Choosing a university as an International student

You want to study overseas but how do you decide on a university without stepping foot on the grounds?

This is an issue for the majority of international students who cannot visit campuses on the other side of the world before making a decision on where to study.

Here are some ways you can determine which university is for you from afar.

Website

Visit the websites of universities to see if they have what you’re looking for. Do they offer your chosen course? Are they in the city you would like to live and study in? Are there accommodation options? What resources do they offer to student? More importantly, what do they offer for International students in regards to support and services?

Visit the university website to start your research !

Visit the university website to start your research !

Social media:

The website will also have links to the university’s social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter or Weibo so they are definitely worth looking at.

While you can’t check out the campus grounds, if you look at a university’s YouTube channel there should be videos of the campus which can give you an idea of what it is like there. By watching a few videos you can also gauge what the student-body is like too!

You can learn a lot from a university website and its social media channels, and it can lead you to the next step – contact.

Speak with university staff / students / alumni

Many students apply to universities based on recommendations from current or former students, so if you have a friend or a friend of a friend studying at your university of interest, reach out and get their opinion! University websites always have a ‘contact us’ page, so send them your questions and they can help out.

You can also contact their social media pages with your questions.

ACU has Ask ACU where you can ask a question, chat with university staff or look up previous and frequently asked questions that could help you find what you’re looking for.

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Speak to students, staff and alumni to learn more about the university.

Education agent:

On the university website you should be able to find contact details for registered education agents in or near your city that you can contact about the university or universities you want to apply for. Education agents can help guide you and answer questions that you have about studying overseas and they can also help you put your application together.

Meet a representative in your city:

Many universities visit countries all over the world to speak with prospective international students and a calendar of events with dates and times can be found on a university’s website.

These could be through school visits, as a part of education fairs or joint events with education agents.

Attending an information session allows you to speak with staff and sometimes alumni, giving you a more personalised idea of what to expect if you choose to study at the institution.

Meet a university representative in your country.

Meet a university representative in your country.

How did you decide on which university to study at as an International student?

Let us know in the comments below!

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ACU杰出校友奖 – 授予对国际有贡献的校友

澳大利亚杰出校友奖得主Tin Ma Ma Htet (Tess),从事教育和志愿者工作,为了下一代青年,让世界成为一个更好的地方。Tess最近被授予2016年澳大利亚天主教大学杰出校友奖之对国际社会有贡献荣誉,得奖的原因是作为一个教育工作者,身体力行努力改善缅甸的教育标准,并分享她的故事,在全球范围内强调分享的重要性。

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Tess接受杰出校友奖

Tess说这个奖项对她个人来说意义深远,并感谢澳大利亚天主教大学对她作为ACU毕业生投身于社区的认可和重视。

Tess说:“身为澳大利亚天主教大学的一分子,我深感荣幸,我也很高兴,当初在澳洲的众所高校中,我选择了在ACU学习。”

在2009年,Tess和其他工作伙伴合作成立了“缅甸讲故事青年小组”,向不同年龄层次的人讲故事。这个青年小组参加了在泰国举行的讲故事比赛,分享了缅甸历史中传统的民谣故事,内容和和平,多样化和包容有关。

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Tess说“我们的宗旨是:珍视我们的民谣故事,拯救我们的国家。基本上的意思是用我们传统的民谣故事,来使我们国家的传统文化不至于流失,用民谣故事来传播好我们国家好的传统,并好好保存并使用出来。”

在2015年,Tess被前美国总统克林顿邀请,前往纽约,参加克林顿年度倡议的年度峰会,唤起大家对通过讲故事的方式维持世界和平的重要性。

她是被邀请参加和切尔西的公开讨论环节中,最年轻的一位,她说自己很荣幸受邀参加,也很高兴克林顿分享了她关于讲故事的观点和重要性。

“在公开讨论之后,有很多人过来和我说话,我得以和他们中的大多数交流,觉得很好。我也得知其中一些人也在从事很高尚的工作,服务他们的社区和其他社区。”

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Tess说 “我很高兴,在和听众的互动中学到很多,他们不知道讲故事在推动和平的进程中起到的重要作用,但现在他们明白很多。”

