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Higher Education in Australia

The University Of Queensland

The University Of Queensland (UQ) is a public research university primarily located in Brisbane, Australia. UQ is in the top 100 universities worldwide, measured through a number of major independent university rankings: the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, US News Best Global Universities Rankings, QS World University Rankings and, Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. UQ is also the largest university in Queensland.

Teaching and learning excellence

Skilled and motivated teachers are integral to providing positive teaching and learning outcomes for students.

UQ has a strong focus on teaching excellence, winning more Australian Teaching and Learning Council Awards for Teaching Excellence than any other in the country and attracting the majority of Queensland’s highest academic achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

The educators of UQ are committed to excellence in learning experiences and outcomes for their students.

Student experience

The UQ Advantage provides students with opportunities, choices and support that will enable them to achieve their individual aspirations, to become leaders in their chosen fields and to positively impact on the society in which they live. In addition to flexibility in program choice, student benefits include the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities during their studies. Students can study abroad, participate in conferences and research opportunities, access more than 190 clubs and societies, and utilize sporting and cultural facilities.

In 2013, the University had more than 48,800 students including 11,513 international students from 142 nations. It has one of Australia’s largest PhD enrolments, with more than 12,500 postgraduate students, and celebrated its 10,000th PhD graduation in 2012.

UQ is continually discovering and practicing innovative approaches to fostering student retention and employability. The University works towards and achieves its strategic objectives by developing ways to engage students – and by pursuing best-practice inductions and student experiences.

Research focus

The UQ Graduate School offers significant support to research higher degree students through a broad range of scholarships and research travel awards, dedicated office spaces, skills training, and professional development opportunities. The University introduced the UQ Career Advantage PhD program – another first nationally – designed to accelerate PhD students’ career development and enhance their employability. Evidence indicates that the University’s research excels in both quality and impact. According to the 2012 Excellence in Innovation for Australia trial, many research projects at UQ have delivered outstanding economic, social and environmental benefits.

UQ also has more specialized fields of research “well above world standard” than any other Australian university, according to the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.

In 2013, UQ attracted more Australian Research Council funding than any other Australian university or research body. With four major campuses – located at St Lucia and Herston in Brisbane, and Ipswich and Gatton in South-East Queensland – the University has invested substantially in construction and development, helping create great environments in which to study and research. UQ is committed to developing state-of-the-art learning spaces that are in step with industry demands and expectations.

UQ has established nine research institutes, many with a multidisciplinary focus:

UQ is also a partner in the Translational Research Institute (TRI) – an Australian-first that represents the future in biomedical research. TRI has the capacity to discover, produce, test and manufacture new treatments and vaccines in one location.

UniQuest, established by UQ in 1984, is one of Australia’s leading research commercialization companies. UniQuest’s innovation portfolio includes Australia’s first blockbuster vaccine Gardasil®, Australia’s largest biotech IPO (QRxPharma Ltd), the internationally acclaimed Triple P Positive Parenting Program, and UQ’s superconductor technology, which is used in two-thirds of the world’s MRI machines.


Programs are organized through six faculties

  • Arts
  • Business, Economics and Law
  • Preparatory Course for Admission to Government Schools
  • Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Social and Behavioural Studies

And are offered at varying levels

  • Graduate certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Masters
  • Masters (Advanced)
  • Doctorate

International Education Service The Foundation Year
For The University of Queensland

IES is a Brisbane-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, innovation and growth in the international education sector. Their mission is to help individuals achieve success through excellence, innovation and growth.

Program Information

The Foundation Year program is accredited to provide students with a 30954QLD Certificate IV in University Preparation (CRICOS Course Code 075730A).

Students who achieve the specific standards are guaranteed a place in the first year of undergraduate courses at The University of Queensland.

Graduates enter all faculties of UQ including Arts; Sciences; Business, Economics & Law; Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology; Health Sciences and Social & Behavioural Sciences.

Students who are Australian citizens or who hold current Australian Permanent Residency status are not able to be admitted to the program.

There are three different programs, with six intake dates throughout the year.

Standard PLUS Program – 44 weeks

Available in January and July each year this program contains an extra seven week module consisting of Mathematics and intensive English taught via PierSim, a 3-D simulation experience.

The program is suitable for all students who have reached an IELTS of 5.0, especially younger students, students with high academic aspirations (e.g. Pharmacy, Vet Science studies) and students who need to increase their English language competency.

Standard Program – 37 weeks

Recommended for students with good academic results and English language proficiency of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. The program has two start dates each year – February and July.

Express Program – 27 weeks

Available in May and September each year this program is designed for students who have stronger English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 or above) and are capable of handling a faster pace of tuition.

