Exchange in Australia: the best tips and the main programs

Beaches worthy of a movie, climate similar to that of large cities, urban centers with people from all corners of the world… All these scenarios fit in Australia, the sixth largest country in the world (just below India in extension). In addition to landscapes like these, those who are preparing for an exchange in Australia will also have a variety of universities that stand out in the international rankings and many opportunities for development.

English exchange in Australia:

One of the main goals of Indians who are going to study in Australia is to develop fluency in English. No wonder: the country offers a variety of study options for foreign students, with more than 1,200 institutions and 22,000 language courses.

The government guarantees the quality of education based on the Educational Services for Overseas Students Act and the National Code of Good Practices for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training for Overseas Students. Both provide nationally homogeneous standards for education and training providers for international students.

To choose your course and educational institution for an exchange in Australia, look for those that are registered in the Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students in the Commonwealth of Australia (CRICOS). After choosing the destination, it is possible to contact the institution directly or look for an agency.

Student Bruno, for example, took an English course for six months and remained in Sydney working as a waitress and hostess for the remainder of her exchange in Australia. According to her, both studies and work helped her to speak the language fluently.

“I loved the classes I took. In addition, having worked helped me a lot to put theory into practice and acquire vocabulary, in addition to saving money and staying there”, he says. Check out what she says about the experience here.

Australia’s Education System:

Before getting into the types of academic exchanges that Indian can undertake in Australia, it is important to point out some differences between the Indian and Australian education systems.

Officially, there are 12 years of basic education, from kindergarten to high school. However, in Australia, the obligation to study only goes up to year 10 of High School – with years 11 and 12 being optional and intended for those who intend to study at a university. In these two years, students can direct their studies to the areas in which they wish to deepen.

For those leaving school in year 10, there are two options: the professional internships, or the College, which offers vocational and technical courses (VET). One of the advantages of this modality is that it provides a certificate or diploma that, despite being less valuable than a university degree, has great recognition both inside and outside Australia.

Undergraduate Exchange:

The baccalaureate course, called “undergraduate”, is equivalent to the Indian graduation, lasting from two to five years. For those who already attend a Indian university and intend to join an Australian institution, it is possible to try to take advantage of some credits, but first it is necessary to check if the institution where you study is recognized in Australia.

An option for those who are leaving high school and want to enter directly into Australian universities are the Foundation Courses, or “foundation courses”. These are courses in which students who do not meet the necessary conditions for entering university studies can enroll and which allow the reservation of a provisional place in the desired studies. If the required requirements are matched or exceeded during the course, the reserved place is obtained.

Normally, undergraduate classes are composed of lectures – expository classes shared with different undergraduate courses in the institution – followed by tutorials, with a small number of students, aiming to deepen the content explored in the classroom.” explains Felipe Hickmann, a student at UFRGS who did an exchange program in Australia through the Science Without Borders program.

Another option for those who are in college and want to boost their curriculum are the short courses and extension courses offered by Australian universities themselves. It is possible to take classes in “Negotiation and Leadership”, “The Art of Influencing People” and “Strategic Thinking”

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