她说帮助别人让她更开心,她离不开自己的志愿者事业和过去几年自己从事的活动。

 “我喜欢当志愿者并定期帮助别人,甚至在忙了一天或一周以后。除此之外,我衡量自己价值的标准是我给社区和人们作出了多少贡献。我帮助别人越多,越觉得自己有价值。”

出生在一个贫穷的家庭,从年轻的时候就知道受人歧视的滋味,她决定开始一个事业,成为一个老师,并平等地对待教育孩子,尊重他们的不同。

Tess说 “我热爱教育。我知道我可以给孩子和老师带来很多改变,我把教学的互动,创新和知识内容融合到学生学习体验中。更重要的是,我喜欢和孩子们在一起。和孩子在一起,并帮助他们寻找到自己的方式成长,给我的感觉很好。”

Tess说她的工作,作为一个初级教育工作者,和在缅甸的一个项目工作者,需要很多技能和知识。

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Tess说: “我参加了很多和澳大利亚天主教大学有关的工作小组和短期训练项目,有些在缅甸境内,有些在境外。通过试验课程,我已经学会了把目光放在更有效和迅速的学习方式,帮助学生不仅为未来工作做准备,也为将来生活做准备。了解更多有关效率教学战略和理论知识,可以帮助我成为一个更好的老师,以及成为一个支持缅甸教师队伍的教育工作者。”

对于Tess,个人成就是以自己对社区的积极贡献来衡量的。我对社区的积极贡献越多,我觉得自己的成就感越强。Tess说:“到目前为止,作为一个老师,用自己的强项来教育人们懂得多样性和不同,我对讲故事的热爱,让我愿意与别人分享,如何让全球世界成为一个更好的地方,和我们已经作出的成就。
如果想了解更多澳大利亚天主教大学校友奖,请点击:ACU校友奖

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澳大利亚天主教大学学生Mariyam: 决心为特殊孩童带来改变

奖学金对于很多留学生来说都很有吸引力,很多普通家庭的孩子远赴海外留学,并不是完全依靠家庭的资金支持。除了打工,他们还积极努力地争取国外奖学金,来减轻留学费用带来的经济压力。家庭条件优厚的留学生也同样会申请奖学金,对于他们来说,奖学金意味着对于自己学术能力的肯定,是一种荣誉。国外大学给留学生提供种类繁多的奖学金,帮助学生在经济上能够顺利完成学业。同样校外的组织和部门,也会资助学生,所以有些奖学金都是以这些组织名字命名的。

奖学金获得者Mariyam

奖学金获得者Mariyam

“澳大利亚奖”是澳大利亚所有政府部门共同发起的,是所有各政府机构下的自己设立的奖学金统称,由澳大利亚外交事务和贸易部(DFAT)教育部和澳大利亚国际农业研究(ACIAR)系共同管理。该奖学金致力于发掘未来有潜力的领导,给全球有才能的个人创建全球化的平台,并支持他们拥有在澳洲和海外受教育经历。奖学金的获得者回到自己的国家,带着新的想法和知识,可以对本国的的某些领域的发展提供重要的贡献。

澳大利亚天主教大学目前采访了拿到“澳大利亚奖”的获得者Mariyam,她来自马尔代夫,刚刚在澳大利亚天主教大学完成了特殊儿童教育本科学位。

Mariyam说:她选择这个专业,是因为对自己国家急需发展的领域做了调查,并发现特殊儿童教育排名靠前,特别需要专业的人才。

 “我希望当我回到自己国家后,能为特殊人群(比如有残疾或智障的弱势群体)的生活,在方方面面带来一些改变。”

Mariyam申请了“澳大利亚奖”奖学金,是因为她的一个朋友之前有申请同样的奖学金,并且顺利拿到,他把这个机会告诉Mariyam,并鼓励她申请。

Mariyam说:“考虑到我自己感兴趣的领域,我相信在发达国家,比如澳大利亚,获取知识和经历,持续地制定出有利于残疾人新的政策和战略,使残疾人和他们家人的生活更加美好,让整个社会受益。这个奖学金的获得,让带配偶或孩子来澳洲陪读变得容易,因为该奖学金的受益人可以让孩子免费地在澳洲公立学校接受教育,这对我来说真的很有诱惑,因为我有一个上学年龄的孩子。长话短说,我相信这是非常好的学习机会,给我和我的家人提供的不同的选择道路。”

