Certain cities in Australia have been given the status of being regional. These areas are generally bit away from the main cities of Australia but in themselves they are developed and advanced cities. Cities such as Adelaide, Tasmania, Ballart, Townsville, Rockhampton, Darwin and many other well known cities fall in this category.
Regional cities of Australia have all the facilities that are available in larger cities but have had less population growth. The universities situated in regional areas are amongst the Top Best Australian Universities. Many large companies are situated in these cities.
Some regional universities have been in existence for half a century or more, attract many students from metropolitan areas and overseas and have deserved international reputations for innovative approaches to teaching and research.
5 direct Benefits of studying in a regional based University
- Low cost of living as compared to larger cities
- Less competition of part time jobs
- Chances of being paid higher minimum wages while working part time
- Chances of gaining extra 5 points towards Permanent Residency
- Better chances of getting work after completion of studies due to less competition
For the purposes of General Skilled Migration, students may be able to claim points for the ‘Regional Australia’ part of the points test if they have lived in one or more of these areas and have studied full time at a campus located in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area for at least 2 years prior to lodging their migration application or applying for state sponsorship.
Popular Regional Australian universities:
- Tasmania University
- University of Ballarat
- Central Queensland University
- Charles Darwin University
- James Cook University
- Southern Cross University
- University of New England
- University of Southern Queensland
- University of South Australia
- University of Adelaide
Many other Australian Universities and Colleges also have campuses in regional areas.
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