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26 Jun 2017

In the age of social media and handheld devices, gathering information can be done in a click of a button any time at your convenience. Whether you are researching for the best university in Australia or the lifestyle of international students in Brisbane you can do it anywhere you are. So why do we still need the help of education consultants? Here are 5 reasons why education consultants offer valuable help when planning to study overseas. Professional guidance While you can source out opinions and options from the internet or from your peers, they do not have the experience and tools to it lead you to the correct path. Certified education agents provide great assistance in planning your overseas studies. They provide help in selecting the best university and course in line with your interest and personal circumstance. They will narrow down your options making it easier to identify the right institute and study for you. Knowledge of education system, visa and life style Getting familiar with the country where you intend to study is a must for international students. Education consultants can provide you with helpful information on education system, the application process for student visa and many more. And at some point, in time, consultants may had been international students themselves thus understanding the challenges and the kind of help foreign students need when planning to study overseas. Complete and decision ready Let’s face it, compiling documents and getting them organised can be challenging and at times, confusing. Here’s when education agents become handy. They are able to sort and organise your application and supporting documents ensuring that they are complete and decision ready thus avoiding delays and increasing the likelihood of successful outcome. Scholarships Education in most countries is not free and in most cases, very expensive. Arguably, cost is one of the major factors that international students consider when planning to study abroad. Are education counsellors able to help lower the cost? Yes! Through scholarships. Counsellors the most updated when it comes to latest offers, available scholarships and the eligibility criteria in the institutes they represent. The amount may vary but it will surely help in easing financial woes. Career insights Education consultants are well-informed with the journeys international students endure and that includes the journey after the completion of their studies. Agents are able to provide insights on career pathway and the current trend in the industry. In summary, Education Consultants allow you to focus more on other important matters in your transition period while they take care of your admission. With AECC Global, you are assured of the professional assistance you will receive from experienced QEAC (Qualified Education Agent Counsellors) certified consultants and registered MARA ((Migration Agents Registration Authority) agents in pursuing your goals in Australia. Contact us now! Ask for your Free Consultation and get all your questions answered

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30 May 2017

International students have various reasons why they have chosen to study in Australia. The country, one of the top 3 favourite destinations of students seeking higher education, has helped its international graduates achieve success in their chosen career through its high academic standards and developed internship programmes.  Graduates who decided to stay and work in Australia can look forward to job opportunities thanks to Australia’s strong and constantly improving economy. In order to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident (PR), aspirants can take advantage of the various pathways leading to permanent residency status. Three of the most common ways are via Skilled Migration, State Nomination or Employer Nomination Scheme. Annually, Australia's Department of Immigration and Board Protection provides a list of occupations crucial in sustaining the need for higher skills contributing to the country's economic stability and development. By the recommendations of the Department of Education and Training, updated Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), which is reviewed by Department of Employment, are released and implemented every 1st of July. Students aiming to settle in Australia permanently should select the right course which has PR prospects and will continuously be in demand in the coming years. To provide with you with examples, here are some of the sought-after courses with PR prospects: Nursing and medical courses Australia’s ever growing population depends in its highly skilled medical staff in providing healthcare. Medical and nursing courses attract thousands of local and international students determined to profess their passion and lay foundations to a promising career. Consistently being included in the skills lists, nursing is one of the desired courses in the medical field. In the skills list are: Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse (Aged Care), Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health), Registered Nurse (Community Health), Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency), Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability), Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation), Registered Nurse (Medical), Registered Nurse (Medical Practice), Registered Nurse (Mental Health), Registered Nurse (Perioperative), Registered Nurse (Surgical) and Registered Nurse (Paediatrics), Midwifery. Education and teaching Pursuing a career in the field of education holds power in making differences by inspiring students’ curious minds. Australia is regarded as one of the powerhouses in having excellent education standards known worldwide. International graduates pursing teaching occupations enjoy the high demand in education institutions.  Teaching profession in the skills lists are: Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher, Primary School Teacher, Secondary School Teacher, Special Needs Teacher, University Lecturer, Vocational Education Teacher, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Cookery, patisserie and hospitality Courses under Cookery and Hospitality field not only promise an exciting career but also hold potential in obtaining permanent residency status. Passionate students invest in their career through quality Australian education and hands on work experiences. Whether your passion is in cooking, baking or managing hotels, Australia’s booming tourism industry is always in need of hospitable and passionate persons making a difference in their job. Cookery, Patisserie and Hospitality jobs in the list are: Chef; Cafe or Restaurant Manager; Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager; Hotel or Motel Manager; Licensed Club Manager; Bed and Breakfast Operator; Accommodation and Hospitality Managers; Baker and Pastrycook. Computer and Information Technology (IT) The rapid changing pace of technology has brought about creation of numerous computer and information technology courses. Specialising in hardware, software, network, security, website development courses, universities around the country including the professional arm, Australia Computer Society, continuously update the courses to maintain its competitiveness in the digital field. The demand for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) graduates is consistently in the rise to cope with the growing need of the industries. ICT occupations in the skills list are ICT business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Analyst Programmer, Developer Programmer, Software Engineer, Computer Network and Systems Engineer, Software Tester, ICT Support Engineer, Web Developer. Engineering Australia is one of the frontrunners in the field of engineering. International students are drawn to the country to learn and kick start their careers in various specialisation. Engineers provide solutions, innovations and practical solutions to day to day challenges. They also design, create, built, manufacture, innovate and invent. Our world is better because of the creative minds and hard work of the engineers. Engineers are sought after in Australia to address the needs of the country in various aspects. Occupations needed in Australia are Chemical Engineer, Materials Engineer, Civil Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Agricultural Engineer, Environmental Engineer, and Industrial Engineer. Accounting Amongst the top course choices for international students, accounting course course receives thousands of students aspiring to become successful accountants or auditors. Australia's strong and improving economy provides opportunities for international graduates follow their career path. Accountants are involved in forecasting budget, making decisions on company investments, research and development. In the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and in the combined list of eligible skilled occupations are Accountant (General), Management Accountant, Taxation Accountant, External Auditor, Corporate Treasurer. Social Work Considered one of the fastest growing occupations in Australia, social work courses attract international students who want to work closely with people afflicted with personal or social issues. Often described as the unsung heroes of modern times, social workers are but empowered ordinary individuals making extraordinary impact in the lives of others by giving advice, support and provides help to reintegrate socially displaced individuals into the society. Considered one of the fastest growing occupations in Australia,social work courses attract international students who want to work closely with people afflicted with personal or social issues. Often described as the unsung heroes of modern times, social workers are but empowered ordinary individuals making extraordinary impact in the lives of others by giving advice, support and provides help to reintegrate socially displaced individuals into the society. Graduates pursue social work and related occupations listed in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and in the combined list of eligible skilled occupations such as Social Worker, Community Worker, Welfare Worker, Welfare Centre Manager and Family Support Worker. In AECC Global, it is our commitment to help aspiring international students by providing honest and ethical counselling, guiding them to their study options withconsideration to their personal circumstances and goals. Contact us today ASK FOR YOUR FREE CONULTATION Today on study options and career pathways

