Victoria Universities

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In addition to universities in Melbourne, there are three more universities in Victoria which are bringing tertiary education to regional areas of this state.

They are Deakin, La Trobe and Federation.

They all offer both undergraduate and postgraduate studies, scholarships, online courses and cater to domestic and international students.

With tighter communities in regional areas, as well as more affordable living costs these tertiary institutions are excellent options for students.

Federation University

The Federation uni is the new name the University of Ballarat was given in 2014 when it merged with the Gippsland campus that previously belonged to Monash University.

It offers multiple study options: vocational (TAFE) and tertiary education with both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, in disciplines such as business, engineering, health, IT, sciences, arts.

It is an old learning institution, which draws its roots in the School of Mines, established in 1870 in Ballarat, the first of its kind in Australia. This was the third oldest tertiary institution in Australia, after the Sydney Uni (1850) and University of Melbourne (1853).

Federation has seven campuses:

  • three in Ballarat: Camp Street, SMB  (former School of Mines Ballarat),  Mt Helen; 
  • three more located north west of Ballarat, in Wimmera region: Ararat, Stawell, Horsham
  • and the Gippsland campus in Churchill

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Victoria Universities - Deakin

Established in 1974 to cater to students in Geelong, west of Melbourne, Deakin University has grown into a large tertiary education institution in regional Victoria. 

In the 1990s it extended its reach towards Warrnambool, on the Great Ocean Road and opened a campus in Melbourne too. 

The courses at Deakin University include architecture, arts, business and law, education, health, environment, science.

You can study for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, in a broad range of disciplines. For example, the Deakin Graduate School of Business offers MBA programs and a Doctor of Business Administration qualification.

Here's where you could study: Geelong campus at Waurn Ponds, which hosts the Deakin Medical School and the Technology Precinct; Geelong Waterfront campus, in Corio Bay; Melbourne campus in the suburb of Burwood, which is its biggest site; Warrnambool campus, on the Great Ocean Road and next to famous surf beaches. 

Deakin University prides itself with the largest number of Indigenous students among universities in Victoria.

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Victoria Universities - La Trobe

Established in 1964, La Trobe University offers a broad range of courses for undergraduate or postgraduate students.

The faculties of the university are: education, humanities and social sciences, science, technology and engineering, health sciences, law and management.

It has several campuses across regional Victoria in: Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton, Mildura and two campuses in Melbourne: one in the City, and the other in the suburb of Bundoora. 

Looking for short courses in regional Victoria? Then campuses in Albury-Wodonga and Mildura offer them, in addition to various degree programs.

La Trobe has agreements with local TAFE institutions in places such Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo or Melbourne to assist students who didn't go to uni right after school. For example if you continued to study at a post secondary school and gained other qualifications like diplomas, you can use them as credit points towards a university degree.

The university offers international undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various Asian countries: China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam. With courses in areas such as business, nursing, health management, these programs can help overseas students to further their studies at the La Trobe University in Australia.

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