Testimonials from Students and Parents
Testimonials – Australia Overseas Courses
Khun Narudee Phongadulyasook
Parent of Yada Phongadulyasook (Maymay)
The reason that I would like to let my child going aboard are because she will get new experience, to found many things, to learn new things, to face new lesson of life, to face difficulty, to see a different and learn how to respect others. In addition, I think English language is important for my child in the future. So, I would like to let my child learning by herself that English is really important and open up a new world to her. I think for this study, my child will want to learn more English after she’s back, that will be continued advantage for her.
I meet CETA for the first time by chance when I was buying exercise equipment at the downstairs and I saw advertisement in the elevator. When I came here, I met Ms. Pueng. I’m really impressed because Ms. Pueng is very well-known information. She has been there so, when I ask question, she can answer. I feel relax and trusted so, I would like to apply. Because I think when I would like to take my child with someone, she should have knowledge, understanding and trustworthy like Ms. Pueng. Including when I give question to consult with Ms. Pueng, she could propose mother allowed school so, I am very interest.
Because of my child is not over 9 years old, which is too young to go alone so, I have school choosing rule as young child allowed and having mother allowed home stay. For these two conditions, there is only St. Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School that answers my rules. So I choose this place.
St. Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School is clean. There is primary and high education. It’s near railway station that is easy to commute. There is park, vegetable garden in the school and there is more activity outside school such as Cross Country Day.
It’s not difficult to go to school because host family will send and pick up us at railway station. My child and I take the train to school only one station and we can arrive to school from this station.
I am the most satisfied Mrs. Rigby. She is teacher who is interest, understand and well-known each child. She is kind but strict in discipline, which can call teacher spirit. She tries to make children think, bold to speak and ask question. All friends are welcome my child very well. I think because teacher has prepared for how to welcome my child. Teacher let each friend take turn to be my child’s buddy so, my child adjusted herself for many things as language, learning and doing homework. I’m really glad that my child can try and live as well.
For the study, this school is very well prepared learning plan. There are yearly schedule planning. I like that there are study subjects less than in Thailand. Some subject take time for two periods so, it doesn’t have to learn too many subjects in one day. They give homework weekly that make my child can make her plans and set priority to do homework as paper homework and on website mathsonline.com.au. . There are library courses that let children borrow a book and read for 15 minutes per day also.
Host family take care of us very well as doing laundry, cooking, send and pick up us at railway station. Ms. Ann, our host family, cooks food very well. The bedroom and bathroom are separated for our privacy. Moreover Ms. Ann let us to join dinner with her neighbor so, we have learnt more culture from them.
I think my decision to let my child to study aboard is well begin. She is bold to use English and well-known in English. For other parents who are interest to find aboard school, if you want to choose long-term study school, you can go to school, consult with teacher and meet children before make decision.
Khun Mesya Vataniyapramote
Assistant Managing Director at ภาวีกิตมหานคร จำกัด
Parent of Gridh Vataniyapramote (Sun)
When I was looking for overseas studies in Australia for Sun, I received a lot of help and information from CETA. I decided to consult with CETA given that I have sent Sun on a CETA Summer Course before and was very happy with the care that was provided. Hence, I contact Khun Andrew and asked for some consultation on how best to go about sending Sun to Australia for studies.
The most important criteria for me was looking for a school with a teaching and learning style that is suitable for Sun. The reason I choose Billanook College was because it is located in Melbourne, a peaceful and rather convenient city in terms of day-to-day life. The school also has a lot of subjects for students to choose from; many of which matched Sun’s interest and weren’t available in the Thai school system. The area is also very suitable for students to focus on their studies and the school offers learning support for foreign students when needed. The majority of the students at the school are from Australia and native English speakers, hence having Sun in this environment meant Sun would have more opportunity to improve his English skills. The students at the school are also very friendly and there was no race discrimination. Sun has been studying at Billanook for half a year now in Year 10, which is equivalent to mathayom 4 in Thailand.
There are 5 homeroom classes for every Year, all with very attentive homeroom teachers. Parents could keep up-to-date with student’s attendance and grades from the school’s website every day. Billanook College also has a foreign-students teacher, who is especially on campus to support foreign students. Starting this year, the school has also started transportation service for international students to travel to and from school. The teacher would liaise directly with the host family to discuss how the student is doing at school and discuss plans if there’s any behavior that needs correction.
When selecting a host family, attitude is a very important factor; whether they see guardianship and taking care of international students from a more commercial/business perspective or would they openly welcome our child to their home. If the host family’s perspective is overly business intended, then there would be a lot of limitations and house rules our child would have to follow to lower the cost of caring for our child as much as possible. A host family that has a more welcoming attitude and are as excited to host an international student as our child would be to stay with them is the much better option. In this way, our child will feel accepted and get to join in the day-to-day activities with the host family, as well as be able to practice their English. The host family Sun was with was very friendly and had a son of similar age, so Sun was very welcomed and taken care of. Do that note that Australians raise their children different from Thais, so your child would have to be more independent, especially about school work such as being responsible to complete homework on time. Most host families could be contacted online anytime via Social Media.
Sun adapted quite well. Many of his close friends went their own ways to further their studies abroad, so he wasn’t too concerned about friends. Sun himself gets along with others very easily and have studied at an international school before so he didn’t have any trouble communicating with foreigners.
Our hopes, is for Sun to be able to become more independent and apparently Sun showed much more responsibility to complete his homework and review the class materials compared to when he was in Thailand. Given that almost all students bring their own lunch, the school does not offer lunch menus and Sun had to prepare his own breakfast and lunch every day. The host family has a lot of groceries for Sun to prepare meals, just that he needed to plan in advance what he was going to cook for his lunch. Sun had to do his own laundry, clean and vacuum his room as well. Sun became much more independent and was able to travel on by himself to-and-from the city center; which I am very proud of.
