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Queensland in brief
  • 135,000 international students
  • 5 million population
  • 10 universities and 32 campuses statewide
  • 5 World Heritage Sites
  • 5 international airports
  • Focus on global innovation

Queensland is a place that nurtures talent, builds innovation and launches global careers. When you start studying in Queensland, you can go anywhere. World leading education providers are spread across a range of unique and diverse locations.

Whether you prefer bustling cities or quiet cosy towns, there is a place full of opportunity awaiting you in Queensland.

A unique destination

Gold Coast

Queensland is six times the size of the United Kingdom and home to more than five million people.

You can choose from a range of unique destinations and experiences, many only available in Queensland.

You can live and study in large, cosmopolitan cities, major regional towns close to Australia’s world-famous natural treasures, or in regional centres where you can experience authentic Australian country life.

Queensland has 10 universities across 32 campuses and more than 100 private registered training organisations.

The state offers Vocational Education and Training in-school projects that allow students to study for a diploma qualification while at school and there are many English language courses available to suit different skill levels and lengths of stay.

Queensland has two cities ranked amongst the top 5 most affordable student cities in Australia. Gold Coast is ranked as the most affordable student city in Australia with average rental prices 40% lower than Sydney. Brisbane is ranked as Australia’s 4th most affordable student city with Queensland students receiving a 50% discount on public transport across the state.

No matter what your chosen discipline, study area, level of study or career interest, you’ll find it in Queensland.

A focus on talent, employability and the future

Queensland attracts and develops the world’s most talented students and launches them into global careers. 

The state is backed by a pro-innovation government that encourages education providers and organisations to put innovation and entrepreneurship at the heart of what they do. This has seen education providers design their courses to focus strongly on helping students think from an entrepreneurial point of view and adapt to change as their careers progress.

Queensland offers a variety of initiatives and experiences that support and encourage students to develop their professional skills and become more employable.

The Study Queensland Talent Program is Australia’s largest student employability initiative focused on developing students’ employability skills and connecting them with alumni and employers. The program is run by the Queensland Government and provides endless opportunities to make connections and gain the skills, knowledge and experiences you need for your career to thrive.

It’s an exciting time to study in Queensland if you want to learn how to take on the world.

Learn beyond the classroom

Queensland has some of the best places to study what you want with an incredibly diverse environment which includes the outback, the tropical and sub-tropical coasts, mountains, rural farmland and major cities.

These areas provide real opportunities for students to study specialist disciplines such as:

  • Marine science
  • Ecotourism
  • Agribusiness
  • Biological science
  • The built environment

Each of the different study destinations spread throughout Queensland offer a unique, high-quality study experience for international students.

You can choose to study in North Queensland’s Classroom on the Reef or Classroom in the Rainforest; Or become part of South East Queensland’s thriving start-up community, home to co-working spaces and innovation hubs.

Whether you prefer bustling cities or quiet cosy towns, there is a place for you in Queensland.

An unbeatable lifestyle

Great Barrier Reef

Each region has its own distinctive features and opportunities, and all have a strong sense of community and cultural inclusivity.

While each region is different, they share a reputation as some of the world’s most welcoming and rewarding study destinations.

Brisbane is ranked in the top 20 best student cities globally. It is home to 3 major universities and nearly 100,000 students who can enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The city is teeming with creativity and boasts some impressive late-night offerings and a thriving arts and music scene.

A short drive south and you will reach the Gold Coast where students experience the best of both worlds with a modern urban centre and nearby subtropical rainforests.

Head north from Brisbane and you will find the Sunshine Coast, with Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Greater Whitsunday, and Rockhampton, all connected by the Great Barrier Reef which stretched 2,300 km along the coast. These regions are home to vibrant student communities who enjoy rewarding study opportunities and an ideal Australian lifestyle.

Supporting students

Queensland has a wide range of support services which encourages students to be their best and achieve their academic, social and personal goals.

The Queensland Student Hub Network provides safe and welcoming spaces for students to make new friends, host their own events and access free counselling, careers advice, English language lessons and workshops.

The Brisbane Rainbow Hub is a dedicated space for LGBTQI students and their friends to meet and connect. The Rainbow Hub supports and empowers students to embrace their identity and become active in the local community.

1800QSTUDY is Queensland’s international student hotline providing phone support and information related to studying in Queensland. The hotline is available 24/7 and free when you call from an Australian landline or mobile provider so you will always have access to support when you are studying in Queensland.

To learn more about living and studying in Queensland, visit the Study Queensland website. 

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