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Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Bond University Orientation with law and OT students

Why do we love our students so much? Because even after they have begun their studies at their Australian university, they are still willing to help new OzTREKKers get settled.

Bond University Orientation with law and OT students

OzTREKK Lunch at Hotel CBD

Talk about teamwork—and a testament to how amazing and supportive our students are when it comes to helping others!

On Monday, Sept. 4, our third-semester Bondies recently enjoyed a tour hosted by former OzTREKK students. The new Bond students, who will be studying in the Juris Doctor and Master of Occupational Therapy programs, enjoyed an informative campus tour and lunch at Hotel CBD, Varsity Lakes.

Best wishes to all the new Bond University students, and a big thank you to our former OzTREKK students for helping out with the tour!

Master of Occupational Therapy

Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy degree will take just two years full time to complete because of Bond’s unique accelerated three-semesters-a-year structure. The program is the first occupational therapy master’s degree in Australia to provide the opportunity to complete a clinical research project or undertake business electives in preparation for an occupational therapy career in health management or private practice.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: May and September each year
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 calendar years (6 semesters)

Juris Doctor (JD)

Bond University’s Juris Doctor program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career. With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: January 2018
Duration: 2 years

Bond University Law School
Bond University campus tour
Bond Occupational Therapy School
The Bond campus is impeccable!

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Are you interested in studying at Bond University? Contact OzTREKK!

Monday, September 18th, 2017

James Cook University buildings clean up

James Cook University’s new, innovative buildings—The Science Place and AITHM, Townsville—have been recognised as the best of their type by the Master Builders North Queensland.

JCU buildings clean up at the Master Builders' Awards

JCU AITHM building in Townsville (Photo: JCU)

The $80-million Science Place, a state-of-the-art educational science building constructed by Lendlease and opened earlier this year, was judged Project of the Year.

The five level, 12,000-square-metre building also won the ‘Educational Facilities over $10m’ category. Judge John Galloway called it “…the pinnacle of cutting-edge campus design.”

Professor Marcus Lane, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at JCU, said the award was an important recognition for the builders and architects.

“But also for those members of the JCU community who conceived the project, successfully sought resources for its construction, and oversaw the detailed design. And now, the best part: they get to use this magnificent facility to create new scientific knowledge and make it available to north Queenslanders,” he said.

JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) building on the Townsville campus also won the ‘Health Facility over $20m’ category.

The $31-million world-class infectious diseases research facility was built by Watpac Construction and officially opened last year.

AITHM Director Professor Louis Schofield said the building provides laboratories and office spaces for research programs in tropical health and medicine for Australia and the region, specifically building important biosecurity capacity for northern Australia.

JCU buildings clean up at the Master Builders' Awards

The Science Place (Photo: JCU)

“The PC3 laboratory enables AITHM to make a significant contribution to Queensland’s competitive advantage. It is the only one of its kind between Brisbane and Singapore, allowing for world-leading research to be undertaken locally.

“With the inclusion of the PC2 laboratories and the Translational Research facility, this building enables AITHM to complete the full research spectrum from bench to bedside including research training, and the transfer and commercialisation of research findings into better health care delivery,” said Professor Schofield.

To top it all off, Verandah Walk, the all-weather covered pathway built by RCQ Construction that links buildings at JCU’s Townsville campus won the ‘Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10M’ category.

Tricia Brand, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Division of Services and Resources at James Cook University, said the new buildings demonstrate the university’s commitment to provide state of the art infrastructure for students, staff and north Queensland communities.

“These facilities create learning and social spaces which enhance the student experience and enable our staff to undertake cutting edge research,” she said.

Science Place

Externally the building has been wrapped in a series of interconnected sunshade elements which dapple the sunlight while providing protection from the harsh tropical sun. Internally the building has a welcoming openness about it with the use of natural materials like polished concrete, timber and a colour palette to match, with natural sunlight enhancing the entry foyer and communal spaces. This is a building to be enjoyed by its occupants.

