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State Spotlights

New South Wales

NSW is home to world-class universities, vocational institutions and research NSWorganisations 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.sydneyaustralia.com/study-in-sydney


Melbourne is rated the world’s most liveable city and is known for its cosmopolitan, VICmulticultural 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.

Read more about studying in Victoria at www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au


Queensland boasts world class education coupled with spectacular beaches, metropolitan QLD
cities, and outback experiences. Queensland is the second largest state in Australia, and is nearly five times the size of Japan and 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 (of which one third are migrants or children of migrants!).

Queensland has five amazing World Heritage Areas including:

  • 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.

You can review more information on study in Queensland here: http://www.studyqueensland.qld.edu.au

Western Australia

What comes to mind when thinking of the perfect place to study?  It would be just about any WA 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.

Read more about studying in Western Australia at www.studyperth.com.au and studywest.des.wa.gov.au


Tasmania is a modern, vibrant and unique place to live and study. Whether you’re seeking a TAS 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.

Apply Now – visit Study Tasmania’s website for more information on specific courses available in Tasmania

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. Tasmania is a safe and secure destination; our students walk freely in the evenings.

Getting here:

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.

For more information about studying and living in Tasmania, visit www.studytasmania.tas.gov.au.

South Australia

Adelaide is Australia’s premier learning city. It is Australia’s fifth largest city and the capital of SASouth 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.

Read more about studying in South Australia at www.studyadelaide.com

Northern Territory

Darwin is the largest city in the Northern Territory and is the commercial and administrative NTcentre of the Territory. It is also regarded as Australia’s gateway to Asia. Alice Springs, in central Australia, is the second largest population centre, and is the base for significant tourism activities in the region.

The Northern Territory is home to a range of institutions including Charles Darwin University.

International students choose to study in the Northern Territory because of the quality educational institutions and fantastic training opportunities available in the Top End. With international students from more than 55 countries there’s the opportunity to study in a multicultural environment that adds richness to the experience.

Studying in the Northern Territory provides students with a safe, friendly, warm, welcoming way of life, so they can study without the pressure of living in a huge city.  Plus, they can experience the real Australian outback.

There is a full range of study options in Darwin for international students, from primary school through to university and post graduate options.

Charles Darwin University is a multi-sector institution providing students with a variety of pathways to advance their education. From English language programs to Vocational Education and Training (VET), university degrees and PhD programs, you can find a pathway to suit your needs.

The International College of Advanced Education (ICAE) is a VET provider located in Darwin offering courses in the hospitality and casino industry to overseas students.

Northern Territory primary and secondary schools offer a wide variety of subjects and meet a high standard of teacher qualification, curriculum content, class size and school facilities.

Requirements are set by the Northern Territory Government and the Northern Territory Board of Studies and successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) allows entry to any university in Australia subject to achieving the required Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank.

Read more about studying in the Northern Territory at www.theterritory.com.au

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra is Australia’s capital city. It is one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world withACT 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.

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.

Read more about studying in Canberra at www.det.act.gov.au