Aus­tralia tight­ens English rules for for­eign stu­dents

The Nation - - WORLD -

Aus­tralia is tight­en­ing English lan­guage re­quire­ments for for­eign stu­dents in what it said yeste­day is a bid to im­prove stan­dards across the coun­try’s Aus$28 bil­lion (Bt724 bil­lion) in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion mar­ket.

There are more than 550,000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in Aus­tralia, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment data, which lists the lu­cra­tive sec­tor as the coun­try’s third­largest ex­port earner.

Cur­rently, prospec­tive over­seas stu­dents can take an in­ten­sive English course to pre­pare for fur­ther stud­ies if they do not al­ready have other qual­i­fi­ca­tions show­ing their abil­ity to study in the lan­guage.

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