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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. 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

  • Bo Li

    The Gordon

    “I chose to study at The Gordon as they have an excellent reputation, with a lot of great chefs who have graduated and now own their own restaurants.

    All the teachers are professional and experienced and they make the training interesting and memorable. I have not only learned how to cook a great meal, but also learned how to be a team player. After studying with my classmates all year, we have become like a family. We study from each other, help each other, and have a lot of fun. As an international student I was always shy to speak out, but in the cookery industry you have to communicate with others and my English has improved dramatically. I’ve not only learnt English, but also some specialised words in French, Italian, Japanese and others.

    I am now working in a local restaurant and continuing my studies at Certificate IV level to gain more knowledge and experience. I hope to own my own small restaurant one day. ”

    Bo Li (Allen)
    Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
    Recipient of 2016 The Gordon International Student of the Year Award

    Bo Li

    “I chose to study at The Gordon as they have an excellent reputation, with a lot of great chefs who have graduated and now own their own...

  • 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...

  • QI, Lin

    Avalon College

    I have been here for several weeks, time flies. I have seen so many people left one by one. Finally it’s my turn. Thanks to all my teachers. Thank you Mrs Ashton, even though you are not here, I want to tell you that you were the best teacher here. Mrs Ed you were the first teacher that I had when studying abroad. You always had high expectations of us and gave us the right direction of study. Thanks to all the staff, and Mr Parkin for giving me all the detentions. Thanks to Mrs Akila for cooking all the delicious food for us. Also, thanks to all my school mates and friends for giving me a happy, warm and fantastic life at Avalon College. Particularly, I want to thank all of my roommates for making life at Avalon like my home.

    Tomorrow, I am going to a new place to meet new people and try to get close to them. I know it’s not my end, it is just another beginning. We may separate here for a struggle for our own brilliant and gorgeous futures. After a few years I will remember that my life here was very happy and I will see you guys sooner or later.

    QI, Lin

    I have been here for several weeks, time flies. I have seen so many people left one by one. Finally it’s my turn. Thanks to all my teachers. Thank you Mrs Ashton, even though you are not here, I want to...

  • Florence Teo

    Deakin University

    "I didn't choose my Career, my career chose me."

    Florence won an international scholarship to study a Master of Architecture at Deakin University. She talks about the pathway that led her to study Architecture and how much she loves studying at Deakin.

    Florence Teo

    "I didn't choose my Career, my career chose me."

    Florence won an international scholarship to study a Master of Architecture at Deakin University. She talks about the pathway that led her to study...