Canberra is known as Australia’s cool little capital, and it’s not hard to see why. Canberrans love visiting the many cafes, bars and museums around the city, as well as exploring the pristine bushland that surrounds it. Canberra sits in the top 25 in the QS Best Student Cities rankings, with both the Australian National Unversity (ANU) and the University of Canberra (UC) popular destinations for international students. Here are six benefits of choosing Canberra as your study destination.
Study at Australia’s top university
The city of Canberra may be less well-known internationally than Sydney and Melbourne, but ANU is currently considered Australia’s top university. Ranked first in Australia and 24th in the world, it is a research-intensive university that specialises in social sciences, arts and humanities. ANU counts six Nobel Laureates among its staff and alumni, including current Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt who took out the prize in 2011 for physics. At ANU, you’ll study alongside the best of the best.
Immerse yourself in politics
Canberrans are totally obsessed with politics. Whether you’re interested in the environment, health, education or international relations, policy debates are always front and centre in Australia’s capital and you’ll find yourself sharing ideas with students from all over the world. Canberra is also home to nearly 80 embassies and high commissions, many of which offer internships or work experience to students interested in a career in diplomacy.
Balance your budget
Hoping to start your career in Australia? Canberra’s residents receive the highest average full-time income in Australia. The ACT economy is the strongest it has been since 2010 and is expected to continue growing, and the unemployment rate is the lowest in Australia. If you’re hoping to work while you study, jobs are available across industries like hospitality, construction, consulting and retail, and you’re likely to find work quickly in Canberra.
Keep it simple
Canberra has one of the largest free public WiFi networks in Australia, as well as an extensive network of bike paths all over the city that help Canberrans get where they’re going in the shortest commute time in Australia. Little things like these make your life in Canberra easy, meaning you can juggle work, study and a social life without a worry. It’s no wonder Canberra has the highest Quality of Life index rate in the world, according to Numbeo.
Get ahead of the game
The labour market is changing fast. That’s why the UC Faculty of Arts and Design offers flexible new degrees that evolve with the industry and respond to your needs as you learn. All degrees at UC also include Work Integrated Learning (WIL), where you’ll gain first-hand experience. These practical skills will give you a headstart on your career, and they also contribute to UC graduates gaining an 89% graduate employment rate and higher starting salaries than the top-performing universities in Australia.
Work smarter (and harder)
Have you ever been told you should surround yourself with people who are smarter than you? Well, Canberra is the perfect place to put that advice into practice. The city has more tertiary qualifications per capita than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere, with 12% of adults holding a postgraduate degree and more than 20% holding a bachelor’s degree. Canberra is also more technologically savvy than the rest of Australia, so you’re sure to learn from your fellow students, as well as your professors.