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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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    Browse the Study Geelong student resources for international students.

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    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

  • MA, Xiaoyang (Ezee)

    Avalon College

    After finishing this fantastic journey in Avalon, finally it's my turn to give a speech. The experience in Avalon was quite tough for me. I still remember my first week at Avalon College. Mrs Kay asked me to go to her office and she said "OH, Mr Ezee, I don't think you can graduate on time!" However after 6 months of hard working, I did it! I did it with the help of my teachers and staff. I'm the person who has been everyone's classmate in all the classes. So I made lots of friends and I would like to thank Mrs Grey for giving me the first grammar test on my first day. I would like to thank Mr Nontapan for playing an amusing game with us, I would like to thank Ms Jones for showing her lovely laughing and Mr Ed for being extremely helpful to me. Thank you Mrs Kay for pushing me so hard that I have to do my best every day. Thank you to all the staff that gave me so many detentions in which I finished my last one yesterday. Finally, I learned how to discipline myself.

    Thank you to Mrs Akila for providing all the delicacies to include the pasta. At last, I need to say thank you to all my friends as they are the first group of friends that I made in another country. I have to treasure them.

    Now I can't hesitate and I will go to my new school. But I am sure I will miss this amazing place. See you.

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    MA, Xiaoyang (Ezee)

    After finishing this fantastic journey in Avalon, finally it's my turn to give a speech. The experience in Avalon was quite tough for me. I still remember my first week at Avalon College. Mrs Kay asked me...

  • YU, Shen (Lancelot)

    Avalon College

    Ladies and gentlemen, It is time for me leave Avalon College. I came here only 7 weeks ago, but I have had many good experiences at Avalon College.

    When I first came to Avalon, I thought it was a beautiful place with a great view of the Geelong City. The activities in the afternoons were very fun too. I think it is very hard to understand everything but the teachers always helped my study. Thank you to Mrs Elakis and Mr Matthews for teaching me and helping me to understand the topics they taught. Thank you Mr Paull and Mrs Drakos for taking care of me. Thank you Mr Parkin and all the other staff for not giving me any detentions while I stayed at Avalon College. Thank you Mrs Akila for cooking the delicious food for me.

    I am very sad to leave Avalon College, but I promise that I will use the knowledge and experiences for the highest benefit. See you later. Good Bye!

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    YU, Shen (Lancelot)

    Ladies and gentlemen, It is time for me leave Avalon College. I came here only 7 weeks ago, but I have had many good experiences at Avalon College.

    When I first came to Avalon, I thought it was a...

  • Javid

    Deakin University

    I am Javid, an Afghan refugee, currently studying a Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry at Deakin University. I was born and raised in a refugee camp in Iran. From there, my parents and I fled persecution, and we sought asylum in Australia. Australia is a great multicultural society and you don’t feel isolated. With only basic literacy and numeracy skills, and no English, I enrolled at a secondary school and managed to access around three years of formal education, before getting the scores I needed to get into university. My dream was always to become a medical doctor.

    I got to know about Deakin from an information session I attended towards the end of my VCE year (2016). Deakin course advisors and the Scholarship team were the guest speakers at the information session. I consider myself fortunate to have attended the session. I was surprised to learn that Deakin University is committed to giving exceptional experiences to students from all around the world.

    Paying International student fees for a tertiary course that I wanted to undertake was out of reach for my family. I had little or no hope of being able to pay these fees and so there was a time that I thought I would not be able to go to university.

    The Deakin Scholarship team told me that there are many scholarship offers for not only Australian students but even for Internationals. They advised me to apply for a Deakin Humanitarian Scholarship, and I did. During the application process, I was assisted by the Deakin International Admissions team, the process was quick and easy.

    Once I was accepted into the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry, and offered a scholarship, I was immensely proud and excited, but also worried as I didn’t have a network of friends or family who lived in the near the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus (where the course was located). I needn’t have been so concerned. As it turns out, I was offered a lot of support, and everything was very positive for me. On my first day at University, my course advisor greeted me with the following: “Welcome to your university, where you will spend your next best years of your life, here at Deakin”. It made my day!

    During orientation week (O-Week) I met many other international students. It was great feeling connected to others who had a similar journey. To add to this, the Peer Mentor program, which enabled me to receive one-one mentorship was invaluable.

    My peer mentor made my settlement in university life quick and smooth. He informed me about the bigger picture of university life and helped me to manage study and enjoy my time as a university student. Deakin’s student societies are another great community to be part of it. I got a chance to meet like-minded students from all four corners of the world, get motivated, and set goals for future successes.

    Now, as a Deakin student and recipient of the Deakin Humanitarian Scholarship, I feel so proud knowing my study capabilities and goals are catered to by one of the finest Universities in Australia and the world. I was amazed once I realised that Deakin is one of the top ranked Universities in the world. With less than 50 years of establishment, Deakin offers Medicine, Engineering, and as many as 400 additional courses.

    As an Optometry student and only halfway through trimester one, I see myself one step closer to my dream of becoming a medical doctor and an Ophthalmic surgeon. My goals are to work and design more affordable intraocular lenses for the disadvantaged people, Indigenous Australians, and for people in developing countries.

    Coming from a war-torn country, where the health system is crippled, I am working hard to become a medical doctor in the future. Ultimately I hope to work with an organisation such as Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF), giving hope to people at risk of blindness and assisting them to access affordable cataract and trachoma treatments. I also want to develop bionic eyes for young children, helping those unfortunate children who have lost vision as the result of land mines and suicide bombs.

    I am grateful that my circumstances have not prevented me from studying in my chosen field. I hope that with the assistance of Deakin University and my own determination and hard work, my dream of becoming an Opthalmic Surgeon will become reality.

    Javid

    I am Javid, an Afghan refugee, currently studying a Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry at Deakin University. I was born and raised in a refugee camp in Iran. From there, my parents and I fled...

  • 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...