I was quite surprised by the technology used at school, for instance, in the first term, Sun didn’t have any textbooks. Everything was loaded into the iPad and every student was required to have an iPad, not a Laptop. This term, there are some subjects that require the use of textbook. As for subjects, there are literally hundreds of subjects that students could choose from to study. For next term, Sun has selected to study Game Programming and there would be no major examination until Year 9. There would be only mini exams leading up to Year 9 to test students understanding of the subject.
Since Sun didn’t stay at the school dorms, I wasn’t able to visit him during the first term. Therefore, I felt it was necessary to have a representative to collaborate with the host family on my behalf. I was lucky because Khun Tracey (Khun Andrew’s wife) frequently visited the host family and provided me with a report on how Sun was doing every month. In case there was anything urgent, I would be able to contact her right away as well. Sometimes, Khun Tracey would also take Sun around and dine together with other Thai friends as well.
Khun Tracey would visit Sun and have short discussions with him around 2-3 times a month. She would give him advice whenever he needed it. If Sun needed anything Khun Tracey would discuss with the host family. The report Khun Tracey prepared for me included both praises and areas Sun needed to improve on. Khun Tracey’s believe in Sun made it easy for Sun to approach her when needed.
I learned about CETA from other parents who have sent their child on Summer Courses with CETA. Most of who complimented that CETA was very good at finding suitable host families. The students would come back from the Summer Courses very impressed with what they have seen and learned. In addition, I was very impressed with CETA’s staff and the level of attention they provide. They are very knowledgeable about the education system and provided me with lots of information.
From my experience with CETA and sending Sun abroad, I’d like to share with other parents that I felt it was the right decision. Australia itself was a great choice and I feel it was best that Sun studied a safe place like Melbourne. I was not in any way worried about Sun’s social circle because Social Media meant he could keep in touch with old friend and continue to be in touch with new friends he mad while studying abroad. For other parents out there who are considering whether or not to send their child abroad, I would like to recommend you to consult and discuss with CETA as part of your preparation.
Khun Yuwapa Jaengprasit
As of today, I feel that sending Mark to study in Australia had been the right decision for my family. Max enrolled into RMIT University faculty of Electrical Electronic Engineering just as he had hoped for.
Looking back to the days that Mark started his high school studies in Thailand, Mark was disheartened and didn’t have much confidence in himself. He would frequently complain about how incapable he was. Given that I completed my studies in education myself, I felt that Mark was not really ready for the heavy education competition. Incidentally, at that time, Mark has a friend who was studying at The Geelong College in Year 8 so I was curious how the education system and classroom atmosphere was like. Hence, I contacted CETA for Mark to do a few assessment tests. CETA also helped to contact and coordinate with the various schools for Mark during his Year 9 to 12 studies.
In the beginning, Mark had to adapt and become more independent. This helped him develop a more systematic way of thinking, have better time management and able to multi-task. The school took great care and was attentive to Mark. The school also has a homework session for students to complete their homework and there would be a teacher to provide guidance during the session. I myself visited the school dormitory before and must say that it’s very clean and organized.
It wasn’t long after Mark started schooling in Australia that we saw improvements in his grades all the way to Year 12. When the environment was suitable to encourage learning, it helped Mark discover himself. As a result he chose subjects he excelled at such as Mathematics and Physics as oppose to Language studies. Given that Mark started schooling in Australia since high school, his English Language skills would be at a good level for making the switch to University. English is a mandatory subject, hence Mark had to study it regardless of whether he liked it or not.
I felt that graduating from abroad would open more opportunities for good jobs and career choices, because AEC is about to happen this 2015. As such, new graduates who had better command of the English Language have an advantage and better chance to land a good job. I would like to thank you CETA for everything, from helping with the school application process to providing useful advice while Mark was studying overseas.
I would like to share with other parents that if your child would like to study abroad, Australia is definitely one country you should consider. It has an effective learning and educational system which promotes critical thinking and helps to build student’s confidence.
Khun Nattawut - Teeraya Thamajaree
The reason we sent Looktarn to join the Summer Course program was because our daughter was interested in completing her high school abroad. The Summer Course program was then like a trial for us and for our daughter to try and see how it was like living abroad on her own. In this way, our daughter could experience how it is like to live with other people and begin making decisions for herself. She also got to practice her English skills.
We decided to contact CETA per several referrals from doctors at Bumrungrad hospital, who mentioned that CETA takes really good care of the children. Looktarn went on a Summer Course with CETA during her school break. At that time she was studying at Mater Dei School; just completing 7th grad and would start 8th grade when the school re-opens after the summer break. Looktarn was very happy with the Summer Course and the entire experience; whether it was the chance to visit several places in Melbourne or the opportunity to join the classes in Wesley College. The host family was also very caring and friendly. The course was a short 4 weeks, but our daughter loved it and looked forward to studying in Melbourne.
Given that Looktarn was very enthusiastic about studying abroad, we decided to support her decision. It would benefit her more than just academics but to become more independent, make decisions on her own, become an open-minded individual and responsible. Melbourne is a very safe place and a great choice to send Looktarn for further studies. The good weather and atmosphere is also another factor why Melbourne would be a great choice.
CETA provided us with a lot of useful information regarding the schools, education system, and accommodation as well as general information about Melbourne. We also participated at the CETA Expo about studying abroad. This was when we got to meet Mr. Steven Lingard from Billanook College. Looktarn herself have meet with Mr. Steven before during her Summer Course and got to visit many schools. They conversed and discussed about studies as Mr. Steven remembered Looktarn from their previous meeting. Following up the meeting at CETA Expo, Looktarn received a letter from Mr. Steven that granted her a placement at Billanook college via CETA, should she want to study there. We felt that the school had high educational standards and from the information we received from Mr. Steven, the school in fact had the highest VCE student scores. This scoring is needed for enrolling into the top universities. Looktarn also mentioned how she felt the school and environment was very serene and beautiful which was a great environment for learning. Hence, we decided to send Looktarn to Billanook College from Year 10 to Year 12.
