ANU is a national research university located in Canberra, Australia’s Capital. The main campus in Acton contains seven teaching and research colleges, as well as several national institutes and academies. This is the only university created by the Parliament of Australia, and originally existed as a postgraduate research university. ANU only started commencing undergraduate teaching in 1960 when it integrated with the formerly known Canberra University College. ANU was recently ranked first nationally by the 2015/16 QS World University Ranking and 22nd internationally. It is also ranked 47th in the world and 2nd in Australia by the 2016/17 Times Higher Education Rankings, making it one of the best higher education institutions in the world.
ANU has more than 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and employs about 3,800 staff. The university’s faculty and alumni consist of two former Prime Ministers, six Nobel Laureates, 30 current Australian Ambassadors, and more than a dozen current and former heads of Government.
Compared to other universities, ANU is relatively small in size but has an excellent teacher to student ratio. It has a great mix of domestic and international students, with small classes giving you the chance to meet heaps of new people and enjoy an active and fun campus life.
Excellent undergraduate and postgraduate programsStudents from ANU enjoy one of the widest selections of programs Australia has to offer. Undergraduate students are also privileged with world-class facilities, including one of Australia’s most powerful computer systems, as well as state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, lecture theatres and libraries.
Postgraduate studies at ANU are divided into two categories: master’s (coursework) and postgraduate research. Graduate students who decide to take on master’s programs can choose from areas of study found on the ANU website. Postgraduate students who choose to conduct research studies can choose any higher degree by research study (HDR).
Campus Life at ANU
ANU’s main campus extends across Acton, a suburb in Canberra, with large, spacious parks and university buildings. Many areas within the university grounds are known to have historical significance, dating back to when the nation’s capital was established. The campus has won several awards, including the International Sustainable Campus Network Award in 2009 and was also ranked as the second greenest university campus in Australia because of its lovely surrounding environment.
There are also numerous student residences perfect for international students, with eight residential facilities affiliated with ANU including:
- Bruce Hall
- Ursula Hall
- Burgmann College
- John XXIII College
- Toad Hall
- Burton & Garran Hall
- Graduate House
- Fenner Hall
You can also opt to live in privately operated residential areas near the campus such as Davey Lodge, Warrumbul Lodge, Lena Karmel Lodge, and Kinlock Lodge. There is of course the added option of living off-campus in the nation’s beautiful capital, Canberra.
ANU understands the struggles that some international students may face when they first move to Australia. The university has created numerous helpful support services to assist international students with these problems and their move. For example, ANU is known to have many reliable programs for orientation, counselling, and enrolment consultations throughout the entirety of your study abroad.
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