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24 May 2017

Are you an international qualified nurse and looking to start your nursing career in Australia? IRON program could be your best option to bridge your registration & kick start your Australian career.  What is an IRON Program? IRON Program or Initial Registration Overseas Nurses is considered to be a stepping stone towards Permanent Residency in Australia.  It is a 13 weeks program which has initially designed to provide knowledge, skills and understating to practice safely and competently in a variety of health care settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as a Registered Nurse in Australia. Why study IRON Program? Understand Nursing in Australia – the IRON program prepare you for the Australia nursing workforce by helping you build on your theoretical knowledge and nursing skills throughout the program. Local work experience – Students participating within the IRON Program are required to undertake Professional placement during the program which allows you to accumulate supervised experience facilitated in local clinical experts. PR pathway for Overseas Registered Nurses – Currently nursing is on the Skilled Occupations list for Australia and once registration as Nurse is obtained the student can then apply for Permanent Residency in Australia if meets the points requirement. Who is eligible for IRON Program? Be overseas qualified nurses with a qualification that is equivalent to that required of a degree-qualified Australian-trained registered nurse. Must apply for overseas qualified nurse registration to AHPRA. IELTS 7 in each or an equivalent score in PTE, TOFEL iBT or OET. Employment opportunities Nursing is a great career for people wanting to work in the health care industry. Here are a few of career opportunities in various fields: Aged Care Education Neonatal Care Community Health Hospital/Medical Facilities Visa options There are temporary and permanent visas to assist overseas nurses live and work in the health care industry in Australia. Options including Temporary Employer Sponsored Visas, Skilled Migration Visas and State Sponsored Visas are available for Registered nurses to apply if meets the requirements including a positive skills assessment from AHPRA. Need more information? We at AECC Global are committed in helping create your personalised pathway to success in your chosen career in Australia. Consult for FREE with our qualified counsellors to find everything you need to know about fast tracking your nursing pathways and kick start your career as a Registered Nurse in Australia. Contact us now and start your future today.

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20 May 2017

Education systems: Did you know that Australia is the 3rd most popular student destination for international students next to the US and UK? With over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, strong education infrastructure, and having 7 out of the 100 top universities in the world, Australia has gained recognition in providing world class education.  As a strong hold of quality education, Australian Nurse programs had been meticulously developed to provide theoretical knowledge and impart practical skills required in delivering excellent healthcare services. Australian standard of living: Constantly topping the list of most liveable countries in terms of quality of life, education, income and its laid back nature, makes Australia ideal for international students. Ethnically diverse Australia can bring new level of experiencing world culture. Highly advanced hospitals and medical equipment: As a nursing student, having your skills honed in the state of the art hospitals, using high technology medical equipment is a definite advantage in your career goal. Scholarship: The government’s efforts to promote Australian Education is reflected in its more than A$200 million each year through international Scholarships. In demand: International nursing graduate students are able to take advantage of the high demands for nurses, either for developing careers or for migration purpose in Australia such as Permanent Residency. It is known that there is an ever growing demands for professional nurses. As the population ages and more treatment options are technologically developed, more and more nurses are needed to satisfy the high demands.    Career diversity: Completing the nursing program opens an array of opportunities in various nursing practice. Here are a few of career opportunities in various fields: Aged Care Education Neonatal Care Community Health Hospital/Medical Facilities Degrees and courses: International students are able to select courses available being provided by reputable universities and institutions around Australia. A few of the degrees and courses are: Diploma of Nursing Bachelor of Nursing Master of Science (Nursing) PhD (Nursing) Course duration: From 3 months to 4 years (full time). Visa requirements: Here are some of the requirements in securing student visa.  Alternatively, you can contact our education counsellors for worry free process.    a valid passport for the duration of your study in Australia offer letter from the selected university/institution IELTS score 7 overall and no score below 6.5 in each of the component* At least 1 year of paid or unpaid experience within the last five (5) years. evidence of access to sufficient funds evidence of Overseas Student Health Cover completed overseas Bachelor of Nursing all other relevant documents listed on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection visa checklists. Bridging program: Practicing nurses with at least three (3) months to two (2) years of experience are able to apply to the Bridging Program for Nurses or popularly known as IRON (Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses). Aspiring international students should have IELTS score 7 across all components or PTE 65 across all components; eligibility letter from AHPRA Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Bright future:  Due to the high demand for Registered nurses as with other sectors of nursing, these occupations are listed consistently in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and in the combined list of eligible skilled occupations. Sample of which are Registered Nurse (Medical Practice), Registered Nurse (Aged Care), and Nurse Practitioner. As most visa types, an assessment procedure by a recognised authority (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council, ANMAC for Registered nurses and practitioners) is required as part of the visa application for migration purpose such as Permanent Residency. Nursing degree graduates can look ahead in building medical career and invest for bright future in Australia. We at AECC Global are committed in helping create your personalised pathway to success in your chosen career and in Australia. Contact us now and start your future today.

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27 Mar 2017

What if I decide to pursue a different field of study? Am I allowed to do that? Do I need to get a new student visa? These are only a few of the questions an international student like yourself would ask once you’ve made a decision to shift to a new course, level or education provider. Lucky for you, Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) allows changes in the mentioned aspects. However, you have to be careful with your steps to achieve smooth transition to your new field of study and not risk breaching visa conditions. We have listed 4 key points that will help make an informed decision and avoid unnecessary stress. Simplified student visa framework The Australian government launched SSVF on 1st July 2016. It is aimed to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for genuine students. With SSVF, international students will need only to apply a single Student visa (subclass 500) regardless of their chosen course of study and a single immigration risk framework will apply to all international students. What are the 4 key points to consider when changing course, level or provider under Simplified student visa framework? 1. Same rules apply As an international student holding a valid student visa, you are expected to continue to meet the conditions of your current student visa. In terms of changing your education provider, your first point of reference should be the transfer policy of your provider. These should give you sufficient information about your transfer plan. And in most cases, students need to seek permission from the existing provider to transfer to another. Additionally, the ESOS National Code is able to explain the conditions wherein change of education provider, for those who are barely six months studying the main course of study, are possible. 2. No downgrading Under SSVP, all student visa holders must maintain their enrolment at the same level or a higher Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level for which they were granted a visa. Transferring to a lower AQF level will result in visa breach and may risk cancellation of your visa. You are required to apply for and be grated a new student visa. For example: If you are studying a Bachelor of Business (Level 7) and wish to shift to an Advance Diploma of Accounting (Level 6). The rule applies even if the change is with the same provider. Exemption: If you are studying doctoral degree (AQF10) and wishes transfer to a master’s degree (AQF9). This is permitted and will not require a new student visa. 3. Non-AQF Award courses As described by AQF, non-AQF qualifications are those that are not government quality assured and not accredited by the Australian higher education or vocational education and training accreditation authorities. If you are holding to a student visa and you wish to transfer to a non-AQF level course, you would need to apply for and be granted a new student visa. Please note that such transfer is a breach of the student visa condition and might result in visa cancellation. Example: If you are studying a Certificate IV (AQF level 4) and want to transfer to English courses also known as English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students. Exemption: If you are studying a non-AQF course and want to transfer to an AQF course, you would not need to apply for a new student visa. 4. Discuss your plans While researching can definitely help in future decisions, we would encourage you to seek help from the professionals. Expert education consultants can provide you options and perspectives which you have not considered. Not to mention providing assistance every step of the process ensuring that all requirements are met according to the timeline resulting to hassle free experience. AECC Global Education consultants can help you fulfil your dream education. Explore your university and course options. Discuss your career and PR pathways. And remember to ask for available scholarships! Contact us now! Book your Free Consultation and get all your questions answered