Throughout her education in Melbourne, we talked every day. Looktarn was happy with her education life in Australia and told us how she liked that the teachers were always open for discussion. The host family that CETA arranged for Looktarn was also very nice to her and treated her like another family member. Our daughter would tell us how her host family would take her out to visit new places, have dinner together as well as teach her how to cook and bake. Although there were risks for staying with a host family such as traveling back and forth from school and there would be no teachers to help her with her homework, the benefits were also numerous. Looktarn got to fully experience the local culture and lifestyle. She got to join the host family when they meet up with friends, go to birthday parties and various events.
In the beginning Looktarn was homesick, but once she started to make friends and join in the school activities, she became much less homesick. She started to have fun and enjoy school. In less than a year, her English skills improved remarkably. She also become much more independent and took responsibility of herself for the 6 years she studied in Melbourne.
The Australian education system encourages students to study what they are interested in and to discover their talents. Looktarn started choosing the courses she wanted to study since Year 10 all the way to Year 12. There were a few mandatory subjects but a lot of electives to choose from. Tutoring classes were not needed as well given that the teachers would support and help the students directly in the classrooms and open to discussion during break time. This way, all questions relating to a subject gets answered right away and the students do not leave the classroom confused. The teachers are very caring and supportive of students.
This style of teaching helps the student build confidence to meet challenges, become independent and think for themselves. We also felt that by having Looktarn study in Australia since high school made it easier for her to enroll into an Australian university as well. She didn’t need to take the IELTS and other language examinations that are required for foreign students enrolling for university. This was because Looktarn completed the same process the other local students would have to do to prepare for university since Year 12. For local students, the only document needed to apply for university is VCE results; which is in essence the entrance examination, and the grades achieved for each subject studied in Year 12; which would be considered as the prerequisites.
We’d like to share with parents who are planning on sending their children to study abroad that it is not as scary as it may sound for both the parents and the child. For us, we would attribute the smooth transition to the immense support we received from CETA on all areas from the Visa application process to Guardianship arrangement. The staffs at CETA were also open to all sorts of inquiries and offered very quick response.
Khun Anan - Ink-orn Duangyai
It had always been in our plans to send our children abroad when the time is right. When Oom and Ohm were in their teenage years, we began researching on schools and various information from the Internet. We eventually came across CETA who provided a lot of helpful and insights on how to proceed for further studies in Australia.
In the end we decided to send both our children to Killmore International School. The reason we chose Killmore International School because of the pleasant and peaceful atmosphere. In addition, the school offered a curriculum for the International Baccalaureate (IB), which we felt would be important for the children.
The teachers at the school were also very attentive of the students. For example, last term, Oom had an accident while playing sports which resulted in a strained shoulder. The teacher immediately sent Oom to the hospital and informed Oom’s Guardian to inform us right away.
When asked how they were doing at a boarding school, both replied that they settled in alright but there were a few things they had to adapt to. There was meal schedules, sleeping arrangements and having to live with strangers that the children had to get used to. They also mentioned that they had to learn to take care of themselves such as doing their own laundry, keeping the room neat and tidy. Most importantly, according to my children, the senior students were very helpful and provided a lot of advices which was encouraging, especially when they missed home.
In the beginning, my children struggled with the English language because they weren’t very fluent. They had difficulties conversing with friends and teachers which for them, was quite depressing. We advised them to try their best and if in the end, it really was too much, that there will always be the option to come home. We would still be proud of them no matter what. In the end, both my children managed to overcome the language barrier.
One area where we saw a mark improvement in my children development by studying abroad was a change in the way they think. The experience made my children more open-minded and they developed more adult perspective and wisdom. They also become more independent and more confident to tackle problems on by themselves.
We felt it was essential to have a Guardian for Oom and Ohm given that we were usually around to help them. A Guardian could advise our children and speak on our behalf. After going through CETA’s Guardian profiles and reading about their background, we decided to appoint Khun Aurapin (Ping). We were impressed with how she is able to advise the children with their homework and frequently gave us updates on how the children were doing. Throughout their studies, we felt that CETA’s staffs were also very supportive and helpful.
For other parents who are interested in sending their children to study in Australia, we recommend to gather information from many sources as a good starting point.
Khun Sathit Manoratkul
The reason I sent my children on a Summer Course is because I’d like them to have the chance to develop their English skills as well as gain the opportunity for better education in the academics and experience life on their own. Hence, studying abroad seemed like the best option and Summer Courses would be the first stepping stone for this to happen. In 2007, I sent my children to join a Summer Course via CETA at Melbourne. Before that, they went on a different Summer Course to England that was organized by a different service. At that time, they went to study at a Language school in England so they didn’t really get to experience high school at a school abroad. In the end, my children got to travel more than study.
However, when they went on the Summer Course that was organized by CETA my children got to experience how it was like studying at an Australian high school with the locals. They shared with me that the classrooms were more relaxed and every student were given the opportunity to share their thoughts and discuss what was being taught. The students were also very diligent and hardworking which made studying fun. The host family was also very kind and friendly and brought the children to many different places during the weekend which really helped when they felt lonely.
My intention was to send my children to study high school so going on a Summer Course was like a trial for them as well. If my children came back happy and positive towards the experience, I would then continue as planned; which I did. I chose Australia for the children given that the educational standard is quite high similar to the UK standards and it’s a very safe country. Moreover, the locals welcome and are friendly towards foreigners. The weather is also not that different from Thailand and given that it’s not too far, it was easy for my children to travel back and forth during school break.
