Best Cities in Australia for International Students


Australia As a Study-Abroad Destination

Australia has recently emerged as one favourite destination for international students, especially for Indian students who want to pursue an MS or MBA in Australia. According to the International Student Data Monthly Summary March 2020 of the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment of the Australian Government:

  • 626,052 international students are studying in Australia
  • 55% of these students are pursuing higher education
  • While 27% of these students come from China, Indian students come second contributing 17%


Where to Study?

Interestingly, almost all of the world-renowned Australian cities—Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, and Gold Coast—now feature in the top 100 student cities of the world in the internationally-acclaimed QS Best 100 Student Cities 2019 ranking. You might wonder about some top courses offered by the top-ranked universities of these cities. So let us take a quick detour of what these cities have in offer for you.


City and QS World Ranking Best Things About University and QS Ranking 2020 Top Master’s Courses in Engineering/Technology Top Master’s Courses in Computers Top Master’s Courses in Science Top Master’s Courses in Business
Melbourne Ranked #3
  • Cultural Capital of Australia
  • Great quality of life
  • Beautiful natural surroundings
  • Multicultural and diverse
  • Student-friendly
  • 10th best city in the world for ‘employer activity’
  • Research infrastructure: The Australian Synchrotron. Carbon Nexus, Melbourne Bioinformatics, The Institute for Frontier Materials, CSIRO
  • University of Melbourne (#38)
  • Monash University (#58)
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (#238)
  • La Trobe University (#400)
  • Deakin University (#271)
  • Swinburne University of Technology (#383)
  • Victoria University (#601-650)
Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Project Management, Engineering Management (Change Management), Biomedical, Mechanical with Business

Advanced Engineering

International Automotive Engineering, Mechanical, Telecommunication and Network Engineering, Civil, Architecture, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics Engineering

Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems,

Data Science, Information Technology, Business Information Systems

Cyber Security, Business Information Technology

Biotechnology, Agricultural Sciences, Biomedical Sciences,

Biomedical and Health Sciences

Analytics, Food Science and Technology, Statistics and Operations Research, Psychology, Mathematical Sciences

Business Analytics, International Business, Management, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting, MBA

Business, Banking and Finance, Advanced Finance

Sydney (Ranked #3)
  • Australia’s largest city
  • Beautiful natural surroundings
  • World-famous Sydney harbour
  • Iconic architecture
  • Safe
  • Multicultural, vibrant, hospitable
  • Hub for Financial and Insurance Services
  • Infrastructure: Consult the New South Wales Research Map
  • University of Sydney
  • (#42)
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • (#43)
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • (#140)
  • Macquarie University
  • (#237)
  • Western Sydney University
  • (#468)
Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Professional Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Structural, Civil, Telecommunication, Biomedical, Power, Fluids, Geomechanical), Architecture, Sustainability and Environmental Engineering, Automation and Manufacturing Systems, Urbanism (Urban Design, Urban and Regional Planning), Power Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Structural Engineering, Architectural Science (High-Performance Building, Illumination Design, Sustainable Design), Complex Systems, Risk Management

Manufacturing Engineering and Management, Construction Project Management, Food Process Engineering

Data Science, Information Technology, Information Technology Management, Professional Engineering (Software), Digital Communication and Culture, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacy, Agriculture and Environment, Learning Sciences and Technology (Professional)

Construction Project Management

Commerce, Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, International Business, Professional Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations, Economics, Project Management, Economic Analysis, Project and Program Management, Project Leadership, Public Policy, Transport Management, MBA (Leadership and Enterprise)

International Business, Marketing, Finance, Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, Commerce

Brisbane (Ranked #22)
  • Australia’s new ‘world city’
  • Hosts the Brisbane Welcomes International Students Festival, Australia’s largest city orientation day for international students
  • Infrastructure: Resource and energy companies
  • Gorgeous weather
  • Affordable
  • Home to more than 95,000+ international students
  • University of Queensland
  • (#47)
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • (#224)
  • Griffith University
  • (#320)
Engineering, Engineering Science (Management) Data Science, Computer Science, Information Technology Agricultural Science, Food Science and Technology, Biotechnology, Psychology, Clinical Pharmacy Tourism, Hotel, and Event Management, International Economics and Finance, MBA
Canberra Ranked #23
  • Australia’s capital city and education capital. 25% of the population are students
  • Safe, friendly, and multicultural
  • Low cost of living and more on-campus accommodation than any other city
  • 100 % powered by renewable energy
  • The fastest economically growing city
  • Strong knowledge-based economy
  • Australian National University
  • (#29)
  • University of Canberra
  • (#484)
Mechatronics, Digital Systems and Telecommunications, Photonics Computing, Business Information Systems Biological Sciences Management, Project Management, Commerce, Finance, Applied Finance, Accounting, MBA
Adelaide (Ranked #26)
  • Pleasant climate
  • Affordable and cheap rental
  • Biotech, IT, project management industry, food and wine production hub
  • University of Adelaide
  • (#106)
  • University of South Australia
  • (#274)
  • Flinders University
  • (#424)
Civil and Structural, Mechanical, Mining Computer Science, Software Engineering Biotechnology (Biomedical), Plant Biotechnology Global Food and Agricultural Business, Applied Project Management (Project Systems), Accounting and Finance, Finance and Business Economics, Finance, Applied Finance, MBA
Perth Ranked #41
  • Safe
  • Sunny climate
  • Low cost of living
  • Australia’s self-made millionaire Capital
  • University of Western Australia (UWA)
  • (#86)
  • Curtin University
  • (#230)
  • Murdoch University
  • (#571-580)
Professional Engineering, Oil and Gas Information Technology Agricultural Science, Environmental Science with Environmental Management Applied Finance, Business Information and Logistics Management, MBA (Flexible)
Gold Coast Ranked #41
  • Beautiful, sunny weather
  • Infrastructure: Talent for Business Growth, Gold Coast Careers Explorer
  • Student affordability
  • Excellent lifestyle
  • Griffith University
  • (#320)
  • Bond University
  • (#442)
  • Southern Cross University
  • (#751-800)
Civil Engineering, Project Management, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Electronic and Energy Engineering, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Professional Engineering Information Technology, Information Systems and Information Technology Management Pharmacy Business, International Business, Human Resources Management, Supply Chain Management, Engineering Project Management (Advanced), International Tourism and Hospitality Management, Finance, Marketing, Professional Accounting, MBA


Any Other Australian Destination?

Australia’s Northern Territory, famous for the Australian outback, prides itself on having the beautiful city of Darwin. The following figures might even enthuse you to explore Darwin as your dream destination in Australia.

Also, the city of Hobart, which is near Melbourne and in the state of Tasmania, is home to the University of Tasmania, Australia’s fourth oldest university and ranked 291 in the QS Ranking.


Now that you have got that much-needed idea of the top Australian student cities, why not think of Australia as your dream destination? Also, if you need more clarity on anything about Australian education, you can always reach out to Manya – The Princeton Review. We have ace study abroad consultants who have specialized knowledge and experience to help you answer your queries and make an informed decision.

For more information, call our Study Abroad Helpline at 1800 102 4646

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