Also suitable for students who have completed a matriculation program in their own country but have not quite met the entry levels for undergraduate study or who need to gain assumed knowledge in certain subjects.

Course Structure

Students complete five subjects – two compulsory subjects and three electives.

  • Compulsory Subjects
    • Academic English for University Study
    • Mathematics
  • Electives
    • Accounting
    • Architecture
    • Behavioural Science
    • Biology
    • Business Management
    • Chemistry
    • Economics
    • Information Technology
    • Physics
    • Research

Institute of Continuing TESOL Education ICTE-UQ

Established in 1981, The University of Queensland’s Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) has developed a domestic and international reputation as a center of excellence for onshore and offshore English Language training, English Language teacher training and professional development, continuing education which includes customized programs for groups of international students and professionals and professional year programs for industry. They also offer Language test administration services (IELTS, Cambridge English TKT and Occupational English Test (OET)

ICTE-UQ is committed to providing its students and program participants with exceptional teaching, learning and professional development opportunities through:

UQ has a strong focus on teaching excellence, winning more Australian Teaching and Learning Council Awards for Teaching Excellence than any other in the country and attracting the majority of Queensland’s highest academic achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

  • Experienced and professional teaching, training, program management and support staff
  • High quality, state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities
  • Superior support services
  • Engagement with communities and industry

At UQ, ICTE-UQ is involved in a number of collaborative activities with the University’s Faculties, Schools and Institutes including:

ICTE-UQ is a division of the University reporting to the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) and works closely with UQ International in contributing to UQ’s internationalization objectives.

ICTE-UQ has a management, teaching and administrative staff of over 300 and in 2014 delivered education and training to more than 6,400 students and professionals from over 105 countries

Program Information

Griffith University

Since opening its doors in 1975, Griffith University has come to be regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region.

It is the first university in Australia to offer degrees in Asian studies and Environmental studies to students and it remains a pioneer in these fields. The University has grown to be a large multi-campus institution with internationally recognized strengths in teaching and research. Griffith now offers more than 300 degrees across five campuses and is home to more than 43,000 students from 131 countries. Griffith is Australia’s ninth largest higher education provider.

In the prestigious QS World University Rankings Griffith has ranked in the top 400 universities in the world for the last seven years, which means they are in the top 5% of universities in the world.

Griffith University has 5 campuses. These 5 campuses span 3 cities between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, each with distinct areas of teaching and research strength and working closely with its local community.

  • Gold Coast campus
  • Logan campus
  • Mt Gravatt campus
  • Nathan campus
  • South Bank campus

Teaching and learning excellence

Griffith’s world leading teaching staff are not just passionate about what they do, they have also been recognized for it with a host of prestigious accolades including numerous Australian Learning and Teaching Council awards.

Students are motivated to learn when they are challenged and inspired, when they can see the relevance of their studies to community issues and to their future careers, and when they have enriching academic and social interactions in their university life.

Participating in disciplinary research and learning activities that involve problem solving and critical inquiry, including analysis, synthesis, evaluation and hypothesis testing inducts students into the exciting world of knowledge creation and informed practice based on evidence.

Focusing learning on investigations of relevant real-world issues using methodologies that emulate professional and disciplinary practice and encouraging students to apply disciplinary knowledge and research through active involvement in community projects or volunteering inspires students in their future professions.

Providing relevant blended learning activities linked to current disciplinary issues, assessment tasks that are clearly aligned with learning objectives and regular feedback on performance against standards enables students to grow in confidence that their studies will be fruitful and that they can develop the knowledge and graduate attributes essential for success in their future professions.

The Griffith Experience includes:

  • A high quality, student-focused learning experience.
  • A vibrant, interactive campus experience that builds connections between students and staff and between students, including between domestic and international students.
  • A transformational experience that builds students’ self-confidence, employability, and capacity to apply their skills and knowledge to a range of contexts through one or more, for-credit learning experiences, including work integrated learning, service learning, a research project/practicum and/or an international study or overseas experience

Griffith encourages the use of online learning resources to enhance the quality of on-campus teaching.

Student experience

Student success is integrated into Griffith’s Student Retention Strategy, including the role of the Student Success Advisers and First Year Leaders.

Griffith uses a student life-cycle model as its conceptual framework of understanding the student experience, from pre-entry to graduation. You can expect to find:

  • Services organized from a student-centered perspective
  • Effective orientation and transition experiences, and preparation for academic studies
  • Improved program leadership roles
  • Quality learning experiences
  • Relevant and accessible performance data.

