Benefits of studying in regional Australia


Regional Victoria: The place to be 

Attending a regional university gives you the chance to study, work and immerse yourself in the local community. You'll also create networks and opportunities for employment!

Federation University Australia has capital city campuses in Melbourne and Brisbane, but did you know its larger campuses are in regional cities?

Our Ballarat and Gippsland campuses offer unique opportunities to live and work outside metropolitan cities. Find out what life is like as an international student at our Ballarat campus. 

Benefits of studying in a regional area

Living in Ballarat or Gippsland is generally more affordable than in bigger cities due to lower accommodation costs. Ballarat offers an affordable and relaxed regional city lifestyle, with a vibrant nightlife, restaurant and cultural scene, popular local festivals and easy access to spectacular sights.

Students based in regional locations find their learning experiences are enriched by studying on campuses where they get to work with many Australian and international students from all over the world. You won’t have to travel far to our Gippsland or Ballarat campus and will enjoy the natural environment surrounding our unique campuses.

Government incentives

International students at Federation University’s regional campuses can benefit from an attractive range of government incentives. This includes the ability to apply for a four-year post-study work visa, priority processing on regional visas and access to the Regional Occupations Lists, with a wider selection of listed jobs.

When nature meets innovation at Federation’s regional campuses

Ballarat – our historic home

Ballarat, home to our Mt Helen and Camp Street campuses, is the largest inland city in Victoria. Famous since the 1850s, when the Victorian gold rush drew people from all over the world, Ballarat today is a lively, affordable and relaxed regional city with a fast-growing and increasingly multicultural population of over 100,000. Just an hour on the train from Melbourne, Ballarat is also within easy access of the spectacular sights of the Grampian Mountains and the Great Ocean Road.

Ballarat is the historic home of Federation University, with our timeline dating back to 1870. Today, Federation is a central focus of the city, with major campuses and strong connections to local industry, culture and community. Our flagship Mt Helen Campus is set on 110 hectares of natural bushland, combining a beautiful location with cutting-edge teaching and research facilities. Ballarat’s schools, hospitals and businesses, including multinational companies such as IBM and Concentrix, offer excellent placement and employment opportunities for Federation students and graduates.

Gippsland – the natural alternative

The Gippsland Campus is Federation’s second-largest campus and is located in the town of Churchill in Victoria’s south-east, approximately 160km east of Melbourne city centre. Gippsland is an extensive and diverse region of Victoria renowned for its natural beauty. The local scenery ranges from spectacular coastline to snow-covered mountains. Churchill, home to our Gippsland Campus, is one of four major towns in the Latrobe Valley that have a total population of over 70,000 people. Federation University’s Gippsland campus features modern architecture and is set on 60 hectares of stunning landscaped grounds.

The campus offers exceptional learning and research facilities, including the Carbon Technology Research Centre and state-of-the-art laboratories for science, engineering and nursing students.

Tour our regional Victorian campuses to see why international students enjoy studying with us so much. 

Study Areas

Federation offers degrees in a range of areas including business, education and early childhood, engineering, humanities and social sciences, information technology, nursing, performing arts, visual arts and design, psychology, science, sport, health, physical and outdoor education. English language pathways and higher degrees by research are also available. Find out more about studying at Federation University and take a virtual tour.

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