Australia is home to five of the best thirty student cities in the world. This means that there are plenty of amazing places for you to live and study. How should you choose which Australian location is right for you and your ambitions? The following information provides you with an overview of life in Australia, and will help determine where you should go for the best studying experience. Click the images below to find out more!
Why study in Australia?
Did you know Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind only the United Kingdom and the United States despite having a population of only 23 million? This isn’t surprising when you consider Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world! In fact, with over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia sits above the likes of Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, ranking eighth in the Universitas 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.
These are strong academic credentials, but our institutions are just as highly rated as the cities that house them around the country. Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity – all important elements for students when choosing the best study destination. And with more than A$200 million provided by the Australian Government each year in international scholarships, we’re making it easier for you to come and experience the difference an Australian education can make to your future career opportunities.
Do you have a specific study area of interest? There is every chance Australia has you covered, with at least one Australian university in the top 50 worldwide across the study areas of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy and Physics.
Given this impressive education pedigree, it’s not surprising there are now more than 2.5 million former international students who have gone on to make a difference after studying in Australia. Some of these students are among the world’s finest minds. In fact, Australia has produced 15 Nobel prize laureates and every day over 1 billion people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations – including penicillin, IVF, ultrasound, Wi-Fi, the Bionic Ear, cervical cancer vaccine and Black Box Flight Recorders – to make their lives, and the lives of others, better.
Why wouldn’t you want to study with some of the best minds in the world?
Explore Australian Capital Territory
Australian Capital Territory locations
- Belconnen is a district of Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The Universi …
- Canberra Central
- Canberra Central is one of the 18 districts of the Australian Capital Territory. …
- Tuggeranong is the southernmost town centre of Canberra, the capital city of Aus …
About the Australian Capital Territory
Canberra is Australia’s capital city. It is one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world with mild weather conditions and four distinct seasons. Canberra’s students consistently rate as some of the best educated in Australia and amongst the brightest in the world.
Canberra is home to a range of institutions including:
- The Australian National University
- University of Canberra
- Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)
Why study in Canberra?
Students in Canberra enjoy a balanced education with opportunities for intellectual, sporting and cultural development. International students are made particularly welcome, with high quality Government education in a safe, friendly and multicultural city.
The Year 11 and 12 college system in Canberra offers international students a unique experience. With the two senior years separate from the high school, we create a very serious learning environment for young adults with a focus on preparing them for further study after they graduate from college and consistently attain the highest median ATAR across Australia. The continuous assessment system particularly benefits international students, as there is no major external examination to sit at the end of year 12. Canberra also has a strong focus on meeting the needs of gifted and talented students and offers a wide curriculum choice to suit the intellect, interest and capability of every student.
Government schooling in Canberra leads the way in preparing students for the opportunities and challenges of life in the 21st century. With one of the best government education systems in the country, government school students consistently rate as the best educated in Australia and among the brightest in the world. An international education in Canberra sets students apart from their peers and creates pathways to success in whatever direction they choose.
Explore New South Wales
Perfectly positioned to capitalise on all of Australia’s rich resources, New South Wales with its harbour capital, Sydney, is the international gateway to the Asia Pacific.
New South Wales Locations
- North Coast NSW
- The North Coast of NSW is home to Southern Cross University and North Coast Inst …
- Country NSW
- Country NSW is home to Charles Sturt University, the University of New England, …
- Wollongong (Illawarra Region)
- Wollongong is home to the University of Wollongong and Illawarra Institute. Over …
- Newcastle (Hunter region)
- Newcastle is home to the University of Newcastle and Hunter Institute. Over 30,0 …
- Sydney is home to many universities and a large number of high quality private h …
Why study in NSW?
NSW is home to world-class universities, vocational institutions and research organisations which deliver cutting edge, industry-relevant education that launches domestic and international students into careers of choice.
Its education system offers a wide range of courses and degrees and enjoys a strong global reputation for internationally respected qualifications, high quality research and teaching, cultural diversity and a safe study environment.
NSW’s universities and research sector are linked into leading global industry and research networks to develop world-class talent equipped with the knowledge and skills to be ‘work ready’ upon graduation. Successful graduates from Australian institutes are working at the highest levels in government and business all around the world.
NSW has the largest research sector in Australia, a country ranked first in the Asia Pacific region for the quality of its research institutions.
Read more about studying in NSW at www.study.sydney/(opens in a new window)
Explore Northern Territory
About the Northern Territory
The Northern Territory is a warm and welcoming part of Australia, where people from many different lands have made a home. They are attracted by the thriving economy, stunning natural landscapes, relaxed lifestyle, culturally rich society and unique employment and education opportunities.