为了更增加获得奖学金的可能性,Mariyam在她所在的城市,参加了“澳大利亚奖”信息发布会。Mariyam说:“在参加了该奖学金的信息发布会后,我开始准备自己的申请材料。我是在网上递交申请的,在被列入候选人名单后,我需要参加一个面试,才能得知结果。当我得知我的申请成功后,我非常非常兴奋。”

Mariyam说:“这个奖学金的获得者,可以拥有非常有价值的和专业相关学术机会或不相关的生活经验。这帮助我知道自己可以期待什么,并如何从身心上作好准备,在正式课程开始前,比如我们被告知如何在澳洲开设银行账户,如何管理每天的预算等。从自己拿到奖学金,到拿到澳大利亚天主教大学的邀请函,学校的一位国际学生事务联络老师给我很多的支持和帮助。得知自己的一些困惑可以随时向学校老师求助,真的是让人很欣慰,尤其是在自己刚刚入校的时候。悉尼是生活消费比较昂贵的城市,奖学金给我每两周提供一笔津贴,这让我可以更容易地专著于学习,并且可以偶尔去欣赏悉尼的景色”

如果你也想申请“澳大利亚奖”奖学金,请点击:“澳大利亚奖”

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ACU Alumni awarded for International Contribution

ACU Alumni Tin Ma Ma Htet (Tess) lives to teach and volunteer to make the world a better place for the youth of today.

Tess was recently awarded the International Contribution Award at the 2016 ACU Alumni Awards for her work as an educator and practitioner to improve the standards of education in Myanmar and sharing the importance of storytelling in a global context.

Tess receives her Alumni Award.

Tess receives her Alumni Award.

Tess says the award means a lot to her and appreciates that ACU acknowledges and values the contributions that its students are making to the community.

“I am honoured to be part of ACU and I am glad that I have chosen ACU to study among hundreds of great universities across Australia.”

In 2009, Tess co-founded youth group Myanmar Storytellers which performs stories to people of different age groups. The youth group participate in storytelling festivals in Thailand to share Myanmar’s traditional folktales relating to peace, diversity and tolerance.

“Our motto is Save our folktales, save our nation,  basically saying to use our folktales to save our nation from losing the culture and using folktales to bring up good things about our country and make use of them in good ways,” Tess says.

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Tess was awarded the International Contribution Award at the 2016 ACU Alumni Awards.

In 2015 Tess was invited by former US President Bill Clinton to be on the opening panel at The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York to raise awareness of the importance of storytelling in the peace building process.

She was the youngest on the Opening Panel with Chelsea Clinton and says it was an honour to be invited and was glad to learn Bill Clinton shared her views on storytelling and its importance.

“After the panel, there were so many people coming to talk to me which was great since I got to talk to many of them and learn their noble work and contributions to their communities or other communities,” Tess says.

“I was happy to learn from the audience that they had not known how stories are important in the peace-building process but now they understood it better.”

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Tess lives to teach and help others.

She says helping others makes her so happy and she couldn’t live without her volunteering and the activities she has been undertaking for years.

“I like to volunteer or help others regularly, even after tiring day or week at work.

“In addition to that, I measure my value according to how much of a contribution I can make to my community and people I know. The more I can help, the more valuable I am.”

Raised in a poor family and having experienced discrimination from a young age, she decided on a career as a teacher and trainer to teach children fairly, and value their differences.

“I love teaching. I know I can make big differences in children and teachers I am working with through interactive, innovative and informative learning experiences together,” Tess says.

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Tess was awarded for her work to improve the standards of education in Myanmar and sharing the importance of storytelling in a global context.

“More importantly, I love being with children. Being with children and trying to help them find their own ways, making them realise things on their own gives me the best feeling.”

