There are many countries that you can choose when it comes to choosing to study English. Why should you choose Australia?
To get the most out of your English learning experience you need excellent teaching, high quality materials, and access to the latest technology, including high speed internet. You also want to study English somewhere where it has a strong economy and a stable political situation, where it takes care of its international students. You also want to immerse yourself in the language, by participating in unique, fun, and interesting experiences. Well, Australia offers all of these things!
The English language curriculum in Australia are modern and cutting edge, with highly qualified teachers and an excellent telecommunications system. For example, we offer a wide range of courses, including IELTS exam preparation, and courses like General English and Academic English, among others. In addition, the national organisation English Australia provides regular opportunities for teachers to develop professionally which ensures that they are improving constantly and aware of the latest research when it comes to language learning.
Australia also has one of the best ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) and ESL education sectors in the world, as it is carefully regulated by the Australian government with strict standards that colleges must adhere to. Last month, a report called 'Study in Australia' discussing the views of students, agents and parents in six different countries about studying in Australia was published by the Australian Government. When compared to other popular destinations for international students, "Australia's student visa costs, tuition costs, living expenses and the minimum level of funds needed to a apply for a visa was generally lower."
The government has recently conducted a detailed review of the international student visa program and has announced a number of changes that will make it even easier for students to enter Australia to study English, which will come into effect on November 5, 2011. These changes will make Australia even more attractive to students wanting to study English.
Australia also has countless opportunities for travel and experiences. Try diving on the Great Barrier Reef, visiting Uluru and the red centre, climbing the iconic Harbour Bridge, driving along the Great Ocean Road or exploring world heritage-listed places like the Kakadu National Park. Visit our world-famous wine-growing regions including the Barossa Valley, Margaret River, and the Coonawara. Check out our popular theme parks on the Gold Coast - Dreamworld, Seaworld, or Movieword. Finally, meet some of our iconic Aussie animals at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane or Currumbin Sanctuary on the Gold Coast.
Make sure you consider Australia when planning your overseas English learning experience.