I was confident in choosing CETA to help with my student’s education. The staff always gave detailed information and whenever I had additional questions, they were always quickly addressed. When choosing a school, I checked which school had the higher Year 12 examination results. This, I felt was a good indicator of the school’s teaching quality. In addition, I also went to visit the schools in Australia to talk and discuss with the teachers and see the school before deciding on one.
I decided to choose Caulfield Grammar school because the school has one of the highest student examination results in Victoria. The students at the school also showed very good discipline. In addition there was boarding option for the children to stay at the school dorm and the school wasn’t that far from Melbourne so traveling was rather convenient. Sol started in Year 9 and continued all the way until graduation in Year 12. Sol was also chosen to be the Co-Captain for International Students at school. As for Fa who started in Year 10, studied at Caulfield Grammar school until Year 11 and switched to Trinity College and enrolled into University of Melbourne. The teachers at Caulfield Grammar school take very good care of international students, for instance Mr. Peter Tselios – Head of Boarding House and Mr. Tim Gallop who also takes very good care of the students who stated at the boarding house.
I feel that having the children stay at the school boarding house would help them become more responsible persons compared to staying with a host family. Additionally, by staying with other students, they would quickly become accustom to each other and become friends. There is also a tutor at the school boarding house with whom the students could discuss their homework with. By staying at a boarding house, the children got many new experiences, for instance Sol got to experience what campaigning and getting votes to become Co-Captain was all about. Fa on the other hand volunteered on Open Day to take parents and students interested in enrolling into the school around the campus.
In the beginning, I would think that my children have to adapt to the new environment and new friends, as well as the culture in Australia. From having a chauffeur drive them around, my children had to travel by public train and buses. Besides having to adapt, they also had to study harder than the local students because English wasn’t their first language. The only support I could give them was morale support, listen to them and provide appropriate advices.
I myself have an unforgettable experience which happened on Sol’s third month studying abroad. Sol had called me and informed that there is a storm and the train station is not running. Sol didn’t have much cash on hand and had to find an alternative route to return to the host family house and it was already late in the evening. Sol eventually was able to borrow a phone from a passerby to call the host family who didn’t recognize Sol at first given that it was Sol’s first day switching to a new host family. The man who lent Sol his phone hailed a taxi for Sol as well. After arriving at the host family’s house, Sol talked with me on the phone and was crying a lot from the experience.
Ever since I sent my children to study abroad, I saw that they became more confident individuals and were more comfortable with the English language. Both my children learned a lot from studying abroad and I believe that when the time comes, they would be able to live anywhere in the world. At the moment, it’s Sol’s last year at Monash University studying for a Bachelor of Business degree. Fa on the other hand is a freshmen at the University of Melbourne, studying Bachelor of Commerce.
Sol studied Year 12 before entering university. Fa completed Year 11 and did 1 more year of Foundation studies before entering university. The difference between these 2 systems is that Year 12 is seen as the official last year of high school studies for many students, hence there would be a lot of graduation activities and celebrations which would result in the students identifying themselves with the school. Year 12 students also have to study hard to achieve the required grades to enter university.
Consequently, the one year Foundation course that Fa took is open only for foreign students. The course is to help foreign students prepare to enroll into Australian universities. The course helps students adapt both on the academic side of things as well as settling into the new culture and social environment.
A friend of mine has recommended that if I wanted to send my students to Australia, I should contact only CETA because Andrew (CETA’s founder) is Australian. He himself has been an exchange student in Thailand as well. In this way, Andrew has a very good understanding of the Thai culture.
I would recommend parents who plan on sending their students to Australia to help the children by preparing them with the right mindset and building more confidence with their English skills.
Khun Koon Kanachot
Khun Koon Kanachot – Managing Director at KBB Mechanic co., ltd.
Khun Budsadi Kanachot – Director KBB Mechanic co., ltd.
Parents of Beam – Bootsyamas Kanachot
Studied at Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC)
We sent our daughter to study in Australia mainly because the main language used is English. This we had hoped would help Beam develop her English skills well. In addition, Australia wasn’t too far away from Thailand which meant we could easily visit her and Beam could easily come home during school breaks as well. Beam is currently studying Year 9 at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne. Before joining Methodist Ladies’ College, Beam took a 2-months English course. We were interested in sending Beam to Australia since the beginning and discussed with her teacher in Thailand who recommended we get in touch with CETA. Which we did and we got very detailed explanation and information on how to proceed from CETA.
The main criteria we used for selecting a school for Beam was safety, followed by the school atmosphere and the school curriculum. Beam started out studying at an English Language school to improve her English. At that time, we also decided for her to stay with a host family so she may converse with native speakers. After she had finished the Language course, we enrolled Beam into Methodist Ladies’ College because the school met all our criteria. We also felt more comfortable and at ease to place our daughter at an all-girls school while she completes her studies in Australia. Beam has since relayed to us that she was having a lot of fun with the school activities and academics which for us meant we succeeded in choosing a very good school for her. Beam herself has frequently traveled aboard so she was quite comfortable being among foreigners.
As for accommodation, if Beam were to stay with a host family, she would have more privacy but in the long run, it might cause her to feel uncomfortable to be bothering the host family for a long time. If she were to stay at an off-campus housing, she would have much less privacy and share her room with many friends but at the same time she would have more fun and learn to rely on herself much more. As for Beam herself, she mentioned that she prefers to stay at the school’s housing. Apparently, she grew up a lot from the experience from having more self-discipline to taking more responsibility for herself and making her own decisions.
We still felt a Guardian was necessary nonetheless because we would not be there to take care of her. A Guardian would sort of be like our representative to look over her. We decided to go with CETA’s Guardianship service because CETA was the most convenient option in terms of reachability, communication and language barriers.