Tess says her job as a primary teaching specialist and a development worker in Myanmar requires a lot of skills and knowledge.

“I have joined so many workshops and short training programs inside and outside of Myanmar along with my studies in ACU.

“I have learnt to focus on effective and efficient learning through experiential strategies which will prepare the students not for work but for life. Realizing and getting to know more about effective teaching strategies and theocratical knowledge prepares me to become a better teacher and an educator who can better support teachers across Myanmar.”

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“I measure my value according to how much of a contribution I can make to my community and people I know. “

For Tess, accomplishment is measured by the positive contribution she makes to communities.

“The more positive contributions I can make, the bigger accomplishment I am making.

“So far, being able to use my strengths as a teacher to educate people to understand the differences and value of beauty of diversity and my love of stories to share with others about how to live as better people in this global world, are some of the big accomplishments,” Tess says.

Read about our other ACU Alumni Awards winners here

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ACU职业英语考试OET培训班

哪里有专业靠谱的OET培训班?ACU语言中心,自己就有暑期OET课程[good]

职业英语考试,英文全称是”Occupational English Test”,是澳大利亚成人教育局(CAE)主办的职业英语考试,专为海外医疗职业人士而设的,OET职业英语考试的目的是为了评估那些希望留学、移民澳大利亚或在澳大利亚从业的医疗卫生专业人员的英语水平。澳洲的注册护士协会规定,海外留学生如果没有5年的在澳学习经历,需要在OET考试中四个项目听说读写成绩均为A或B。

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什么时候开始准备OET?

一般建议护理专业二年级下半学期开始准备。因为OET考试有效期为两年,如果太早准备,毕业的时候考试成绩无效也够冤枉的。其次不建议过早准备的原因是,考试内容涉及护理和医学的各个方面,学校里的专业知识学得多的话,对考试的成功率一定有利。当然,有些喜欢临时抱佛脚的同学,觉得等大三再准备也不迟,话虽这么说,但现实可能是你在大三忙得不可开交,找工作,交作业,医院实习等等,会有很多事情让你分心。这个时候,你可能觉得浑身都是压力。

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悉尼校区2016年暑期OET培训课程

地点:北悉尼校区 North Sydney (MacKillop Campus)

上课时间:2017年1月9日 - 2017年2月13日,每周一和周四晚上 17:00 - 20:00(除1月26日周四不上课,放在2月4日周六10:00-16:00)

报名前提:雅思最低平均分6.5,或在健康科学专业领域学习至少2年以上

课程价格:650澳元

课程咨询,请邮件至:study.english@acu.edu.au

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ACU student determined to make a difference

Scholarships can make a world of difference to International students studying in Australia.

Universities offer a range of scholarships which can help assist students financially although there are also external opportunities which are offered to students by other organisations and one of the biggest out there is the Australia Awards.

The Australia Awards are a whole-of-government initiative bringing together scholarships and fellowships administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Mariyam Ashfa Hamdi says she wants to make a difference when she goes back to the Maldives.

Mariyam Ashfa Hamdi says she wants to make a difference when she goes back to the Maldives.

The Awards strive to develop leadership potential and stimulate lasting change by empowering a global network of talented individuals through high-quality education experiences in Australia and overseas.

Recipients return home with new ideas and knowledge, and the ability to make a significant contribution to their home countries as leaders in their field.

ACU International spoke with Australia Awards Scholarship recipient Mariyam from the Maldives, who has just completed her third year of study at ACU for her Bachelor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies.

Mariyam says she chose the degree after looking closely into high priority areas for development in her country and Disability Services topped that list.

“I am hoping to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, in more ways than one, when I return to my country,” Mariyam says.

Mariyam applied for an Australian Awards scholarship after a friend who had successfully attained a scholarship previously told her about the opportunity and encouraged her to apply.

“Also considering my field of interest, I believed that getting knowledge and experience in one of the developed countries, such as Australia, which is continually developing new policies and strategies for the betterment of the lives of people with disabilities and their families, would be very beneficial,” Mariyam says.

