Rated Top 3 globally in Lonely Planet's 2018 Best in Travel and Top 25 by QS Best Student Cities External link - opens in new window , living and studying in Canberra means you’ll enjoy a high quality of life in a city with one of the best educated workforces and lowest unemployment in Australia.

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Applying for a course

For information on how to apply for one of Canberra's education institutions, visit their websites using the links at the bottom of this page.

Visas, arriving and settling in

Here's an overview of useful information for international students considering studying in Australia:


Canberra is a modern and connected city offering big city amenities without the traffic, congestion or pollution. The median age is well below that of Australia and provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded peers from all over the world. Higher than national average education levels means that students in Canberra are part of a community that encourages you to learn and further your knowledge.

Canberra is a safe place to live, with one of the lowest crime rates of any major Australian city. Here you'll find a unique learning environment conducive to study while also offering wide ranging options for recreation and socialising.


Spend your free-time exploring the wide open spaces and natural surrounds of Canberra. Engage in social events such as sports, concerts and festivals. Enjoy unique access to major exhibitions and take the opportunity to learn and engage with Australia's story, both past and present. Visit the national cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia External link - opens in new window, the Australian War Memorial External link - opens in new window, the National Museum of AustraliaExternal link - opens in new window and the National Library of Australia External link - opens in new window.

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Canberra is youthful. Of the 420,000 people who live here around 25% are students.

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Beyond the city limits and across the boarder, the Canberra Region spans 5.2 million hectares and is home to more than 650,000 people. Offering a dynamic and diverse range experiences, it prides itself on its innovation, food and a strong sense of community, enhancing the experience of those who choose to study in Canberra.

Mountain tracking in summer and skiing in winter await in the Snowy Mountains, surfing and oysters are only a short driving away on the South Coast of New South Wales; and the Tablelands are home to expansive countryside, fine fresh food and wine.

Start exploring the Canberra Region now External Link - opens in new window.


The Australian Government and the ACT Government are the city's major employers. However, there are an exciting array of emerging industries in Canberra with an increasingly diverse range of corporations and private sector entities, from multi-nationals to micro businesses.

Having access to such a unique employment market means there is access to plentiful part-time work, industry placements and volunteering opportunities  during your studies in Canberra.

Accompanied by Australia's highest average weekly income and lowest unemployment, our graduates enjoy strong employment outcomes.


With over 90% of new undergraduate students choosing Canberra as their study destination offered guaranteed accommodation on campus, we are able to take the stress out of moving to a new city or country. This helps to ensure Canberra offers more on-campus accommodation than any other Australian city.

Please see your institutions website for how to access on and off campus accommodation options.


Getting around Canberra is easy and all students are offered full concession rates on our public transport services, offered through Transport Canberra External Link - opens in new window.
Cycling is also a popular option in Canberra with more than 500 kilometres of bicycle paths throughout the city. Information for cyclists including guides and maps for each town centre are available from Transport Canberra External link - opens in new window .

Higher Degree by Research International Students – School Fee Waiver

Canberra is home to world-class research and education institutions and we aim to attract and retain the best researchers from around the world.

Dependent children of Post Graduate Research Sector international students studying a Masters Degree by research or a Doctoral Degree at an Australian Higher Education Provider in Canberra are eligible to have their fees waived in ACT Government schools.

This eases the financial burden on students’ families and helps cement Canberra's position as Australia's education and research capital.

An eligible Post Graduate Research Sector international student will need to hold a Student Visa (Subclass 500) issued by the Department of Home Affairs External Link - opens in new window .

To learn more about eligibility and requirements for the public school fee waiver please visit the Education Directorate’s External Link - opens in new window website.


The power of thought-leaders in science, research, education and business means that what happens in Canberra matters. Nowhere else in the world can you find the same opportunities to connect with important people, ideas and opportunities as you will in Canberra.

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As the national capital, a regional economic hub, a vibrant and relatively young city, Canberra is an attractive place for investment, study, trade, cultural and political exchange. Canberra has nurtured poets, artists, sports people, philosophers and Nobel prize winners, it also has a strong record of invention from WiFi to aeroguard, from solar hot water to gene shears.

Canberra is the meeting place for Australia's biggest ideas and the home of the Australian story. We are a city that welcomes new ideas, new people and innovation.

We are a small and open community of individuals with close connections, it's easy to find, explore and link with professional communities based on your field of interest.

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We are a young and vibrant city connected to the world. We are a multicultural city with a quarter of the population born overseas and home to more than 90 High Commissions and Embassies. This provides students in Canberra with an opportunity to build networks and learn from peers from around the globe.


Canberra is the place where major Australian policy decisions are made and the future direction of our nation is set. The close proximity to Australia's political centre provides unique opportunities for students to engage with our nation's leaders and major decision-makers as well as to explore post-graduation employment opportunities.


Discover Canberra and the unique experience that will equip you with the knowledge and skills for a successful future. Students who choose to study in Canberra will find a community that is close, generous, open, supportive and proud of their student population.

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Canberra is a collaborative and connected community - a place where students can find support networks and build a home away from home.

Join a local social or sports club, volunteer at one of the major city events, make friends and build a connection with the city that will last a lifetime.    

Many of the education institutions also offer students a wide range of clubs and societies to suit anyone's interests.

Canberra has the power to surprise people - with food and wine,
art and culture, heritage and warm, welcoming people.


Canberra will open you to the good things In life and allow you to value leisure, travel and recreation. Enjoy our natural surrounds, and outdoor lifestyle. Attend any number of events, shows, and festivals on offer throughout the year. Check out the events below or for a full listing of the city's  major events and attractions see the Visit Canberra External link - opens in new window website.

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    Get in touch with nature at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and spot a Kangaroo or Koala
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    Sample tastes from around the world at the annual National Multicultural Festival
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    Discover Canberra's connection to space at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex in Tidbinbilla
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    Explore science at Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre
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    Catch a show at the Canberra Theatre Centre
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    Skip among the tulips at Floriade, the southern hemisphere's largest flower festival
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    See Canberra in a whole new light at the Canberra Enlighten Festival, and explore our city's national attractions by night
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    Listen to the sweet sounds of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra
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    Experience the atmosphere of a music festival such as Groovin The Moo
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    Picnic among the trees, catch a performance or simply enjoy the view at the National Arboretum
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    Check out the Street Machine Summernats Car Festival for four fun-filled days of entertainment for car enthusiasts
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    Watch the skies fill with balloons of various shapes, colours and sizes at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular
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Follow your favourite sport, and get behind one of our local teams - watch the ACT Brumbies External link - opens in new window and Canberra Raiders External link - opens in new window football teams at Canberra Stadium. See Canberra Cavalry External link - opens in new window in action at Narrabundah Baseball Park, support our Canberra United External link - opens in new window women's soccer team, or check out CBR Brave External link - opens in new window as they take to the ice-hockey rink. An AFL match is a must with the GWS Giants External link - opens in new window hosting regular fixtures at Manuka Oval External link - opens in new window. Whatever you're sporting interests, Canberra will have something for you.

If you're interested in playing sports there are also a number of local sporting clubs and teams that you can join as well as teams offered through the education institutions. Check out ACT Sports External link - opens in new window for more Information.