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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.

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).

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.

pathways

  • 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

  • Hannah

    Avalon College

    I have been to study in Australia since September 2016, everything here is perfect. I have a great school. I made a lot of good friends from different countries such as China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. They are all very kind and friendly.

    There are so many fun things that I can do in Geelong. There are lots of shopping centers in Geelong. I can buy anything I want. I also can eat a lot of types of food, it's extremely easy to find. The location is pretty lovely, the fresh air, the weather. My school is next to Avalon Beach so I feel very relax and peaceful.

    The best thing I like about Geelong is Geelong has a lot of good schools such as Geelong Grammar and Kardinia. They are all intensely popular with a wonderful education. I believe that foreign students really want to get into one of these schools to study.

    I also think everybody will fall in love with Geelong like I did.

    Hannah

    I have been to study in Australia since September 2016, everything here is perfect. I have a great school. I made a lot of good friends from different countries such as China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand....

  • GE, Qinyu (Cherry)

    Avalon College

    Good afternoon everyone. I am sorry to disturb your lovely lunch. Today is my turn to do a speech and the time I must leave Avalon College. Although I have only stayed in Avalon College for ten weeks, I received plenty of knowledge about English and Boarding Life.

    During this ten weeks, there are many people who I should appreciate. Firstly, I am grateful to my teachers who taught me a variety of English skills. Furthermore, I am thankful to the staff who restrain our negative lifestyle. Thank you to the cook who made delicious food. Last but not least, I appreciate all my friends. You are the priceless treasure and never made me feel lonely.

    Tomorrow I will take all the valuable memories and start my new study life in Ruyton Girls' School. Hope to see you again.

    GE, Qinyu (Cherry)

    Good afternoon everyone. I am sorry to disturb your lovely lunch. Today is my turn to do a speech and the time I must leave Avalon College. Although I have only stayed in Avalon College for ten weeks, I...

  • Tanya

    Deakin University

    There are several things I love to talk about in life: family, food and Australia. A year and a half ago I decided to depart on the adventure of a lifetime and so I packed up and moved from the small town of Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada to Geelong, Australia. In my mind I had decided that if I was going to go anywhere, I wasn’t going to go just half way across the world, but rather, all the way! So now I am a second year medical student at Deakin University and I have completely fallen in love with Australia.

    To be honest, I had always been a homebody; however, after living in a small town for most of my life, I decided to see what else was out there. I had always wanted to become a doctor and I decided to mix my passion for medicine with my newly discovered passion for travel.


    At the Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus

    After many hours researching on the internet and filling out what seemed to be a million applications to different universities in Australia, I was accepted into the Deakin School of Medicine’s Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree. To be honest, there may have been some screaming and jumping on my bed when I found out. For me, going to Deakin University just made sense. The staff at Deakin that helped me with my application process were so helpful and supportive. I loved that the Deakin School of Medicine was rurally focused and put a lot of effort into recruiting students from a variety of academic backgrounds, cultures and countries.

    "For me, going to Deakin University just made sense. The staff at Deakin that helped me with my application process were so helpful and supportive."


    Some beautiful views at my campus

    So several months, a costly ticket, and one very large suitcase later, I was off to Australia! Coming to Australia has been the most amazing and terrifying experience of my life. I did not know a single person, so it was a big adjustment getting settled. However, it took very little time for me to make new friends. Australians are such welcoming people and everyone that I met helped me feel at home.

    Australians are such welcoming people and everyone that I met helped me feel at home. The best part of living and studying in Australia is the weather and the beaches. Coming from the middle of Canada, where there is no ocean and it’s horribly snowy and cold for 5 months of the year, it still amazes me that I can just go to the beach and walk in the ocean at any time of the year.


    The surf coast just past Torquay

    When I’m not studying, there are so many things to do, whether that be going to the surf coast, exploring nature, going into Geelong or Melbourne. There are so many good cafés and restaurants in Melbourne, and there is an amazing Canada Day celebration every 1st of July! It’s also so easy to travel within Australia and I have visited both Tasmania and Perth so far.


    Vineyards along the Tamar River, just outside Launceston, Tasmania


    Watching the sun disappear into the ocean at the iconic Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Western Australia

    I still have 2.5 years left in Australia, and while there are days that I miss home, I have never regretted my decision. The experiences I have had studying at Deakin and living in Australia are some of the best I have ever had. I cannot wait to see what the rest of my time at Deakin has in store for me!

    Tanya

    There are several things I love to talk about in life: family, food and Australia. A year and a half ago I decided to depart on the adventure of a lifetime and so I packed up and moved from the small town...

  • HUANG, Luying (Ciel)

    Kardinia International College

    Life in Kardinia International College                                                                                       

    For me, it is my first time being so far away from home by myself. Living in an unfamiliar country and study makes my life full of challenge. I couldn’t tell how I exactly feel. Excited? Passionate? Confused? Or scared? However, every time when I met some problems I was able to overcome them, with the help from others and myself. Everyone in Kardinia are trying their best to make me feel like home. And I enjoy the campus, especially in spring. It is pretty to study at some place where flowers bloom. As the only child in my family, I never know how life will be with children sharing everything with me. But my homestay family gives me the opportunity to experience it. Our house is always full with children’s laughing, gigging and even crying. I love it. During the weekend, I usually hang out with my friends. We go shopping, watch movie, go rock climbing or go to some Chinese restaurant. Geelong is not as big as Melbourne, but it is such a fantastic city near by a beautiful bay. When the breeze kisses my face and brings me a salty taste, I really feel the enjoyment and peace that comes from the deep shiny ocean. I miss my family, my home and my country. But I know they would be more than happy for me if I could take a good care of myself and live happily. It is a path to independence, and I am on my way. I can see all the new challenges are waving to me. I believe the effect of hard working. And I hope everything will come through in the following year.

    HUANG Luying (Ciel)

     于我而言,这是人生中第一次离家远行。待在一个陌生的国度学习让我生活充满了挑战性,而我其实并不知道该怎么去描述自己的心情。有激动,有热血,有困惑也有畏惧。然而每当我遇到困难的时候总有人支持着我,让我能够顺利渡过。而我的同学们也在用热情温暖着我,让我有家的感觉。我很喜欢春天的学校。四处花开就好像整个校园都沁进了花海。作为一个骄纵的独身子女,我从没和谁分享过自己的生活。但幸运的是,澳洲寄宿家庭为我弥补了手足之情的空缺。我们的家里随时都弥漫着孩子的欢声笑语,热闹并且温馨。在周末我经常和朋友出门购物、看电影、攀岩或者去一些中餐馆吃饭。和墨尔本不同的是,吉郎是一个秀丽的海滨小城。当我在海边散步,咸涩的海风亲吻着我的脸颊的时候,我会感受到深沉的海洋带来的安详。我很想念家里的亲人,想回家,想回国。可是我知道他们会在故乡为我的自立和成长而骄傲,他们会因为我快乐而快乐。出国是通向独立的历练,而我正在这条路上努力闯荡着。我似乎看见未来所有的挑战都在像我挥手,而我也相信着努力的力量。希望新的一年也一帆风顺

    HUANG, Luying (Ciel)

    Life in Kardinia International...