next, and from one institution to another, as long as you satisfy student visa requirements. It allows for choice and flexibility in career planning. All qualifications in the AQF help prepare you for both further study and your working life.

Our institutions are linked across the country and across the world, which makes it easy to move throughout the education system between courses or institutions and formal agreement and recognition frameworks mean every step of the path will contribute to your future no matter what your study or career goals.

Pathways

Multiple study pathways and exit points exist between secondary school, TAFE and university. Each stage of study brings its own qualification and can be the completion of your studies, or it can provide a pathway onto the next stage.

Your current year and skill level will determine what course level or institution you are eligible to apply for. Where you finish will depend on the career outcomes you’re hoping to achieve.

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  • Student Events

    Student Events

    Study Geelong runs a number of events for international students throughout the year. Find out about upcoming events such as the Meal N Movie Muster on 24 August.

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  • Student Resources

    Student Resources

    Where can I get help with......

    Browse the Study Geelong student resources for international students.

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  • Study Geelong Student Ambassador Program

    Study Geelong Student Ambassador Program

    The Study Geelong Student Ambassador Program provides higher education students (domestic and international) with adventures and professional development to strengthen relationships between international students and the broader Geelong community.

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Student Stories

  • Samual Pardi

    DUELI

    Samuel designs cars, prints in 3D and learns to surf

    Hi, my name is Samuel Pardi and I am from Venezuela. I came to Australia wanting to achieve a higher level of education and to have international experience in the design industry.

    On my trip to these goals I started with 10 weeks of English for Academic Purposes at the Waterfront Campus in Geelong. I was eager to experience new situations and cultures, and I feel I was blessed for choosing an English course in Geelong. DUELI in Geelong offers small classes that allow for more interaction between students and the lecturer. I met very fun and easy-going people from different cultures that I still am in contact with.

    I have to say that I felt sad to leave the English course behind because I was so comfortable there, and the staff were so friendly and awesome. However, starting a master’s was an important experience for me to start developing new skills that made me feel more self-aware of my abilities in the engineering field. For instance, I had to design the suspension of a university race car within a team, and coming up with a working solution and seeing the real-life application was a boost to our confidence. Now I am keener to have an opportunity in the design industry in Australia.

    I cannot say my master’s has been an easy course but I like it so far. I have improved in areas that I thought were not possible to improve, such as my communication skills and my leadership skills. Of course, I have chosen subjects that I feel will have more impact in my career, such as Engineering Leadership. Right now, I am doing my engineering project on 3D printing of titanium, which is highly related to the aerospace and biomedical industries. I am also preparing to apply for an internship for Trimester 1 of 2016. I hope to get the opportunity to start experiencing industry-related projects and to start showing my abilities as an engineer, especially the skills that I have developed at Deakin.

    With my previous experience in Venezuela and an internship in Australia, more and better opportunities are around the corner for new and challenging positions within competitive industries. Nevertheless, participating in research and development teams, and being able to influence others with my personality and experience are one of my short-term objectives. As a long term-objective, I would like to create my own company with some ideas that I have developed during my master’s, and also influence society with products that are sustainable and sensible to community needs.

    Although studying is important, having fun and enjoying life is what motivate us. So I also decided to try to surf and experience that environment. Of course, some of my friends were having a laugh at me because I was falling all the time. It is not as easy as it seems. But I definitely enjoy surfing, and I am going to keep trying this summer.

    I want to conclude this post by telling you that anything is possible. I come from a developing country with a poor economy. I did not have many resources but I have kept fighting for my goals. I have been working part-time, studying, practicing English every day, and I still have time to enjoy my weekends and get good grades.

    For further information about studying at Deakin and to view the many degrees on offer, visit our international student page. Or ask us a question by visiting our international student enquiry page – we’re happy to help you get to know Deakin better.

