Over the past few decades, Australia has grown to become one of the most popular destinations worldwide for students to pursue their tertiary education, with over 700,000 international students calling Australia ‘home’.. From the presence of a multitude of cultures, to the world-class standard of life, it isn’t difficult to see why Australia has enjoyed success as a top tier education destination.
However, if you are more interested in the offerings and quirks of the many states and territories of this country, we have highlighted them below.
Victoria is also known as ‘The Education State’, which may give you a few hints about the importance of the education sector. Melbourne, which serves as the capital of Victoria, is currently number 3 on the list of the best student cities in the world by QS University Rankings. Factors that make the city an attractive destination include the following-
- The incredible quality of life
- The emphasis on arts and culture (Melbourne is home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Princess Theatre and numerous trendy inner-city suburbs)
- Home to 6 out of the 10 best ranked universities in Australia, the extensive public transport
- Extensive public transport system that includes trains, trams and buses
Additionally, Victoria is also renowned for its many lovely outer suburbs and towns that offer a break from city life and an opportunity to enjoy nature either by fishing in the seaside town of Lorne, or hiking in the Grampians.
NEW SOUTH WALES
With over 8 million people residing in this state, New South Wales (or NSW) is easily the most populous state in Australia. The state capital of Sydney is even considered to be a world class city that provides individuals opportunities in finance, tourism and manufacturing. Other factors include the following-
- The NSW economy is booming – larger than that of Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
- Of the top 500 Australian companies, 45% are based in NSW, thus providing a wide range of employment opportunities available during and after you have finished studying
- 32% of the inhabitants of Sydney speak a second language, and there are 200+ languages spoken in Sydney
- NSW is a pluralistic society, with a large proportion of the population born overseas
- NSW is home to excellent restaurants and food markets, entertainment and sporting venues, wineries and cultural centres, so there’s plenty to do in your spare time.
If there is one word to describe the state of Queensland, it would be ‘sunny’.If you are a person who loves being outdoors and under the sun, The Sunshine State is the place for you. You can enjoy the stunning coastal areas and exciting tourist spots all year- round, with temperatures averaging in the mid-20s.
- Unlike fairly expensive cities like Melbourne or Sydney, Brisbane is ranked the second cheapest major city to live in Australia, after Adelaide. The tuition fees charged by education institutes in Queensland provides a better value for your money and unlike other well developed cities in the world, you can save up and enjoy a high quality of living without ruining your budget.
- Queensland is also home to some of the most famous beaches in the world, such as the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay, all of which are under two-hours by car or bus. Other popular destinations are also not too far away, such as Movie World, The Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Whitsunday Islands and Daintree National Park.
- Residents of Queensland are known for their warm and inclusive personalities. You may find it easy to adjust to life in Queensland, create your own network of friends and feel part of any community. Discovering the many opportunities the state has to offer, is what will make your time studying in Queensland a unique and worthwhile experience.
- Like with most states in Australia, you can take advantage of living in one of the world’s most multicultural environments. You can easily find food and activities from almost any country in the world. Brisbane hosts many multicultural events throughout the year. Some of the most popular events you will find includes Panyiri Greek Festival, BrisAsia Festival and Regional Flavours Food Festival.
If fine wine and cultural festivals tickle your fancy, then South Australia (or The Wine State) is the place for you. As the country’s fastest growing region, this state is known for its gorgeous vistas, beaches, wide blue skies and green surroundings. If you prefer cities to nature, South Australia is also home to a variety of restaurants and cafes. Other points of interest have been mentioned below.
- South Australia is the only state in Australia in which all of its public universities appear on one or more of the major three international ranking systems. Adelaide (the capital of South Australia) is home to long-established universities like Flinders University and the University of Adelaide as well as international campuses from renowned universities such as Carnegie Mellon (USA) and University College London (UK).
- Voted Australia’s most liveable city, there are direct flights to Adelaide from major Asian airports and all Australian capital cities. Interstate coaches and trains also service Adelaide, including The Ghan transcontinental train which takes you from the south to the north of Australia. The Ghan passes through the red centre, via Alice Springs and onto tropical Darwin in the Northern Territory.
- South Australia also hosts a variety of events, ranging from the Adelaide Festival and WOMADelaide to the Tour Down Under. Additionally, you can also visit Kangaroo Island and Flinders Ranges, as well as Fleurieu, Yorke and Eyre Peninsula and Limestone Coast if you enjoy fishing, surfing and excellent seafood.
