Home to around 20,000 student population, Hobart, Australia is a great place to study abroad. Local higher educational institutions have a global reputation in excellent teaching and innovative research activities. The multicultural and friendly environment will help you feel like home and you will love the unique mix of the seaside and the thriving urban life. Hobart is the capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. Hobart is located on the estuary of the Derwent River, making it the most southern of Australia's capital cities.
Hobart has a local growing economy, with trade (as the city is a busy seaport), manufacturing, tourism, wine industry, retail and telecommunications as the main economic pillars. Hobart is also home to Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific institutions.
Major companies in Hobart include: Nyrstar, Cascade Brewery and Cadbury's Chocolate Factory, Norske Skog, Michael Hill, Qantas, Vodafone, Woolworths, Pearson.
Students will find plenty of internship opportunities available in local companies that will help them for the future career prospects.
Hobart is a beautiful city with a unique charm, and a well-preserved historic architecture, dating from the Georgian and Victorian eras, giving the city an "Old World" atmosphere.
The main attractions in Hobart are:
When you want to hear classical music or see a play, you can go to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, or the Theatre Royal.
Hobart hosts many festivals, the most well-known are the arts festival MONA FOMA, the Hobart Fringe Festival, Hobart Summer Festival, Southern Roots Festival. Hobart also organises many sport events, like Targa Tasmania rally car event, which is held annually in April. You can also watch matches of the local cricket, football, rugby and basketball teams.
Popular restaurant spots include Elizabeth Street in North Hobart, and Salamanca Place near the waterfront. In terms of nightlife, you can choose between many pubs, bars and clubs and enjoy a fun night out.
You should not miss trips to Mount Wellington, offering splendid views of the city.
Hobart counts many tourists and international student population, but is also home to a few ethnic communities. Almost 20% of Hobart's residents are born overseas, mostly the United Kingdom, New Zealand and China.
Multinational companies have set local offices here due to easy accessibility (great infrastructure and public transportation system) and skilled work force.
Hobart is a cloudy city, having the second fewest daily average hours of sunshine in Australia, after Melbourne, with 6 hours per day. However, during the summer, the city has the most hours of daylight of any Australian city, with 15 hours on the summer solstice. Hobart rarely receives snow during the winter, but the adjacent Mount Wellington is often seen with a snow cap, during the other seasons as well. The average high temperatures in January are 21 °C (71 °F) and in July, temperature goes down to 11 °C (53 °F).
The University of Tasmania is classed within the top two per cent of Universities worldwide and has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching. In 2015 alone, six University of Tasmania academics were given citations in the prestigious Australian Awards for University Teaching – the highest number for any Australian university.