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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. 

    The next event is the Jobs Forum on 23 August (date changed from 3 May)

    In addition Study Geelong promotes events that may be of interest to international students.

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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

  • LU, Yiwen (Louisa)

    Avalon College

    Good afternoon everyone. Today it is my turn to say goodbye. First of all, please let me show my appreciation for Avalon College. Thanks to Mrs Ashton, Mrs Ed and Mrs Birchall for teaching me English. Whenever I ask questions you always listen patiently, explain things clearly to me and encourage me and give me confidence. Thanks to the Avalon Staff for caring for me so much.
    What's more, I need to thank Jasper because he made me not afraid of any dogs. He was the first dog that I touched be myself. Thanks to Mr Parkin who is pretty wise, I learnt many things from the conversations between us. I experienced a lot in Avalon College that were both positive and negative, but I am sure they were all beneficial for me. I became a stronger, more independent and a more mature person. Again, I appreciate Avalon College from the bottom of my heart. I'll bring all the precious memories with me and see you in the future. Wish you all the good luck.
    Thank You!

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    LU, Yiwen (Louisa)

    Good afternoon everyone. Today it is my turn to say goodbye. First of all, please let me show my appreciation for Avalon College. Thanks to Mrs Ashton, Mrs Ed and Mrs Birchall for teaching me English....

  • Kim

    Deakin University

    Five years ago I could never have guessed or hoped to be where I am today: here, in Australia, studying for a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy – Environmental Science) within a prestigious and flourishing research group. I began my journey to Deakin University by undertaking a master’s degree by research at the University of Central Lancashire, where I developed a passion for analytical chemistry. I loved that I could begin to understand and explore the world around me using techniques that were at my disposal. A few months into my master’s degree, I received an email from my supervisor asking me if I had any interest in moving abroad for a PhD. I almost dismissed the email, surely I wouldn’t be lucky enough to get on any PhD, let alone move abroad!

    A short few weeks later, I had a meeting with Dr Xavier Conlan from Deakin, who had stopped by for a fleeting visit after a conference in Europe. Xavier recommended applying for a PhD at Deakin with Professor Stephen Haswell, who had a PhD opportunity developing Lab-on-a-Chip devices within the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures. A day after having a successful viva examination for my master’s degree, I had the interview for my PhD. Little did I know, less than three months later, I’d be making the move to Australia.

    The day I found out I had been awarded the scholarship and accepted onto the PhD, I felt every single emotion you could imagine. Panic at the thought of taking on this huge new venture alone, excitement and anticipation to see what the future held, and finally sadness at leaving behind friends and family.

    I arrived, totally out of my depth, studying an area of research I had no experience in. My PhD project involves the development of a Lab-on-a-Chip device – basically a miniaturised diagnostic device – for the detection of performance enhancing drugs in thoroughbred race horses, which requires different aspects of engineering, chemistry, biochemistry and physics. I relish the challenge of building these devices and see a bright future for Deakin University with the miniaturisation of complex diagnostic techniques into these portable devices.

    On the 22 February 2015, I boarded the plane and made the move Down Under. The sayings took a little adapting to… apparently responding to everyone with, ‘Oh, very well thank you and yourself?’ is not exactly what is required when asked, ‘How ya going?’. Everything here was new and exciting: waterfalls, the Great Ocean Road, wineries, forests, trying to figure out what a snag was (not a thread on your jumper apparently!), etc.

    When I arrived at Deakin, I truly felt at home. I was welcomed not just by a support network as a student, but as a friend into a tight knit community with open arms. I haven’t looked back since.

    Kim

    Five years ago I could never have guessed or hoped to be where I am today: here, in Australia, studying for a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy – Environmental Science) within a prestigious and flourishing...

  • Del & Gigi

    Marcus Oldham College

    Del Tuanui from Chatham Islands in the south Pacific Ocean and Gigi Cardwell from Mitta Mitta, Victoria both studied Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham. During their time at Marcus they conceived their idea of creating a business that capitalised on the clean, fresh and highly prized produce of the Chatham Islands. They established links to high end restaurants and food outlets in Sydney and Brisbane and are providing a high quality supply of Chatham Island food directly into those outlets and have been able to raise the profile of the wonderful produce from the Chatham Islands at the same time.

    Del & Gigi

    Del Tuanui from Chatham Islands in the south Pacific Ocean and Gigi Cardwell from Mitta Mitta, Victoria both studied Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham. During their time at Marcus they conceived their idea of...

  • MA, Xiaoyang (Ezee)

    Avalon College

    After finishing this fantastic journey in Avalon, finally it's my turn to give a speech. The experience in Avalon was quite tough for me. I still remember my first week at Avalon College. Mrs Kay asked me to go to her office and she said "OH, Mr Ezee, I don't think you can graduate on time!" However after 6 months of hard working, I did it! I did it with the help of my teachers and staff. I'm the person who has been everyone's classmate in all the classes. So I made lots of friends and I would like to thank Mrs Grey for giving me the first grammar test on my first day. I would like to thank Mr Nontapan for playing an amusing game with us, I would like to thank Ms Jones for showing her lovely laughing and Mr Ed for being extremely helpful to me. Thank you Mrs Kay for pushing me so hard that I have to do my best every day. Thank you to all the staff that gave me so many detentions in which I finished my last one yesterday. Finally, I learned how to discipline myself.

    Thank you to Mrs Akila for providing all the delicacies to include the pasta. At last, I need to say thank you to all my friends as they are the first group of friends that I made in another country. I have to treasure them.

    Now I can't hesitate and I will go to my new school. But I am sure I will miss this amazing place. See you.

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    MA, Xiaoyang (Ezee)

    After finishing this fantastic journey in Avalon, finally it's my turn to give a speech. The experience in Avalon was quite tough for me. I still remember my first week at Avalon College. Mrs Kay asked me...