“The scholarship is also one that made bringing your spouse or children to Australia easy, due to benefits like free public education for the children of scholars, which was very alluring to me since I have a school-aged son. So to keep it short, I believed it was a really good learning opportunity that would open new pathways for both me and my family.”

To learn more about the opportunities, Mariyam attended at Australia Awards session held in her city.

“After the information session I started getting ready for my application. I lodged an online application and after being shortlisted, I had to go through an interview before being selected.

“When I found out that my application was successful, I was absolutely ecstatic.”

Mariyam says the mandatory Introductory Academic Program run for awardees was a valuable experience.

“It helped me know what to expect and be more prepared; mentally, physically and academically before the official course commenced. Also, it covered practical things like opening a bank account, how to manage daily budget etc.”

“From the moment of being selected and placement at University was secured, I was assigned a liaison officer from Uni, who was really supportive and helpful throughout these three years,” Mariyam says.

“I was lucky enough to have an amazing international student officer, who was equally supportive.

“Knowing that there were always people that I could turn to was comforting, especially during the early days when I was just settling in.

“Sydney being a pretty expensive city is no surprise so the fortnightly stipend given to us was really a blessing. It made it so much easier to completely focus on my studies, and also to explore different delights that Sydney had to offer.”

For more information on the Australia Awards, visit the website.

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7 things you will need in Australia

So you’re coming to live and study in Australia – what are the essentials you need to make the most of your trip down under?

No one travels without a camera phone these days so this one goes without saying – you will want to record, remember and share these memories!Documenting Study Abroad 2

Obviously you will need the important stuff – your visa, passport, paperwork, license, flight documents, travel insurance…etc

Make sure you also leave certified copies of your license, passport and visa at home with a family member just in case you lose them in Australia – getting them replaced is not an easy process!

Here are seven things you’ll need to pack or buy (with a suggestion for which way to go) for your life in Aus!

1.Thongs 

Pack/Buy: It’s a summer staple – a pair of thongs. Also known as flip flops, the ones for your feet – don’t get that confused! You’ll definitely need a pair or two for your stay in Australia and if you’re in a hostel it’s a good idea to have a pair for the shower too. Some Aussies tend to wear their thongs all year round, it’s not uncommon to see a locals wandering around in thongs in the middle of winter, especially in coastal towns – you’ll probably notice Havaianas are the crowd favourite!

Australian thongs, don't be mistaken!

Australian thongs, don’t be mistaken!

2. Swimsuit 

Pack/Buy: Swimmers, bathers, togs, swimsuit, cozzies, bikini, budgie smugglers, boardies… (Did we miss any?) Australia is famous for its beautiful beaches and coastline so you’d be doing it wrong if you don’t visit the beach AT LEAST once while you’re here!

Bondi Beach in February. As you can see, it’s probably the most visited beach of Sydney

Bondi Beach- one of Australia’s most famous!

3. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat

Pack/Buy: You’ve got to be sun-conscious in Australia, you will burn very quickly in the hot sun or even on a cloudy day. You’veprobably heard the UV rays are worse here, as are the rates of skin cancer, so it’s best to stay protected! Pack your hat and sunnies (sunglasses) but it’s probably easier to buy your sunscreen when you get here – it’s sold in most places, supermarkets, department stores and chemists… as is aloe-vera gel – it’s a good idea to have some of this on hand if you do manage to get sunburnt!

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You’ll definitely need a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen!

4. Jackets

Pack: Australia has a sunny reputation but many of our cities can also experience four seasons in a day! Be prepared to sun yourself in the morning and be reaching for the jacket in the afternoon. Winter can get quite cold in the southern states (Brisbane has 283 days of sunshine a year but it can get down to 10 degrees!) so it’s best to ensure you have a light and heavy jacket for when the weather turns.

Prepare for four seasons in a day!

Prepare for four seasons in a day!

5. Bug repellent

Buy: This brings us to another reputation Australia has – deadly and poisonous spiders and insects. It’s actually quite unlikely you will ever come across any of the really bad bugs but there are a lot pesky mosquitoes (aka mozzies in Australian) around, especially in the summer months when you’ll want to spend your afternoons outside! So make sure you buy insect repellent to avoid those annoying itchy bites!