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20 Mar 2017

With thousands of interesting fields of study offered by quality universities and institutions in Australia, how do you select the most suitable course for you? Before you get overwhelmed, we’ll provide you with general tips and suggestions to ease your burden and eventually pick the best field of study for you. Do your research There are many ways to get information about a course or university that you are interested in without leaving the comforts of your room or while you are waiting for the next bus. University websites offer tons of information about different fields of study in details such as course description, costs, outcome, further education pathways, subjects and electives, scholarships and many more. You can also download the university’s prospectus that provides summary of course details offered ranging from Diploma to Post Graduate studies. You should grab the chance to attend to open days or education expos. Joining these events gives you the opportunity to know more about the university first hand and broadens your options by meeting representatives from other universities. Ask them about the course and you’ll be surprised how helpful and eager they are. Don’t forget to check for available scholarships. Entry Requirements An important part of your research should be focused on the requirements needed to be successful as an international student applicant. For example, university applications may require prerequisite of your preferred ourse; Genuine Temporary Entrants requirement, an integrity measure for student applicants; meeting the English Proficiency level. Pursue with passion Reflect on what you are passionate about. In such way, you are able to endure your education journey with motivation. No matter how difficult the subject will be or getting swamped with too many assignments, you will only match it with hard work and perseverance. Your goals are set in pursuing your courses as you have the passion to continue. Entire education experience While the cost of the course may disappoint you, we suggest focusing in the larger picture of your upcoming education journey. Check the reviews and ratings of the university, the course layout, available scholarships, extra-curricular activities and events. All these contributes into a complete learning experience aside from your course. Speak to an education consultant You should consider speaking to a professional education consultant too as they have the expertise and experience in guiding international students in their study preparation including choosing the best suitable course. AECC Global, one of the leading education consultancy firms, provides comprehensive hassle end to end service, from university and visa application to visa outcome release. We also offer insights to your career and PR prospects.   Contact us now! Book your Free Consultation and get all your questions answered

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14 Mar 2017

As a new graduate, venturing in the job market can be a daunting ordeal but it can also lead you to your dream career. We’ve listed 5 actionable job searching tips that will help you gain the advantage. Remember that you need to have a valid visa such as Temporary Graduate visa to be able to work in Australia after completing your studies. Be a professional job hunter In the competitive world of job seekers, fresh graduates like you have to be smart to increase the chance of getting invited for an interview and ultimately your first job offer. But, what does it mean to be a professional job hunter? Your approaches in job searching should be smart and efficient. With the emergence of diverse options in sending applications, you are able customise or simply complete the forms in job search websites to build your resume/curriculum vitae. Another important aspect is time management. Managing your time allows you to focus in searching for related job vacancies and its requirements. One of the major turn-offs for recruiters are messy resume/curriculum vitae and generic cover letters. As a rule of thumb, you are only to include relevant experiences and qualifications to the post you are applying for and highlighting them in your cover letter. The purpose is to entice the hiring officer and allowing them to see your potential. You should always tailor fit your qualifications, experiences and strengths to the requirements of the position. Practice makes perfect. Performing mock interviews help prepare interviewees for the actual one. In time, you will develop strategy on how to accurately answer questions and on how to calm your nerves. Opportunities with volunteer jobs and internships Increase your employability with a relevant working experience in Australia. Whilst, volunteer jobs may not be as attractive as it sound, earning work experience is. With the reference letter at hand after completing your volunteer work, you now have an actual Australian work experience, similarly with internships. Both opportunities are able to open networks which could potentially lead you to your dream job. Growing professional networks will be discussed in the next point. Investing in professional network A very actionable step in expanding your network is through your professional organisation. These accredited organisations are responsible for enforcing and protecting the best interest of the occupations and workers it oversees. Seminars, conferences and student events are sponsored by the organisation that provides an avenue where you can meet representatives from different companies. As a newly graduate student, you need to build your LinkedIn account. It is a social networking platform like Facebook and Instagram, but designed for the business community. One main advantage of LinkedIn over traditional job hunting, according to one study, is that 94% of recruiters and hiring managers are on LinkedIn and there’s only 36% job seekers. Meaning the opportunity of connecting to a potential employer is high as it is not congested. And how do you attract the potential employers in LinkedIn? A well thought profile and network will help make the difference. Your ex-colleagues and bosses can recommend your skills and provide endorsements by which your future employers can based their decision. With LinkedIn, you can follow companies, obtain news and updates on vacancies, and their current employees. Another study shows that there’s a significant increase in successful job seekers who used LinkedIn than traditional method. Broaden your horizon It is a known fact that competition is steep with new graduates and experienced workers competing for same positions. Broadening your search in terms of location could be fruitful too, not to mention opportunities present in regional areas and in other states. Do not be afraid to take the risk and venture into the unknown. Collection information and do your research on the new location so you can make the necessary preparation to have a smooth transition. Enrol in Professional Year Program (Accounting, IT and Engineering) International graduates of Accounting, IT and Engineering courses in Australia should consider enrolling in Professional Year (PY) to increase their employability. PY program provides guidance in enhancing resume/CV and interview skills. Through its internship program, graduates are given opportunity to experience and understand the Australian workforce and gain relevant work experience. Read our and know more of the services offered by AECC Global. 

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20 Feb 2017

The Sunshine Capital of Australia, Brisbane, has long captivated many students’ hearts. With its dramatic beaches, magnificent landscapes, and amazing city vibe, Brisbane is definitely amongst Australia’s top cities for international students. Weather Brisbane’sinternational students adore its excellent weather, lots of sunshine and hardly the presence of winter. Being in the temperate climate, the city enjoys basking under the sun with plenty of activities and time spent outdoor. Excellent education and historic campuses Well-known universities and education providers continue to attract international students pursuing higher education. Students too love their campuses for its old charms fitting their student life. Weekend getaway Students too deserve to unwind far from books and assignments. There are heap of places to explore and enticing curious minds discovering the many wonders a stone thrown away from Brisbane. The city is also the main access point to other popular destinations such as Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast and the rest of Australia.    Friendly atmosphere The community vibe enables students not only feel welcomed in the city but also be part of the vibrant city. For example, the City Welcome Festival, known as the largest orientation day in Australia. Even better, the strong presence of student clubs, associations and interest groups that creates avenues for students to mingle, network, meet new friends. Multicultural events Brisbane is known for its grand festivals and cultural activities. Students love to take part in these events as participants or volunteers, learning other peoples’ culture and ways and appreciating the diversity that unifies the Brisbane community. Amazing food and busy nightlight Being the cosmopolitan city that is Melbourne, locals and students alike love the multicultural spread of exotic authentic cuisine. From fine dining to neighbourhood eatery and kiosks, students enjoy the varieties of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and many more. Going around the world while in Melbourne, your tummy at least. Affordable living Whilst amongst the biggest cities in Australia, Brisbane is comparatively cheaper than Melbourne and Sydney. Students are able to save up on their expenses but still live comfortably. Part-time jobs are also plentiful letting international students earn money while studying in the city. Excited to learn more about the city of Brisbane? AECC Global can help with your study plans. Our experienced Education consultants will guide you from selecting the most suitable university and course till you receive the visa outcome. Get insights on your career and PR prospects. We will even find the best available scholarships to ease your financials. Contact us now! Book a Free Consultation Today to Speak to Our Friendly Consultant and Start Your Future Success