The Graduate Career Strategy presents an institutional approach for producing work-ready graduates who have the skills and knowledge sought after by employers. The strategy reinforces the student life-cycle model, with activities across the student experience. It recognizes that students have responsibilities for their own career development, through participating in the many career-related opportunities available to them.

The Griffith Graduate Attributes include important qualities that position our graduates to succeed in their chosen careers.

Research focus

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 results (based on the 2005-2010 period) profile Griffith as a comprehensive, research-active university with approximately 88% of eligible researchers associated with broad (two-digit) fields of research assessed at world standard or better. Griffith is on track to be a world leader in research fields including quantum physics, drug discovery and infectious diseases, health, trade and development, Asian studies, climate change adaptation, water science, criminology, sustainable tourism, music and the arts.

The Griffith Research Plan 2013-2017 was officially adopted by the University Council in August 2013.

The University has four key research objectives:

  • Build world class research strength through our selected areas of strategic investment
  • Demonstrate research of international standing and excellence in all our discipline areas
  • Develop a culture of research quality and performance that is well supported by information infrastructure (physical and electronic) and resources (financial and human)
  • Maintain our core commitments as a university to innovation, bringing disciplines together, and undertaking socially relevant research which provides demonstrable community benefit.


Griffith offers more than 300 degrees including undergraduate degrees, postgraduate and research degrees. It has an extensive range of study options that can take you where you want to go:

Macquarie University English Language Centre

The Macquarie University English Language Centre (ELC) was founded by the Australian Government 25 years ago and, still today, it remains one of Australia’s leading English language centers. More than 1,000 students graduate every year, and they are proud to see them go on to exciting and fulfilling studies and careers. They are located in the center of Macquarie University’s beautiful campus only 30 minutes by train from the city.

ELC offers a wide range of English language programs including General English, Academic English, Study Tours, TESOL Teacher Training, and professional English courses. They also provide discipline-specific preparation programs for future university students. You can choose to study in an English program specialized in Business, Accounting and Economics (BAE), Human Sciences, Arts and Science (HAS) or Education and Translating & Interpreting (ED/TIPP).

ELC’s courses are an ideal way to prepare for studies at Macquarie University as they teach university study skills as well as English. They believe this is one of the reasons ELC graduates achieve over 10% better GPA in their first Session studies at Macquarie University compared to students entering from other pathways.

ELC’s team of highly experienced and dedicated teachers are leaders in the field with many having Masters and PhD qualifications in teaching. They always look forward to having you with them, and seeing you develop your confidence as you improve your language and academic skills in their friendly and supportive environment right in the center of Macquarie University’s beautiful campus.



  • General English
    • Helps you develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and to improve your vocabulary and grammar. Your skills and confidence to communicate will improve as you learn to use English in a variety of situations. The blended learning environment creates interactive and dynamic classes to make learning English interesting and fun. You will be provided with self-access materials for you to study out of class.
  • Study Tours
    • Macquarie University offers Study Tour programs which cater to a wide range of group types, interests and sizes. They have organized Study Tours for over 100 groups for over a decade. Their programs are very flexible they would create a customized program for your high school, university or corporate group
  • Academic English
    • Offered at four levels. These courses will equip you with the English language and academic skills necessary for successful academic study.
  • University English Preparation Program for Business, Accounting and Economics (BAE) / Human Sciences, Arts and Sciences (HAS) / Education, Translating and Interpreting (ED/TIPP)
    • a 10-week University Entry English Preparation Program for international students who will study undergraduate or postgraduate degrees within the Business, Accounting, Economics, Human Sciences, Arts and Science, Education, Translating and Interpreting faculties at Macquarie University.
    • Students graduating from this program will be able to enter directly into their degrees at Macquarie University without taking the IELTS test.
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP)
    • A 5-week program which will give students with full offers into Macquarie University programs a head start with their university studies. It introduces students to the cultural and academic environment they will experience at Macquarie University and helps them further develop many of the academic skills required for success in their future studies.
  • Preparation Program (SSEPP)
    • Study Skills English Preparation Program (SSEPP) is a 10-week English preparation program for students needing to improve their English before studying in SIBT’s Certificate IV programs or to progress into the EPP program. SSEPP has a strong focus on academic skills as well as on developing the grammar, vocabulary and sentence level skills needed to succeed at SIBT and in university study.
  • English Preparation Program (EPP)
    • English Preparation Program (EPP) is a 10-week English preparation program for students needing to improve their English before studying in SIBT’s Diploma programs. EPP has been developed based on the language requirements, topics and tasks that students will encounter at SIBT, and will further develop the skills introduced in SSEPP.
  • Headstart
    • Headstart is a 5-week academic English preparation program designed to improve the academic skills of SIBT Diploma students. The Headstart curriculum has been developed based on the language requirements, topics and tasks that students will encounter at SIBT and will further develop their academic skills.
  • TESOL Teacher Training Programs
    • Macquarie University English Language Centre offers a TESOL program ideal for both current and trainee English teachers with an overall IELTS test result of 5.5 – 6 (Academic Module) or equivalent. This program allows teachers to participate in TESOL Methodology Workshops and also to improve their English language skills.
  • IELTS Test Preparation
    • Online
    • Intensive

