Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is home to more than 85,000 international students. Its world-ranking universities and education institutes offer programs for all levels of international study. Brisbane is the perfect place to call home while you study abroad. Aside from the low cost of living and 300 days of sunshine per year, Brisbane is a warm and welcoming city, hosting the Lord Mayor's International Student Friendship Ceremony which has extended the hand of friendship to more than 10,000 students.
Why study in Brisbane?
Queensland isn't called the Sunshine State for no reason. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Brisbane summers are famous for the sub-tropical humid heat cooled by beautiful afternoon storms. Winter days rarely dip below 20°C, and there's nothing quite like an afternoon nap in the winter sun.
In between, spring and autumn are particularly popular with students, especially around October when the jacarandas begin to bloom across the city – despite them being a sign that exams are looming.
Brisbane has one of the lowest costs of living in comparison with other Australian cities – from transport to accommodation to meals. That doesn't mean there's a compromise in quality though – it just means that your dollar will go a lot further living in Brisbane than in its southern counterparts.
Commuting to and from classes has never been so simple. Brisbane students receive a 50% discount on local public transport and 25% discount on bike hire with City Cycle. There's also a free CityHopper ferry to jump between the city, South Bank and Kangaroo Point.
Brisbane offers a range of quality purpose-built student accommodation. Scattered throughout Brisbane to be easily accessible to all institutions, these residences provide support, facilities and a community to students from a variety of institutions.
Brisbane offers international students some of Australia's finest higher education institutions, including the award-winning University of Queensland and internationally renowned Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University. There are also a number of English language colleges, vocational education providers and schools from which to choose.
Centrally located, Brisbane is the best-positioned city to explore Australia's big attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, coastal beaches and Queensland's famous theme parks.
An advantage of living in one of the world's most multicultural countries is the variety of food and activities at your doorstep. The city's diverse and inclusive community is reflected in its extensive calendar of events and festivals held throughout the year including the popular Paniyiri Greek Festival, Australia's largest Oktoberfest and BrisAsia festival.
Brisbane is well and truly on its way to becoming a world leader in sustainability. There's more than 2000 parks and more than 2500 species, making Brisbane Australia's most biodiverse city.
Brisbane is home to the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art – Australia's largest gallery of modern art. Explore Brisbane's history in the Museum of Brisbane, housed in the iconic Brisbane City Hall or see science come alive at the Queensland Museum. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre hosts world-class theatre and music events daily and Brisbane is the host city of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Brisbane is Australia's most inclusive study destination and is known as a safe and welcoming place to live.
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