Australia is fast emerging as a popular study-abroad destination for international students. The Australian Govt. is currently prioritizing the movement of migrants to the regional areas of Australia.
If you aspire to study in Australia, here are the benefits of studying in the Regional Universities:
- Additional Points for Immigration
If you complete your studies from a Regional University in Australia, you are at an advantage. You get an extra 5 points on your PR application.
- More job opportunities
The Australian Govt. is prioritizing the movement of migrants to the regional areas of Australia. The Govt. had introduced DAMA which gives employers in the regional areas more access to high-skilled foreign workers. Also, the Govt. is working to create more job opportunities in the regional areas. Regional cities like Hobart in Tasmania have an unemployment rate of just 6.4%. Perth is facing a severe workforce shortage as there has been a decline in the number of local apprentices.
- Higher minimum wages
There is a huge skill shortage in regional areas. Thus, employers in these areas pay higher minimum wage even for part-time jobs. For example, a Sales Representative in Adelaide may earn anything between $26 and $38 an hour, as per SIEC.
- Low cost of living
In comparison to the big cities, the cost of living is much lower in the regional areas. The rent of a one-bedroom apartment in Sydney is $2,400. Whereas, the rent in Adelaide is $1,700, $1,500 in Perth and just $1,200 in Hobart.
- Relaxed lifestyle with big city amenities
The regional cities have the same entertainment hubs and facilities like big cities. So you get the same amenities as are available in a big city but with a much more relaxed lifestyle.
- Peaceful academic atmosphere
Regional Universities have smaller classes and also have cosy campuses. Thus, they provide a great learning atmosphere for international students.
Below are some of the Regional Universities that you could apply to:
- Charles Darwin University
- Tasmania University
- University of Ballarat
- Central Queensland University
- Federation University Australia
- Southern Cross University
- James Cook University
- University of Adelaide
- University of Southern Queensland
- University of New England
- University of South Australia
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