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16 Feb 2017

Australia’s largest and world famous city, Sydney, attracts thousands of international students annually. We have listed the 7 Top Reasons Why International Students Love to Study in Sydney. The best education providers Sydney is home to Australia’s oldest university and also the best institutions in the world. Students from around the globe travel to Sydney to pursue their education and experience life the city has to offer.  Perfect weather Having a temperate climate already placed Sydney as one of the top destinations for international students. Its hot summers and mild winters cater to heaps of activities to enjoy. Whether surfing, riding a bicycle or just exploring the city centre, plenty of sunshine to enjoy. Culturally inviting A true cosmopolitan in nature, Sydney is home to people of different ethnical backgrounds sharing and contributing to the vibrancy of the city. International students take advantage of the welcoming atmosphere by participating in city events and cultural festivals    Natural wonders From pristine beaches to remarkable rock formations both locals and tourists alike are amazed with the natural wonders adorning the city. Students keen to detach from books and homework frequent these magnificent sights.   Food adventure International students love Sydney for the remarkable amount of food options. Migrants brought their native cuisine embellishing already decorated food scene in Sydney.  Australia’s gateway As the country’s top hub, Sydney’s transportation system is vast and is also well-connected to the other parts of continental Australia. The convenience created by the transportation system encourages students to explore the city, the state and the rest of Australia. Students are only heartbeat away from another adventure. Grand events Known for its cultural and sporting events, Sydney boasts itself for staging the grandest events sought after worldwide. Whether international students are attending or volunteering, it provides opportunity to participate and also meet friends. Planning to study in Sydney? Get your questions answered by our expert Education Consultants and gain the lead in your study preparation, from universities, courses and available scholarships. Our Education Consultants can also give insights on your Career and Permanent Residency prospects. Contact us now! Book a Free Consultation Today to Speak to Our Friendly Consultant and Start Your Future Success

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13 Feb 2017

Being hailed as the “Most Liveable City” in the world for 6th consecutive times, it is easy to fall in love in the city of Melbourne. Read the 7 Reasons Why International Students Love to Study in Melbourne and you might find yourself falling for it too. Excellent quality of education The city of Melbourne is known for its rich and prestigious academic heritage. Amongst the world-renowned universities, which are consistently named in world university rankings, are located in the city: University of Melbourne, Monash University, La Trobe university, Deakin University, Federation University of Australia, RMIT University Swinburne University of Technology and Victoria University. Together with TAFE and private institutions, the city of Melbourne continues to captures the interest of international students. With wide range of courses to choose from, the city is the perfect place pursue their dream Australian education. City scenery Dotted with architectural masterpieces of the old and the new, Melbourne CBD creates a distinct ambiance lined with lush greenery and parks. Students appreciate the beautiful surroundings despite the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolitan city. There are heaps of areas where students can study, meet or just hang around imbibing the Melbournian vibe. World class events Melbourne is nothing short of colourful festivals and loud events that makes the city busy all year around, with its calendar of events completed 1-2 years ahead. From cultural celebrations to world sporting events like Australian Open, there is always something big happening in Melbourne. International students broaden their knowledge through these festivities and can also choose to volunteer. By volunteering, they expand their network and develop friendships with fellow students and locals. Melting pot More than 4 million people from different backgrounds call Melbourne and Victoria their home. The inclusive atmosphere transpires in its celebration of diversity through its cultural festivals, events, performances and food bringing locals and visitors an experience like no other. Its friendly atmosphere gives international students boost to make friends and feel at home away from home. Gastronomic delight Being the cosmopolitan city that is Melbourne, locals and students alike love the multicultural spread of exotic authentic cuisine. From fine dining to neighbourhood eatery and kiosks, students enjoy the varieties of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and many more. Going around the world while in Melbourne, your tummy at least. State of wonders The state of Victoria is home to some of the most picturesque and unique topography in the planet. The Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles, Mornington Peninsula, Philip Island are only a few of mother Earth’s gift to Australia. Best part is, its proximity to the state capital, Melbourne. Lucky, there are heaps of transportation options available to visit these spots. There’s no reason why any international student would miss the opportunity to admire beauty at its natural form.     Weather Better known for its infamous fickle-minded mood, the “Melbourne weather” is surprisingly cherished by international students. The usual cooling weather makes it ideal for leisure walking and other outdoor activities. Although, summer days can be scorching hot at times, typical weather is comfortable and manageable. Need information on how to study in Melbourne? Get your questions answered and know more about your study options, from universities, courses and available scholarships. Our Education Consultants can also give insights on your Career and Permanent Residency prospects. Contact us now! Book a Free Consultation Today to Speak to Our Friendly Consultant and Start Your Future Success

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30 Jan 2017

Social work is one of the fastest growing occupations in Australia. Given the increase in population, influx of migrants and social issues, the need for social workers is imperative more than ever to address the concerns and uplift the morale of the people at the hem of society. Study social work in Australia and start making a different in the world by putting your compassion into action. We have gathered compelling reasons that will help you in your decision. No two day is the same Due to the nature of the work, social workers tend to stay longer outside the comforts of their desks. Often times, daily plans are altered to attend to much urgent matters. If you enjoy field work and interacting with people, you should consider taking social work course and be trained for the profession. Highly interactive One of the most notable tasks of a social worker is being able to effectively engage with the person, group or community that is under his or her care. Such commitment fosters deeper understanding and realisation than fact sheets and data might not be able to explain. Through interaction, consolidated efforts are exerted to achieve common goals. Diverse career options Completing social work course will earn you strong theoretical knowledge as well the opportunity to be trained in the different aspects of the study. In this capacity, you can choose to focus only to one area or have the option to consider others as your skills are likely to be transferable. All areas that will require the help of social workers present varied problems. Effective policy maker Your strong compassion for the needy and socially disadvantaged gives you high regards for social justice and human rights as it should be applicable to everyone. Your policies are driven by the same advocacy in order to protect and serve the society. Ability to inspire Social workers in Australia are provided with excellent training thus developing their skills needed in the field. As a graduate of social work course, one of the skills you will hone is the ability to inspire. By inspiring a person, a group or a community, it reinforces the change and provide sustainability of the cause. Career path Upon successful completion of your studies, your career prospect is high as there are plenty of employment opportunities in Australia and overseas. Often times, social workers pursue their career in: Government agencies International organisations Non-government organisations / charities Law firms Community services Schools and universities Hospitals Professional accreditation Graduates of approved courses are eligible for full accreditation and membership with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). AASW is the professional representative body of social workers in Australia responsible for promoting and regulating the profession. Degrees and courses International students are able to select courses available being provided by reputable universities and institutions around Australia. A few of the degrees and courses are: Bachelor of Social Work Master of Social Work Course duration From 2 year to 4 years (full time). Visa requirements Here are some of the requirements in securing student visa. Alternatively, you can contact our education counsellors for worry free process. a valid passport for the duration of your study in Australia offer letter from the selected university/institution Pearson Test of English Academic PTE Academic) score 42 (no communicative skill score less than 42) or IELTS score 6.0 overall (no score below 5.5 in each of the component)* evidence of access to sufficient funds* evidence of Overseas student health cover all other relevant documents listed on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection visa checklists. Temporary graduate visa Graduates are able to apply for Temporary Graduate visa*. Temporary Graduate visa holders are able to study, stay and work in Australia temporarily after the completion of the studies, depending on qualifications, for eighteen (18) months to two (2) years. An opportunity to gain relevant local work experiences which may be countered towards Permanent Residency. Your PR pathways Due to the demand for Social and Community Services workers in Australia, these occupations are listed consistently in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) which may qualify for sponsorship and migration purposes. Samples of these jobs titles are: Welfare Centre Manager, Welfare Worker, Social Worker and Community Worker. We help international students in achieving their study goals. By providing the best options, students are able to make informed decision about their university and courses. When you enrol via AECC Global, we can also find the most applicable available scholarships and discuss your career pathways as a social worker. Find out why 15000+ international students trusted AECC Global in realizing their dream education. Contact us today Book a Free Consultation Today to Speak to Our Friendly Consultant and Start Your Future Success