Queensland Institute of Business Technology

Queensland Institute of Business Technology (QIBT) has worked in partnership with Griffith University since 1997, offering a range of university-level programs which prepares students for a smooth transition into further degree studies at the university.

The location of the College on the Griffith University campus, and the strong partnership between the two institutions, ensures students are welcomed as part of the university community from the outset. The university-designed programs are often taught by university lecturers and prepare students for the demands of higher education in Australia.

QIBT specialises in delivering the learning process within a supportive environment, with small class sizes and additional contact hours to those typically offered within a university. This teaching model has resulted in high success rates for students.

QIBT is proud of the rich cultural mix within their student population, with more than 60 different nationalities represented at the College. Student mentors and caring staff help students settle into QIBT and life in Australia.


Foundation Program

  • Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation Program
    • QIBT’s Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation Program is equivalent to year 12 and provides a bridge between secondary school and undergraduate studies. They have designed this program to adequately prepare you for entry to university-level programs in the fields of Arts, Commerce, Design, Engineering, Health, Hotel Management, Information Technology (IT) and Science. Intakes are in February, June and October.

Undergraduate Program

  • Associate Degree in Commerce and Business
    • The business world offers exciting and rewarding careers for young people with initiative, talent and drive. A wide range of options are available, from the vibrant and challenging global professions of accounting and finance to managing people in today’s business world or engaging in the rapidly growing international tourism and hotel management industries. Intakes are in February, June and October.
  • Diploma in Biosciences
    • Biosciences refer to the processes and systems that create, sustain or threaten life. By undertaking the Diploma of Biosciences you will develop foundational knowledge and skills in the biological sciences and clinical sciences and understand their application to research and healthcare services. During the program you will also have the opportunity to engage in basic level practical laboratory experiences. Intakes are in February and June.
  • Diploma of Commerce
    • Acclaimed as one of the best places to study business in Australia, the Griffith Business School offers innovative programs in areas such as international business, finance, accounting, management and marketing. Intakes are in February, June and October.
  • Diploma of Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • Criminology is the study of the complex issues of crime and criminal justice. Criminologists work in federal and state justice agencies such as research and statistics institutes, police departments and courts. Correctional authorities also employ criminologists as researchers, assessors and policy advisors, while other criminologists work in private practice providing consulting services for law reform, justice, forensic psychology, behavioural science or crime statistics. Intakes are in February, June and October.
  • Diploma of Engineering
    • Engineers are integral to today’s changing world in many ways, from the planning, design, construction and management of civil engineering projects to the design of essential electronic circuits and systems and the development of strategies and technologies for a sustainable future. Intakes are in February, June and October.
  • Diploma of Graphic Design
    • As in many fields, the design industry is continuously evolving as trends and technologies change. At QIBT and Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art (QCA) you will be immersed in the core fundamentals of design: colour theory, typography and drawing. Intakes are in February and June
  • Diploma of Health Care
    • The Diploma is primarily designed to prepare students for entry to the second year of the Griffith University Bachelor of Nursing degree, although graduates will exit with knowledge, skills and attitudes for beginner level practice in a health care setting. Intakes are in February and June.
  • Diploma of Health Sciences
    • The Diploma provides an interdisciplinary approach to the field of health science. It focuses on the biological and biochemical aspects of health science and provides a firm grounding in chemistry, cell biology, and anatomy. Intakes are in February and June.
  • Diploma of Hotel Management
    • The hospitality and tourism industries contribute more than A$4 trillion in gross global output, which translates into millions of jobs worldwide. Intakes are in February, June and October.
  • Diploma of Information Technology
    • Australians are leaders in software and system development. IT professionals contribute to business growth and organisational efficiency by monitoring and sustaining technology within an organisation, troubleshooting technical issues, controlling information systems, processing data and maintaining IP addresses. Intakes are in February, June and October.
  • Diploma of Media and Communications
    • Society is based on communication, whether it is written, spoken or visual. The communication industry is rapidly changing with specialist areas continually developing. Intakes are in February, June and October.

