Destinations

Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland and, with a population of 2.2 million, is the third most populous city in Australia.

Brisbane is Australia’s New World City, and extremely culturally diverse. It is one of the major business hubs of Australia and one of the fastest growing state economies in the country.

International students who study in Brisbane will have the opportunity to travel and explore outside the city. Brisbane is the gateway to three of the world’s largest sand islands and sub-tropical hinterland rainforests: the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coasts. Each of these is under two hours’ travel away.

Brisbane has one of the lowest costs of living in any capital city in Australia. Tuition in Brisbane is low, particularly in comparison to the quality of the education it buys. This is ideal for international students looking for an affordable place to study. Brisbane is a safe and friendly city, with an easy to navigate the public transportation system. Brisbane also has more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city.

International Students in Brisbane

Brisbane is the most inclusive study destination in Australia. It is home to Australia’s largest city Orientation Day: the Brisbane Welcomes International Students Festival, which gives international students a chance to explore everything that Brisbane has to offer, then personally meet the Lord Mayor and enjoy free music and food. This is followed by the chance to network at the regular Lord Mayor’s International Students Friendship Ceremony.
Brisbane is an extremely culturally diverse city, with 21.7% of residents born outside Australia and 16% speaking a language other than English at home. For this reason, Brisbane is an exceptionally inclusive city, and international students will feel right at home there. They will also have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, not just Australia.

Melbourne

As Victoria’s capital and Australia’s second largest city, its cultural calendar is packed year-round with music, art, comedy, film or fashion events and multicultural celebrations. Melbourne has tons of thing to do: enjoy the great coffee culture, stroll along Southbank promenade, wander Queen Victoria Market or party in St. Kilda. Aside from Melbourne’s funky and hip bars, multicultural restaurants, galleries, museums and parks, there is also the temptation of the great outdoors.

Melbourne ranks among the top five favourite study destinations worldwide.  Following the QS Best Student Cities Index, it regularly leads lists of the world’s most liveable cities. International students love the Australian lifestyle: beautiful beaches with a fair share of sunny days, Melbourne’s nightlife with interesting bars, cafes and a thriving music and art scene and exciting cultural events.

International Students in Melbourne

Melbourne’s universities and colleges are known for quality education with world-class research capability. In fact, seven Melbourne universities were featured in the QS World University rankings in 2016-2017. Victoria is a global hub to attract the world’s best researchers and academics.

The universities are easy to reach by public transport and there is a great infrastructure to assist students, such as free public libraries, plenty of student accommodation and cheap-but-good dining options.