Bug spray is a must in Australia! Picture: Aerogard

Bug spray is a must in Australia! Picture: Aerogard

5.5 Topical treatment/ first aid for bites

Buy: If you didn’t get insect repellent in time you might want to invest in a gel, cream or lotion to prevent/soothe itching and redness from those pesky bites – Stingose, Stop-itch or Calamine lotion are easy to come by in the supermarket, department stores and chemists.

Calamine lotion can help sooth the bites from those pesky mozzies! Photo: Chemist Warehouse

Calamine lotion can help soothe the bites from those pesky mozzies! Photo: Chemist Warehouse

6. Power adapter/ Voltage converter

Pack: There’s nothing worse than arriving in a foreign country and realising you can’t recharge your phone/camera/computer! Make sure you pack an adapter so you can power up all your devices when you arrive, Australian power outlets accept flat two pin or three-pin plugs.

Electrical voltage in Australia is 230 volts – International AC outlet adapters do not convert electric current so If your appliance does not accept 220-240 volts you will need to buy a voltage converter to prevent damage to your electrical devices.

Australian power points have three

Australian power points are three-pinned

 

7. Casual / closed in shoes

Pack: Contrary to popular belief, Australians do wear footwear other than thongs – especially in the cooler months! So make sure you bring some protective footwear with you. If you’re doing anything in the countryside you’ll want to wear closed in shoes because you never know what you could step on!Walking shoes

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特色专业推荐:儿童早期教育专业 (婴儿期到5岁)

目前幼儿教育在发达国家属于稀缺人才,已成为国际最稀缺的四种人才之一。由于发达国家对教师的需求增大,澳洲各高校纷纷培养符合本国教育发展的优秀幼教人才,并抛出橄榄枝来大力招揽国际优秀幼教人才。

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澳大利亚天主教大学(Australian Catholic University, 简称ACU) 的教育学院,在教育领域中一直处于领先地位,为澳洲培养了众多的优秀教育人才,由于ACU 为学生提供了个性化和独特的教学氛围,让学生能积极参加广泛的社区实习活动,而不是仅限在校园内,使得ACU的学生毕业后,在教育学院获得的实践经验,获得社会高度认可和赞扬。不仅如此,ACU 教育学院为教师提供从初级到高级的培训课程和研究课程,此外还有小学教育和中学教育。ACU 教育学院也是澳洲第二大的教育人才培训基地。学生毕业后,可以获得澳大利亚教师资格,并任职于澳洲公立,私立或者教会的中小学校。

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为什么选择儿童早期教育专业?

澳大利亚天主教大学 (ACU) 提供顶尖的幼儿教育课程。ACU 拥有100年的幼教经验和传统,是澳洲第二大教育人才培养基地。ACU 的毕业生,不仅在幼教专业领域拥有扎实的理论基础,同时在校实践和实习的经验,帮助学生更快地把知识运用到实践中。

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是否适合你?

你是否喜欢以下内容:喜欢和儿童在一起,并观察他们成长和改变,社区和托儿所的自愿服务,做游戏,手工艺,木偶戏,团体运动,有创造性,喜欢做辅导工作。你是否擅长以下内容:主动倾听,照顾别人,作指导,沟通,批判性思维,理解儿童的想法和感受,动手能力,耐性,体力好。

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课程概述

儿童早期教育专业,研究如何教育从婴儿期到5岁的儿童,你将通过理论的学习和实习,系统了解如何照顾儿童,幼儿园学前教育,学前班教育等等。澳洲的教育部门要求早教专业学生要有一个广泛的学识,因此会安排类似于文理学院的基础教育课程,比如人文科学,数学,生物和物理,社会学,历史,健康,体育, 目的是提高学生的沟通能力,批判性思维能力和解决问题能力。你可能会被和要求辅修或者研究上述某一个具体学科,如果是这种情况,那么学生的四分之三的本科教学课程将由基础教育课程组成。 在专业课课程里,将学习早教的历史,教学哲学以及儿童的成长和发育,学习如何计划,实践和评估适合于儿童的教学计划。  很多大学都会要求学生在大三,大四时,花一个学期的时间在从学前班到三年级的班级里的实习。  教学方式通常为课堂教学,小组互动项目,讨论,演示以及个人陈述。你还会通过远程学习来观摩一些视频教学和专家演讲。

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课程结构

学生共计需要完成320学分,其中包括教育研究(90学分),课程基础研究(70学分),教育学和课程学(70学分),大学核心课程(20学分),选修课(40学分),专业经验单元(30学分),社区融入单元(10学分)

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Living and renting in Australia

One of the most important tasks of moving to another country is finding a place to live and sometimes finding the right place is not an easy task!

