Why you should make regional Australia your study destination

Australia is known around the world as a top destination for higher education – but you don’t have to stick to Melbourne and Sydney to get a world-class university experience. Regional Australia has so much to offer for people looking to live, work and study in Australia.

Enjoy three years of post study work rights

The Australian government has recently announced the creation of new Temporary Graduate Visas, which will be available to graduates from 2021. This incentive means that eligible students can receive an extra year of post-study work rights – allowing them to stay in Australia for three years after completing their study.

To be eligible, you need to graduate from the regional campus of a registered university or institution with a higher education or postgraduate qualification, and maintain ongoing residence in a regional area while holding their first Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.

Our Waurn Ponds campus is home to the state-of-the-art CADET (Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training)

Enjoying a top-quality education, gaining your qualification and getting three years of valuable experience in the Australian workforce – sounds good to us! With campuses in the regional towns of Geelong and Warrnambool, Deakin is one of the leading Australian universities able to offer this opportunity to students from around the world.

Plus, there are many more reasons to consider studying at one of Deakin’s regional campuses.

Get a top-quality education

Studying in regional areas does not mean a compromise on the quality of your education. Deakin’s three regional campuses on the south-eastern coast of Australia each offer incredible teaching, cutting-edge facilities and a study experience that students love.

Deakin’s Geelong Waterfront Campus, located in the heart of Geelong, is home to Deakin’s architecture and creative arts studios, and purpose-built nursing and health teaching facilities. At the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, you will find start-of-the-art engineering and medical facilities, as well as some of the world’s most advanced material science research spaces. The campus also offers incredible sporting facilities.

Deakin’s Warrnambool campus is set in a beautiful coastal town on the famous Great Ocean Road

A little further down the Great Ocean Road you will find Deakin’s Warrnambool Campus,  where students and lecturers really have the opportunity to get to know each other and work closely together. Warrnambool offers smaller average class sizes than most universities and a wide selection of courses to choose from, as well as top-quality study facilities.

Make the most of an amazing lifestyle

Want to relax and enjoy the beautiful Australian landscape? Deakin’s Geelong and Warrnambool campuses are set in a beautiful rural environment, close to some of Australia’s best surf beaches. You can easily visit popular tourist attractions and explore the natural environment.

Enjoy a relaxed lifestyle in some of the finest natural surroundings Australia has to offer

But don’t worry – being in a regional town does not mean there is less to do and see. Geelong offers plenty of excitement, from vibrant events and festivals to great food, shopping, sport and entertainment. And the city is home to the Geelong Cats – an Australian league football team – so you can enjoy a taste of local sporting culture at their games. Similarly, Warrnambool is a prosperous country town that offers comfortable living, lots of outdoor activities, a great restaurant and cultural scene, all alongside one of Australia’s most beautiful coastlines. 

And if you are in the mood for a big city adventure, you can easily catch a train into Melbourne!

You will be part of the community

Deakin is proud to be a part of the thriving regional communities in Geelong and Warrnambool, where our students are welcomed and can feel like part of the community. Studying in these regional towns also offers you the opportunity to get involved and give back – join in on community events and initiatives, build relationships with the locals and support the regional Australian economy. Studying in a big city can be exciting, but also overwhelming for some people – at one of Deakin’s regional campuses, it is easy to make friends and really enjoy the social side of your study experience.

Feel like part of the local community in Geelong or Warrnambool

Employment and cost of living

Work opportunities both during and after study are important for any student, and regional towns like Geelong and Warrnambool need more workers to support their growing industries. Whether it is part-time work while you study, internship opportunities or the job that gets your career started after graduating, regional towns offer great prospects to help you gain experience in the Australian workforce. Regional towns also offer a lower cost of living, so your dollar goes further – you will have more comfortable housing options and be able to enjoy all the food and entertainment you like!

For more information about studying at Deakin and to view the many degrees on offer, visit our international student page.


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