For other parents that would like to send their child to study abroad, we recommend to help your child prepare well in terms of Language and mindset. You might want to prepare your child by first going on short summer camps in the country to begin with. We were introduced to CETA by Beam’s teacher in Thailand and found that the staff at CETA are very attentive and provided us with all the information we needed in detail.
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Perfect Leaders at Macarthur
Each year Macarthur appoints a group of Year 12 students to be the leaders for the School and especially the students. Patchanon (Peem) Tungkiatsilp from Bangkok is a Prefect for 2015/2016. Patchanon is only the second international student to be awarded a Prefect at Macarthur. This is an outstanding appointment and Patchanon is to be congratulated for his School Service. Patchanon is pictured here with his homestay family after receiving his leadership badge from the Headmaster.
Welcome to Year 12
Patchanon was also participating in the Macarthur Ball on Friday 23 October 2015. Patchanon is pictured with Mrs Cartwright, (International Registrar) and Mr Oliver (Director of International Programmes). This ball welcomes the senior students of the School into Year 12. It is a special night of celebration as we honour the new senior students in Year 12 at Macarthur. We hope next year’s international students will consider participating in this significant event.
Titang Natcha Limpeunanchai
Completed high school from Firbank Girls’ Grammar School
Currently studying at the University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts
I completed by high school from Firbank Girls’ Grammar School. During my studies, I stayed at the school dorms and was very impressed at the level of attention I received from the dormitory monitor and staffs. They would not only ask me if I have already eaten but when I’m stressed, they’d ask me what’s wrong and is there anything they could help me with. Staying at the school dormitory was a wonderful experience for me. I got to practice music such as playing the piano for the school musical or go singing at the school church.
There are a whole lot of benefits to study in Australia. Firstly, the students could choose the subjects that they’d like to study. For instance, one of my friends who loved riding horses chose Equestrian Studies. Students who have graduated from a school in Australia also have more change to join English Universities compared to students who completed their studies from Thailand. Continuing to study at an Australian university is also a very feasible option because by the time you have completed your high school, you would’ve already been very familiar with the country. There are many universities in Australia to choose from.
After high school, I received a placement offer letter from the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Arts. The course is highly flexible and could be adjusted to match your interest. Art is in fact a very generic term and there are specific schools of arts that you might be more interested in. I usually review my lessons every time I have the chance; a bit here and there. I prefer this way of self-study rather than trying to read up on everything close to the exam.
For those who would like to study in Australia, I’d like to share that I found my experience wonderful and when you do come to Australia, don’t force yourself to walk the journey alone. Many students who go to study in Australia make lots of new friends. Basically, I would like to recommend that you spend the time to Enjoy the Journey.
I studied at Kilmore International School in Australia for almost 1 year already. I choose to study at Kilmore International School because it is a well-known educational institute. The classroom teaching style is rather unique and different from what I am use to. There were a lot of verbal discussions and the students were asked to share their thoughts for discussion rather than the usual question and answer classroom style.
The student body was made up of children and teens from many different nationalities and countries such as Singapore, Japan, China or Germany. We got to exchange a lot of different ideas and learn about each other’s culture. This allowed us to become open-minded and see things differently from an international point of view which prepares us for studying the International Baccalaureate (IB). I’d like to recommend friends to study in Australia because the locals are very friendly and the school environment promotes a highly effective learning atmosphere for students, both for further studies and for personal growth.
I completed my high school from Caulfield Grammar School and must say that it was a very special experience for me. There was a good mix of both Australian and International students and we got to exchange cultures and learn about others’ traditions. The school focuses on academics as well as sports, music, performances and art as well. Every year, the students at Caulfield Grammar School have the opportunity to participate in academic competitions and events.
The school teachers and staff are very attentive of all students and give us lots of opportunities to fully express our views. Caulfield Grammar School encourages the students to have confidence and everyone was always welcomed to give comments. Many teachers also offer to help students after school hours for exam preparations. When I do not understand a lesson, I would re-read at my own time; sometimes I would re-read up to 3 times because English isn’t my first language.
During my university years, I found that there were a lot of options and courses could be tailored to our individual needs. Caulfield Grammar School helped me with selecting a course and university to further my studies. The school has career counselors who helps graduating students decide how to move on.
I am now studying at Monash University in the Faculty of Business and majoring in Marketing. I chose this course because I’m very interested in business management and hope it could help me manage my family business in the future. Most undergraduate programs in Australia could be completed in 3 years. While I was at Monash University, I had to take care of myself completely besides academics. I had to clean, cook as well as manage my expense and time well.
For friends who would like to go study in Australia, I’d like to suggest brushing up on your English skills as part of your preparation. During my stay, I found that Australians are very friendly and the landscape is beautiful. In addition, the educational standard isn’t that far off from the UK and other countries such as America and Canada.
P.Y. Yainamchan testimonial
I chose to study at Wesley College because it is well known as an established educational institution but also for sports. The school promotes a balanced development for all students while allowing us to design our schedule and classes from a vast range of subjects and courses to choose from, such as Drama and Sports. The subjects I selected were those that related to mathematics and gym exercise. Gym exercise happened twice a week and the teacher was very supportive throughout. I also received advice on healthy eating and nutrition.
The school facilities were very comprehensive and complete. There were also a multitude of interesting activities for me to join. Competitions were also frequently held between students from different dormitories which allowed us to continue to develop our skills outside of the classroom.
At Wesley College, there were students from all over the world and everyone was treated as equals. There were many opportunities for me to exchange cultural formalities and discuss differences as well.