While the offices have open planning and transparency, these spaces still provide privacy to engage in quiet study. This building represents the pinnacle of cutting edge campus design and reflects the maturity of JCU’s approach in delivering this latest addition to their portfolio.

AITHM

A complex design with highly technical and world class building services which control the management of the internal environment including a labyrinth of NATA approved laboratories. The contractor has displayed a high level of workmanship with a quite difficult build utilising their skills in presenting a campus building that exceeds expectations. Again, the use of natural materials and sunshading effects has been maximised to advantage in contributing to a sustainable building that results in a striking external appearance that recognises good design and respect to the tropical environment.

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Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Heather Brown for more information about science degrees available at James Cook University!

Friday, September 15th, 2017

A new student’s guide to activities in Sydney, Australia

Calling all University of Sydney and Macquarie University  students—no wait—all of you who are heading to Australia to study!

A new student’s guide to activities in Sydney, Australia

OzTREKK Eastern Territory Manager John Graham

Getting into the pre-departure phase of your “Study in Australia” journey can be slightly overwhelming: accepting your offer, getting a visa, booking your flight, finding accommodation—all of these things are currently at the forefront of your mind.

What comes next? Well, usually it’s concern about finding your way around campus, getting settled in classes, and making new friends. But OzTREKK’s John Graham reminds us that there is a lot more to “study in Australia” than just studying.

While this blog is targeted to everyone headed to Sydney, New South Wales, it’s also for anyone keen to take advantage of their school breaks, and we’ve had many OzTREKK students write to us about their Australian travel adventures! Here, John outlines a few of his favourite places in Sydney that you should check out:

Beach: Palm Beach

Palm Beach—a no-brainer

Palm Beach is located one hour north of Sydney and used at the set for the hit Australian TV series Home and Away. The beach is located on a long peninsula with a beautiful hike to Barrenjoey Lighthouse at the northern tip, the South Pacific Ocean to the east, and a small harbour know as Pittwater to the west.

Park: Pool in Prince Alfred Park

Prince Alfred Park and its massive pool

Prince Alfred Park is an amazing community space in the heart of Sydney. Its location is easily accessible as it is a 10-minute walk from Central Station. The park is home to basketball and tennis courts, an open-air workout area and lots of green space; however, the most important feature is the public pool to help you stay cool during the hot Sydney summers.

Food: Spice Alley – Kensington Street

Spice Alley on Kensington—yum!

Spice Alley is a unique open-air dining experience comprising six “hawker style” eateries that weave though a back alley and host tables beneath Asian lanterns. The prices in Spice Alley are very reasonable and this neat location is within walking distance of the University of Sydney campus and Central Station.

Bar: Soda Factory

Soda Factory

Soda Factory is one of the most famous speakeasy bars in Sydney. That being said, those interested have to be sure to keep their eyes peeled. The bar is hidden behind a Coca-Cola machine in an American-style hot dog joint. But on the other side you find a busy bar with a bare-bones industrial style and a happenin’ dance floor.

Entertainment: Sydney Football Club “football” match (soccer)

Sydney FC is a professional soccer team that plays in the top division in Australia. Their stadium holds more than 45,000 spectators and is located a short distance from the CBD in Moore Park. Some of the most exciting nights at Allianz Stadium are when they are playing their arch rivals, the Western Sydney Wanderers. Fans who want a true experience should also be sure to stop by one of the local pubs to have a beer with local Aussie fans before the game.

At a Sydney FC match at Allianz Stadium

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Think you might like to study in Australia? Do you have a program or an Australian university in mind? Contact us info@oztrekk.com for more information!

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Bond cements its position as Australia’s #1 for Student Experience

Would you like to study at a university where the professors know you by name, where class sizes are small, and where you are encouraged to focus on life after graduation?

Then let us introduce you to Bond University!

Bond cements its position as Australia's #1 for Student Experience

Bond is ranked number one in Australia for student experience—for the 12th year in a row! (Photo: Bond University)

For the twelfth year in a row, Bond has received more 5-star ratings for Student Experience than any other university in Australia in the latest edition of The Good Universities Guide.

