Australia is one of the most popular study destinations in the world for many reasons: a well-recognised education system, high living standards, and cultural diversity.
Now that borders are open to international students, this means you can kickstart your dream study abroad adventure Down Under at once. One of the most favoured starting points is the pathway program, particularly useful for international students who require more help meeting academic and English language requirements.
Through the pathway program, you can familiarise yourself with Australian culture on top of experiencing campus life. You will receive the necessary training and skills to enter colleges and universities as well.
If you desire to pursue a pathway program in a great, reputable and friendly country, consider these three institutes in Australia:
Sydney Institute of Business and Technology
Since 1997, the Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT)’s direct pathway programs have been helping more than 25,000 high school students transition into university. No time is wasted for SIBT diploma graduates — over 90% progress directly into the second year of a bachelor university degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus (WSUSCC).
From day one, you’ll be part of WSU. At the Sydney City Campus, you’ll make friends from both SIBT and your future program at WSU as you accumulate advanced standing of 80 credit points (equivalent to a year of study) in your corresponding bachelor’s degree.
For example, Diploma of Business Administration students gain an understanding of skills including management, marketing, human resources and economics, so they’re ready to move into the second year of their Bachelor of Business. Diploma of Information Technology graduates proceed into year two of the Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology or Bachelor of Information Systems.
The staff you meet at SIBT are part of WSUSCC, ensuring uninterrupted support throughout your education journey. SIBT also offers a personalised academic environment and student support services including English language support, direct lecturer access and a dedicated mentor as well. Expect a superior level of support here — the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT), a suite of government endorsed surveys for higher education, increased SIBT’s scores of overall experience from 77% to 81% from 2019 to 2020.
Other SIBT diploma programs include Engineering, Arts as well as Media and Communication. Those who need an earlier headstart can consider the Foundation Program, where you will study units and practice skills required for academic success in the SIBT Diploma Program (equivalent to one year of university studies). For more information about SIBT, click here.
TAFE Queensland, the Sunshine State’s biggest and most experienced education training provider, is well known for their wide range of industry-relevant training courses. From agriculture, to justice and management and even sports and fitness, TAFE Queensland offers a total of 500 nationally-recognised and industry-accredited courses.
Their pathways to university include Certificates III and IV, diploma, advanced diploma and associate degree. Regardless of the chosen pathway, all students will gain critical workforce skills that can be applied to their workplace immediately after graduating from TAFE Queensland.
For those who have not completed their Year 12 studies, TAFE Queensland offers two alternatives. The Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation can be used to apply to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre to obtain a tertiary ranking for admission to universities while the online Unilearn program credits can be used as part of the Queensland Certificate of Education.
Since TAFE Queensland has partnerships with Australia’s top universities and industry leaders, their students have a higher chance of entering their preferred universities. At the same time, TAFE Queensland is well-regarded for its ability to deliver relevant programs to students in Australia and from across the world.
University of Adelaide College
The University of Adelaide College is located in safe and welcoming Adelaide, South Australia. Students enjoy the college’s convenient location within Adelaide’s Central Business District which is where the University of Adelaide has its main campus as well.
When you enter the Foundation Studies Program, you will take part in a recognised and preferred pathway to the prestigious University of Adelaide, which is a member of Australia’s Group of Eight universities. Besides the Adelaide campus, you can pursue your program at the Melbourne campus, which gives you a wider variety of courses to continue studying at the University of Adelaide.
Furthermore, the University of Adelaide College has three intakes – February and July as well as October, which makes it easier to choose your preferred timing. However, some degree courses at the University of Adelaide have just one intake for Foundation Studies so it is best to confirm beforehand.
The best part is that students at this college get the same benefits of studying at the University of Adelaide campus including access to the numerous clubs and societies. They can also use the University of Adelaide’s resources and facilities.
*Some of the institutions featured in this article are commercial partners of Study International