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02 Jan 2017

There are different English language proficiency exams available in the market and it is crucial for test takers to choose the test that is suitable to them. The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, one of the newest English language proficiency exam, is gaining global popularity due to its modern approach. Fully computerised, it brands itself with the innovation that promises accuracy, non-biased and less waiting time for results. To give you overview: Here are the 5 Reasons You Need to Know About PTE Academic. Approved and certified PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic is recognized and broadly accepted by numerous institutions in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Canada, Ireland and notable organizations such as YALE, INSEAD, and Harvard. Consistent and unbiased Since PTE (Pearson Test of English) is purely computer-based English exam, test takers are guaranteed that their test results are accurate and impartial. The exams are marked in automation by computers which ensure that scoring is consistent and there is no room for probable biased perspective of examiners. Flexibility and dates available One advantage in choosing PTE is the number of test centres. With over 200 test centres across the globe and a total of 363 testing dates in a year, test takers can choose from a range of testing sites and dates that they prefer. It is also worth mentioning that test takers can book up to two days before the day of the exam. Modern test centres All test centres follow the strict guidelines laid out by Pearson. This includes digital registration by phone and palm, CCTV camera at every cubicle and many more. There are also test administrator who will assist test takers into their assigned partition cubicle with individual computer. Quick and secured test results Another great feature of PTE is the fast releasing of results. Test results are expected to be received by the examinees within five business days. This is a significant benefit for individuals wanting to get their results urgently especially if English proficiency is part of the requirement. Institutions such as universities are gives high regards that PTE test results are genuine and owned by the test takers themselves because of security standards being implemented by PTE (Pearson Test of English) such as data forensics, palm-vein scanning, and randomised test forms. AECC Global is offering a PTE Preparation course which can help you ace your PTE Academic Test. Book an appointment today and learn more about the flexibility and affordability of the PTE coaching program. Book an appointment today and learn more about the flexibility and affordability of the PTE coaching program. save $33 on your PTE Academic Test when you buy PTE Test voucher with us, an authorised voucher reseller

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22 Dec 2016

Brisbane, Australia’s New World city, offers world ranking universities, lots of sunshine and learning journey like no other. Fantastic weather Brisbane, the capital of the Queensland, also dubbed as the Sunshine State, boasts its near perfect weather perfect like spring and autumn. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the soothing temperature for outdoor activities. Comparatively low cost of living Unlike other developed and well known cities in Australia, students in Brisbane are able to save up and still have the high quality of living without breaking budget. Well known universities and education providers Home to some of the best universities in the country and in the world, international students can achieve their dream education with the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University. Also, taking part in honing students are private education providers and vocational schools.   Well connected public transport system Commuters in the Brisbane travel with ease using the city’s public transport system connecting trains, buses and ferries. Students too can enjoy fare discounts. Did you know that you can hop on free ferry rides via CityHopper, discovering the city via the Brisbane river? Inclusive and welcoming Just like its weather, residents imbibe the warm hospitality making students feel welcomed. International students can easily create their network of friends and also be part of the community, discovering what makes the city unique. Big events International students are in for a treat by participating in the event or joining as volunteer. The city hosts colourful and festive events surely will keep everyone entertained. The food and the arts Brisbane offers wide range of international cuisine highly suitable for adventurous tastebuds. Students should take the opportunity to explore and savour the flavours of the world. Equally significant is the creativity that thrives in the city as attested by the world renowned museums and galleries. Outdoor activities Brisbane is full fun and exciting outdoor activities. Perfect weather makes it ideal for beach activities, walking in the park, biking or just enjoying a lazy day under the sun. There is nothing short to things to do in Brisbane. Destinations The city boasts well-known tourist spots and major attractions that international students will surely appreciate. And not only that, Brisbane also provides access to some of the state’s most treasured coastlines such as Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay. Valuable help and resources Being an international student, you are not restricted to seek help only from the university. The local government of Queensland, non-government organisations and charitable organisations offering assistance to international students in various issues like work, health, studies, sports and many more. For your study options, AECC Global is committed to provide end to end and hassle-free service. Representing more than 100 universities and education providers in Australia, we are updated with current procedures and trends relating to the education industry, including new courses and available scholarships.   Contact us today Book your free appointment and let's discuss your study options

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19 Dec 2016

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales (NSW) is the largest city in Australia. Also, home to the famous world icon, the Opera House, Sydney takes pride in its many achievements as one of the top destination for international students. Perfect weather One of the reasons why international students love Sydney is for its temperate climate equivalent to fantastic summers and mild winters. Students make the most of the perfect weather doing a long list of outdoor activities, whether learning to surf, riding a bicycle or just exploring the city centre, there is plenty of things to do literally under the sun. History of academic excellence Home to the oldest university in Australia and also amongst the best universities in the world, the city takes pride in its rich history of academic excellence. Recognised annually in world university rankings, international students can look forward a rewarding future in education. Modern facilities You can find in Sydney the oldest universities in Australia which also have the most advanced and modern facilities. International students can take advantage of the developed facilities and resources in pursuit of their dream education. Internationally recognised courses and qualifications Under the strict supervision of the Australian government, all degrees and courses are of high international standards. Constantly being monitored and upgraded, it is accepted worldwide and is regarded due to its excellence. Iconic landmarks Recognised globally, Australian landmarks are such as Opera House, Royal Botanical, Blue Mountain, Bondi beach and many more attractions. Hardworking students need a break and appreciate the beauty around them. Sydney is known for its superb landscapes, fine beaches and majestic mountains, nature’s work of wonders. Events for everyone There is always happening in Sydney. Events big and small, sporting or musical, it bonds the city together for everyone to have a good time. Best of all, there are also plenty to free events. A perfect opportunity for international students to mingle and make friends. After all, the more the better. Cultural diversity Unity in diversity, Sydney is a melting pot of world cultures. Home to hundreds of individuals from different cultural background, the city’s friendly atmosphere welcomes everyone adding to its vibrancy and colours. This also includes the gastronomic adventure locals and visitors are treated with. From the far shores of Africa, Americas and Asia, a unique and exotic culinary waits those daring tastebuds. Gateway to Australia As the largest city in Australia, Sydney is well-connected to the other parts of continental Australia. Either you take a flight, train, bus or go on a road trip, it will be equally exciting, letting you immerse in authentic Aussie culture.   Public transportation The city’s vast public transport system makes it convenient and easy for students to get around the city centre, suburbs and surrounding areas like Blue Mountain or Newcastle. This includes trains, trams, buses and ferries. Sydney’s Opal card is required when travelling using the public transport system.   Valuable help and resources Being an international student, you are not restricted to seek help only from the university. The local government of New South Wales, non-government organisations and charitable organisations offering assistance to international students in various issues like work, health, studies, sports and many more. For your study options, AECC Global is committed to provide end to end and hassle-free service. Representing more than 100 universities and education providers in Australia, we are updated with current procedures and trends relating to the education industry, including new courses and available scholarships.   Contact us today Book your free appointment and let's discuss your study options

