Study in Melbourne
Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city (after Sydney) in Australia. It has been named the world’s most livable city two years in a row, as well as the best place for international students to study. The QS World University Rankings listed Melbourne as the leading student city in the Asia-Pacific region in 2012, putting it among the world’s top four student cities alongside Paris, London, and Boston. So what makes Melbourne such a great city for international students?
Global Recognition and Top Quality Education
Qualifications from educational institutions in Melbourne are recognized globally, which means that a degree from a Melbourne university will help you find a job in almost any country. Melbourne’s world-leading universities are equipped with cutting-edge facilities, an internationally experienced faculty, and fantastic student services. Melbourne universities provide their students with the opportunity to make their mark in prominent research and innovation facilities.
Vocational schools in Melbourne allow students the opportunity to work hands-on in their fields, preparing them to enter the job force with work experience already under their belts. The schools in Melbourne also have close ties with many industries, ensuring that their students will be better connected with potential employers across the globe.
Museums in Melbourne
International students with an interest in art will find no shortage of ways to keep busy during their time in Melbourne. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest public art museum, and houses one of the country’s most important art collections. It features exhibitions of Roman and Egyptian antiquities, Asian art, and everything from Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary art.
The Ian Potter Centre features more than 20 galleries showcasing the history of Australian art. It begins with the colonial period and continues through to contemporary art, and includes photography, prints and drawings, fashion and textiles, decorative arts, and galleries dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. It is the world’s first museum dedicated entirely to Australian art.
Other museums in Melbourne include the Melbourne Museum, which details the entire history of Melbourne, and the Immigration Museum, which tells the story of the settlers who built Melbourne into what it is today. Another popular Melbourne museum is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which tells the story of the moving image in all its forms, from film to television to the internet to games. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is free to the public, and has everything from the evolution of television to interactive touch screen exhibits.
Things to Do in Melbourne
International students who study in Melbourne have a variety of fun and exciting ways to entertain themselves. Students can spend their weekends checking out the music scene in Brunswick, walking along the Yarra, the river that runs through the heart of the city, or swimming with seahorses around the piers of the Mornington Peninsula. Students might also choose to explore the Melbourne Zoo, or take a stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Other draws in Melbourne include St. Kilda’s, which is one of Melbourne’s only beaches. With many grassy areas, St. Kilda’s is a great place for students to meet up with friends for a picnic or daytrip. Federation Square is also a popular place to spend the day.
Universities in Melbourne
There are nine high-quality universities located in and around Melbourne, Victoria:
- Deakin University
- Monash University
- RMIT University
- Swinburne University of Technology
- University of Ballarat
- University of Melbourne
- La Trobe University
- Victoria University
- Australian Catholic University