Mention Australia and the first thing that comes to mind are probably stereotypes about its accent and wildlife. This large Oceanic country may be known for its breathtaking nature, attracting millions of visitors to its coasts each year, but it’s also a place where people come to stay. One in four Australians were born overseas, making it a diverse, multicultural country where everyone can find a sense of home.
As a powerhouse for international study, Australia has some of the best-ranked universities in the world that draw thousands of students to all over the country. Although travel restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic have made it harder for students to travel in the past couple of years, the Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030 and the country’s border reopening are set to bring in more students with investments directed to supporting their growth.
If you’re looking for a dynamic destination to study with a world-class education that is accepted worldwide, now is the time to make Australia your home away from home. You can opt for a fast-paced city life, or a more laid-back lifestyle away from the hustle. Either way, Australia has something to offer for everyone, and here’s where you can find them:
Northern Territory, Government of Australia
Affordable. Relaxing. Multicultural. These three words sum up why the Northern Territory (NT) is a haven for those looking to explore, learn and grow in Australia. The Territory is a land full of opportunities, featuring stunning landscapes, pioneering histories and a laid back yet vibrant culture. It’s the perfect destination for newcomers — ask any of the Study Northern Territory (Study NT) students who have called it home and enriched the NT’s cultural mosaic within its thriving community. 2022 Study NT Student Ambassador, Akansh from India says, “Darwin is the perfect balance between city life and the outback life. Every weekend is great for a road trip with your friends to the nearest national park and surrounding areas; it is a great way to relax and connect with nature after a week of work and study.”
Aside from spectacular displays of nature in the outback, its capital city of Darwin is the northernmost urban centre in the country, and is an important international gateway connecting Australia to Asia. Here, you’ll get an eclectic blend of city life and outdoor adventures in one of the most culturally diverse places in the country. Over 100 nationalities are represented in the Territory, so you’ll feel right at home in its welcoming atmosphere.
With a bustling urban centre, scenic national parks, and vast educational opportunities, it is little wonder why the Territory attracts over 4,000 international students each year. Being a part of the Study NT cohort means joining a lively population of 245,000 in the region, which incidentally also has Australia’s youngest demographic with a median age of 32 years.
The Territory is home to many international education and training institutions, schools, and vocational education and training colleges for you to explore while surrounded by like-minded people from various cultural backgrounds. It’s where you can grow within and outside the classroom, in addition to expanding your international network by connecting with your peers.
The Northern Territory’s rapidly expanding economy has translated into jobs in multiple sectors for those looking for a better life. Whether you’re looking for a career in hospitality, healthcare, education or the services sector, there’s always something available for you to step into a meaningful role and give back to the community. It’s a place where you don’t have to chase for opportunities; they will come to you instead. To find out how you can study and work in one of Australia’s most dynamic places, click here.
University of Melbourne
A reputable centre of excellence that needs no introduction, the University of Melbourne consistently ranks as one of the world’s best universities. It is the country’s number one university and a prestigious member of the Group of Eight. The university’s sprawling main campus in Parkville has produced some of the world’s brightest minds, including eight Nobel Laureates.
The city of Melbourne alone makes an excellent case for why it should be your study destination. As Australia’s second-largest city, it’s a major financial and cultural hub, with a diverse population where around 140 cultures are represented. Melbourne is regularly featured among the world’s top 10 most liveable cities, and is home to major international sporting events such as the annual Australian Open and Formula One’s Australian Grand Prix.
The perks of being a student at Melbourne are innumerable: not only do you get to live in an electric global city, you also have easy access to stunning forests, beaches, and pristine coasts. It’s certainly an experience that adds value to your years of study at the university. It’s why Melbourne is a hotspot for international students: there’s never a dull moment no matter where you go when the atmosphere is convivial and welcoming everywhere.
TAFE South Australia
TAFE South Australia (TAFE SA) is the state’s largest vocational and educational training provider based in the city of Adelaide, one of the world’s top three most livable cities. Boasting extensive state-of-the-art facilities, quality education, and strong graduate outcomes, TAFE SA gives its students a winning edge by equipping them with career-ready skills that are high in demand within the workforce.
Through exhaustive hands-on learning, an education at TAFE SA focuses on honing your skills to its fullest potential that is concurrent with contemporary career opportunities. Its international character is highlighted by the fact that its overseas students come from more than 70 countries to receive a valuable Australian education that is recognised globally.
Numerous work placements are available for you to experience the South Australian job market firsthand, which serves as a good springboard to secure long-term employment after graduation.
Living in Adelaide is another bonus, especially considering the city’s lower living costs compared to other cities like Sydney, Perth, or Brisbane. It’s the ideal location for students: you get the joy of a well-balanced city life filled with a lively cafe and beach culture — all at a cheaper price — while still getting the best of what Australia has to offer.
Don’t be fooled by Perth’s moniker as the world’s most isolated city. The City of Lights is also a city of wonder dotted with stunning parks and natural landmarks. The largest city in Western Australia is also known as a place of possibilities, as evident through its popularity as a global study destination. Perth College adds to that reputation, drawing from more than 120 years of expertise to guide bright young women to limitless futures.
As one of the oldest independent girls’ schools in the state, it is now home to more than 1,000 girls, with over 100 boarders coming from regional WA and abroad. No matter their background, the College is where all of them can shine equally through a robust education that encourages independence. Young girls are challenged through a rigorous curriculum and a flourishing student life that fosters confidence for them to take on the future.
Perth itself offers many opportunities for excursions and activities if you need a break. Have a picnic at Cottesloe Beach, or walk along King’s Park, the world’s largest inner city park and home to the WA Botanical Gardens. The tranquil Rottnest Island is just 19 km away, and is where you can see the famous quokka in its natural habitat. City life in Perth is characterised by a love for food, art, and community, all of which provide an unforgettable experience for any student who calls it home.
*Some of the institutions featured in this article are commercial partners of Study International