If you’re thinking about moving to Australia to study, you can probably imagine yourself studying in an iconic capital city like Sydney or Melbourne. You may not realise that regional Australia is another option — an option taken by many international students.
There are a number of higher education providers located in regional and country Australia, which give you the opportunity to explore ‘the real Australia’ outside the big capital cities. There are some great reasons why you should think about studying in regional Australia: regional institutions offer a great relaxing lifestyle, a more personalised university experience, beautiful natural scenery and additional opportunities for migration.
Regional cities provide a relaxing lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Imagine being able to go for a swim at the beach or a bushwalk in your spare time between classes. Many regional cities are very cosmopolitan as well, with similar leisure pursuits to what you would find in the capital cities. Regional cities have the same facilities and entertainment that you will find in the big cities (think health care, cinemas, sporting venues, restaurants, cafés, bars and shopping), so you can be sure to find everything you need. One of the main differences is that these regional cities are more relaxed, and you will feel as if you are part of a community rather than just one person in a big city: you will get to know ‘country hospitality’ first hand.
Specialty course offerings
Regional areas provide opportunities for secondary school, university, TAFE and English language study. Campuses in regional cities offer a wide range of disciplines, many of which are tailored to the strengths of the local area. You might find that a campus in Adelaide’s Barossa Valley offers a specialty winemaking degree, a campus in Far North Queensland features a range of tropical studies or that a campus on the New South Wales coast specialises in marine biology. There are also a number of medical and dental schools in regional areas, training students to (hopefully) take up jobs in these regions.