Australia is the smallest continent in the world. It is also the 6th largest country in the world, after Russia, Canada, China, USA, and Brazil. There are over 20 million people living in Australia. Australia is divided into six states and two territories. The capital city is Canberra, which is in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Australia is an island with most of its population living around its coastline. The coastline has many beaches and reefs that are popular with surfers and divers such as the Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach and Surfers Paradise. The centre of Australia is mostly desert with very little water. The famous Ayres Rock or Uluru is found here and is a popular tourist attraction
The Australian Alps are on the south-east side of Australia. The highest mountain, Mount Kosciusko is a great place to go during the summer for hiking and skiing during the winter months.
In the North of Australia you can find rainforests and warmer weather as it is close to the tropics. The Daintree Rainforest is famous for its beauty and hiking trails.
Australia has a long history of farming and crop growing. In the outback, there are many farms that grow rice, wheat, and many vegetables. There are also many dairy and cattle farms that produce milk and beef for local use and to send overseas.
How is the weather?
Australian seasons are the reverse of the Europeans but the same of the Latin Americans. The summer months in Australia are from December to February and the Autumn months are during March till May. Winter is from June to August with Spring in Australia from September till November.
Queensland and the Northern Territory are located closer to the tropics and generally have warmer and humid weather all year round. New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Perth all experience the four seasons during the year. In Tasmania, the weather is colder than the rest of Australia because it is closer to Antarctica.
How many people live there?
Australia has about 21 million people, with the main population living in the South-East and East of Australia. 70 % of Australia’s population live less than one hour from the coast. Australians love the beach and surfing. They have a wonderful relaxed lifestyle.
Culture and life style - What is to be an Australian?
Australia is a multicultural country. People from around the world have migrated to Australia for many years and have brought with them their culture and wonderful food.
In Australia, the main language is English and the official currency is the Australian dollar (AU$).
Study In Australia
Australia has the third largest number of international students in the world, only behind the US and the UK. 22,000 courses and 1,100 public & private institutions, 39 world class Universities are a part of the Higher Education system in Australia. 7 out of the top 100 Universities in the world are Australian. An Australian qualification and institution are recognized globally for their high quality and excellence. Graduates from Australia are very successful in finding jobs and hold prominent positions worldwide. Australian government offers upto 4 years of Post Study Work Visa to internation students.
If your application for a student visa is refused by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), you will receive a refund for pre-paid course fees calculated in accordance with the ESOS Act.It is important to note that if DIAC refuses to issue a visa to a student, for whatever reason, any written agreement between the student and an education provider no longer remains in force. DIAC will write to you to say your visa has been refused. You must give a copy of this notice to your education provider and request a refund. The ESOS Act allows your education provider to keep some money to cover administration expenses.
This means that a provider is bound by the legislation to provide a refund and cannot use a clause in the written agreement to avoid all or part of this responsibility.
Working while you study
One of the advantages of being an international student in Australia is that you can receive permission to work part time (up to 40 hours per fortnight) while you study.
Permission to work
Your student visa automatically gives you permission to work. Your visa information is held electronically by the Australian Department of Immigration (DIAC) and can be accessed at any time using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system. Employers, banks and Government services can also check details about your visa entitlements on VEVO once they have your consent to do so. For information on how to access VEVO please visit the DIAC website
A bit of history
Australia was firstly discovered by a Dutch explorer who named it New Holland. The Dutch explorer did not think the land was very interesting and did not explore it any further. It wasn’t until 1770 when Captain James Cook came and started using and exploring the land that he renamed it ‘New England’.
After 18 years, prisoners were sent to Australia from Britain to be used as a convict colony. Because there were so many prisoners, the land from the coast to the Blue Mountains was not enough and they needed to search for more land to fit them. This was when the first started to explore the other side of the Blue Mountains.
Between 1851 and 1852, goldfields were discovered in Victoria and New South Wales. This discovery attracted thousands of people that came to Australia to try their luck at finding gold.
|Tafe Brisbane Institute||Brisbane|
|Tafe Skill Tech||Queensland|
|PAX (Princeton institute)||Melbourne|
|ZBA Institute||Melbourne & Sydney|
|APIC||Melbourne & Sydney|
|SCEI||Melbourne & Adelaide|
|MIT (Melbourne institute of Technology)||Melbourne & Sydney|
|CDU||Melbourne & Sydney|
|ASM (AELC for Elicos)||Perth|
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