Education system

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Australia’s education system is of the highest standard and enjoys international recognition. Australian university graduates excel at the cutting edge of research and innovation and vocational and technical education drives our thriving industrial sector. Australia is widely recognised as a world leader in the field of international education and English language training.   After completing high school (Year-12), students head for their higher (Tertiary) education that awards degree for Bachelor, Master and Doctoral studies. Mostly students from overseas come for education at tertiary level. Tertiary education in Australia is administered by the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), which aspires to integrate both vocational and higher education into a solitary classification of tertiary education.   For undergraduate degree, one can either enroll for a two-year Associate degree like Associate of Science (A.S.) or a 3 years degree like Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Achieving a Bachelor’s Degree takes 3 to 4 years. To complete a Masters Degree it takes 1 to 2 years. The Masters Degree follows after the Bachelors degree. It deals with a more advanced subject than a Bachelors degree and either includes research, coursework, or a mixture of the two. After having completed the Masters Degree, one is qualified for taking a PhD program. A student is eligible for advanced standing for the courses he or she has already completed the particular unit in previous studies. Not only universities form the major part of the higher tertiary education, but also the “Technical and Further Education colleges in Australia” (TAFES) are accredited as higher education institutions. They provide a wide range of courses includes subjects such as hospitality, tourism, construction etc. The TAFEs accredit Certificate, Diploma and Associated Degrees after having completed 1 to 2 years. Afterwards, the students are eligible to obtain further qualifications at university level.   The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 ensures the quality of standard of education and training for international students is consistent.   International students can apply for ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students), vocational education and training (VET) and/or higher education.