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15 Dec 2016

Best city in the world Named as the most liveable city in the world for 6th consecutive times, Melbourne boasts its successes attributed to its stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. Students will surely acquire not only excellent education but also life enriching experience. World class universities and courses Melbourne is home to world class universities and institutions as cited numerous times in different international university rankings. Student wanting to get quality education will benefit to the high standard of education and wide variety of quality course selections.  Proud coffee culture Experience Melbourne’s gift to the world, its proud coffee culture! Cosy, vibrant, inviting and all together wonderful experience over distinctively rich Melbournian coffee blend and delectable food. A sweet escape for hardworking students like you either catching up with friends or cherishing that solo quiet time. International fusion culinary delight Melbourne is regarded as Australia’s food capital. No doubt both locals and visitors alike enjoy the endless array of mouth-watering international flair. From traditional Australian to Greek and Asian dishes, you can go around the world in Melbourne with a happy belly. Adrenaline-filled sporting events Hosting world-class events like Formula1 Grand Prix, Australian Open Tennis, Melbourne Cup Motorcycle Grand Prix and other exciting sports events happen all year around in Melbourne and in the state of Victoria. Not a sports fan? No problem! You can still enjoy the festivities and the fun filled atmosphere. Multi-cultural experience People from more than 200 countries call Melbourne and Victoria their home. The inclusive atmosphere transpires in its celebration of diversity through its cultural festivals, events, performances and food bringing locals and visitors an experience like no other. Its friendly atmosphere gives international students boost to make friends and make the most while living in Melbourne. Festival and more festivals The city of Melbourne is nothing short of loud and colourful festivals. Celebrations run all year around having plenty to choose from. If you are not into sports, Melbourne hosts heaps of events surely will tickle your interest. It is a good chance to meet other international students and new friends. Melbournians are known to be friendly and accommodating.  Synched with the land down under International students can look forward to be mesmerized by the beautiful landscapes, lush wine regions, vibrant towns and city centres, and world famous landmarks Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles, Mornington Peninsula and many more! Immerse in authentic Aussie lifestyle and culture while you complete your studies. Public transportation Victoria’s extensive public transport system, Public Transport Victoria or PTV enables you to get around the city, suburbs and even interstate. International students in participating universities use iUSEpass myki cards (reusable smart transport card) which are 50% cheaper than a regular, annual myki pass. Valuable help and resources Being an international student, you are not restricted to seek help only from the university. The local government of Victoria, non-government organisations and charitable organisations offering assistance to international students in various issues like work, health, studies, sports and many more. For your study options, AECC Global is committed to provide end to end and hassle-free service. Representing more than 100 universities and education providers in Australia, we are updated with current procedures and trends relating to the education industry, including new courses and available scholarships.   Contact us today Book your free appointment and let's discuss your study options

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12 Dec 2016

Are you planning to study overseas? Pursuing your dream education in foreign country like Australia enables you broaden your horizon.  Whilst it is challenging, we can assure you it is a worthwhile experience. We listed 5 benefits you can gain when you study in Australia. World class education As one of the favourite destinations for international students, Australia takes pride in their world class standard of education. All schools and universities in the country are closely monitored by professional bodies to ensure consistency and competitiveness. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technology, education institutions also offer abundant resources and comfortable learning environment. Lecturers, industry professionals and members of the faculty are highly trained and experienced to guide and build the foundation of the career you wish to pursue. Improved command of the English language For international students from non-English speaking countries, Australia is an ideal country to hone your proficiency in English.  As this is the primary mode of instruction in schools and universities, you will learn the language in a formal setting. Proficiency in English is highly advantageous in international scale. Acquiring this skill will aid you when in search for your dream job. Although it may be difficult in the beginning, it will still be advantageous as you will use English in your day-to-day activities, allowing you to practice frequently and in almost all your transactions. Lifelong friends and networking A significant part of your journey in study abroad is meeting people. They will come from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. Each has a story, personality, and character, opening a window beyond your own culture, appreciating the similarities and differences. You will have plenty of opportunities to participate in events organised in your campus or festivals happening in the city.   Discovering more about you Studying overseas is more than books and lectures. This life enriching phase is your life may lead you to discover new interests, skills or talents. There are heaps of interest clubs and organizations that you can be involved with and work with likeminded individuals. You can also join volunteer groups addressing varieties of focus from animals, environment and etc. Your newly discovered passion will benefit your overall growth and development as a person.  Broader career opportunities Your experience in living and studying in Australia as a non-local resident is an interesting factor for potential employers. Having survived and successfully completed your study tells a lot about your character and intellect. You possess intangible life skills such as adaptability, flexibility, and enthusiasm to learn and to face challenges along the way. Your ability to see things differently is a real charm for future employers. It’s a sign that you are capable of thinking outside the box and you genuinely enjoy innovation and creation of new ventures. In AECC Global, it is our commitment to help aspiring international students by providing honest and ethical counselling, guiding them to their study options with consideration to their personal circumstances and goals. Call us now for Free Consultation on study options. 

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07 Dec 2016

The melting pot down under, Australia is an exceptional country to settle down. Ranked by the United Nations as the second-best country in the world for its quality of life, Australia unceasingly attracts international skilled workers to migrate and to make their dreams realized. If you are wondering how permanent residency in Australia can impact your life in Australia, we have listed down the privileges of permanent residents (PRs): 1. Right to live in Australia indefinitely Being on a permanent resident visa entitles you to travel in and out of Australia for unlimited times. But do take note that your introductory PR visa is valid for a 5-year duration. Nevertheless, you are eligible to renew for this visa before its expiry date. Where you travel overseas and return to Australia after your permanent residency expired, you will need to obtain a five-year Resident Return Visa (RRV) to renew your permanent residence. 2. Full working rights Once on PR status, you may choose any occupation that you are interested in and you are allowed to work with no restrictions. However, exceptions do apply for work types such as Public service or Armed forces. Only Australian citizens can apply for the jobs that fall under these two sectors. 3. Sponsoring family members You may sponsor your family members for an acquisition of permanent residence but only after you met the residence and support assurance prerequisites. 4. Credit rating Your credit rating as an Australian Permanent Resident will promptly rise enabling you to gain approval easier on personal loans, car loans, home loans, credit cards, and so on. 5. First Home Owner Grant You will be eligible for the FHOG (First Home Owner Grant) worth $10,000 if you signed your contract on or after 1 July 2013 on your first house acquisition. Your new home can be an apartment, unit, house, townhouse, or similar which costs at $750,000 or less and it must be the first sale of the property as a residential address. 6. Access to student loans The Higher Education Support Act 2003 dictates that Australian citizens and permanent visa holders are given the privilege of receiving assistance financially on their study through the Higher Education Loans Program (HELP). This is helpful for you if ever faced by financial crisis while you are studying. 7. Privilege for the children of PR One of the greatest benefits of becoming a PR is felt when your children are born in Australia as they will be deemed automatically as Australian citizens by birth. In essence, they will be provided with utmost benefits in the field of education and health care. 8. Healthcare entitlement An all-inclusive Medicare health coverage will be available for you as a PR which grants you cheaper health insurance, free treatment at public hospitals, and subsidized medicine. 9. Social security benefits After two years of settling down in Australia as a permanent resident, a master program by Australia’s Social Security Department, widely known as Centrelink, will provide you social welfare aids associated with student, sickness, and unemployment which can be extended to your family. 10. Eligibility to apply for an Australian citizenship Permanent residence acquired after 1 July 2007 may be qualified to apply for Australian citizenship if you have lived lawfully in Australia for at least 4 years and have lived in Australia for at least 12 months as a permanent resident. We at AECC Global are committed to helping create your personalised pathway to success in your chosen career in Australia. Consult our experienced and highly qualified Migration agents to guide you through the steps on how to obtain the permanent residency status in Australia.

