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About Tasmania

Tasmania, Australia’s island state, has a population of approximately 500 000 and is actually an archipelago of 300 smaller islands which sit 250km (150 miles) south of the Australian mainland.  While it is an island, accessibility is easy via 1-2 hour flights from Melbourne and Sydney, and a ferry service that operates out of Melbourne. Most visitors have found that it’s easier to get to Tasmania than to get across Melbourne and Sydney in rush hour traffic.

Climate – Tasmania shares the same latitude as Mediterranean cities Barcelona and Rome. The surrounding oceans give Tasmania a moderate climate without the scorching heat of many parts of Australia or the deep freeze winters that effect northern hemisphere countries at similar latitudes. Read more about Tasmania's climate here.

International Education

Educational destinations

There are four major cities on the island that offer educational opportunities for national and international students, Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.

Hobart the southern capital of Tasmania is one of Australia’s oldest cities and consequently boasts some of the oldest and most well renowned educational institutions in Australia.  Launceston, Devonport and Burnie are in Northern Tasmania and offer prospective students opportunities borne from studying in smaller, more supportive communities.

Because the cities are smaller and safe there is a culture to walk everywhere, however, there is also a great public transport systems that offer concessions for student travellers.

Education institutions

Tasmania benefits from having one university, The University of Tasmania and one vocational provider, TasTAFE, which deliver programs in almost 20 campuses to over 70 000 students across Tasmania. The University of Tasmania, TasTAFE, government and business share unique relationships that are not found in other parts of Australia which have multiple providers.

Because of these relationships students receive industry contact and on-the-job training experiences during their studies. This is a reason Tasmania has graduate salaries and employment outcomes well above the Australian average.

Student Visas

In order to complete most courses, students will require a student visa (Subclass 500). This visa will enable international students in Tasmania to:

  • stay in Australia for the duration of your course
  • enter and exit Australia multiple times
  • work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled breaks
  • be accompanied by an eligible family members (conditions apply).

We recommend visiting the Department of Home Affairs website for further information on the wide range of Visa options.

Graduate visa options

In recognition of the significant contribution migrants make to Tasmania’s economy and cultural diversity, the state government actively pursues graduates who have the skills that Tasmania needs.

As a Tasmanian Graduate who intends to live and work in Tasmania, you may be eligible for state-nomination (Visa Subclass 190 and 489) in Tasmania’s business and skilled migration program.

The Migration Tasmania website has all the information you need if you are interested in living and working in Tasmania upon completion of studies.