Abundant natural resources and oil and gas reserves are positioning the Territory’s capital, Darwin, as Australia’s major gateway to Asia. Set on a beautiful harbour, Darwin offers a cosmopolitan way of life with modern amenities – and a friendliness that is sometimes hard to find in a bigger city.
In Alice Springs, people enjoy the beauty of the Central Australian outback, contemporary facilities and proximity to world-class attractions such as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock and the Olgas).
Why study in the Northern Territory?
The Northern Territory has a wide range of high quality education and training institutions. These include government and private or independent high schools, vocational education and training providers, and Charles Darwin University for bachelor and masters degrees, and PhD qualifications as well as vocational education certificates and diplomas.
Charles Darwin University is a member of the prestigious Australian Innovation Research Universities group and is ranked in the top 2% of world universities (Times Higher Education 2013-14). Students at Charles Darwin enjoy modern facilities and small class sizes and a supportive learning environment.
The overall study experience is enriched by social and cultural opportunities that are unique to the Northern Territory.
About 16% of Territorians were born overseas, and the Territory offers a diverse range of religious services and places of worship for residents and visitors of many faiths including Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian.
The Northern Territory has the lowest unemployment rates in the country, with excellent part-time employment opportunities for students and exciting career prospects for graduates.
To learn more about studying and living in the Northern Territory, visit www.studynt.nt.gov.au
A world-class education, spectacular beaches, metropolitan cities, breathtaking outback make it the perfect destination for a relaxed place to study, work and live.
- Brisbane, the heart and capital of Queensland hosts the vast majority of international …
- Central Queensland
- Central Queensland with its mining strengths is the backbone of the Queensland …
- North Queensland
- North Queensland with its idyllic location is world renown for it’s expertise in …
- South East Queensland
- South East Queensland with its picturesque beaches at the Gold and Sunshine Coas …
- South West Queensland
- South West Queensland with its country charm is renown for it’s expertise in Foo …
- Study in Queensland
- A Queensland education experience will help you build skills that give you a com …
Living in Queensland
- Queensland is the second largest state in Australia.
- Queensland is nearly five times the size of Japan.
- Queensland is seven times the size of Great Britain.
- The average temperature ranges between 15.7 degrees C to 25.3 degrees C and an average day has eight hours of sunshine.
- Four million people call Queensland home and one third are migrants or children of migrants.
- Queensland has five World Heritage Areas as follows:
- Riversleigh Fossil Fields
- The Wet Tropics (including Daintree National Park)
- The Great Barrier Reef which is one of the Wonders of the World.
- The Scenic Rim
- Fraser Island which is the biggest sand island in the world.
- Q1 is located on the Gold Coast and is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.
- Queensland has easy access from your home country with three international airports in Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast.
- The aquatic symbol of Queensland is the Barrier Reef Anemonefish.
- Queensland’s state animal is the Koala.
Explore South Australia
South Australia is internationally recognised as a centre for technology, research and innovation as well as offering diverse landscapes, good living and unspoilt natural environments.
South Australia Locations
- Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills
- Adelaide is known as the ’20 minute’ city for its accessibility. It’s the Nobel …
- The Barossa Valley is one of the world’s most famous wine regions. Find local fr …
- Eyre Peninsula
- Famous for high-quality seafood which is in demand all over the world. Campuses …
- Flinders Ranges & Outback
- Flinders Ranges National Park is home to our famous wildlife, huge rock formatio …
Why study in South Australia?
Adelaide is Australia’s premier learning city. It is Australia’s fifth largest city and the capital of South Australia.
Adelaide’s reputation is built on a tradition of educational excellence that makes it known as the “Nobel Prize Capital” of Australia. It has supported and produced five Nobel Prize Laureates and over one hundred Rhodes and Fulbright scholars and is home to some of Australia’s most esteemed institutions.
In Adelaide students can live in the heart of the city in excellent student accommodation. And nowhere in Adelaide is too far – even the beautiful city beaches are only a 30 minute ride on public transport. International students also receive full transport concessions on public transport which provides substantial cost savings.
Adelaide is regarded as the food and wine capital of Australia and has more restaurants per head than any other major Australian city. The city is now home to 1.26 million people of all cultures and walks of life. It is a bustling multicultural city with a range of cultural events to help international students feel right at home.
South Australia produces 50% of all Australian wine and is renowned for its National Wine Centre and numerous food and wine events.
South Australia is also known as the festival state and hosts many national and international events attracting audiences from around the world. These events include the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Aboriginal Spirit Festival, WOMADelaide, Test cricket, the Clipsal 500 and the Santos Tour Down Under.
Tasmania offers a different kind of educational choice, with study and lifestyle options that provide a unique Australian experience.
