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  • Founded in 1837, often referred as the “Gateway City”, Geelong is the 2nd largest city of Victoria.
  • The population of Geelong is approximately 268,277.

Living in Geelong as a student

  • Geelong is the transportation hub because of the port along with railways connecting Melbourne, Ballarat and the Western District.
  • Geelong is located within a well connectivity location easily connected with airport, railway and via road.
  • Geelong is a short drive away from beach-front regions like the Bellarine Peninsula, and the Great Ocean Road.
  • Melbourne is just an hour away from Geelong via road as the distance between both of the cities is only 46 miles. Direct trains run every hour from Geelong to Melbourne.
  • The city is among the largest urban centers of Australia offering tones of opportunities and an environment that helps in work balance.


The city has a temperate oceanic climate with four distinct seasons, with prevailing winds and moderate precipitation levels.

Summers tend to be warm, while winter is generally cool. The average temperature in Geelong is 14.3 degrees Celsius.


  • People of Geelong are fond of sports and leisure, and the second oldest football team of Australia was born in Geelong.
  • The vibrant city has a lot to offer including local culture, from public art scattered along the foreshore to historic buildings downtown.
  • Geelong has best sporting facilities, from pools, basketball courts, netball courts, and baseball & football courts to cricket stadiums.
  • It also hosts popular music festivals including the Queens cliff Music Festival, Meredith Music Festival, Offshore Festival, and the National Celtic Festival.
  • The Avalon Airfield hosts the Australian International Air show.
  • The Festival of Sails, the largest boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere is also held in Geelong during Australia Day weekend.


Geelong has two campuses of Deakin University, the Waurn ponds campus in west Geelong and the Waterfront campus in Corio Bay in the CBD.

Both of the campuses of Deakin University offer higher education qualifications from bachelor degrees, master degrees to PHD and Doctoral degrees.

The Gordon Institute of TAFE in Geelong provides students with the opportunity to graduate with an advanced diploma, certificate, apprenticeship or traineeship and offers a broad range of courses for international students to choose from.

TAFE also offers English language courses for international students who are looking to improve their English language skills prior to commencing their diploma or degree studies.

Higher Education Institutions


TAFE’s and Colleges

Why study in Geelong?

  • Campuses in Geelong provides a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds and offer a laid back and relaxed atmosphere for students, when compared to the vivid campus life in big cities like Melbourne.
  • The Waurn ponds campus of Deakin University offers on- campus accommodation facilities, where students from both campuses can apply to live on the Waurn ponds campus.
  • There is a Deakin College located in both the Waurn Ponds and Waterfront Campuses, which offers fast-track diploma courses that are equivalent to a first year bachelor degree at Deakin University.
  • Successful graduates of the Deakin College diploma courses can enrol straight away in the second year of a bachelor degree.


  • There are ample of internship options available for students studying in Geelong. The internships give students an opportunity for hands-on experience in their relevant field and can really boost their employability.
  • The duration of internship ranges from 20 days - 12 weeks and many more.

Popular commercial Sectors

  • Geelong has key industries such as Health, Education, Manufacturing and Processing, Retail and Community services.
  • Popular cultural venues in Geelong include the Geelong Performing Arts Centre and the Geelong Art Gallery.
  • The biggest employers in the Geelong region are Ford Motor Company, Target, and the Bartter (Steggles) chicken processing plant, Shell Oil Corporation, and Aircraft maintenance at Avalon Airport.

Work opportunities

  • According to the recent update Australian government, after completion of course post study work permits have been increased by one year in Geelong for international students pursuing Bachelor's and Master's Degree.
  • Students can work up to 40 hours a fortnight while completing their studies and an unlimited number of hours during their semester holidays.
  • Popular industries in Geelong for part time and casual work include retail, hospitality (chefs, cooks, kitchen hands, and wait staff), catering assistants, babysitters, tutors, pet sitters, market research, sales persons and more.

Major Attraction

  • Geelong has a lot of tourist attraction destinations such as the Bellarine Peninsula, the Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach, the Twelve Apostles and the Great Otway National Park.
  • Pakington Street in Geelong is the centre of its entertainment lifestyle and culture, with several boutique shopping centers, cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants.
  • The museum of motoring and industry with its spectacular collection of motor vehicles is an interesting place for avid lovers of motor vehicles.
  • The famous Geelong library has several literary gatherings, exhibitions and community events.
  • The Geelong Gallery and the Powerhouse Museum display some of the oldest and finest art in Geelong.