5 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Study in Northern Territory

    By Ken Teo at Ausinet – 31 July 2020 – Australian Institute of Electrotechnology

Northern Territory (NT) might be the smallest Australian state or territory in terms of population, but there are plenty of reasons why it is one of the top destinations for international students. In this blog, we will cover why you should study in NT and the opportunities available here for you to explore and enjoy.

A community that welcomes people from all over the world​

Darwin, the capital of NT is a multicultural city with a strong indigenous population and one-third of its residents born overseas, make it a welcoming and diverse option for international students. There are dozens of groups and organisations you can connect with, which come together for the Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree in May to celebrate the cultural richness of the NT. The student homestay program through the Australian Homestay Network can also connect you with a host family who will give you a warm welcome to Australia, teach you about local customs and assist you in settling in as you start your studies in Darwin.

Northern Territory

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Darwin city is beautiful, warm and close to nature​

The NT is home to some amazing wildlife and has lots of cool places to swim and cool off. For instance in Darwin, you can come face-to-face with a crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove and see wildlife at the Wave Lagoon on Darwin Waterfront and Howard Springs Reserve where turtles, wallabies, and birds congregate near the pools. Other interesting activities include the Deckchair Cinema which offers outdoor movies between May and October, the Greek Glenti Festival in June, and the weekly markets at Nightcliff, Mindil Beach and Parap in the dry season.

Darwin City
Litchfield National Park

Smaller class sizes

Smaller class sizes allow you to concentrate on your studies and start up your career in a positive way. You will be likely to receive way more attention, mentoring and engagement from your lecturers, tutors and mentors. Smaller class sizes also enable you to build a support network of friends and a job network that could be helpful post studies. This can ensure greater success in your later job career. You will benefit from close contact with people in the industry who will help you with your career ambitions.

Lecturer Hall

State Nomination For Skilled Migrants​

As of today, if you study in the NT for a minimum of 2 years and complete at least a Diploma program, you will be able to claim 5 extra points in the Points Test, if the visa you are applying for is points tested. The NT Government may be interested in nominating you to support your visa application under one of the nominated general skilled migration visa subclasses if you have a skilled occupation in high demand in the state.

For more information regarding NT state nomination, please refer to the link below:

Darwin is home to prosperous indigenous culture​

Aboriginal people have a rich and vivid cultural history in Australia going back more than 50,000 years. You can see artists at work in one of the city Aboriginal art galleries, such as the Readback Book Exchange and Aboriginal Art Gallery in the CBD. To learn about indigenous culture in a different light, you may take a tour led by an indigenous guide and study about the Larrakia people’s Dreamtime stories. By learning about other cultures, we will eventually grow our understanding of ourselves and be enriched by another way of thinking about the world.

Indigineous People
Indigenous People


When you study in Darwin, you will be living in a place completely different from the rest of Australia. It is unadulterated and as genuine as an Aussie experience you can get. Furthermore, it is filled with limitless opportunities. From breathtaking natural surroundings to a friendly community and learning experience, there is no reason not to study in the NT.

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Last reviewed date: 31/07/2020

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