As Australia’s most progressive and fastest-growing state, Victoria values education highly and is set to attain its vision as the country’s ‘Education State’. Victoria attracts around 227,000 international students each year and its capital city Melbourne is ranked as the country’s best student city. You may want to see it for yourself! When in Melbourne, hop on a tram, and as you travel around the world’s largest tram network, you’ll discover world-class universities located in a melting pot of diverse cultures. Make Melbourne part of your story!

Victoria in brief
  • 227,000 international students
  • Australia’s best ranked student city
  • 3rd best student city in the world
  • 10 universities, 12 TAFEs, 250+ private providers
  • Creative hub for arts, music and fashion
  • Culturally diverse creative hub for the arts, music & fashion

For seven years in a row, Melbourne was ranked as the world’s most liveable city and it’s easy to see why. The city offers world-leading stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. Labelled as “the capital of cool”, Melbourne has something for just about everyone, be it brilliant street art, an eclectic range of architectural styles, or amazing wildlife.

Melbourne is rated the number one student city in the Australia and third best student city in the world so it’s no surprise it has the country’s biggest student population. A true university town, Melbourne is home to 200,000 international students from 170 countries who make up one third of its student population. International students in Melbourne enjoy an action packed and inclusive inner city lifestyle with world-class study options.

A powerhouse for academics, innovators and creatives

While international students choose Victoria for its high standard of living, the quality and diversity of its education sector are also major pull factors. In the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Carlton, the iconic home of Australia’s Italian community, you’ll find the country’s best-ranked university, the University of Melbourne.

Victoria’s universities offer world-class curriculum and facilities, and have produced some of Australia’s most outstanding alumni, with graduates now leaders in: STEM fields; arts and humanities; architecture and design; fine art and fashion; and music and film. As a major cultural and economic hub in the southern hemisphere, Victoria offers an array of work placement and employment opportunities.

With 12 TAFEs, and more than 250 private education providers, there are many flexible pathways for international students to higher education.

The capital of cool

Melbourne is well-known as Australia’s coolest city. As a major cultural centre, the city boasts a packed program of festivals and events from Melbourne Comedy Festival to Melbourne Fashion Week.

The vibrant music scene in Melbourne sets it apart from all other cities in Australia – or the world: Melbourne is said to have more live music venues per capita than any other city in the world. With European-style al fresco dining, rooftop bars and late-night venues, Melbourne’s nightlife is fun and accessible.

On the streets of the CBD, you’ll find leading international and Australian fashion brands and restaurants which make for a stylish shopping and vibrant dining experience.

Melbourne also enjoys a flourishing arts scene and a dynamic theatre district attracting internationally renowned exhibitions and shows.

The gold rush may be over but there’s still plenty to find in regional Victoria

Victoria features an enticing array of regions, attractions and study options. Once the draw of an international gold rush in mid-1800s, regional centres such as Daylesford and Castlemaine are quaint towns with rich histories and beautiful Victorian-style architecture.

The larger regional centres offer internationally recognised qualifications and a more relaxed and affordable student experience. Cities like Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo allow you to experience the best of both worlds: you can study outside of Melbourne and still be able to travel to the capital easily via public transport. In regional Victoria, explore sweeping coastlines, snow-capped mountains, lush fern gullies, historic hamlets and broad windswept plains.

Students who choose to study in Victoria will be living in a welcoming, safe and vibrant state that offers world-class study options and a wide range of things to do. Wherever you’re from, Victoria offers a premium student experience, and opens doors to global experiences and opportunities.

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