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Aussie Communication Boot Camp

Cat got your tongue? Lost for words? Tongue-tied? Confused?

Anyone who has ever answered the question ‘How’s it going mate?’ with the response ‘I’m going down to the shops’ instead of ‘I’m well, thanks’ knows what we’re talking about. Aussie lingo is a weird and wonderful thing!

In April Study Geelong hosted the Aussie Communication Boot Camp, a free, fun social night of communication skills activities and language tips and tricks for the workplace.

A fun video about Aussie slang started off the event followed by an interactive game show. Then it was time for a bit of language theory and live acting of skits explaining formal versus casual communication. The students' knowledge was then applied through a fun word card matching game. Tips on body language, personal space & handshakes was given and then the students practised what they had learnt through engaging in conversation with each other.

The event provided the opportunity for International students to develop their formal and casual speaking skills, meet some local Australian and international students, and share some pizza!

View the video below that shows 3 examples of speaking casually and formally. See if you can work out which is casual and which is formal and which way of speaking is most appropriate for each situation.

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Study Geelong Student Ambassador & Leadership Program

The Study Geelong Student Ambassador and Leadership Program 2017 provides higher education students (domestic and international) with adventures and professional development to strengthen relationships between international students and the broader Geelong community.

The Ambassadors help increase the positive experiences of international students by participating in the development of projects and activities that meet the needs of students.

We are pleased to introduce our 2017 Ambassadors: Gabriel Chuwang-Kwa, Hung Wei Liu, Shu Al Barhi, Balaji Trichy Narayaswamy, Ron Bunker, Jacinta Smith and  Mohammed Al Farsi (absent in photo).



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.

AGB Training Australia (Registered Training Organisation)

Avalon College (ELICOS)

Belmont High School (Secondary School)

Deakin College (Higher Education)

Deakin University (University)

Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) (ELICOS)

The Geelong College (Secondary School)

Geelong Grammar School (Secondary School)

The Gordon Institute of TAFE (ELICOS)

Geelong Institute Australia (Registered Training Organisation)

Kardinia International College (Secondary School)

Marcus Oldham College (Higher Education)

North Geelong Secondary College (Secondary School)

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.


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.