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Australian National University is one of the world’s most highly-respected universities. It is currently ranked number one in Australia and 29 in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2020. The University also ranks among the world’s best in the 2019 World University Rankings published by Times Higher Education.

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

ANU offers a unique, research-driven environment where bright, ambitious students excel using world-class facilities, including Australia’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.


The University 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 anywhere 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.

Home to important national institutions including the National Library, National Gallery, National Museum and National Archives, Canberra never ceases to delight and entertain its visitors. The city boasts shopping malls, cafés, bars, cinemas and restaurants, all just a short walk from the University’s city parkland campus.

Research links

ANU is the only Australian member of the IARU, the International Alliance of Research Universities, which provides both students and staff with opportunities for collaboration and exchange 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.

This alliance brings together universities that share a similar vision and a commitment to educating future leaders, and is fostering northern hemisphere internships, academic conferences, student 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, more than 20 per cent of the total student population.

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

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

Student support

ANU offers a dynamic academic and social life. Some of the student support services available include:

  • An award-winning Academic Skills and Learning Centre
  • Careers Centre
  • On-campus childcare
  • Counselling Centre
  • Disability Support Centre
  • Health services
  • International Office
  • Postgraduate and Research Students’ Association (PARSA)
  • Student Information and Guidance Network (SIGN) mentoring programme.


ANU offers a range of undergraduate and graduate 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 the 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.
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes provide professional accreditation in accounting, finance, actuarial studies, business information systems and statistics.

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Interdisciplinary systems approach to engineering programmes.
  • Internships, industry projects and research projects embedded in all degree programmes.
  • Excellent employment prospects worldwide. Graduates are employed by organisations including Google, IBM, Microsoft, ABB, Lockheed Martin, Thales, the Australian Government and many more. 

ANU College of Science

  • Australia's largest university-based scientific research activity, involving hundreds of leading scientists and major national research facilities.
  • AU$400 million revitalised Science Precinct with new teaching spaces, state-of-the-art research equipment and laboratories, dedicated science libraries and common areas for staff and students.
  • Four distinguished Nobel Laureates, including Professor Brian Schmidt who was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Flexible Double Degrees

With a flexible double degree (undergraduate programmes only) students can choose from over 750 possible degree combinations, to satisfy their intellectual curiosity and tailor their studies to prepare for their dream career.

  • Graduate with two qualifications
  • Expand employability and enjoy a clear advantage when applying for jobs
  • Achieve two qualifications in less time than would be required to study two undergraduate degrees separately
  • Similar full time workload as a student studying a single undergraduate degree
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