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05 Dec 2016

As an international student, making crucial decisions relating to your studies is part of your education journey in Australia. Examples of which can be pursuing a higher degree after completing your studies or deciding to change your course or move on to another education provider. Although it seems pretty simple, but without proper professional guidance, you may end up in financial distress, missed opportunity or complicated student visa issues. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) allows such changes but you have to be mindful of the direct effect on your visa and status in Australia. Here are tips on how to ensure a smoother transition: Do your research Once you have decided to pursue your plans, you can start your research or even do an actual visit to the institutions to weigh crucial factors such as student service support, faculty, facilities, student dynamics and others affecting your welfare as a student. These will be beneficial in making an informed decision in the future.  Please be reminded that your new field of study should be CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students) recognised and must match your career goals. To check the accredited Australian education providers and the list of courses being offered to international students, you may check the official Australian website of CRICOS for more info. (www.cricos.education.gov.au). Seek the help of student services office Your university’s student service officers’ primary role is looking after students’ welfare over diverse concerns, providing assistance and directing them to the appropriate department for help. As the office is designed to provide support for its students, they have had experiences in handling requests regarding change in the field of study or to shift to another education provider. They can also explain to you the policies relating to your requests. Check the transfer policy of your education provider Be reminded as well that you have signed an agreement with your current education provider, acknowledging your acceptance of their study conditions including their transfer policy and that you are conforming to your obligations as their student. Review the transfer policy of your university if you are eligible to receive partial or full refund or in most cases, pay the incurred penalty. Did you know that students are able to submit their requests relating to changes in their initial courses or possible institution transfer before the “census date” as popularly known to Australian institutions?  Review your visa requirements and conditions Your student visa is what gives you entitlement to live, study and work as an international student. Without a valid student visa, you are unable to stay and study in Australia. As such, it is important to understand the requirements and conditions of your visa pertaining to change in course or institution. Introduced in July 2016, Simplified Student Visa Framework aims to facilitate easier visa application for aspiring international students. Visit Overseas Student Ombudsman It is advisable to complete at least six months of your principal course before shifting to another. However, there are cases wherein Immigration consents premature shift due to special circumstances. To learn more about the above, you may check the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 or ESOS National code and see if any appeals to your concern. You should ask for permission to be released from your education provider if it is clear that you are under reasonable grounds. Come to the office of State or Territory Ombudsman and speak with the Overseas Student Ombudsman to petition for support and proper advice. Consult your education counsellors With your education counsellors’ extensive experience in providing guidance to international students, they offer professional advice on how to go about your plan, hassle free. Education agencies are appointed by institution to represent them in recruiting students, making counsellors well versed with complex procedures and policies, which they handle on a daily basis. Additionally, they are able to search and present different scholarships and financial aids with ease allowing you to have options to choose from.  Whilst you may face challenges in pursuing your dream education in Australia, there are ample assistance available from your education counsellor, the university, and the Australian government. You just need to know how to tap into them.  We at AECC Global are dedicated to providing you up-to-date information for your needs as an international student. Visit us now for a free consultation. From course options, fees associated, scholarships available, credit transfer application, visa grants, briefing before departure, arrival, to ongoing support and assistance, we make sure that every move you make is heading to the right direction in achieving your goals.

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08 Nov 2016

Welcome to Australia, the fourth happiest country in the world! You probably have an itinerary in mind already on where to go and what to do. Learn how you can adjust quickly in the unique and fun environment of Australia. Be guided by the pointers listed below to make the most of your student life: Scholarships Financial aid is available for international students undertaking higher education, namely, bachelors, masters, and Ph.D programs. To give you an insight, the Government of Australia contributes AUD$200,000,000 for international scholarships. Financial assistance can also be provided by education institutions, accommodation providers, and organisations in Australia to support you in your tuition fees, accommodation, and living expenses. Although the majority of scholarships are based on academic merit, there are also certain ones that are linked to the course of specialization as well as to the ties of Australia with its neighbouring countries. Look for scholarships you are qualified as early as possible. Consider their cover, the requirements and the deadline for applications. In some institutions, you are automatically recognized once you’ve applied for the course. You may visit the website of a scholarship provider to enquire regarding the application process. Click on these links to navigate some of the scholarships being offered for overseas students: Australia Awards Scholarships Endeavour Scholarships Study in Australia Scholarship Lifestyle Renowned for its diversity in arts and culture, Australia is a fascinating place you can call your second home. Freedom, equality, mutual respect and peace are the core values of the multicultural Australian community. Hence, locals are known to be warm, friendly, and upfront. Express yourself and say exactly what you mean. Regardless of age and titles, you should be calling persons by their first name. The cost of living in Australia for international students is not as pricey as USA and UK. Budget-wise, it is generally affordable and cheaper if you choose not to live within the central business district. Shopping centres in the city can close as early as 4:00 pm. Save some bucks by buying at various factory outlets and OP shops. The laid-back culture of locals will teach you to unwind at open spaces like parks and beaches. Once in a while, take a time to relax with your family and friends. Work rights and entitlements As a student visa holder, you are allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while class is in session. If you have dependent family members included in your visa, the same rule applies to them. You and your family members have unrestricted working hours during your semestral break. For students taking up Masters by research and Ph.D, they are allowed to work with no limits in hours. The national minimum wage in Australia as of 07 July 2016 is AUD$17.70 per hour. Working while studying can assist you with your living expenses and can provide transferable skills vital in your career. Students usually work in retail, tourism, hospitality, tutoring, and administrative roles. Safety assurance Australia is generally a safe place to study and live. In fact, it is the home of most liveable cities in the world. It’s still clever though to make it a habit of taking safety measures to avoid unforeseeable events that may cause harm to you. When going out, be mindful of your belongings and keep them close to you. Try to leave your valuables at home such as your gadgets and don’t bring a large amount of money. There are readily available ATM machines in shopping malls, supermarkets, bars, and other public areas where you can access your finances. When travelling by taxi, don’t be hesitant to tell the driver the route to take you home which you feel comfortable. Remember to dial 000 to call for help from the police, ambulance, or fire brigade. This is free of charge emergency service hotline in Australia. Health insurance Only citizens and selected visitors in Australia are privileged with access to Medicare. Medicare is a healthcare scheme that provides free and subsidised treatments and healthcare support for eligible individuals. All international students are required to acquire OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) as a prerequisite in student visa application. This is organised to assist you with your finances when faced with health issues while in Australia. Review your current OSHC and make sure that your coverage includes the medical condition that you have. Compare benefits and prices when upgrading your health cover. Purchase in advance as waiting period may apply. Locate the nearest hospital partner of your Overseas Student Health Cover to get there immediately in case of emergency and to avoid paying for unnecessary bills. Postgraduate opportunities Earning an Australian education qualification is a milestone which can bring you to a lot more places. Whether you are staying in or leaving Australia, you should plan ahead of time. If you are leaving, make sure you pay your final bills and cancel services you incurred such as bank accounts, mobile phone, superannuation, and electricity. On the other hand, you may choose to extend your stay in Australia to pursue further studies or to gain professional work experience. If you are considered to be a skilled graduate ,that is you have the skills and qualifications in demand in Australia as demonstrated in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL); you may work after your study in Australia for 18 months under the Graduate Work stream of Temporary Graduate 485 Visa. In Post-study work stream of the same visa, graduates who finished a degree can stay in Australia up to four years depending on the highest qualification achieved. The 485 visa is a great option for students to work towards achieving permanent residency. International graduates of higher education in IT, Accounting, and Engineering are eligible to take a Professional Year Program (PY) which is 44 weeks in duration designed by professional bodies to equip recent graduates with specific skills needed by Australian workforce. You are awarded an extra five points once completed the program, making it an ideal program to be qualified for permanent residency in Australia. The main factors being looked upon to be eligible for permanent residency are age, level of English language ability, Australian educational qualification, overseas work experience, Australian work experience, partner skill qualification (if applicable), and other language you are capable of speaking of. Enrolling to a NAATI-approved course in Australia and acquiring accreditation after completion will give you five (5) points which you can use in applying for permanent residency. To apply for PR, you may ask for the assistance of a registered migration agent. Migration agents can explain the options available for you and can help you with all the necessary documentation being required by DIAC (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) for visa application. At AECC Global, we tailor our services and can provide on the basis of meeting your personal goals. These include Free counselling in education and admissions to TAFEs, private colleges, and universities; Free processing of TR 485 visa, Free initial consultation for PR with one of our registered migration agents when enrolling for a Professional Year Program (PY) and application to NAATI courses. Visit us today to learn more about the perks you can get at AECC Global and make a difference.

