Natural world your teacher in Tasmania

UNIQUE: Tasmania has a cultural scene unlike anywhere on the mainland, but it's the natural world which embeds itself into the university experience that makes it special.
UNIQUE: Tasmania has a cultural scene unlike anywhere on the mainland, but it's the natural world which embeds itself into the university experience that makes it special.

Tasmania has long had a reputation as being a beautiful place to visit, with untouched and iconic nature found in abundance.

As the artistic and cultural scene flourishes, Tasmania has also become the perfect place to be a student.

The arrival of MONA in 2011 started an artistic and cultural revolution.

The island state has since become a hub for contemporary, boundary pushing festivals and created a cultural scene unlike anywhere on the mainland.

But it's the natural world which embeds itself into the university experience that makes it truly unique.

Gemma Rushton, a Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies student, moved interstate for the natural beauty that's found in Tasmania.

"I love Tasmania for its wild, rugged coastlines and impressive National Parks," she said.

"On weekends and holidays, there's hiking, diving, surfing, camping all around the state."

Economics Honours graduate Peter Legg agreed that the richness of the natural world made for an amazing university experience.

"What I loved about living and studying in Tasmania was the people that I got to meet and the natural beauty of the place," he said.

"Even though I lived there my entire life, I was always awestruck by the amazing views it had - the Derwent River or kunanyi/Mount Wellington looming overhead."

"Often I would go on bushwalks with family or friends to explore the natural landscape.

"I found it a great way to relax and to refresh my mind when pausing from studies."

What makes Tasmania truly special isn't just it's natural beauty, cultural revival or rich student life.

It's that it gives students the chance to think differently.

When applying to the University of Tasmania, you can apply directly through the website.

You don't need to change your preferences. You can just give yourself another option, one that's a little different from the rest.

So why not pop in an application? You only have the world to gain.

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