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the Yarra River with Melbourne cityscape in the background, including the famous Eureka tower. Melbourne welcomes international students and provides memorable study experiences. More than 400,000 international students from over 200 countries study in Australia every year.  Consistently voted the world's most liveable city*, Melbourne offers a high standard of:

  • living
  • education
  • health care
  • public transport
  • infrastructure
  • safety
  • culture.

We are one of the world's most culturally diverse cities, so you will immediately feel at home. In Victoria, 45 per cent of people were born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. In Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, you will hear people speak more than 150 languages. 

Australians love travelling, especially to Asia because it is so close. You will find many people here who know and love your home country.

Melbourne culture

People are vibrant, social and sporty. We value equality, respect, freedom of speech and religion.

The city is modern and multicultural. International students come here for our universities, museums, food, architecture, sport and theatres. Melbourne is safe, well designed and easy to get around.

In your spare time, there are parks, zoos, gardens, galleries and restaurants to explore. From Melbourne you can visit beaches, ski on snowy mountains, bushwalk in national parks and relax in natural springs.

Find out more about studying in Australia and life in Melbourne

Arts and entertainment

One of Federation Squares architecturally designed building all lit up at night with the Arts Centre spire in the background. The city hosts international cultural events and festivals each year, including the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Federation Square, in the heart of Melbourne, holds free events that celebrate our multicultural city.

At night, the streets and laneways light up with theatres, night markets, restaurants and concerts.

Sport

Melbourne is home to many international sporting events.

In winter, people like to watch the Australian Football League (AFL) – pick a team and join in!

Cafes and restaurants

Monash College students, two females and male, sitting at a café in Melbourne on a sunny day with a laptop and coffee.

Melbourne is famous for its coffee and love of food. The city has a lively and unique laneway culture with many restaurants hidden away. You can also visit night markets for global street food, fashion and live music.

Shopping

Melbourne has it all – large department stores, local and international designer shops, boutiques, outlet malls, and busy markets.

*Economist Intelligence Unit 2011–2014