- Burnie and Devonport
- Burnie and Devonport are coastal cities in Tasmania’s north west. You can study …
- Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart, has a population of 220,000. It is home to Aust …
- In Launceston you will find major campuses for UTAS, TasTAFE and a wide variety …
Why study in Tasmania?
Tasmania is a modern, vibrant and unique place to live and study. Whether you’re seeking a University, TAFE, English Language or High School course, Tasmania is home to first-class education institutions – with qualifications that will take you across Australia and the whole world.
Our region offers an affordable alternative for Australian education and is very easy to get around – there are no traffic jams and pollution for students travelling from their home to classes, restaurants and shops.
By choosing Tasmania you will experience an Australian study destination with fewer international students than other Australian regions. This means that your English Language skills will improve quickly and you will have fantastic opportunities to meet local friends. Tasmanian is a safe and secure destination; our students walk freely in the evenings.
Travelling to Tasmania takes 50 minutes from Melbourne and 1.5 hours from Sydney by plane. There are 4 airline carriers flying to Tasmania with more than 10 flights each day, which makes Tasmania very accessible to students.
Melbourne, Victoria is a global centre for excellence in education and training, offering students world class study opportunities. It boasts a concentration of quality education and research infrastructure that is unrivalled in the region.
- Barwon South West Region
- The Barwon South West Region is home to two Universities: Deakin University (in …
- Gippsland is home to Monash University (in Churchill) and three TAFEs: GippsTAFE …
- Grampians Region
- The Grampians region is home to three universities: University of Ballarat, Aust …
- Greater Melbourne Region
- The Greater Melbourne Region is home to nine universities and seven TAFEs. Key F …
- Loddon-Mallee and Hume Regions
- The Loddon-Mallee and Hume Regions is home to two universities: La Trobe Univers …
Why study in Victoria?
Melbourne is rated the world’s most liveable city and is known for its cosmopolitan, multicultural communities and excellent cultural, food, fashion and entertainment activities and destinations
In 2012, QS ranked Melbourne as one of the world’s four leading student cities along with Paris, London and Boston. The criteria included quality of living, reputation of the city’s universities, the student mix, employer activity, and affordability.
Victoria boasts a concentration of education and research infrastructure that is unrivalled in the region. Ten world-leading universities have cutting-edge facilities, academic staff with international experience, and outstanding student services. It has 5 of Australia’s top 20 universities, one of the world’s top 30, and 2 universities in the world’s top 100.
High quality vocational education and training institutions offer industry relevant, practical training and skills development in close connections with industry that ensures graduates have the skills demanded by employers. VET and university institutions also work together to create credit pathways that increase entry and exit points for students and have the advantage of dual qualifications and smoother transition into higher education studies.
Victorian universities and VET providers also dominate and lead the country in the delivery of educational services offshore and this is testament to the global recognition of the programs.
The Victorian Government provides a unique International Student Care Service which makes it a leader in international student service provision. This service provides support, advice and assistance by multilingual professional staff on health, legal, employment and accommodation services.
Explore Western Australia
Magnificent Western Australia is Australia’s western gateway, its biggest export earner and largest state, boasting a pristine coastline of 12,500km.
Western Australia Locations
- Bentley & surrounds
- Bentley is a significant employment centre based around innovation, education an …
- Fremantle & surrounds
- Institutions found in and around Fremantle include The University of Notre Dame, …
- Joondalup & surrounds
- The Joondalup Learning Precinct is the only known educational facility in the wo …
- Perth CBD & surrounds
- Perth is home to 21 world class education institutions and are situated in the P …
- West Perth, Crawley & Claremont
- Institutions found in this area near the Perth CBD include The University of Wes …
Why study in Western Australia?
What comes to mind when thinking of the perfect place to study? It would be just about any student’s dream to study in a place that offers world-class education and a pathway to a successful career. Somewhere with excellent infrastructure, natural beauty, clean air, rivers and oceans.
Famous for its friendly people and relaxed atmosphere, Perth embodies the true Australian lifestyle. There are not many places left in the world where a passer-by will warmly greet you on the street or stop to have a chat. Australians love to interact with overseas visitors and embrace other cultures.
Perth is a city of growth, success and possibilities. Recent years have seen the benefits of our resources boom flow into every part of our lives, from education to transport, and tens of thousands of people have come to see the natural beauty of Western Australia and enjoy its year-round sunshine. The new international airport, along with the Perth Arena and expanding city rail network, riverside developments and beach-fronts are shaping Perth into Australia’s western gateway for tourism and investment.
Research conducted in Perth is respected globally, reaching new horizons in medicine and health sciences, agriculture, chemistry, geology, metallurgy, engineering, astrophysics, renewable energy and environmental management. Our artists, musicians and actors are familiar to the world. Your study experience here will not only provide you with learning, but also the possibility to be part of the growing academic and professional network which will guide the future of our city.