I’d like to recommend Wesley College to anyone who is planning to further their studies in Australia. Besides the mandatory subjects, there are many elective subjects that students could choose from. The school is founded in Melbourne, a city that is itself already rich in culture. Food and dining option is abundant and there are many attractions and things to do during your free time.
The reason I decided to study in Australia is because it’s a safe country and not too far from Thailand. The shorter distance was also more convenient for my parents to come visit me. Another reason I chose Australia at that time was because my brother was studying there. After completing Mor 3 (equivalent to Year 9) in Thailand, I took the AEAS test in preparation for my overseas studies as well as consulted with CETA about which school I should choose. After which I visited 5-6 schools before deciding on MLC.
The reason I chose MLC was because the school grounds was complete with tools and facilities to aid with my learning. All the students at MLC are very diligent and attentive to their studies which made me decide I have to continue to improve myself as well for better grades.
I feel the teachers took great care for our education and well-being. The teachers were always asking if we followed the classes and what was being taught alright, and if we every have any problems to please bring it up. There was however, a lot of homework. Homework was manageable if we had good time management skills. Frankly speaking, in the past I was somewhat of a lazy person but now I always finish my homework first thing so I don’t have to worry about not being able to complete my homework while doing other things.
I think the study system is different from Thailand because the teachers here always want the students to share their opinions and engage in open discussion. We also had the option to choose subjects that we wanted to study to prepare us for university.
During my studies I stayed at Swinburne Apartment which is organized by the school. The apartment is a 10-minutes’ walk from the school. Personally, I think staying at a boarding school is a good thing because there were limitations and rules to abide by but we still had flexibility and freedom while feeling safe as a security system was in place.
A Guardian is considered important and mandatory for anyone below 18 years old. A Guardian would support us on our various needs, give us advices and visit us frequently.
I would like to recommend studying in Australia because the education standard in Australia is high and all the teachers let us voice our opinions. Studying in Australia also poses as a good opportunity to practice our English and meet new friends from all over the world. Coming to Australia to further my studies has made me a more responsible person because I had to manage my own time and take care of myself.
I loved the service I got from CETA. Ever since I decided on coming to Australia, the consultants at CETA has helped me research and choose which school is best for me. The staffs are very friendly and always helped me with various questions throughout.
Pan – Nattapong Kongkeaw
I began studying in Australia at Billanook College during Year 11. At that time, I chose Billanook College because the school is well-known for the Arts, which coincides with my personal interest.
While I was studying in Billanook College, I found the teachers to be very supportive and attentive. I also made many new friends who were mostly Australians and some from other countries. We were very close after having spent much time doing activities together. I was nominated as International Captain for the school which involved a lot of coordinating between the teacher and the foreign student body as well as organizing many school activities.
Besides classrooms and studying, I still had lots of opportunities to pursue my hobby such as playing music and various sports. I also got the chance to perform twice on stage during the school’s music festival.
I was later offered a placement from the University of Melbourne, faculty Animation. Before I got accepted, I had to apply with many sample projects such as preparing Story Board samples and short movies for the university to evaluate. After I passed the first round of evaluation, I had to prepare some Animation or Graphic Design work for further evaluation. I felt very proud when I was accepted and thrilled at the chance to study what I was really interested in.
I think that furthering my studies in Australia was the right choice. The learning environment promotes each individual to fully discover themselves and reach their full potential. I’d like to recommend others who are deciding on their further studies to consider Australia to discover new experiences and make new friends.
I chose Geelong Grammar School with my mother who at that time preferred I stay at a boarding school. After she got the opportunity to talk to the school representatives and got to learn more about the school system, we decided to apply for Geelong Grammar School. First, I had to study English Language at Avalon beforehand as part of my preparation to support my transition, as essentially I would have to adapt to a new Language for my studies as well as a new society.
At school there were many new students when I started, so the atmosphere was lively and it felt a bit like a big family. Everyone knew everyone else and we were very tightly knitted. The teachers were also very much immersed in teaching us. They asked many questions, always providing us with the chance to practice our oral English skills non-stop, as well as had us practice reading comprehension. The school also has Individual Studies; during which each student could review any subject they would like to at their own time or ask additional questions to the teacher.
Life at a boarding school involved me having to share my room with 3 different people, which was a bit difficult at first. When I was in Thailand, I had my own room and own bathroom, so this was a big change for me. But once I was able to adapt, I started to enjoy boarding school more. I discovered that you get to make more friends who quickly became your best buddies when you go to a boarding school. During our free time, we would take care of each other and spend time together. Boarding school taught me a few things as well such as adapting to living with others and about collective responsibility.
I also had a Guardian who is a very nice person. My Guardian would follow-up with my learning and check-in on me frequently to see if I had any issues. Whenever I have any problems, I would discuss it with her. We would go have buffet meals together and I was very impressed with one of our trips to the mountains. We got to see a strawberry farm, which for me was a thoroughly eye-opening experience.
Studying in Australia has been quite an experience for me. I definitely feel that I have grown up quite a lot from the experience. I would like to recommend to friends who plan on going to Australia for their studies; to research on the schools as the right choice would help us to discover ourselves, like I myself have experienced.
The reason I chose to study at Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) was because my sister knew many people who have graduated from the school and they have advised that the school has high teaching standards. The school atmosphere was also described as jolly. The student body has a cheerful and courteous personality.
I am a shy person and I don’t tend to greet others first but the school environment was great for making new friends. I made many new Australian friends as well as some new best friends during my studies, many of whom were from Korea, Malaysia and China.
The atmosphere in the hostel is cheerful and lively. We learnt about looking out for each other and how to co-live with many different personalities. Staying at a boarding school also taught me about making my own decisions and how to manage my own time independently without parental support.