With its excellent infrastructure, natural beauty, clean air, rivers and oceans, as well as the most remote capital city in the world, Western Australia is a hidden gem in this already beautiful nation. Known for its friendly people and relaxed atmosphere, Western Australia and its capital city Perth embody the true Australian lifestyle. Australians here love to interact with overseas visitors and embrace other cultures.
- Thanks to the abundance of natural resources, Western Australia is a state that is growing very quickly, with benefits from these resources seeping through to sectors like education and transport. With countless tourists visiting the area to see the natural beauty of Western Australia and enjoy its year-round sunshine, this state has grown to become Australia’s western gateway for tourism and investment.
- Another benefit of living in Western Australia is its location in relation to the rest of Asia. Thanks to its western location in Australia, it is easier for you to fly from Perth to other countries in Asia and Europe than it is from other cities in Australia.
- 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. Perth is an excellent base for those who wish to kick start their careers in the abovementioned fields.
Also known as ‘The Top End’ of Australia, the Northern Territory is one of the most unique regions of the country. With its tropical climate, minimal crowding, an international community consisting of 145 countries and emphasis on Indigenous cultures, history and environmental conservation, the Northern Territory is an incredible place to live in.
- The capital city of this territory is Darwin. As the smallest of Australia’s capital cities, Darwin serves as the economic and cultural centre of the north. In fact, due to its proximity to South East Asia, the Northern Territory was often the first point of contact in Australia for many civilisations historically.
- This territory houses Charles Darwin University, which is renowned for its focus on research and innovation and has been named in the top 2% of universities worldwide. The small class sizes ensure that students receive personalised attention and a highly supportive learning environment. Since the Northern Territory also boasts the lowest unemployment rate in Australia, there are a plethora of casual, part-time and full time work opportunities for students and graduates.
- The Northern Territory is home to the world famous Uluru. Located in the southern section of the territory, the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park has been named a UNESCO World Heritages site for natural and cultural landscape.
- The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is a must visit location for those who are interested in Aboriginal art and material culture, visual arts, craft, Southeast Asian and Oceanic art and material culture, maritime archaeology, Northern Territory history and natural sciences. If that isn’t enough, entry is free! Other areas of interest include the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, Darwin Military Museum, Crocodylus Park and Crocosaurus Cove.
As the capital and political hub of Australia, as well as the most educated city in the nation, Canberra (or the Australian Capital Territory) is a city that will provide students with unique opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else in Australia.
- As one of the best student cities in the world, Canberra offers a strong return on your educational investment with a choice of 5 world-class universities, vocational education and training institutions, a high achieving school system and flexible pathways. It offers the highest proportion of on-campus student accommodation in Australia and has one of the lowest crime rates in any major Australian city.
- Canberra has a strong knowledge based economy and offers plenty of employment opportunities during study and post-graduation. It is also a multicultural city with around one quarter of the population having been born overseas, and over 90 diplomatic missions and embassies. This city is also very youthful as 25% of the population consists of students.
- In terms of leisure, Canberra is conveniently located just two hours from the snow and the coast and three hours from Sydney by car. It is also home to excellent entertainment and sporting venues, fresh food markets, wineries and the country’s major national cultural institutions.
Located off the southern coast of Australia, Tasmania is usually viewed as a quick holiday destination for Australians thanks to the abundance of wildlife and nature. However, this state has also grown to become a promising education destination for those who wish to live in a cosier, more personal setting while also receiving top tier education and professional opportunities.
- Although many international students might place Melbourne or Sydney at the top of their list, one drawback of those bigger cities is the cost of living. Melbourne and Sydney continue to get more expensive, while Tasmania’s housing and living costs have remained relatively stable over the past few years. Tasmania continues to boast one of the lowest costs of living in Australia.
- It can also be difficult to get around or meet new friends in bigger cities nearby like Melbourne or Sydney. Living in Tasmania is like living nowhere else in Australia. While its cities are small enough to feel comfortable and cosy, they are also big enough to still have all the shopping and nightlife you could want. Additionally, the ease of using public transport and the lack of traffic jams makes it easier to move from place to place.
- Home to the University of Tasmania, this institution has a flourishing research department and is ranked among the top research-intensive universities in Australia. Its research division is over a century old, and helps the local and global community with pioneering research in a diverse number of fields.
- Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of Tasmania for a student or prospective immigrant is that it might not be as difficult to migrate to Tasmania as may be to migrate to other Australian states. If you’ve studied for more than two years in Tasmania, (plus met the requirements of what’s called the “Australian Study Requirement”) you’re eligible to apply for a state sponsored visa once you’ve graduated. Not only that, you are granted extra points towards your visa due to Tasmania’s “regional” status.