Bond received the highest award of 5-stars for all six Student Experience measures—Overall, Teaching Quality, Learner Engagement, Learning Resources, Student Support and Skills Development—as well as 5-stars for Student:Staff Ratio and Student Retention.

In addition to the institutional rankings, this year The Good Universities Guide has introduced rankings by field of study. Bond received several 5-star ratings across various metrics for every field of study that is taught at the university, demonstrating that Bond University provides an exceptional experience for all of its students.

Bond University’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said he was very proud to see Bond continue to deliver the nation’s best student experience for the 12th consecutive year.

“Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and every decision we make, so its pleasing to see this absolute focus on providing a world-class, transformational student experience is reflected in The Good Universities Guide 2018 ratings,” Professor Brailsford said.

“I am also very proud that we deliver continually and consistently, year-on-year and across each and every field of study that Bond offers.”

Professor Brailsford cited Bond’s small class sizes, personalised approach, practical learning opportunities, links to industry, and focus on outcomes as key factors influencing its five-star student experience ratings.

The study facilities at Bond are world-class and incorporate high-tech lecture theatres, the latest broadband and Wi-Fi computer connections, and libraries that rank among Australia’s best.

Complementing these academic features, you’ll find a comprehensive selection of recreational and social outlets that encourage interaction between students outside the classroom.

Bond University defines internationalisation throughout policy and practice as ensuring that

  • international students have a quality university experience;
  • all graduates are prepared to work and function in contexts throughout the world; and
  • the university provides leadership for global relations.

Find out more about these popular schools at Bond University:

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Questions about studying at Bond University? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

UQ marine scientists expose planetary emergency in new Netflix doc

A new Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral, has hit the world’s small screens.

UQ marine scientists expose planetary emergency in new Netflix documentary

Chasing Coral poster (Image via UQ)

The University of Queensland’s Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg was the chief scientific adviser on the documentary, which starkly records and reveals the impact of climate change on the world’s coral reefs.

Emmy award-winning filmmaker Jeff Orlowski’s film follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists on the epic ocean adventure.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg plays a starring role in the documentary along with UQ marine scientists Dr Pim Bongaerts, Dr Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero, Professor Justin Marshall, and other world-renowned coral reef experts.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said the documentary was a powerful way to reveal the impact climate change is having on our reefs.

“This is as much about the emotional side of reef losses as it is about the compelling science behind this planetary emergency,” he said.

For the past three years, Jeff and his team have followed the work of The Ocean Agency, revealing the global bleaching event and its impacts on the world’s coral reefs.

Audiences will witness the painful process as the team invent the first ever time-lapse camera to record coral bleaching as it happens. The effort is anything but straightforward as the scientists doggedly battle technical malfunctions and the force of nature below the waves.

With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic production.

The film is the result of more than 650 hours spent underwater, footage from volunteers in 30 countries, as well as support from more than 500 people from across the world.

Chasing Coral by Exposure Labs premiered on Netflix, and was produced in association with Argent Pictures, The Kendeda Fund and in partnership with The Ocean Agency and View Into the Blue.

Master of Environmental Management at the University of Queensland

Environmental management is the planning and implementation of actions geared to improve the quality of the human environment. The postgraduate programs in environmental management at UQ are multidisciplinary programs designed to enhance the skills and technical expertise of graduates working in all facets of the environmental arena. The programs aim to produce managers able to address the many issues in the highly complex and changing area of environmental management. At the master’s level the degree may be taken in a range of fields.

Studies may be undertaken in the following specialisations:

  • Conservation biology
  • Conservation and Natural Resource Management
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Sustainable Development

Why study Conservation Biology?
One of the biggest problems confronting biologists worldwide is the increased extinction rate of animal and plant species. This is due in large part to the impact humans have had on land use, climate and resource consumption—an impact that is decreasing the earth’s biodiversity and increasing the number of endangered or threatened species at an alarming rate. Conservation biology is an integrative discipline that focuses on the problems of restoring and maintaining viable populations of animal and plant species, and natural and managed ecosystems. The program aims to provide core theoretical and practical training in conservation biology.

