What is Regional Area Study, and How Can it Help You On The PR Pathway?

If you are an international student studying in Australia with a goal to settle in the country after completing your studies, you should know about Regional Area Study. The Australian government encourages international students to study in designated “Regional Areas” of the country. International students can live and study in these areas for two years to gain additional five points on their immigration points test for certain point-based visas. It makes acquiring PR relatively easier for international students.

Top Courses and Universities in Regional Areas

Here we cover some of the top courses and universities in three major regional areas:

Bendigo VIC

La Trobe University VIC,

ACU in Ballarat VIC

This prestigious university has regional campuses in Bendigo, Shepparton, Albury-Wodonga and Mildura. La Trobe offers various scholarships to international students from cash grants through to tuition fee reductions. Under the Destination Australia initiative, eligible students can get up to $15,000 per annum for up to four years.

Ballarat VIC

ACU in Ballarat VIC,

ACU in Ballarat VIC

Australian Catholic University is also one of the best universities in the country, with naturally-inspired campus life and a broad range of facilities and services for students. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate, research, and other courses designed to provide both practical and classroom experience to the students.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

University of Canberra in ACT


University of Canberra in ACT is known for its well-designed smaller courses and personalised support to the students. Students can easily manage their work and studies with the university’s flexible learning options. It offers diverse study areas and a promising future.


Edith Cowan University


Edith Cowan University in Perth is a top-rated university in Western Australia. With its world-class research facilities and diverse graduate and undergraduate programs, the university offers an excellent overall learning experience.

Murdoch University

Murdoch University

Murdoch University offers graduation courses designed with a perfect combination of cutting edge theory and practical skills. It offers more than 250 courses in various categories.

Curtin University

Curtin University

Curtin University offers 5-star programs and is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the international education sphere. This university exceeds its reputation when it comes to research about developing technologies. International students can benefit from various scholarships that are on offer for eligible students.

Darwin NT

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is one of the most prestigious universities in the Northern Territory. It offers a wide range of courses including, accounting, arts, business, communications, performing arts, social work, languages, legal studies, and many more.


James Cook University (JCU)

James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is the second oldest university in Queensland that offers various growth-oriented courses to the students. The courses offered by the university cover broad study areas, including allied health and pharmacy, society and culture, tourism, sports and exercise science, business law and finance, marine science, medicine and dentistry, and many more.

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)


University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a medium-sized regional university offering courses in law, health, engineering, the sciences, business, education, and the arts with flexible studying options.

CQ University (CQU)

CQ University

CQ University (CQU) is well known for its scholarships that enable students to reach their full potential in the chosen field of study.


The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle with its various internationally recognised degree programs in New South Wales is highly popular among graduate, undergraduate and postgraduate courses for excellent career opportunities.

The University of New England in NSW

University of New England

The University of New England in NSW offers various courses in areas like health, IT and data science, social sciences, education and teaching, law and criminology, psychology and mental health, arts, and many others. All these courses are designed to help students cope with the rapidly changing workplace and work environment.

The University of Wollongong in NSW

The University of Wollongong in NSW

The University of Wollongong in NSW offers a wide range of courses in accounting, finance, and economics, creative and performing arts, education, engineering, health, law, medical science, nursing, and several others. The courses are designed to equip students to meet the needs of the changing world.


University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania offers several scholarships in its program and most of these are applicable to international students. The TIS (Tasmanian International Scholarship) program is applicable to every international student that enrols for a course at UTAS.

The Designated Regional Areas by the Australian Government:

Migrants who migrate to regional areas receive incentives based on the specific area of choice. This information can be found in detail on government websites. There are many benefits, some of them include:

  • Getting priority in processing of regional visas
  • Getting access to the Regional Occupant list, which has better employment opportunities than non-regional lists
  • Acquiring five additional points towards the PR pathway
  • If you are an international student with a bachelor or higher degree from a regional campus of a registered institution, you are eligible for one to two years of additional visa in certain cases in the country on a post-study work visa.

‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’, also offers the benefits of prioritising regional visas and the Regional Occupant list. In addition, international students with bachelor or higher qualifications from a regional campus of a registered institution get an additional up to two years on a post-study work visa.

Get Proper Guidance on Regional Area Study and Other Scholarships from the Experts:

When it comes to guiding students towards their ideal careers, PFEC Global is the best place to start. We are a leading educational and migration consultancy firm with over a decade of industry experience. We have partnered with several prestigious educational institutions across Australia.

Kindly contact us today to get more information regarding regional area study or other scholarships programs available for international students.




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