Accommodation options can vary and let’s face it, where you live and who you live with can make or break your overseas experience!

There any many options for international students when it comes to accommodation but which one is right for you?

Student residence

Living in student residence is a fantastic way to meet new friends where you will live and study. ACU’s offers accommodation for Sydney students at the Miguel Cordero Residence which is located in the student hub of Camperdown, close to Sydney’s city centre.

The furnished apartments are in a secure building with communal lounges and study spaces with public transport nearby and an onsite management team.

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Raphael, Kelsey and Haowei in one of MCR’s common rooms.

ACU student Kelsey Plute says one of the benefits of  living of living at MCR, particularly with other international students, is the common ground they share being away from home.

“Getting to know other cultures from a person is definitely something special.  Living at MCR has helped me make some awesome new friends and I couldn’t be more comfortable here.”

ACU offers Managed Residences in Ballarat along with the Camillus Residential Village in Ballarat and Canberra also has Managed Residences.

Canberra also has the option of MacKillop House which offers fully catered, safe and affordable accommodation for young women who are studying in the ACT.

MCR is priced from $330/week – apartments and studios come fully furnished ready for you to move in.

Student accommodation

Specialised student apartment accommodation is available in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra by Semester in Australia, Urban Nest, Uni Lodge, Uni Gardens, IGLU Student Accommodation and Student Housing in Australia.

This furnished accommodation is also a great way to meet other students who may be studying at your university or at another institution in your city.

Homestay

Homestay offers international students the opportunity to live in a local home while studying in Australia. This will help you improve your English and gain an authentic understanding of Australian life and culture.

It is also a good option for short-term stay if you plan on finding a private rental or other accommodation when you first arrive in Australia.

ACU Homestay placements are arranged by the Australian Homestay Network (AHN) and cost about $AU250 to $300 per week and must be booked for a minimum of 4 weeks.

Fees cover students’ accommodation, utilities, meals, access to laundering facilities, 24/7 professional phone support and ongoing Homestay host and student support as well as the AHN insurance policy.

Private rentals

Renting an apartment or house is also an option many international students choose to do.

Usually a share house is the most affordable option and a way to make new friends in your home away from home!

First off- unless you have family or friends in Australia that you absolutely trust it is not a good idea to sign a lease before you arrive in Australia – you wouldn’t buy a car sight unseen, would you?

Consider sharing housing with friends for affordable accommodation.

Consider sharing housing with friends for affordable accommodation.

If you choose to live in a private rental, you will most likely have to buy furniture and your initial costs can be quite high.

You will pay a bond up front before you move into the property. A bond is a refundable security deposit that will cover damages that occur while you live at the property and is usually equal to four weeks of rent but this can vary.

As long as you do not damage the property and leave it as clean as (or cleaner!) than when you found it, you should receive your bond back in full.

You will also sign a lease (a rental agreement) before moving into the property and usually this is a 12 month contract but shorter term options may be available. The lease sets the terms of tenancy and will include information such as your rental payments – whether that is weekly, fortnightly or monthly  – and will have the names of all tenants listed.  A lease also includes conditions you will adhere to such as damage to property, your rights if they choose to sell the property, keeping of pets etc.

Ensure you read the agreement very carefully before signing it!

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You can find rental properties on sites such as Domain and realestate.com.au.

Cost: When sharing, rent can range from $150 – $300+ per week and bills quarterly bills are usually split between housemates.

Another option is flatmate finding websites where you create a profile about yourself which includes what kind of place you are looking for, what you are willing to pay and some information about you. You can send enquiries to other users about their properties and they can contact you too.