Program: Master of Environmental Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years

Admissions requirements

Bachelor degree in environmental studies, geography, natural resources, biology, ecology, conservation, sustainable development, environmental engineering, marine science, or an approved discipline. UQ or equivalent GPA of 4.5 or above on a 7 point scale.

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Are you interested in studying environmental sciences or marine science at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Heather Brown for more information at heather@oztrekk.com.

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Monash law students shine at awards night

Monash Law School students Sophie Tversky and Hannah McDonald were finalists in the Law Student Of The Year category at the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.

Monash University law students shine at awards night School

Sophie Tversky and Hannah McDonald (Photo: Monash University)

And a huge win for barrister William Lye, a Monash law graduate and chief examiner of contracts in the Monash JD. William won the national Barrister of the Year award, as well as the prize of prizes—the Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award.

Culminating in a glitzy 700-person event in Sydney, the Australian Law Awards recognise the innovative work of firms and individuals in various practice areas, as well as the outstanding achievements of students.

“It was wonderful to be able to celebrate and meet those in the industry who are driving change and positive impact within our profession,” Sophie said. “It was fantastic to represent Monash University.”

“To win the ‘best of the best’ was just amazing,” William said. ”This was a significant honour because I get to set an example for our diverse Australian community.

“To see that a Chinese Australian can make it to the industry’s top—this will inspire a younger generation of Australians, particularly from diverse communities, that they should persist in their goals and never give up.”

In an exciting development, Hannah has also made it to the finals of the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, to be held in October.

Monash University Law School  – Juris Doctor

Monash Law School offers high-quality teaching by leading academics and practitioners who are experts in the teaching of law and legal practice. Additionally, the JD program offers an interactive learning environment, small class sizes and innovative teaching.

The Monash JD program is unique as it allows students to undertake up to six elective units from the extensive Monash Law master’s program once the compulsory units have been completed. This allows students to tailor their degree and choose units that complement their interests and professional aspirations while ensuring graduates are well-rounded professionals with the core skills required to follow a wide range of legal and professional career paths.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better.

Apply now to Monash Law School!

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Would you like more information about Monash Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, September 8th, 2017

OzTREKK scholarship up for grabs!

So, you’ve applied to an Australian university through OzTREKK. Have you applied for the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship yet? The application deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

OzTREKK scholarship up for grabs!

Don’t forget to apply for the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship.

Why are you inspired to study in Australia? Who are you? How do you contribute to your community?

Applicants must submit a video explaining why they should be considered. We encourage you to be creative and tell us about yourself! Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (or any other platform that can be accessed by OzTREKK via a link). It must not require log-in or a password.

The video must be no more than 2 minutes in length.

Applicants may also submit a max. 1-page personal statement that explains your community leadership; however, this is not mandatory.

Applicants, please submit video link (and letter, if desired) to scholarship@oztrekk.com by 5 p.m. EST, Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Applications close: November 8, 2017*
2018 Winner announced: December 2017 (date to be finalized)

*Please note late applications will not be considered.

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Get all the details about the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship. Let us know if you have any questions! Contact us at info@oztrekk.com or ask your admissions officer. We look forward to your submissions!

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Meet OzTREKK and Australian universities this September!

In just a few weeks, we will be hosting our yearly Fall Study in Australia Fairs. Come chat with OzTREKK and Australian universities!

Don’t be shy—ask questions!

If you haven’t considered studying in Australia, let us show you why you should. Studying medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, physiotherapy or other professional degrees abroad is a big step, and many students can feel overwhelmed with their options. Discover the educational opportunities available in Australia and find out how to make it all work for you!

Beginning Sept. 18 at Wilfrid Laurier University, OzTREKK and our Australian university partners will be travelling across Canada to Canadian university campuses to help students learn more about their study options. Join us at an OzTREKK Fall Study in Australia Fair—and find out how you can make your career dreams become reality.

 Meet OzTREKK and Australian universities this September!

