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
- 2,200+ schools across the state (government and non-government)
- Culturally diverse creative hub for the arts, music & fashion
Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities and it’s easy to see why. The city offers world-leading stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. Labelled as Australia’s cultural capital, 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 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 city, Melbourne is home to 227,000 international students from over 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 learning
While international students choose Victoria for its high standard of living, the quality and diversity of its education sector, from schools through to tertiary institutions, are also major pull factors. Students who want quality education, tailored English language studies and welcoming homestays, are drawn to schools here. When it comes to universities, you are spoilt for choice. 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.
In Melbourne, you’ll find the country’s best-ranked university, the University of Melbourne. As a major cultural and economic hub in the southern hemisphere, Victoria offers an array of work placement opportunities you can enjoy during your studies.
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 internationally recognized 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.
Institutions in 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. Study Melbourne also provides support and information to international students, helping them to have the best possible time while studying and living in Victoria.
Wherever you’re from, Victoria offers a premium student experience, and opens doors to global experiences and opportunities.