Earning Your Degree in Brisbane, Australia

Earning your degree in Brisbane may be the perfect opportunity for you to explore a multicultural and diverse city with a growing economy – all while pursuing your educational and career goals! There are several internationally recognized universities located throughout the city. That may mean you may have a wide variety of programs to choose from, such as engineering, geological sciences, and accounting, that could prepare you for a number of different careers. Plus, Brisbane has a growing economy and vibrant culture, which may give you plenty of opportunities to explore your studies outside the classroom as well!

To top it all off, Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, otherwise known as the Sunshine State, and has a subtropical climate with average highs around 78 in both the spring and the fall. Most of the architecture and design of the city takes advantage of this climate – and you could too! These outdoor spaces, such as parks and a manmade beach, may provide you with plenty of activities to enjoy between classes.

So, continue reading to learn all about earning your degree in Brisbane and how you can enjoy the sunshine while pursuing your degree. Then, click on any of the sponsored listings on this page to learn more about individual programs!

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Earn Your Degree in Brisbane

There are many potential benefits to earning your degree in Brisbane, but one important one not to be overlooked is the fact that most Australians speak English. This means you may not need to learn a new language to completely understand your professors and classmates. This might make it easier to adjust to your new home and continue to pursue your studies without missing a beat.

Plus, a number of world-renowned universities call Brisbane home and roughly 21% of city’s college students come from abroad. Just like you!i To accommodate all of these students, Brisbane hosts an International Students Festival, which draws over 8,000 people each year.ii This may give you the perfect opportunity to explore all the city has to offer. And there certainly is plenty!

Brisbane is a multicultural city, with roughly 28% of the population born overseas, many from the United Kingdom and New Zealand, as well as India and South Africa. This provides the city with a great diversity of food, art, and entertainment for you to enjoy.  Restaurants may be found that serve a combination of French and Vietnamese dishes, and live music ranging from Jazz and Blues to Contemporary Pop, all the way to the music of the Indigenous people, might be heard in the streets. You could earn about many cultures while earning your degree in Brisbane – all without having to travel far from campus!

What are the Most Popular Degree Programs in Brisbane?

Some of the most common degree offerings in Brisbane may be engineering, accounting, nursing, and geological sciences.iii These industries continue to experience growth in Brisbane because of the increasing population and strong economy, which may provide a number of opportunities to further explore each field. Read on to learn more about each subject and why Brisbane might be the perfect place to pursue your degree.

Engineering Degree Programs in Brisbane

In 2013, all three of the top universities in Brisbane listed engineering as the most popular course offering for students. That’s because engineers are in high demand in the city, as Brisbane has a long-term and progressive economic environment.iv This environment has led, and many believe will continue to lead, to a growing population and the need for more engineering projects to accommodate all of its citizens.v These could include bringing together the public and private sectors for residential, commercial, industrial, and other infrastructure projects. And during or after your studies, you might be able to play a role!

Plus, Brisbane has a number of historic buildings located throughout the city, such as the Brisbane City Hall and the Breakfast Creek Hotel, one of the most famous watering holes in Australia. These buildings may provide you with real world examples to visit and further opportunities to learn about engineering both inside and out of the classroom.

Accounting Degree Programs in Brisbane

As the economy continues to grow, and is expected to continue doing so for the foreseeable future, accounting has become another popular degree in Brisbane. That’s because the Australian Government expects the number of accountants to increase at a higher than average rate for the five years from 2014 to 2019. Brisbane continues to move from a mining and construction economy to a services-based one and there may be more opportunities for accountants than ever.vi

You may be able to pursue an internship or a career in accounting, without having to look much further than your neighborhood! Plus there could be plenty of professionals to connect with and learn from. While pursuing your accounting degree in Brisbane, you may learn financial management, taxation, and contemporary issues. Sound interesting to you? Browse the listings below for more program details, or create a more focused list by selecting accounting under “specialty” on the menu bar.

Nursing Degree Programs in Brisbane

Looking to help others? While pursuing a nursing degree in Brisbane you may take courses such as cardiovascular health and injury prevention, and find plenty of opportunities to put those lessons into practice. Most programs require that you perform four weeks of clinical practice before your final year. Luckily, one of the largest hospitals in Brisbane, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, is a state-of-the-art teaching hospital! It admitted more than 100,000 patients in 2015.

Plus, with the continued growth to Brisbane’s population, there has been a growing need for more healthcare jobs. In fact, the healthcare and social assistance sector already is the largest employer in the state of Queensland. The number of registered nurses is expected to grow nearly 20% from 2015 to 2020vii. With the amount of healthcare and hospitals in the area, and a growing population, there might be many ways you could get firsthand experience and pursue your nursing career upon graduation.

Geological Science Degree Programs in Brisbane

Geology is the study of interacting systems of the solid Earth and atmosphere. And in Australia, there’s plenty of land to explore and study, making geology one of the most popular degrees in Brisbane.viii You may be able to focus in a number of different aspects of geology, such as energy resources, marine geology, or landscape evolution, and then take your lessons outside by visiting some of the many natural wonders around Brisbane. Moreton Island, a National Park, is a sand island right offshore and home to Mt. Tempest, a 935 foot mountain. Or you could visit Harper’s Rock, a cluster of red sand rocks and former set for Star Wars. These may provide a perfect way to see the very concepts you are studying firsthand. If that sounds like a great way to earn your degree in Brisbane, browse through the sponsored listings on this page to find a perfect program for you!

These are just a few of the many degrees you could earn in Brisbane. Programs may also be available in the arts, sciences and more. Browse the directory below to see other potential options or contact programs directly to learn more.

Cool Things to Do in Brisbane

If you decide to pursue your degree in Brisbane, there could be many sights, sounds, and experiences to distract you from your studies. Why not take advantage of everything Brisbane has to offer? After all, Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland, also known as the Sunshine State. And the nickname couldn’t be more accurate, as Brisbane has 283 days of sunshine per year.  

To soak up all that sunshine, Brisbane has a number of bars and restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating, parks and gardens, and even a manmade beach. Plus, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are less than two hours away by car. That means two of the best beaches in the entire world are practically in your backyard while you pursue your degree in Brisbane! But there are a number of other great tourist attractions you should definitely check out.

Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Brisbane

  1. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  2. Story Bridge Adventure Climb
  3. Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
  4. Queen Street Mall
  5. Museum of Brisbane

These are just a few of the fun ways to spend your time outside class. Contact programs below to see if they have planned excursions. Or you could ask your future Australian classmates what their favorite things are!

Take the Next Step to Earn Your Degree in Brisbane!

Are you interested in taking advantage of the great climate, diverse population, and growing economy by earning your degree in Brisbane? Well now may be a perfect time! Click on any of the sponsored listings on this page to learn more about individual programs. Then, contact the programs directly to find the perfect program for you!


Sources: [i] topuniversities.com/university-rankings-articles/qs-best-student-cities/brisbane | [ii] studyinaustralia.gov.au/explore-australia/qld/brisbane | [iii] brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queenslands-most-sought-after-skills-20130503-2iyfa.html | [iv] choosebrisbane.com.au/corporate/about-brisbane/economy?sc_lang=en-au | [v] brisbane.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/Brisbane_Long_Term_Infrastructure_Plan-full.pdf | [vi] joboutlook.gov.au/occupation.aspx?search=industry&tab=prospects&cluster=&code=2211 | [vii] joboutlook.gov.au/occupation.aspx?search=&tab=stats&cluster=&code=2544 | [viii] brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/engineering-campus-popularity-20130117-2cwfp.html

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