• A group study at Burton and Garran Hall Kitchen. Photo credit: ANUA group study at Burton and Garran Hall Kitchen. Photo credit: ANU
  • An Aerial view of ANU. Photo credit: ANUAn Aerial view of ANU. Photo credit: ANU
  • Learning glass making at the world renowned ANU Glass Workshop. Photo credit: ANULearning glass making at the world renowned ANU Glass Workshop. Photo credit: ANU
  • A School of Art student stretching a canvas. Photo credit: ANUA School of Art student stretching a canvas. Photo credit: ANU
  • ANU Chifley Library, named after Joseph Chifley Prime Minister of Australia (1945-1949) and houses the Humanities and Business collections. Photo credit: ANUANU Chifley Library, named after Joseph Chifley Prime Minister of Australia (1945-1949) and houses the Humanities and Business collections. Photo credit: ANU

Australian National University (ANU) is one of the world’s most highly-respected universities. It is ranked number one in Australia in the QS World University Rankings 2015, and has been awarded a prestigious Five Star Plus badge for excellence from the same body. The University also ranks among the world’s best in the 2014-2015 World University Rankings by the Times Higher Education, which also names it as the world’s tenth most international university.

ANU, established in 1946 by the Australian Government, leads the country’s intellectual development through its powerhouse research. Today, its graduates are playing key 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 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.

Campus location

The University sits on a beautiful 145-hectare campus in 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. Canberra is 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. The city boasts shopping malls, cafés, bars, cinemas and restaurants, all just a short walk from the University’s city parkland campus. For more information about Canberra, click here or here.

Research links

ANU is the only Australian member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), which provides students and staff with opportunities for collaboration and exchange and contributes to the rich intellectual climate so characteristic of ANU.

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.

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; a Careers Centre; on-campus childcare; a Counselling Centre; a Disability Support Centre; health services; an International Office; a Postgraduate and Research Students’ Association (PARSA) and the Student Information and Guidance Network (SIGN) mentoring programme.

Study options and highlights at ANU

ANU offers 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 Law; ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science; ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Ranked 2 in electronics and electrical engineering and 2 in computer science in Australia (QS World University Rankings By Subject 2015) Offers a unique Research And Development undergraduate degree in advanced computing and engineering Interdisciplinary systems approach to engineering programmes
  • Internships, industry projects and research projects embedded in all degrees
  • Strong employment prospects worldwide. Our graduates are employed by organisations including Google, Microsoft, IBM, ABB, Lockheed Martin, Thales, the Australian Government and many more.

ANU College of Business and Economics

  • Internationally respected research and education in accounting; actuarial studies and statistics; business and management; economics and finance; business information systems
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees provide professional accreditation in accounting, finance, actuarial studies, business information systems and statistics
  • One of only five actuarial programmes in Australia fully accredited by the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

ANU College of Science

  • The largest university-based scientific research activity in Australia, involving hundreds of leading scientists and major national research facilities.
  • A$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, the most recent of whom is Professor Brian Schmidt who was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
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