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Sydney - Education & Schools


On the whole, Australia is a popular destination for many seeking an education, especially a tertiary education. Australia's national curriculum is widely recognized, and the education system seeks to provide a holistic education that includes tolerance for other cultures and the value of cultural and linguistic diversity. The key learning areas are language (English and other languages), mathematics, society studies and the environment, science, the arts, technology, personal development, health and physical education. In secondary schools, specialized subjects, such as aviation, computing, drama, graphic design, law and psychology may be offered.

Lessons are taught in English. Students whose first language is not English will have to attend additional English Language programs.

The Education Sector is Australia's eighth major GDP contributor, so expatriates in search for good quality education for themselves or their children will find a plenty of choice, although some expatriates find that the cost of education in Sydney has been steadily rising, even for education in public schools.

The Australian law stipulates that all children aged between 5 years and 15 years must attend school. The school year begins in January and ends in December each year. There are four terms in each academic year, and there is a short holiday between terms. The longest holiday is the summer holiday (in December and January). School hours vary, but students are expected to be in school between the hours of 9am to 330 pm. While public schools are free for permanent residents, expatriate children whose parents are on temporary visas will need to pay for school fees, even when attending public schools.

A helpful website for European students seeking more information about studying in Australia is www.study-in-australia.org. The website has information about visas and different education opportunities (high school, higher education, English-language programs, and internships). Another website that has useful information is the website maintained by the Australian government (www.studyinaustralia.gov.au). You can also search their database for schools located in a region of your choice. For another list of primary schools in Sydney, try this website. For a list of high schools in Sydney, try this listing.

For tertiary education in Sydney, there is the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Technology, Sydney, Macquarie University and Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies at the Georgetown University.


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