Phoenix Academy

Phoenix Academy is a fully Australian owned and operated family business.
It comprises of a beautiful and unique garden campus, it is 10 minutes from the CBD. Phoenix Academy is an Institution which offers quality world class tuition. It is located in one of the best lifestyle cities in the world. Teaching and administration staff are committed to achieving your goals.

Since their establishment in 1989 their motto has always been ‘We Care’. They do indeed care very much that your needs and expectations are not only met but exceeded!

The Phoenix Advantage

  • Beautiful garden campus.
  • International population.
  • Small class sizes.
  • Classrooms equipped with the latest teaching technologies.
  • Experienced and highly qualified teachers.
  • Excellent computing and Internet services plus on campus WiFi.
  • Online learning options.
  • Full range of examination courses.
  • Flexible courses to suit all needs and levels.
  • Innovation and flexible curriculum.
  • Strong focus on Speaking Skills.
  • Full Orientation Program and Placement Test on arrival.
  • Work Experience/Internship Programs.
  • Adventure Travel Centre and services.
  • Recreation facilities within walking distance.
  • On campus Residence (Beatty Lodge)
  • The friendliest and best homestay families in Perth.
  • Internet based Phoenix English Proficiency Test (iPEPT)


English Language Courses

Phoenix Academy offers a range of English language courses. Whether you just want to focus on your general English skills, or improve your English for a specific purpose – Phoenix Academy has a course to suit you.

  • Academic English – University Preparation
      This course is designed for students who do not meet the English entry requirements for university at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Course components include:

    • 10226NAT Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes
    • Academic reading and writing skills classes.
    • Computing for academic purposes.
    • Participation in tutorial discussions.
    • Conducting research using libraries and the Internet.
    • 6 week modules available.
  • University Pathway
      Foundation Studies

    • This program is designed for Australian and international students at pre-undergraduate level who need a bridge between previous academic studies and the academic requirements of Australian universities. The program is a Certificate IV course under the Australian Qualifications Framework. On successful completion of the program, students are eligible for direct entry to Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University and Monash University or other universities of choice at first year level. Intakes are in January, April, July and September.
    • Diploma of Business – Work Ready

    • The Phoenix Diploma of Business – Work Ready program provides students with a broad understanding of contemporary business practices for use within a variety of entry-level positions in both the public and private sectors. The program is ideal for people with little or no business experience, but is also useful for business owners, team leaders and managers who wish to formalise their existing knowledge and skills. Although the primary focus of this program is ‘work-readiness’, students may also choose to use their Diploma to gain credit for entry to university. On successful completion students may apply for advance standing at Curtin, Murdoch and Edith Cowan Universities. Intakes are in January, April, July and September.
    • Diploma of Business (incorporates BSB40212 Certificate IV in Business)

    • The Phoenix Diploma of Business offers students a pathway to second year university. On successful completion of the Diploma of Business and meeting university minimum entry requirements, graduating students from the Diploma of Business are able to transfer to the relevant undergraduate degree program with a year of advanced standing at Curtin, Murdoch and Edith Cowan Universities. Intakes are in January, April, July and September.
  • General English
      General English classes are available from Beginner to Advanced levels and comprise 23 hours of English language tuition per week (equivalent to 29 lessons) delivered in six week modules throughout the year. The Academy’s comprehensive syllabus ensures that speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are covered every day with grammar, vocabulary and syntax studied in context. The main features of the General English Course are:

    • Emphasis on fluency in oral language skills in the lower levels.
    • Accuracy and expanded vocabulary and complex structures (context and syntax presented at the higher levels).
    • Many language levels to ensure complete satisfaction.
    • Interactive, student-centred teaching style.
    • Regular progress counselling.
    • 3 hours of optional Special Focus Classes or Self Study.
  • High School Preparation
      The objective of the High School Preparation Program is to prepare students to enter mainstream formal secondary education in Australia or another English speaking country.

  • Global Business Skills
      This 6-week course is designed to enable participants to communicate in English effectively and with confidence in an international business environment. Participants will practise English speaking, listening, reading, writing, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar within the context of business. They will be exposed to western business practices, and notions of cross-culture as they communicate and will practice communicating in a range of different situations including:

    • Speaking socially
    • Giving presentations
    • Speaking in meetings
    • Negotiating with clients
  • New Gen English
    • A serious English program where the learning is flexible and is designed to get you where you want to be and still leave you time to enjoy your life!
    • Classes from Elementary level upwards – pathways to further studies available
    • Optional Special Focus Classes
    • Access to Online English Learning Resources
    • Levels: Elementary (A1+) to Intermediate (B1)