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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
24 | australia the education destination australian state profiles victoria victoria is a state of diversity With sophisticated cities and beautiful countryside; a great place for international students, says elizabeth roberts-Wright. VICTORIA IS an ideal state for international students to live, study and work. It’s a state of diversity with sophisticated cities and towns, mountain regions, farmlands and vineyards, rivers and spectacular coastlines. Multicultural Melbourne Melbourne is a vibrant, multicultural city with residents from more than 230 nations. The city is a commercial, cultural and recreational hub with a population of over three million people, 30% of whom were born overseas. Melbourne has been voted as the world’s most liveable city. It is regarded as one of the world’s most harmonious and ethnically diverse communities. During summer, temperatures can reach an average of 30° C, but for winter the maximum is about 15° C. Whether you prefer the hot or cold climate, you will enjoy Melbourne. There are many beaches in and around the city while just a few hours’ drive is the Victorian high country and ski fields. Melbourne is on the Yarra River and surrounded by Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne has something for everyone. You can do water sports at the many beaches including St Kilda and Brighton or enjoy the shopping capital of Australia. There are many cultural museums and galleries to visit and big international acts of music, stage and screen perform in theatres and stadiums throughout the city. Sport events feature highly, and spectators and competitors from around the world are attracted to the city. Nature lovers have much to see too. International visitors can experience some of Australia’s native animals and lush surrounds at the Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and the aquarium. To experience some of the best multicultural food, try out Melbourne’s markets. You can also eat at the many cafes, restaurants and bars with many different cuisines. World-class education You’ll find prestigious education institutions in the capital, Melbourne, in the cities of Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo, and in many other smaller cities across the state. Students from all over the world come to study in Victoria. More than 160,000 international students are enrolled in the state, with the largest numbers from India, China, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan and Singapore. victoria
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011