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Getting the most from your education degree

teachingTeaching is an exciting and challenging profession, and a chance to change the world – one class at a time!

There are many different paths to becoming a teacher – you can study an Education Degree at a Bachelor level, or specialise in a certain field, such as science or economics, and then take a Postgraduate education diploma or degree. Or, if you want to teach English as a second language, you can study a TESOL certificate or diploma at English language colleges around the world.

To make sure you choose a teaching course that will really enhance your skills, it’s important to look for the following:

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Australia: Free sample courses at USQ

USQThe University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is regarded as one of Australia’s leading providers of on-campus and distance education programs. More than 75% of its students studying via distance or online, including over 5,000 international students.

USQ has spent twenty years developing cutting-edge technology to support its distance learning students. You can study challenging and flexible degrees in arts, business, education, science, engineering or surveying, all without leaving your home.

And now, you can also try out a sample course online for free, through USQ’s OpenCourseWare (USQ OCW). Yes, free educational resources self-learners around the world. They do not lead to any credits or degrees, but you might learn quite a lot along the way.

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UK: Your MBA, your way – with EBS

	A recession-proof career in healthEdinburgh Business School (EBS) is the Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. At this world-leading school, you get to choose how you want to study, and where.

Study at home, or on campus, start and finish your course when it suits you, take each course in any order that suits you, and take exams when you’re ready.

It’s a different approach to MBA study, and it works. 7,000 students are current studying their MBA at Edinburgh Business School, in 150 countries around the world.

The Financial Times recently rated the EBS MBA as the largest distance learning program outside the USA. The article describes EBS as “one of the pioneers of distance learning… a well-respected and fully accredited qualification.”

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Canada: Learn French cuisine in North America

	A recession-proof career in healthIf you dream of running your own fine dining restaurant, or creating exquisite taste sensations for special occasions, then Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute has course for you.

You can study classic French cuisine or patisserie at more than thirty destinations around the world with Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute. Its North American hub campus is in Ottawa, the beautiful capital city of Canada.

Learn from highly skilled French chefs, many from Michelin-starred restaurants, in a Tudor-style heritage mansion equipped with five state-of-the-art kitchens. You’ll also be able to experience the in-house restaurant, Signatures Restaurant, which has been awarded a Five Diamond rating from the Canadian/American Automobile Association.

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Student Poll

Staying safe while you study

Safe study tips

Safety is always a concern for international students. Studying abroad means leaving the safety and security of your familiar surroundings. It may be your first time living away from your family, or you may need to travel on public transport at night to a part-time job or evening courses.

Studying in Australia has always been seen as safe for international students, so recent violence against several Indian students in Melbourne has caused some alarm amongst the international student community.

No matter where you are from, and no matter where you choose to study, there are things you can do to ensure you stay safe. Here are a few student safety tips:

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Ask Anna


“Is there still time to apply to study in the UK for September this year?”


“Yes, you still have some time left to apply for the coming session in the UK.

There is no official deadline to apply to UK universities for their postgraduate programmes but for undergraduate level programmes the deadline for submitted applications is 30th June.

There are certain programmes which are in high demand by international students. Therefore, they get full very soon and the institution stops taking any more applications.

Please get in touch with a StudyLink counsellor to know whether your area of interest (course) is still available for this intake.”

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Application Deadlines

Australia and New Zealand – If you have applied to start in July/August 2009, you should be receiving an update on the status of your application soon. If you have an offer, you should be starting your visa application process and/or accepting your offer. Your counsellor will provide you with detailed information and assistance.

Apply early for 2010. Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and the earlier you apply, the earlier you will have an answer you’re your chosen institution. Submit your application and supporting documents to us now. Keep in mind that you do not need to scan and attach your documents; a counsellor can do this for you. Contact a counsellor for assistance with selecting a course, completing your applications and confirming your enrolment.

USA and Canada – The main term starts in September 2009 for most institutions. English language schools and some other institutions allow students to start throughout the year. Application deadlines vary and we encourage you to apply well in advance for best consideration and to allow time to apply for a visa. There are institutions still accepting applications for September 2009.

Contact a counsellor for assistance with selecting a course or completing your applications.

UK – Submit your application to StudyLink now to start in September 2009. The undergraduate application deadline is 30 June. Postgraduate applications should be submitted by the beginning of July. Our counsellors will help you find a course and institution to meet your background and interests. Contact a counsellor to discuss your study plans.

Who wants a successful business career?

businessSo you want to succeed in business. Whether that’s by managing a multinational corporation, wheeling and dealing on the stock market, or running your own business, what is the key to this success? Is it the number of degrees you have, where you study, or how you start your career?

In this subject guide, we look at five key elements to having a successful business career – right now.

1. Finding the right course

There are many different types of business programs, all around the world. Undergraduate, post-graduate, and of course the MBA. So you need to spend time researching all the options to choose the best course for you.

Most undergraduate degrees give you two or three years of general business education, and the option to specialise in the last years in subjects such as finance, marketing or accounting.

Some universities offer even more specialised areas of expertise, such as corporate social responsibility, East Asian Studies or e-commerce.

When Na Xu chose her course at the University of Salford, she was looking for a strong grounding in finance and accounting, but also the chance to learn to speak English fluently. This has led her to a career as an English Anchor in the media sector of her home country, China.

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Stand out from the crowd – study your masters in management at Derby University

Derby UniversityTake your learning one step further.  Build on your bachelors degree and turn yourself in to a strategic thinking, valuable asset ready to embark on a successful management career.

At Derby you can join students from all over the world to study your masters.  Our courses include:

  • MA Management
  • MA Marketing Management
  • MA Human Resource Management (CIPD accredited)
  • MSc Strategic Financial Management

You will take part in a residential weekend as one of the first parts of any of the management masters course.  The residential combines fun, learning and development and is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students, your lecturers and to form new friendships in a friendly and challenging environment. 

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Enhance your business career at Westminster

Westminster Business SchoolWestminster Business School provides professional and supportive postgraduate business education with an international flavour.

Located in central London, Westminster Business School delivers internationally focused master’s level education in all the major business disciplines, including the MA International Business & Management.

WBS is a Centre of Excellence for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.   Students who successfully complete the MA Human Resource Management or the MA International Human Resource Management may also become affiliates of this professional body.

The MA Marketing Communication and MA Marketing Management attract students from all over the world.  The course material is delivered by marketing and advertising practitioners as well as highly qualified marketing tutors.  Successful completion of these courses will also provide links into the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

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