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About Tasmania

A Tasmanian lifestyle, just like our education, is focussed on quality. We breathe some of the world’s cleanest air, drink some of its purest water and eat and drink food and beverage of exceptional quality. Our cities and towns are historically rich and yet modern and vibrant with trendy cafés, sensational seasonal festivals and internationally renowned museums and galleries.

Our lifestyle is influenced by the beautiful nature of the island: Tasmania has more than 1000 mountain peaks to climb, stunning beaches to visit and ancient rainforests to discover. Many international students enjoy the world’s best mountain bike courses, kayaking and canoeing, hiking, surfing or simply travelling the island during their studies.

Tasmania is booming, with Australia’s fastest growing economy, population, tourism, international education, and construction industry. Due to this growth, Tasmania presents employment opportunities,  and a pathway to settlement post studies through national and international migration.

Tasmania, Australia’s island state, has a population of approximately 540 000 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. Explore more about Tasmania here.

Welcome - this page is a guide to help you understand the educational opportunities available to your students.

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 capital of Tasmania, is one of Australia’s oldest cities and so boasts of 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 coming from studying in smaller, more supportive communities.

Because the cities are smaller and safer, there is a culture to walk to most places, however, there is also a great public transport system that offers concessions for student travellers.

Education institutions

Tasmania benefits from having one university, the University of Tasmania, TasTAFE (a public vocational provider), many private registered training organisations, and public and independent schools.

The State Government and businesses share good relationships with providers. Because of these relationships, students receive industry contacts and on-the-job training experiences during their studies. For more information about Tasmania’s institutions, visit our study pages.

Student Visas

To complete most courses, students will require a student visa (Subclass 500). This visa will allow 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 member (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, students may be eligible for state nomination (Visa Subclass 190 and 491) in Tasmania’s 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.