Study Short Courses in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane at a glance

Brisbane is called a “new-world” city, it is a popular tourist destination, home to several ethnic communities and to over 50,000 international students. Brisbane is one of Australia’s most affordable places to study in, with universities having low tuition costs and offering quality accredited programmes, with over 9,000 courses offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Top universities in Brisbane are known for their progressive thinking and out-of-the-box teaching methods, ensuring a worthwhile study abroad experience. Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia, and was named after the Brisbane River on which it is located.

Studying

Studying in Brisbane

The start of the academic year in Brisbane, like in all Australia varies depending on the type of study you are undertaking and on the university. However, most institutions start in February and finish in December. Many institutions also offer a mid-year, or second semester start.

Within universities in Brisbane you can pursue diploma programmes, Bachelor’s degrees, Bachelor dual degree programmes, graduate certificates, Master’s degrees, PhDs (Doctorate), and other types of research diplomas.

Among the various and numerous subject areas, you can enrol in programmes like: wildlife science, journalism, biotechnology, environmental management, design, architecture, computer science, social science, business administration, health economics, or medicine.

As somewhat unique courses, you can specialise in: aviation and aviation management, photonics, personal injury management, screen production, autism studies or special needs education, forensic mental health, or Asia Pacific business management.

A lot of MBA programmes are available, including MBA weekend based programmes. If you would like to obtain an online (distance learning) degree, you have plenty to choose from, also having the option of regular campus visits (blended studies).

In all universities, students have access to a campus library with an extensive array of online databases so they can get the latest information in their chosen fields.

Career

Career opportunities in Brisbane

The major economic pillars In Brisbane are represented by information technology, financial services, higher education, public sector administration, petroleum refining, paper milling and metalworking. Tourism is also an important part of the Brisbane economy.

Companies with local headquarters include: Suncorp-Metway Limited, Flight Centre, Sunsuper, Orrcon, Credit Union Australia, Boeing Australia, Donut King, Wotif.com, WebCentral, PIPE Networks, Krome Studios, Mincom Limited, TechnologyOne, Thiess Pty Ltd., Virgin Australia.

As a student, you can find various internship opportunities in local companies, in any field you might be interested in.

Life

Brisbane city life

Brisbane has an exciting and vibrant city life, any visitor will be fascinated by the multitude of interesting places you can either visit or simply relax and have a good time.

Check out these museums and cultural sites:

  • The Old Windmill, in Wickham Park
  • The Parliament House and Old Government House
  • The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
  • The Brisbane Powerhouse and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
  • Maritime Museum
  • Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
  • Wheel of Brisbane – a ferris wheel

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) includes the Lyric Theatre, a Concert Hall, Cremorne Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre.

Brisbane organises and hosts many cultural events, like: the Ekka (the Royal Queensland Exhibition), the Riverfestival, The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) - held in July/August in a variety of venues around Brisbane, The Paniyiri festival at Musgrave Park - an annual Greek cultural festival held over two days in May. The annual Buddha Birth Day festival is considered to be the world's largest, attracting over 200,000 visitors each year. Recreation areas in Brisbane include the South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, the City Botanic Gardens, and more. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is one of the most famous in the world.

Among the cool things you can do is fly over Brisbane in a hot air balloon, walk with the ferry and explore Brisbane's Moreton Bay and Islands.

International atmosphere in Brisbane

Brisbane is a popular tourist destination but also home to large ethnic communities that settled here due to quality of life. Around 30% of the city’s population is born overseas, most foreigners that live in Brisbane come from United Kingdom, New Zealand and India. Other minorities include: Chinese, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Spanish people. Brisbane also has the highest population of Taiwanese Australian citizens of any city in Australia.

Brisbane draws many international people worldwide due to its fantastic business environment and the numerous trade events and festivals organised annually.

Weather Brisbane

Severe thunderstorms are common during spring and summer months in Brisbane, typically from November to March. The highest temperatures are recorded during the summer months – from December until February, with 29-30 °C (85-86 °F). Humidity is high during summer with night temperature rarely dropping below 20°C. Winter season (June – August) has high average temperatures of around 20 °C (71 °F).

Universities in Brisbane

Ranked among the top 100 universities in the world The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s most highly awarded learning and research institutions. With a student population of more than 48,800 students, one in every four students is an international student. This multicultural student population allows exposure to a range of cultures and networks.

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