Australia - Regional Study

Australia - Regional Study

Studying at a regional university in Australia can give an edge if you want to permanently stay in the country. We will have a look into what regional study means for a foreign student in Australia, and what benefits you can get.

What is Regional Study?

There are three major cities in Australia - Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. Most areas in Australia outside these three major cities can be classified as Regional Areas for migration purposes.

Categories of Regional Areas

There are two categories of Regional Areas. There are some incentives if you want to apply for skilled migration to these areas.

Category 2

Under this category there are Adelaide, Perth, the Gold Coast, Canberra, the Sunshine Coast, Lake Macquarie/Newcastle, Hobart, Illawarra/Wollongong and Geelong. The incentives will be:

  1. Get priority in regional visa processing.

  2. Get access to occupations list in regional areas - more job availability than non-regional areas.

  3. If you are an international graduate and have a bachelor’s or above degree from any registered university or institution in the designated regional areas, there is an opportunity for you to work additional years on a post-study visa.

Category 3

There are 11200 more regional places under this category. The incentives are:

  1. If you are an international graduate and have a bachelor’s or above degree from any registered university or institution in the designated regional areas, there is an opportunity for you to work additional 2 years on a post-study visa.

  2. You will get a priority during the negotiation of Designated Area Migration Agreements or DAMAs.

General Benefits of Regional Studies

  1. Extra 5 bonus points on your permanent residency application.

  2. You can apply to work for extra 3-4 years of work after you graduate as an international student in the regional area.

  3. The living cost compared to mega cities in Australia is very low.

  4. Transportation in many regional areas is free.

  5. Regional areas are very calm and quiet. There is not much to do. The class size is very small too.

  6. You can enjoy the relaxed lifestyle. Less population means less traffic.

  7. You can get friendly neighbors.

  8. Live closer to nature and its beauty. Go on a walkabout to rediscover yourself.

Regional Universities:

  1. Torrens University – Adelaide

  2. Charles Sturt University – Albury – Wodonga & Wagga Wagga

  3. Federation University – Ballarat

  4. University of New England – Armidale

  5. University of Newcastle – Callaghan

  6. La Trobe University – Bendigo

  7. University of Sunshine Coast – Sippy Downs

  8. University of Canberra – Canberra

  9. James Cook University – Townsville & Cairns

  10. University of Adelaide College – Adelaide

  11. Central Queensland University – Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Noosa, Rockhampton & Townsville

  12. ICHM – Adelaide

  13. Deakin College – Geelong

  14. Canberra Institute of technology – Canberra

  15. Flinders College – Study Group – Adelaide

  16. Kaplan Business School – Adelaide

  17. IIBIT – Adelaide

  18. SAIBT – Adelaide

  19. Eynesbury – Adelaide

  20. Gordon TAFE – Geelong

  21. TAFE SA – All campuses

  22. TAFE – Tasmania

  23. Le Cordon Bleu – Adelaide

  24. The University of Adelaide College + University of Adelaide

  25. Flinders International College (FISC)

  26. International Institute of Business and Information Technology (IIBIT) in partnership with Federation University

  27. Eynesbury – University of South Australia and University of Adelaide

  28. The William Light Institute

  29. Queensford College

  30. Level up Studies, Adelaide

  31. Sheffield College

  32. Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP)

  33. Australian School of Commerce, Hobart

  34. Australia Institute of Business and Technology, Hobart

  35. Australian Learning, Training and Education Centre (ALTEC), Hobart Campus

  36. Royal Gurkhas Institute of Technology (RGIT), Hobart Campus

  37. Australian Catholic University

  38. University of Canberra, Bruce Campus

  39. University of Canberra (UC) College leading University of Canberra

  40. Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

  41. University of Canberra – Global Business College of Australia GBCA

  42. Australian National University College + Australian National University College (Study Group)

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