AVS is a member of Professional International Education Resources, and a Qualified Education Agent Counsellor.
Australian Education International (AEI) and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) provided support in the development of the Education Agent Training Course(EATC).
Successful completion of the Education Agents Training Course, applicants become Qualified Education Agent Counsellors (QEACs) and be listed in the QEAC database.
Becoming a qualified counsellor helps demonstrate your professionalism to prospective students, their parents and educational institutions.
WHY COME TO AUSTRALIA
- Australia's multicultural society is sophisticated and largely harmonious.
- More than 100 ethnic groups are represented in Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.
- 47% of the population are either born outside of Australia, or have one parent born outside of Australia.
- International students are readily accepted by other students, and teachers are experienced in teaching classes to students from many countries.
- Australians respect the freedom of people to practise their choice of religion. Churches, mosques, temples and synagogues are located in most major cities.
- Some universities have their own spiritual groups on campus.
- Australia has low crime rates and strict gun control laws that provide a safe environment.
- Study plans and progress are not likely to be upset by political unrest.
- The 2011 OECD Better Life Index rates Australia as 9.3 out of 10 for safety.
Unique environment and experiences
- Australians are open, relaxed and friendly people so students usually find a warm welcome in Australia. Many students living in homestay situations experience Australian family life in a natural way and often find they are treated like a family member.
- 5 out of 30 best student cities in the world are in Australia (Top University Rankings 2012).
- Even though there are only 23 million people in Australia, it has the third highest number of International students in the world.
- Whether staying in homestay, boarding school or campus accommodation there are many opportunities to make lasting friendships.
- Australia is a land of contrasts and adventure from beaches in summer to snow fields in winter, and from coastal rainforests to vast inland deserts.
- Students can experience exciting leisure and sporting activities such as bushwalking, diving, surfing, and rockclimbing.
- Many students enjoy the opportunity to interact with Australian people through a range of cultural activites and sporting events.
- There are 17 UNESCO Heritage Sites including The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House and Kakadu National Park.
COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AUSTRALIA
There are about half a million of international students studying in Australia.
The Council of International Students Australia (CISA) is the national peak student representative body independently run by international students for international students studying at the postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation level.