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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.

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

  • 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...

  • Mayuka

    Deakin University

    Back in 2013, I was faced with the task of choosing a suitable university for my undergraduate studies. I heard about Deakin University through the pathway program offered at the Royal Institute Colombo and I decided to study at Deakin because it is one of the most well-known and reputable universities in Australia. Deakin University is also known for its engineering courses and facilities, which persuaded me to embark on this adventure. As part of the pathway program, I completed the first two years of my degree at the Royal Institute. Then I transferred to Deakin in 2015 for my final years, undertaking a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) at the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus.

    From childhood, I always had a passion for engineering. After high school, I tried taking a different path by doing an internship at a bank, but the experience was uninspiring and pushed me further towards engineering. The experience I have gained by joining Deakin as an engineering student is inexpressible. Deakin’s cutting edge technologies, featuring the most current and advanced lab equipment in the engineering department caught me by surprise from the very beginning.

    Deakin’s cutting edge technologies, featuring the most current and advanced lab equipment in the engineering department caught me by surprise from the very beginning.


    Testing the stress factor of a bridge at the lab

    When I moved to Australia, I was having second thoughts about living all alone in Geelong, where my Deakin University campus is based. I lost my father when I was three years old, and was raised by my mother for 20 years along with my sister. But after arriving, I found Geelong and Australia to be very welcoming and started embracing my life here.


    Road trip with friends to Torquay beach

    I was rather nervous during the orientation week at Deakin, but the people I met during orientation made me feel like I was no longer away from home. Studying at Deakin has been an invaluable experience, and it has taught me how to develop my thinking and to take everything into consideration. One of the things I admire most about Deakin is that I can listen to my lectures online through CloudDeakin. All of the lectures are recorded and available to be used through CloudDeakin which is helpful if I ever fall behind.

    Studying at Deakin has been an invaluable experience, and it has taught me how to develop my thinking and to take everything into consideration Another thing I love about Deakin is the number of events that happen on campus, and the number of student societies you can join. Deakin holds a Twilight Festival every year which lights up the night sky with fireworks – it was mind blowing!


    At the Deakin Twilight Festival

    I also joined the Deakin Sri Lankan Students Society which made me feel more at home, introducing me to new people with different personalities. The events that the Deakin Sri Lankan Student Society organised over the past few months were spectacular. And obviously being a Sri Lankan makes you fall in love with the game of cricket, so I joined the Deakin Waurn Ponds Cricket Club and played in the first’s team.


    Deakin Kottu Night organised by the Deakin Sri Lankan Society

    During a practice session with the Eagles During a practice session with the Eagles

    My journey abroad has been both overwhelming and inspiring and my experience in Australia has taught me so much. It has taught me to open my eyes to various opportunities, and how to adapt to new relationships and acquaintances abroad. Wandering out of my ordinary range of knowledge has taught me that life may not generally go as planned but one thing for certain is that we will positively wind up where we are intended to be, and if life is a story, why not make it an experience worth telling.

    Mayuka

    Back in 2013, I was faced with the task of choosing a suitable university for my undergraduate studies. I heard about Deakin University through the pathway program offered at the Royal Institute Colombo...

  • 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...

  • 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...