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20 Oct 2016

Getting in and out of Melbourne CBD is easy and cheap. Thanks to Melbourne’s massive public transport network, you can travel anywhere at any time by train, tram, or bus. And as a commuter, one special item you should never leave behind is myki. What is myki? Myki is a reusable smart card that serves as your ticket throughout your journey in Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, the Latrobe Valley, Seymour, and Warragul. There are approximately 800 retailers where you can buy and top up your myki such as ticket office window at Premium type of stations, all 7-Eleven stores, and myki machines placed in train stations, major trams, and bus. How to use myki? As you enter the train station or board the bus or tram, make sure to touch on your myki at a reader then touch off as you get off. Keep in mind that myki readers work slow or malfunction at times. So always be cautious when touching on your myki card. Take out your myki from the pocket of your phone case or in any case and place it flat on the reader. Other cards in your myki case may confuse the reader due to RFID technology; unable to detect your myki ticket. When to touch on and off? You should touch on the first time you use myki for a specific course of your travel to register its date and time expiration. However, travelling within the ‘Free Tram Zone’ is not necessarily requiring you to touch on and off. You must touch off on buses and trains or else you will be charged as the myki reader may assume that you had a two-zone trip. To check the status of your myki, place it on the reader of myki machines. What are myki fines? Violations like not carrying a valid myki with you as you travel or not touching on and off at a myki reader are fare evasion—also known as myki fines. When caught by an authorized officer, you are charged with on-the-spot penalty fare of $75. This fine is to be paid straightaway. Instances where fines are committed: travelling without a valid ticket or failing to produce a valid ticket on request travelling on concession ticket without evidence of concession eligibility or failing to produce on request How to get out of myki fine? If you encountered a circumstance which may lead you to fine, secure proof of possible evidence that will help you get out of the fine. For example, if the myki reader is not functioning properly, taking a photo will be helpful. Record the reader’s number and try to get the contact details of a person who witnessed the incident. If you feel that you are unfairly fined, contact the Public Transport Ombudsman (Victoria) on 1800 466 865 to file a complaint and to seek for support. AECC Global wishes you a pleasant and safe day-to-day journey. If you have any concerns with your studies or want to explore opportunities as a migrant in Australia, speak to us today!

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01 Aug 2016

There are many factors to consider when deciding to move to another country. Whether to study, to work or to seek for permanent residency, it entails risks, challenges and not to mention cultural adjustments one has to make. After all, it is a huge step in an individual’s life. Informed decision and guidance are needed to be successful in pursing this goal. Wrong action will not only make you financially distress but also may lead to serious consequences. The internet can offer tons of information about Australia and relevant visas. However, filtering substantial data can be a daunting task. Crucial information is mixed with irrelevant, outdated and often misleading information. Another possible challenge is how not to get lost with jargons and how to understand complicated statements and procedures. To ease the burden of shuffling through the heaps of resources, you can seek the help of migration agents. Agents are able to provide guidance in timely manner on the recommended approach to yield positive outcome from the Australian immigration through their skills, knowledge and experience with visa application rules and regulations. They are updated with changes such as in procedures, requirements and fees. You should be cautious in choosing the right agency. There are stories of incorrect information, inflated processing fees, and people being misled on visa procedures by unscrupulous agents or pseudo agents. As such, we have gathered tips on how to find the best migration agent in Australia to help you fulfil your aspirations without hassle. Research about the agency/company With the use of the internet, you should be able to check the agency/company’s website and the feedback section. You can also check their Facebook or Google+ pages especially the review or testimonial section to give you an idea about their performance and how clients have rated them. If you want to consider more companies, you can search for state or city specific key words such like best migration agent in Melbourne, and continue with the research. Check if the agent is registered All migration agents in Australia are required to be registered at Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) if they are to provide migration consultation, services and assistance. OMARA is an industry regulator for Australian migration agent services which aims to ensure that clients needing migration services understand their rights and likewise, registered migration agents understand their obligation. The body monitors agents for integrity of conduct, quality of immigration assistance and handles complains efficiently. Log on to www.mara.gov.au to know more about OMARA. Inquire about the migration agent’s relevant experience It is recommended to check the agent’s experience in handling relevant visa and how long they have been in the industry. With extensive experience, they are more knowledgeable and are familiar with usual issues which applicants encounter, thus they are much prepared to deal with complex situations. You can do your research using social media such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Or, you can also ask the migration agent directly. Open communication and best interest As someone who has limited knowledge on visa, it is normal formal you to ask a lot of questions. Your agent should listen to your inquiries and your plan, and provide you recommendations in order to achieve the best result. Visa application and decision may take time based on the type of visa and documentation. Open communication between you and your agent will play a big part. You should be comfortable in taking suggestions and making decisions as your agent's main goal is your best interest depending on your personal circumstances. Promp and response trait that you should expect from an ideal agent. Remember that visa application includes series of steps which are normally time-bound. Your agent should be able to answer your inquiries efficiently and in timely manner. Provides honest assessment As mentioned earlier, only registered migration agents are eligible to provide professional advice. If the agent or someone advising you starts painting a utopic picture of your future in Australia, this is a red flag that something is not right. You might also encounter agents who are eager to sign you up in a binding contract which is also an indication to be cautious as you should have full freedom to decide in due time. Able to explain involved fees Readily available in the MARA website is a published ist of average fees to give you an idea how much you might pay to get help with your visa. Your agent should be able to elaborate their fee structure. We hope that the above tips will provide guide you in selecting migration agents. But remember these are only tips and there are plenty of possible scenarios which you may face further down the line. If you have doubts about an agent, trust your gut feeling and keep searching until you find the one who understands your goals and provides you with most suited path to achieve it.

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