    Samual Pardi

    Samuel designs cars, prints in 3D and learns to surf

    Hi, my name is Samuel Pardi and I am from Venezuela. I came to Australia wanting to achieve a higher level of education and...

  • YUAN, Zewei (Chris)

    Avalon College

    I’d like to say “Good Luck” to people who are leaving and say “keep fighting” to the people who are still here. My friends, don’t waste your time! At Last, I hope I’ll not get detentions for the rest of my Avalon Life. Thank You.

    Although I’m not leaving this weekend, I’m giving a speech here. First of all, it is such a pleasure being at Avalon College in which people make me very happy in my early overseas study life.

    On my first day I came to Avalon College, I didn’t understand what Mr Parkin was saying to me. I didn’t recognise why people were finishing their first meal and then went to the kitchen and filled their bowls again. Now, I know this was called “Seconds”. I also couldn’t hear clearly what the teachers were talking about. I thought the people around me, people in my class were smarter than me. That is the cause of my worst habit thinking to myself that “this is hopeless!”

    Gradually, I’ve found out that everyone is friendly here. We can help each other and support each other as a big family. At the beginning I didn’t do very well, Even though my teacher, Mrs Ashton, often encouraged me. Ms Ed always told me what my weaknesses were and in which way I could get over it. Mrs Birchell also gave me a lot of help about my writing and reading.

    I think I’ve got thousands and thousands of “thanks” to say, but the time is limited. Anyway, Ive learnt a lot from here, especially Mr Parkin who has given me three morning detentions and two running detentions exactly when I thought I would never ever be punished till my departure. Thanks Mrs Akila who cooked lots of delicious food for us and Ms Tamara who took care of me several times.

    YUAN, Zewei (Chris)

    I’d like to say “Good Luck” to people who are leaving and say “keep fighting” to the people who are still here. My friends, don’t waste your time! At Last, I hope I’ll not get detentions for...

  • Rick

    Avalon College

    Before coming to Geelong, I wished I knew some good places; like restaurants, parks and the cinemas - because I can go to these places to have fun during the weekends. Secondly, I wish that I knew the beautiful buildings I can take photos of.

    Furthermore, I need to adjust to life and study in Australia. I should change my daily timetable, I should sleep earlier than before, and I should do more exercises to keep healthy.

    The most important is about study. I should pay more attention on how to study effectively and I should improve on my English skill since that was the essential thing in a foreign country, and I should make friends with local people and get more information about the Australian culture.

    Last but not least, this is a tip for newly arrived international students - you should try to learn the Australian culture to get along with local people.

    Rick

    Before coming to Geelong, I wished I knew some good places; like restaurants, parks and the cinemas - because I can go to these places to have fun during the weekends. Secondly, I wish that I knew the...

  • CHEUNG, Ka Man (Veronica)

    Avalon College

    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. After listening to other students speeches, eventually I found that it became my turn to do my speech. I have already been here for 21 weeks. Although this is not a very long time, I have improved my English skills a lot.

    Firstly, I want to thank Mrs Ashton, Mrs Ed, Mrs Grey and Ms Wong. You have been very patient to answer all my questions and worries.

    Secondly, I want to say thank you to all of the boarding house staff. You helped me to adjust to the environment when I first came here, Thank you so much. Especially, I want to say thank you to Mr Parkin. Even though you have been very strict to us. I still remember the time when I was upset because of my report, you comforted me and told me that this was not the end.

    Thirdly, I want to thank all my roommates. You guys have been very nice and always listened and helped me to make better friends through communication. I won't forget every day that we spent together. You friends that I can always rely on. Please remember that you will always be my best friends.

    Moreover, I want to thank Mrs Akila for cooking delicious meals for us.

    I will always treasure these remarkable and precious memories at my new school. Hope all of you will have a happy school life. See you soon and thank you

    CHEUNG, Ka Man (Veronica)

    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. After listening to other students speeches, eventually I found that it became my turn to do my speech. I have already been here for 21 weeks. Although this is not a...