Education - Choose Brisbane




Brisbane is home to three world-class universities, each recognised for the quality of its graduates and research and development initiatives.

Griffith University is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions – the first to offer degrees in Asian studies and environmental studies.

Today the university offers more than 300 degrees across five campuses and is home to more than 43,000 students from 131 countries. Internationally recognised for its strengths in teaching and research, Griffith has formed links with many prestigious organisations including the United Nations and World Bank, and corporations like AstraZeneca and Pfizer.

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a top Australian university with global connections and a reputation for quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses. With more than 45,000 students (including 6000 from overseas), QUT courses are in high demand and span a wide range of studies and applied research areas specifically suited to the needs of industry and the community.

The University of Queensland (UQ) is the oldest university in Queensland. UQ is a founding member of the national Group of Eight, a leading group of Australian universities that conducts a significant portion of all university research in Australia, as well as one of only three Australian universities to be a member of the global Universitas 21, an alliance allowing UQ to offer students unique opportunities to participate in student exchanges and events throughout the world. Placed among the top 100 universities in the world, UQ graduates have become leaders in all areas of society and industry, and the university is considered to be a pacesetter in discovery and translational research.

Australia is a multi-campus progressive Australian university and is committed to providing international students with the opportunity to embark on a rewarding and exciting learning journey in preparation for a future career. The university’s personalised learning support, collaborative partnerships and excellent staff provide pathways for people – anywhere, with different learning styles – to achieve, thrive and succeed.

There are also several other universities operating in niche fields in and around Brisbane, including:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • CQUniversity
  • Qantm College
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of the Sunshine Coast

TAFE network

The Technical and Further Education (TAFE) network in Queensland trains more than 240,000 people annually in trades and technical skills including engineering, electrics, plumbing, information technology and hospitality.

Primary and secondary education

Queensland has compulsory schooling for children aged six to 16.

Brisbane has a network of both public and private primary and secondary schools, offering one to two years of preparatory schooling with 12 years of formal schooling.

Many schools have English language programs for international students to support and assist them with their studies.