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Now studying abroad is not just confined to studying abroad. Going abroad to study high school is now popular among domestic parents. As the world's third largest destination for international students, Australia, with high-quality education, pleasant living environment, and advantages in further studies, has begun to attract more and more elementary students to study in Australia.

The editor will give you a detailed talk about Australia's high school education, what are the advantages of Australia's high school education, what are the advantages of future studies and how to choose the most suitable school for you.

First of all, like China, Australian secondary schools are composed of six years. The difference is that Australia’s junior high school lasts for 4 years (grades 7-10) and high school lasts for 2 years (grades 11-12).

During the two years of high school, students generally need to study 6-8 academic courses. Australia's education is special in that it focuses on cultivating students' expertise.

The range of students' elective courses is very wide, as can be seen from the VCE exam timetable published earlier. Some of the larger high schools in Australia generally offer 50-60 courses for students to choose from, and smaller high schools also have more than 30 courses; it fully cultivates the interest in learning and at the same time encourages students to develop in an all-round way. Compared with the domestic education and exam-taking methods, no matter where you learn, learning in Australia will be more interesting and more in line with the students' own development wishes.

Australia's high school and university education are closely connected. The course choices you have in high school and the major you have studied in the university are very closely related. In high school in Australia, students generally have to consider three points when choosing courses:

the firstIt is my hobby, what I like, of course I am willing to study hard.

secondIt is their own learning ability, because some courses may be more complicated and difficult to learn, so students can choose courses that are more suitable for them.

thirdIt is to combine the majors that students want to study in the university. For example, if students want to apply for a university major in finance, many universities will require that they have studied mathematics in high school; if they want to apply for medicine, they must have studied chemistry and biology in high school; if they want to apply for a design major, they will Correspondingly, students are required to spend fine arts and other courses in high school.

Mastering these three principles, planning early and learning the courses you want to learn, you can lay a solid foundation for the university.

Next, let’s compare the entry system between Australia and China. If you have passed the Chinese college entrance examination, you will know the feeling of crossing a single-plank bridge. Moreover, the college entrance examination is only two days, and the two-day test may determine the student's future direction. However, in Australia, it is not the performance of two days or two days that is examined, but the overall situation of students in the two years of high school.

During the two years in high school, your usual homework, attendance rate, usual quizzes, final exams and the final state exams will all affect your progress to different degrees. In high school in Australia, it’s not enough to hold the Buddha's feet temporarily. You have to take every homework and every class seriously.Taking Victoria as an example, Victoria needs to examine the usual grades of the 12th grade of high school, and account for 50% of the total grades, and the final examination results account for 50%.


At this time, you may ask, should I go to a private or public high school in Australia?

In Australia, public schools account for the vast majority, accounting for two-thirds of the total, and private high schools account for one-third. Public high schools are funded by the government, and all Australian citizens and permanent residents are exempt from paying tuition fees. Private high schools are completely self-sufficient, so tuition fees are required regardless of whether they are citizens or permanent residents.

For overseas students, the tuition fees of public high schools are also lower than private high schools. The annual fee of public high schools in Australia is around 1 before Australia. The specific fees vary according to different high schools. However, the average tuition fee for private secondary schools will be as high as 2 to 2.5 Australian dollars.

Of course, although private schools charge high fees, the hardware facilities, campus size, and teaching standards of private high schools are better than those of public schools. Let's use the middle schools in the Melbourne area as a reference. Among the top 100 high schools in the entrance examination scores, private schools account for as high as 70%, and public schools account for less than 30%. And it should be pointed out that most private schools admit international students, while public schools only admit international students. Well-known Victorian public schools, including Blawyn High School, Combarewell High School, etc., need to reserve a place in advance a year or two or more.

Finally, let me talk about what you need to pay attention to when applying for these middle schools and how to prepare for the application.

Australia’s student visa stipulates that if Chinese students want to obtain an Australian secondary school study visa, they need to graduate from the sixth grade of primary school, and it also stipulates that Chinese students who come to Australia to study in secondary schools cannot go back to school for 18 months. For example, if you want to come to Australia for the second year of high school, you need to start studying in Australia before the end of the first semester of domestic high school. The Australian Study Abroad Policy requires that you must study high school in Australia for more than 16 months. Therefore, Chinese students cannot directly enter the 12th grade.

It should also be noted that Australia has a maximum limit for the grade level. If you are in grade 9 in Australia, you must be under 17 years old. If you are in 10th grade in high school, you must be under 18 years old. If you are 11 years old, you must be younger than 19 years old. The good news is that starting from March 2014, 3th grade primary school graduates in China can go directly to Australia to study junior high school, which is the 7th grade in Australia;

If you want to apply for a private school, many schools will require the AEAS test to prove your learning ability and English proficiency. The AEAS test is a specially designed and selected comprehensive test for students who want to go to Australia to study in secondary schools (mainly private secondary schools). . The school will use your AEAS test scores to arrange certain English language courses for students, and generally will be arranged for about 6 months of language courses to make the transition.

AEAS has an exam every month in China, and the specific exam time and location can be checked on the AEAS official website.

To study in Australia for high school courses, most Chinese students can enjoy the preferential policy of IELTS exemption, that is, you do not need to provide IELTS scores, you can directly obtain a student visa to study for high school in Australia. However, almost all schools require you to take a certain period of language courses before you formally enter the main course of the middle school. This is what we usually call "semi-year language" before going to high school in Australia. This "semi-year language" is actually a major A 20-week middle school language preparation course under terminology.

How to switch in Australia according to my Chinese high school age?

High school students studying in Australia are most suitable to apply for the 10th or 11th grade of Australian secondary schools.

Senior two students studying in Australia can apply for the 11th grade of an Australian high school or directly enter the preparatory course of an Australian university

Sophomore students in Australia can start the 11th grade course, or after finishing the second year in China, they can progress to the preparatory course of an Australian university. Through the one-year preparatory course, they can progress to the first year of an Australian university. Preparatory courses generally start 1 times a year. The entrance requirement is to complete the second year or above. IELTS requires 4 points. Students with IELTS 5.5 points can apply for language courses plus preparatory package courses.

But if you are a senior in high school, the choices are even more diverse.

The following is a schematic diagram of the study process in Australian secondary schools, you can make a reference.


For students who choose to go to Australia to study middle and high school courses, they have chosen not only an opportunity, but also a new challenge. Before going to Australia to study for high school courses, it is recommended that you should be well prepared for English ability, learning ability and psychological preparation, so that you can better meet new opportunities and accept new challenges after you arrive in Australia.

Article reprinted from China Unicom Visa


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