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ANU is one of the world’s most highly-respected universities. It is ranked number one in Australia and 29 in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2020.

Established in 1946 by the Australian Government, ANU leads Australia’s intellectual development through its powerhouse research. Today, ANU graduates are playing important roles in society as politicians, business leaders, artists, scientists and policy advisors.

The University offers a unique, research-driven environment where bright, ambitious students excel using world-class facilities, including the country’s most powerful computer, laboratories and lecture theatres equipped with the latest technology and three main libraries housing over two million traditional and two million electronic volumes.


ANU sits on a beautiful 145-hectare campus just ten minutes’ walk from the heart of Canberra. Canberra is the political and administrative centre of Australia and is a small, vibrant city nestled among some of the country’s most beautiful natural environments. 

A 30-minute flight from Sydney, and with a population of around 420,000, Canberra has very little pollution, the lowest crime rate in mainland Australia and the highest employment rate in the country, providing a perfect environment for students to relax, focus on their studies and enjoy university life. Canberra is also home to important national institutions including the National Library, National Gallery, National Museum and National Archives, and never ceases to delight and entertain its visitors.

Research links

ANU is a member of the IARU, the International Alliance of Research Universities, which gives students and staff opportunities for exchange and collaboration and contributes to ANU’s rich intellectual climate.

IARU is an international alliance of the world’s ten leading research universities including ANU; the National University of Singapore; Peking University; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Cambridge; the University of Copenhagen; the University of Oxford; ETH Zürich; the University of Tokyo; and Yale University.

The IARU unites universities that share a similar commitment and vision to educating future leaders, and is fostering internships, conferences, exchange, and the development of joint degrees.

ANU has also forged close links with government, business and research institutions in Australia and abroad, and is involved in projects with organisations ranging from NASA to the European Union.


ANU guarantees accommodation to all new undergraduate students from outside the Canberra region. ANU residences also cater for graduate students. Some 6,000 students live on campus, over 20% of the student population.

ANU has 12 undergraduate residences. These are fully-catered, self-catered or apartment style, all with laundry facilities, outdoor spaces and study rooms.

The community of international students who live on campus form close bonds with their peers. When they graduate, they become part of a global, growing alumni network which provides support and opportunities for career growth.

Student support

ANU has a dynamic academic and social life. Support services include an award-winning Academic Skills and Learning Centre; Careers Centre; childcare; a counselling centre; Disability Support Centre; health services; an International Office; the Postgraduate and Research Students’ Association and the Student Information and Guidance Network (SIGN) mentoring programme.


ANU offers a range of programmes through its seven colleges: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences; ANU College of Asia and the Pacific; ANU College of Business and Economics; ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science; ANU College of Law; ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. 

ANU College of Business and Economics

  • Internationally respected research and education in accounting, actuarial studies and statistics, business and management, business information systems, economics and finance.

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Interdisciplinary systems approach; internships; industry projects and research projects embedded in all degrees.
  • Excellent employment prospects worldwide with organisations including Google, IBM, Microsoft, ABB, Lockheed Martin, Thales, and the Australian Government. 

ANU College of Science

  • Australia’s largest university-based scientific research activity, involving hundreds of scientists and national research facilities.
  • A$400 million revitalised Science Precinct with teaching spaces, state-of-the-art research labs and equipment, plus dedicated science libraries.
  • Four Nobel Laureates, including Professor Brian Schmidt, 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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