After every class, I would review my notes and ask the teacher for anything I’m not sure about. I’m almost always the last one to leave the classroom but I think working hard and doing extra-reading to develop my learning gap can only be a good thing. At times, I also got help from my friends. After completing Year 11, I decided to study at Monash College Foundation in preparation to further my university education in Australia. The consultants at CETA helped me in all my applications.
I’d like to share with friends who are planning to come to Australia for their studies that in the beginning you might feel homesick, which is completely normal. You might also encounter some unexpected situations and perhaps some culture shock. However, at the end of the day, all those experiences are in fact the opportunity to learn, grow and discover a new type of independence without your parents.
I use to struggled with the English Language and wasn’t very fond of the Language but after going on a Study Tour, I gained a new respect for English and began to look forward to continuing my studies in Australia.
Before attending Billanook College, I had to do an Intensive English Course for 2 months. The reason I chose Billanook College was because the school offered subjects such as Art & Design, Business Management, Music, Food and Technology, all of which I was very interested in. The calm and peaceful atmosphere at Billanook College was another reason for my choice. I found the teachers to be very attentive to ensuring we understand the subjects and what was being taught. The foreign students also got a lot of great support from both the teachers and fellow Australian students.
I stayed with a host family who were very kind and helped me with my studies as well as provided lots of advices which helped me to settle in well. My host loved cooking so I got to learn to cook a lot of different types of dishes ranging from Japanese, Mexican to Indian food! When I’m not at school, my host and I would go out to watch movies, do some shopping and drive around.
If you’re planning on furthering your studies in Australia, I highly recommend it. The people are very kind and friendly and the atmosphere is very welcoming.
I chose to study at Wesley College because the school has a warm and friendly atmosphere. In addition, the school ground is well equipped with modern learning tools both inside and outside of the classroom. The school has a multi-purpose theatre, studio performances and rehearsal areas. There’s a lot of space for recreational activities and a large cafeteria.
Talent shows, art, music and sport competitions were also held year round. The education structure promotes simultaneous development of students’ academic and sport skills. The teachers are always open to student concerns and push us to do our best; they went to as far as providing us with special lessons during lunch times or after school. I got to try many new sports including tennis, soccer, swimming and various activities held by the different student clubs. My fellow students were friendly and I ended up making lots of both local and foreigner friends. I hope to maintain long term friendship with all of them.
If anyone is interested to study in Australia, I’d like to recommend Wesley College as an option. For me, Wesley College became like a second home.
I first went to Australia for a Summer Course back in 2007, and later on attended Billanook College in 2008. After Billanook College, I continued my university studies in Australia and graduated in 2013. The Billanook College campus is beautiful but because it’s located in the suburbs, most students travel to school by car and the student body is made up majorly of Australians. For those who stayed on the school grounds, the teachers organized us into groups of around twenty people per dorm. There were activities organized such as EXIT WEEK, which is about learning outside of the classroom. This involved activities such as field trips to vocational training camps and playing sport, volunteer activities as well as joining festivals.
The teachers were always happy to hear us out and help us whenever we were behind on the course or get stuck. Some teachers even provide after-school tutoring sessions to help us out.
The Australian educational system is designed to support our growth without suffocating us and provided options for us to grow according to our interest. Time spent on academics was less in comparison to Thailand and the students got to develop other skills from different activities such as sport camps. The educational system is accepted worldwide by universities around the world including universities in England and America. The results of VCE as part of the Australian Secondary School education can be used by students to enroll for the first year of Undergraduate studies. In addition, for many universities, you would not need to have IELTS and TOEFL scores as part of your application as you would fit into the criteria of students who have lived and studied in English-speaking countries.
The teachers at Billanook College also encouraged the students to start thinking and planning what they want to study after Year 12 and provided us with information on various university programs. I chose to study business which took me only three years in Australia compared to four years in Thailand or America for the same degree. I applied through VTAC after completing Year 12 (VCE unit 3 + 4) in Melbourne. The school had study counselors and teachers who assisted the students with university application and planning on their further studies. There were courses which were pre-requisites to be completed first and we also had to prepare a strong education portfolio for our applications.
I eventually chose and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (majoring in Finance) from the University of Melbourne because I wanted to work in finance. The main challenge for me during university is time management, given that this was when I was truly and completely on my own. I had to take responsibility of myself. High school and college life is very different. In university, we are regarded as adults and we have to deal with our own issues, whether it was managing projects on time and reviewing our own work. Ultimately, my goal was to keep my grades high because the course had already been paid for and it would be a waste to have failed. Plus, all the grades I earned would never be deleted from my academic record, nor could it be changed.
It’s really not that scary, but what it takes is independence and to meet challenges heads on. If you are like me, someone who loves challenges, than you will find the experience quite fulfilling. Even after graduation, when I look back at the rich experience I gained from the various university clubs, different events and challenges, I would like to say that I feel the learning experience is not just in the classroom and really isn’t just about studying in Australia but it’s about growing up as a whole.
For anyone who wants to grow independently and take responsibility of your own lives, I would like to recommend studying abroad. It makes us grow and become open-minded individuals. We end up being able to see the world from different perspectives. Having spent six years in Melbourne, I would say it was quite a ride and an experience that was completely worth it.
Before continuing my studies in Australia, I attended many English Language classes as part of my preparation. When I felt I was ready, I began my overseas studies at Billanook College. From the very beginning, I found that the education system was quite different from what I was used to. We were given the chance to choose subjects that matched nicely with our interest and strength. In this way, we were evaluated based on subjects we really wanted to excel in for our future careers as oppose to studying a fix set of subjects we are told to. There was also no second chance at the exams and to fix our grades like in Thailand. This, I feel teaches us to become more responsible. As such, I ended up doing my homework whenever possible; during lunch breaks as well as after school.