See you at the fairs Sept 18 – 29, 2017

Wilfrid Laurier University
Venue: Concourse
Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Guelph University
Venue: Uni Centre Courtyard
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Toronto
Venue: Hart House, East Commons Room
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Western University
Venue: Courtyard
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

York University
Venue: Food Court
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Saskatchewan
Venue: Arts Tunnel
Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Calgary
Venue: MacEwan Centre, Food Court
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Alberta
Venue: SUB, Food Court
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of British Columbia
Venue: AMS Nest, Lower Level
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Simon Fraser University
Venue: North Quad
Date: Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Staff will be available to speak to you about your program of interest, the university, your accommodation options, the scholarships available, and so much more!

Everyone is welcome to attend! Find out what it’s like to make Australia your education destination.

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If you have any questions about these upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Griffith MD application and scholarship deadlines for 2018 intake

It’s getting close to that time of year when applications for the 2018 intake are wrapping up. If you’ve applied to Griffith Medical School, please note applications will be closing officially on Sept. 29, 2017—or sooner if they’ve filled the program. You are encouraged to have all your app documents to OzTREKK as soon as possible in order to meet this deadline. Oh, and don’t forget to apply for the scholarship. 🙂

Griffith MD application and scholarship deadlines for 2018 intake

Don’t forget to apply for a Griffith Scholarship!

Griffith University Medical School MD program

Griffith MD students will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program comprises extensive clinical placements in health care facilities ranging from rural settings through to the new Gold Coast University Hospital. Students will also develop an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning, and learn how to be resourceful in seeking information and adapting to new technologies.

The Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith is a graduate-entry program. As such, all applicants are to have completed or be in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree before they are eligible to apply for entry.

Applicants to the Griffith MD are encouraged from all degree backgrounds. The medical selection criteria comprise three essential components:

  1. Completion of a bachelor degree achieving an overall GPA of 5.00 or above on a 7-point scale.
  2. Performance in the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) or MCAT. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 50 in each GAMSAT section; MCAT scores are required to be no more than two years old at the time of application and the minimum score for applications to be considered further is 8/8/8 or 123 in each section.
  3. Performance in a Medical Selections interview. International Medical Selections interviews are conducted via Skype. Interviews are generally scheduled for June, August, and October.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Campus Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: January each year
Application Deadline: September 29, 2017

Apply to Griffith Medical School!

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Don’t forget the Griffith Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Graduate Entry Scholarship in Medicine

For: High-achieving graduates applying for the Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith University
Available to: New students commencing in Trimester 1 2018
Level of study: Postgraduate
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $5,000 in total (two tuition payments of $2500 each)
Duration: Up to 2 years of study
Program of study: Doctor of Medicine
Applications close: November 2, 2017

Find out how to apply.

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Do you need assistance with your Griffith MD application? Please contact OzTREKK at courtney@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Professional placement for University of Newcastle Juris Doctor students

Professional placement during your law degree at the University of Newcastle

The Newcastle Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) is the only fully integrated law degree and practical legal training course offered at an Australian university that is centred on acting for real clients.

Professional placement for University of Newcastle Juris Doctor students

Learn more about Newcastle Juris Doctor program

As part of the GDLP, students undertake 285 hours of legal professional workplace experience. A minimum of 105 hours of that practical experience is undertaken at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, under the supervision of the law school’s solicitors.

University of Newcastle Legal Centre is the centrepiece of the Newcastle Law School’s clinical program. Here students engage with the community and with legal professionals to develop practical skills in the application of the law. The centre offers a range of services to members of the public, including free legal advice and assistance, representation, law clinics and community education seminars. All of the services provided by the Legal Centre are overseen by in-house lawyers and delivered together with law students.

Newcastle Law School staff also assist students to arrange external placements at other law firms to make up the remaining 180 professional training hours. This is very attractive to potential employers and gives Newcastle graduates a significant advantage over graduates from other universities whose only practical experience has involved simulated client advice sessions, rather than providing advice and other legal assistance to real clients.

Program: Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and June each year
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com for more information about studying law in Australia.