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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.

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 and Activities

    Student Events and Activities

     

    Study Geelong Events

    The 2018 Study Geelong Jobs Forum was held on 23 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

  • Emira

    The Geelong College

    Boarding at the Geelong College was the most amazing and unforgettable experience I've ever had. Being away from home (Jakarta, Indonesia) surely was not an easy thing to do, but it was very easy to call The Geelong College my new 'home'. In an instant, the people I met became my new family –family from all around Australia and all over the world. The friends I've made are now friends for life. We went through almost everything together. We laughed and cried together. When you're homesick, there will always be friends to cheer you up, and they all know how you feel. I learned everything from becoming independent to becoming a leader. I developed my love of baking and cooking in the boarding house kitchen. On year 12 I was voted as one of the girl's boarding house prefect.

    The Geelong College provides quality formal education, and it pushes the students capacities/abilities to the limit. I enjoyed learning music. I have always enjoyed music. The Geelong College gave me so much chance to improve and be involved in music. Music lessons were provided at school, and of course I took that opportunity to learn to sing, play the guitar and drums. I also joined the school's Stage Band where I could channel my love of Jazz. I won several 'Best Vocals' with them. Upon learning music as a subject, I was chosen to sing at the VCE Top Class in 2012, an event to showcase students from all over Victoria who had a high score on their music performance exam. It started from singing in my little room, to singing in front of over 900 people. It was such a big achievement for me, as I was once a shy girl who wants to sing but didn't have the stomach to be heard.

    The Geelong College has really helped me become the better and improved person I am today. I cannot express how very grateful I am of the people I met, of the experience and of the opportunity. I am now studying film at Deakin University, working on starting an online patisserie, and I still sing.

    Emira

    Boarding at the Geelong College was the most amazing and unforgettable experience I've ever had. Being away from home (Jakarta, Indonesia) surely was not an easy thing to do, but it was very easy to call...

  • LU, Shifan (Sophy)

    Avalon College

    Letter of Thanks from Sophy's mother

    Dear Mr. Hoban and Ms. Kay,

    Thank you so much for your e-mail.

    I want to take this opportunity to thank you and all Sophy's teacher for being an absolutely amazing mentors and making such a positive impact on my daughter the last 3 months. With the wonderful studying and living environment the Avalon College offers, I do not think that Sophy would have made such progress and entered PLC without you.

    Sophy has been excited and very happy for the last three months as well as the first three months which she left home, studying and living in Avalon College. She grows so much not only in the academic improvement; but also she is much more confident and independent. As parents, we truly believe that you offers such a supportive community focused on giving each oversea student the best education possible and your leadership provided Sophy with just that. What a positive difference your school have made in Sophy, and her future.

    With you recommendation, I hope Sophy can have a good start for her Year 10 in PLC this July. I would like to thank you and all other nice teachers for your kind help and dedication to my daughter.

    Many thanks and best regards,

    Lily Wang

    LU, Shifan (Sophy)

    Letter of Thanks from Sophy's mother

    Dear Mr. Hoban and Ms. Kay,

    Thank you so much for your e-mail.

    I want to take this opportunity to thank you and all Sophy's...

  • Yakubu

    The Gordon

    “I am happy I made the Gordon Institute of TAFE my study destination; I could not have had it any better. Being a TAFE, I felt the practical approach and real experience would help me further my studies and career path.

    The teachers are a great asset. The amount of care and attention they provide exceeds expectations. I go to class every morning knowing that I have their full backing and support. Lessons are broken down into very simple and concise parts, our nursing labs are fully equipped with state of the art tools and our lesson plans are set up to match the current needs of the workforce.

    The students are very welcoming and ready to interact. I have made friends who have become family. The multicultural environment made settling in a lot easier. Finding my way around during the first few weeks of admission was no problem because staff are always ready to direct you to your destination.”

    Yakubu Daffi
    Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing)

    Yakubu

    “I am happy I made the Gordon Institute of TAFE my study destination; I could not have had it any better. Being a TAFE, I felt the practical...

  • HO, Johnson

    Avalon College

    Good afternoon my friends. Although I’m leaving this weekend, I’m doing my speech now. Surely, I will miss these days in Avalon College. I won’t forget you, my friends. However, we will keep in touch, so there is nothing to feel sad about.

    Before I came to Avalon College, I thought the life in Avalon College would be so hard and difficult, because the bush around was like Africa. Nothing around Avalon College, but only might feel like a military camp. I though the life would be like a sailor’s training. But after I came to Avalon College, I found out that I was wrong. This is a lovely place. Avalon College is like a watermelon. It looks tough on the outside, but it is sweet on the inside.

    My friends, we are all going to a new school, a place where all the people speak English, but not our own language. We have to try hard, work hard and fight for ourselves. I wish you all the best, my friends.

    Jordan, I won’t forget your breathtaking version of “Hotel California” as a violin solo. Feng, I won’t forget that you invited me to play piano. Mr Paull, I won’t forget jamming with you on songs and singing with you guys. Tommy, I won’t forget that you shared metal music with me. I also won’t forget singing with Lancelot and Jerry, listening to Dew play the guitar. In fact, I enjoyed making music and sharing music with all of you. It’s my pleasure and I deeply appreciate your talents. Keep Going! Don’t give up!!!!

    Lastly, I would like to thank all of the staff and teachers in Avalon College. Also, I want to thank our lovely cook Mrs Akila. I want to apologise for being late for slush, and for sleeping in class. That’s all. Thank you, my friends.

    HO, Johnson

    Good afternoon my friends. Although I’m leaving this weekend, I’m doing my speech now. Surely, I will miss these days in Avalon College. I won’t forget you, my friends. However, we will keep in...