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Project Aims to Attract More International Students to Study at Qld Independent Schools

The quality of education programs and cultural experiences on offer in Queensland independent schools will now reach more overseas families thanks to a joint Queensland Government and Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) project.

The project involved translating profiles on 22 Queensland independent schools with international education programs into six languages – Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian.

The project was co-funded with the support of the Queensland Government's International Education and Training Partnership Fund, managed by the International Education and Training Unit (IETU) within Trade and Investment Queensland.

ISQ Executive Director David Robertson said the six languages chosen were based on traditional and emerging international source countries for independent schools.

“The translated school profiles will be a valuable tool for Queensland independent schools and education agents to attract international students to study in Queensland,” Mr Robertson said.

“The number of international students in Queensland independent schools has been growing strongly over the past three years, increasing by more than 450 students between 2012 and 2017,” he said.

“Last year about 1,700 international students were enrolled at CRICOS-registered independent schools.”

Mr Robertson said the profiles included information on each school’s education and wellbeing programs, their specialist services for international students and their boarding or homestay living options.

“The profiles also included testimonials from current and past international students about their experiences of living and studying in Queensland,” he said.

“Students described their independent schools as welcoming and supportive, with some likening them to a ‘second home’,” he said.

“The students also shared how they’d been challenged and extended by the extensive range of academic, sporting, artistic and cultural opportunities available at their schools.”

Mr Robertson thanked the Queensland Government for its investment in the joint project and Trade and Investment Queensland’s International Education and Training Unit (IETU) for its ongoing support and advice on the project.

The profiles were launched at an event attended by representatives – both in person and online -  from Trade and Investment Queensland’s overseas offices and independent school staff at ISQ’s Professional Learning Centre in Brisbane last night.  The event was followed by a webinar launch of the profiles with representatives from Austrade and education agents from the Russian Federation.

Queensland independent schools welcome international students to study in a range of individual and group programs. Students can enrol in registered schools for periods of longer than three months on a full-time basis. Many independent schools also offer short-term study programs of less than three months.

The school profiles and information on international education programs offered by Queensland independent schools are available on the ISQ website.

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