As Australia’s Education State, Melbourne is where research and innovation come together and contribute to solving global challenges. Victoria’s vibrant multicultural society, high quality of living and social inclusion attracts around 182,000 international students each year.
One of the world's most liveable cities
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 sixth 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 182,000 international students from over 120 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.
Melbourne's universities rank among the world's best
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:
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields
- Arts and humanities
- Architecture and design
- Fine art and fashion
- Music and film.
QS World University Rankings 2022 place six Victorian universities in the top 400 ranked universities in the world, and two Victorian universities in the Top 100 - The University of Melbourne (#37) and Monash University (#58). The 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) also ranks six Victorian universities in the Top 400, with The University of Melbourne placed #33 and Monash University ranking #80.
Victoria is a global knowledge hub and we attract the world's best academics and researchers.
Whether your study involves research, technical training, English language or business you'll learn with the best on campuses that offer rich and rewarding student experiences.
Top Victorian schools for international students
Victoria's schools and tertiary institutions are known for their quality and diversity. You can find tailored English language studies as well as welcoming homestays.
In a Victorian government school, you can choose from over 90 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects including languages. Each school usually offers between 20 and 30 subjects, depending on the number of students.
The classroom is wherever students learn best: in a school or in a park, a zoo, a museum or a gallery. Learning can take place independently, in a group, in the classroom or outside of class time. Find out more about school life in a Victorian government school.
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 recognised 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 alfresco 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.
Regional experiences on your doorstep
Victoria features an enticing array of regions, attractions and study options. Discover the diversity and beauty of regional Victoria, from world-class wineries to natural springs, famous surf beaches like Bells Beach and mountains where you can ski in winter.
You can drive one of the many scenic routes to see sites such as the 12 Apostles. You can pull on your walking boots and follow the tracks and trails, or wander shops and produce markets.
Across the state, discover world-class education in the regional centres such as Gippsland, Mildura, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Warnambool and Wodonga.
There are also cities like Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo that allow you to experience the best of both worlds: you can study outside of Melbourne and easily travel to Melbourne on public transport.
The benefits of studying in regional Victoria:
- Institutions in larger regional centres offer internationally recognised qualifications and a more relaxed and affordable student experience.
- These towns and small cities are contemporary, well serviced, and family and student friendly.
- Regional centres often have lower housing or homestay costs
- There are active communities and sporting clubs
- You have easy access to natural attractions and multiple transport options for visits to Melbourne or other parts of Victoria and Australia.
Living in regional Victoria provides me with opportunities to volunteer, connect, and contribute to my community. It also helps me to develop life-long friendships with some of the most amazing people in the world, and make a difference in other people’s lives - Study Melbourne Ambassador Justin See
Welcome to Victoria
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.
The Study Melbourne Student Centre offers free and confidential information, referrals and practical support for Victoria’s international students.
Wherever you’re from, Victoria offers a premium student experience, and opens doors to global experiences and opportunities.