University of Tasmania

Campuses: 
Hobart and Launceston
Location: 
Established: 
1890
Student Population: 
47,000
CRICOS: 
00586B
  • The Centenary Building at the Sandy Bay campus. Photo credit: University of TasmaniaThe Centenary Building at the Sandy Bay campus. Photo credit: University of Tasmania
  • Students relax and enjoy a drink.Students relax and enjoy a drink.
  • View of the Hobart harbour.View of the Hobart harbour.
  • Business students at the University.Business students at the University.
  • Salamanca Market is the place to be every Saturday in Hobart.Salamanca Market is the place to be every Saturday in Hobart.

Tasmania is Australia’s only island state and its most southern state. It is famous for its pure air, clear skies, and stunning natural beauty.

Tasmania has many species found nowhere else on Earth and more than 40 per cent of the state is protected in national parks and reserves, including World Heritage-listed wilderness.

Tasmania is roughly the size of Ireland or Sri Lanka, but with a population of just over half a million people. It is separated from mainland Australia by the Bass Strait and is only an-hour flight from Melbourne. You’ll love living and learning in our beautiful state.

If you want a unique lifestyle experience, Tasmania is the place to be. Imagine a vibrant student lifestyle with cafes, restaurants and bars, a calendar jammed with music and arts festivals, historic cityscapes on the water, magical auroras, soaring snow-capped peaks, high-adrenalin adventure sports, World Heritage wilderness, sparkling beaches, and great shopping. Not to mention amazing animals found only in Tasmania!

With a roll call like this it’s not hard to understand why Tasmania was listed in Lonely Planet’s Top Five Must Visit Destinations in 2015. Tasmania provides a traditional Australian culture in a stunning and fun-packed location.

Why study at the University of Tasmania?

  • Scholarships are available for international students
  • The University of Tasmania is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide 
  • Ranked fourth in the world for marine and freshwater biology Global research partners and collaborators
  • Ranked seventh in the world for fisheries and aquaculture
  • The law faculty is ranked in the top 100 in the world* 
  • Industry connections provide access to practical experiences and networking
  • Ranked 39 in the world for agricultural science**
  • Ranked 18 in the world for climate action***
  • Australia’s fourth oldest university
  • Tasmania was voted one of the top five islands of the world by Travel + Leisure magazine
  • Over 140 vibrant societies and clubs are available to students

*THE World University Rankings 2019 

**Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) 2018

***Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2018

The campus and student life

The University of Tasmania’s main campus in Hobart is located in the suburb of Sandy Bay. Set on 100 sloping hectares, it has panoramic river and city views and is close to shops, transport, and entertainment. It is only a short walk from campus to Hobart’s CBD and a quick drive to the airport. Many of the University’s colleges are based at the Sandy Bay campus and share close links with our city-based satellite campuses including the Conservatorium of Music, the School of Creative Arts and Media, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) on Hobart’s waterfront, the multi-million dollar Medical Science Precinct, and the Domain.

The University of Tasmania’s Newnham campus is a spacious, 50-hectare campus that overlooks the Tamar River. The Newnham campus is located a short drive or bike ride from Launceston’s city centre. It is serviced by regular public transport and is close to local shopping centres. The Newnham campus is home to the Australian Maritime College, Australia’s national centre for maritime education and training, which is renowned for its world-class teaching and research facilities. The campus also features the Human Interface Technology Lab (HITLab AU), the only facility of its kind in Australia. This teaching and research facility builds advanced human-computer interface technology that unlocks the power of human intelligence, improves quality of life and links minds globally.

Scholarships for international students

Students may be eligible for undergraduate, masters and doctoral scholarships from the University of Tasmania. For more information, please read this page.

Accommodation

The University provides on-campus and off-campus catered and non-catered student accommodation in Hobart and Launceston through Accommodation Services. There is a variety of on-campus and off-campus housing options to choose from. Most consist of single rooms with shared facilities, but we also have six-bedroom apartments and a limited number of one and two-bedroom flats. In 2018, weekly charges ranged from AU$159 – AU$222 for on-campus accommodation and were around A$270 for off-campus accommodation. For more information contact your Study Options student advisor.

Academic excellence

The University of Tasmania was founded in 1890 and is one of Australia’s Sandstone Universities. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programmes in a range of disciplines, and has links with 20 specialist research institutes, cooperative research centres and faculty-based research centres; many of which are regarded as national and international leaders in their fields. The University’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies has contributed strongly to the University’s multiple 5 rating scores (well above world standard) for excellence in research, awarded by the Australian Research Council. The University also delivers bachelors, masters and PhDs at the Australian Maritime College, the national centre for maritime education, training and research.

The University is recognised for its commitment to excellence in learning and teaching. It was ranked one of the top 10 research universities in Australia and in the top two per cent of universities worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. UTAS is also among Australia’s top universities for social equity and student-to-teacher ratio, according to the Good Universities Guide 2019.

Studies at University of Tasmania

The University offers over 100 undergraduate and postgraduate courses which are informed by the latest research and taught by world-renowned academics. For a full list of courses please contact Study Options for a prospectus.

Field trip units

Take your learning outdoors with field trip units at the University of Tasmania

  • Earth, Climate And Life at Mt Wellington (Hobart) and Mt Barrow (Launceston). You will learn about Tasmanian flora, fauna, and landscapes.
  • Geographies of Island Places on Bruny Island. A three-day field trip to Bruny Island provides crucial training in field techniques in human geography.
  • Landscape Evolution and Geoheritage Conservation in Launceston. The three-day field excursion will be located in the north of Tasmania. Campsite accommodation will be provided on private land.
  • Animal Production Systems. Excursion to a commercial sheep, beef, dairy, or mixed farm to enable students to interact with well-established livestock farmers in Tasmania.
  • Field Botany in Mt Field and Southwest National Parks. The first five days of the unit are based in spectacular National Parks. You will experience the major natural vegetation communities in Tasmania and the key processes shaping them.
  • Wilderness and Natural Environment in Launceston. Through field trips, students will explore methods of articulating the concept of wilderness and build narratives of sites that respond to histories, encounters, and traces.
  • Plants of Tasmania at Mt Wellington (Hobart). A comprehensive introduction to the diversity of plants in Tasmania.
  • Marine Ecology on Maria Island. Field trip over the Easter break to complete a high level research project.
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