Tasmania in brief
- 11,000 international students
- 520,000 thousand population
- University of Tasmania (UTAS) founded in 1890
- Food, Arts and Cultural hub
- 2 government higher education providers
- Antarctic, marine and maritime sciences focus
- Renowned for eco-tourism, hospitality and gourmet produce
- World heritage pristine wilderness
Tasmania benefits from having just one university, the University of Tasmania (UTAS), and one vocational provider, TasTAFE.
Together, these two well-respected institutions deliver high quality programs to over 70,000 students in 20 campuses across Tasmania.
While Tasmania’s education sector has a long history of excellence and high-quality teaching across all levels of study, it is a clear leader in Antarctic science, marine and maritime fields, medical science, forestry and agricultural sciences.
Tasmania is also home to Australia’s fastest growing secondary schools sector due to its reputation for safe and welcoming communities, academic excellence, affordable tuition fees and an authentic English study environment
The closest Australian city to the South Pole
Tasmania is an internationally renowned leader in Antarctic science and policy. Walking around the streets of Hobart you’ll stumble across the organisations leading the global research effort in the uninhabitable, ice-covered southern continent.
The Australian Antarctic Division, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Bureau of Meteorology’s (BoM) Antarctic office are all found in downtown Hobart.
In the Port of Hobart, you’ll see the big red Aurora Australis, Australia's Antarctic flagship, named after the southern hemisphere atmospheric phenomenon, the aurora australis.
Students studying in Antarctic, marine and maritime fields are offered an exceptional range of opportunities including on-the-job training, pathway programs, scholarship opportunities, employment and other post-graduate options.
A flourishing arts and festival scene
There’s another boat in the Port of Hobart that’ll be sure to catch your eye. It’s a big high-powered catamaran painted in camouflage and it’ll take you along the Derwent River to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). This internationally renowened museum has put Hobart on the world map as a premiere arts and cultural destination.
The UTAS School of Creative Arts boasts strong connections with MONA and students often display their works during the museum’s Dark Mofo festival which attracts visitors from across the country.