Billanook College is very well equipped with educational tools for the students, ranging from MacBook computers to downloadable mobile applications that assist us with our learning. The school Wi-Fi is also available to everyone on the school grounds which meant I was able to plug myself in and do research and other school work from laptop computers. The school also promoted sports and other recreational activities so our learning and individual development was very well balanced.
In the beginning I had to adapt to many new ideas and approaches but it wasn’t long before I settled in alright and made new friends. I also stayed with a host family. My host was very supportive and helped me adapt to the new environment. She was like another parent and I grew very close with both my host parents and the children. At first, I was quite hesitant to speak English; afraid to say the wrong things and wrong pronunciations but my host encouraged me and helped me practice my language skills.
Although, the thought of homestay might not be appealing to everyone, the advantages are numerous. For instance, we get to learn the local language and culture as well as experience everything firsthand while adjusting. We do need to however, follow new household rules and guidelines.
I’d like to recommend friends who are going to study in Australia to practice speaking in English with the other international students, be open to constantly adapt and work on punctuality as that is quite important. In the end, I got to learn many new things and different cultures from the new friends I made during my studies.
Before joining Caulfield Grammar School, I had to study various core subjects in English as part of my transfer to an English education. This took me a total of 3 months. Caulfield Grammar School has a lot of activities such as House Music, House Drama, House Sport and International Week; when foreign students exchange and share different cultures. In the beginning I stayed with a host family but didn’t really like living is a host family so I moved to stay at the school dormitory. There’s also a dormitory teacher who helped to tutor on various subjects every day. If we ever ran into any problems or needed any consultation, the teacher is always open to helping us.
The Australian education system encourages students to express their opinions freely and offers many elective courses such as photography, theatrical design and language to choose from. The Australian education system is recognized worldwide and students could use the test scores for application into universities in other countries.
I’d like to recommend other students to prepare well for university entrance and to try doing tests from previous years. This is especially the case for those who’d like to study accounting. Review the lessons well for at least 3 hours in the evening before bed and use a planner / organizer to help you plan you study time.
I chose to study at a University in Australia because the education system is well-accepted worldwide and I have become accustomed to living in Australia. I received to placement offers at the University of Melbourne for Bachelor of Commerce and Monash University for their double degree program: Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Bachelor of Business (Finance). I decided to study at the University of Melbourne because the university is one of the top 26 universities in the world.
At the moment I’m studying foundation courses at Trinity College in preparation for the university courses. On some days, I have classes all day long and on some other, just for the morning. There are also 2 types of classes: lectures and tutorial classes. During the lectures, there are many students and we basically jot down notes while the teacher carries out the lesson. It’s during the tutorial sessions when we could really engage with the teacher and ask individual questions.
Life in Trinity College called for my independence and taking responsibility for myself. There was no one to keep me on track but myself. The college offers plenty of activities to keep me occupied besides academics. I also found Australians to be kind, sociable and the environment quite safe. The weather isn’t too cold either and it’s quite close to home considering the time difference. I would recommend students deciding on where to study to come to Australia.
Students at Prince Alfred College are very friendly. During my studies, I stayed at an off-campus house and had to take care of myself. Study itself was already very tough throughout Year 11 and 12. Luckily the school has an International Student Coordinator who is responsible for taking care of foreign students in particular. At Prince Alfred College, the teachers completely understand the living conditions of foreign students; besides having to focus on our studies, we had to take complete responsibility for all other aspects of our day-to-day life. The school also offers special education for students who might need it. I studied the International Baccalaureate (IB) which is recognized by leading universities all around the world. If your IB grades are high, then most likely you would be offered a placement with a university abroad.
For my college application, I used the final scores obtained at the end of Year 12 to apply via SATAC (South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre) and QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre). I also then applied through each University’s website. I got a good number of replies from many universities such as the University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, Monash University, Australia’s National University, University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. I chose to join Bond University on a scholarship program and studied the Business / Information Technology program (Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Information Technology). I chose this program as I felt that it would help me land a good job.
I felt that I truly matured during my university years because there was no teacher or parent to guide me. I had to learn to manage my own time better between studies and housework. The competition among university students is relatively high as well. From studying with a group of 20 children per classroom in high school, I had to study alongside 300 people in university.
To become successful in my studies, meant I really needed to study hard. On the contrary, I still needed my rest and some relaxation time, otherwise I may burn out. I found relaxing music and playing sports helped me a lot. University may sound hard, but really all it needs is a strong commitment.
For those who are thinking or deciding to study in Australia, I would completely recommend. It’s a great opportunity to improve on your English skills. The weather is great and the time difference isn’t that much from Thailand. This makes you feel close to home and less homesick as well. At the end of the day, studying in Australia requires patience to adapt in the beginning and it’s your attitude that determines your success. Talent alone is not enough.
Nong Bam Bam
I’ve been studying in Australia for 8 months now. The reason I chose to study at Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) was because it was suggested by my guardian who explained that the school had a very good teaching style. Ever since I started studying in Melbourne, I have not once felt homesick given that I was kept quite busy with supportive friends and teachers. In the beginning, I ran into some language problems but it wasn’t long before I started catching up with the English Language.
There were programs and activities held by the school which provided me with the opportunity to get to know many people. The teachers went out of their way to ensure the foreign school body settles in alright and is well integrated.
When it comes to school facilities, portable personal computers are used in the classes and there’s Wi-Fi access for mobile devices and computers. Most of the time I do my homework and review new materials learned each day at 8 PM before bed. The school offers a variety of activities as well. When I started term 3, I joined the Girls Soccer Team and got to compete at state level.
As a whole, I think besides friends and teachers, my guardian played an important role. While we foreign students are away from our parents, it’s our guardian who closely resembles the care they provide us. My guardian would regularly check-in on me to see if I was alright and if there was anything I needed help with. I would like to express that I truly appreciate the good care received from my guardian.