This is a very popular way for people to find share accommodation but it carries with it a number of risks.

Moving in with strangers can be a risk and you need to make sure that you are paying a reasonable amount of rent and you are not getting taken advantage of.

If this is the option you choose, be safe and visit these properties with a friend. Also, it is important to ask as many questions as possible!

The last thing you want is to move into a place where the lease is up in a month, it doesn’t get renewed and you have to go through the process of finding somewhere to live all over again!

The cost for living with flatmates can vary, with anything from $100 a week to $300+.

The International Office has created accommodation guides to help you find suitable accommodation in your city so for more detailed information, visit the site.

Do you have any advice for finding accommodation in Australia?

Comment and let us know!

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在ACU,边上课,边在校园兼职工作- ACU校园工作等你来!

在澳洲留学,做校园兼职 什么的最赚了,既能赚点零花钱,又能让自己英语水平得到操练,既能提高自己与人沟通交流能力,又能为简历加分,简直一举好几得!

可是,校园兼职都有哪些呢? 很多澳大利亚天主教大学的同鞋们,都知道学校有个专门的校园招聘内网。很多澳大利亚天主教大学的学生, 已经或正在学校工作, 这种经历让他们获得了很有价值的工作经验, 并知道如何把自己的核心优势, 发挥在未来的职场中.

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Maria Nakamura是一名来自新加坡的留学生,就读于中等教育专业硕士,她在ACU学生工作行政部门,课余兼职工作了1年,她说:“虽然自己是以学生的身份在工作,但是我感到自己,在和身边同事相处和共事中,被欢迎和重视。”在硕士课程学习期间,Maria每周工作两天,她说:“在校园的兼职工作,让她感到更加融入自己的学校,在学校中找到一种归属感。我相信学校的兼职工作,给了我和自己付出相应的可观收入,但更重要的是,自己对澳洲的工作环境有了更直观的了解和熟悉。”

Maria说:“她拿到这份工作后,用了大约2周时间适应。职业发展服务部门的团队,以非常欢迎,热情,接纳和理解的心态,对于我的加入。在工作中,我有种回到家的归属感。” Maria在过去一年中,在自己的这个职位“学生校园工作行政助理”中,学到了很多,但她说最重要的是大家彼此分享自己的知识。“我学到了分享你的经验的重要性,无论你觉得自己分享的是多小的一块,在你自己的部门,以及和其他部门交流中,知识被分享,积累到很多,当在计划下一个事件,演讲和讨论时,对个人而言非常有益。在每月的例行月会“职业发展服务会议”中,我们都会毫无保留地分享自己的经验。”

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Maria说她在学校的这个兼职角色,给了她更了解事业发展服务部门的远景:参与,授权和连接。“我可以经常和同事及学生交流,这让我更增添了一份融入学校的感觉。我被授权做自己的工作,我的上级给了我很多自主权,让我可以自己决定完成工作任务,上级也会尽力和我讨论,并顾全我的观点和建议。最后是“连接”,我可以把我在工作中学到的内容,在帮同学解决问题的过程中,运用出来。“

Maria说她在校园中的兼职工作,教会了她一些核心技能,她可以带到未来的教师岗位中。“我学到了很多使用且重要的资源,这些将帮助我将来为教学计划备课时用到。我参加的一些会议,给了我重要的知识,关于如何和学生沟通交流的战略。总之,我的学生兼职工作,让我对未来将要从事的教师工作有更大的热情。我每天在工作中都提醒自己记得,帮助学生找到满足感和实现感的重要性。“

Maria在自己国家说的就是英语,但是她说在澳洲工作环境中,他学会听懂了澳洲口音的英语。她说澳洲的工作环境和新加坡有很多不同,澳洲的职场文化更理解和鼓励人,更侧重于同事间关系的建立,而新加坡更有目标导向性。澳洲人把工作和生活平衡的比较好,而新加坡人经常会加班工作。从阶层来说,新加坡有很强的组织层次,比如高层领导只能用敬语。在澳洲,你可以直接用名字称呼他们。

 

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