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The Australian National University

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Overview

Overview

The Australian National University (ANU) is renowned for small class sizes and exceptional teaching and research. The University's vibrant and talented campus is located in the heart of the nation's capital, Canberra, the world's 5th healthiest city to live in. ^

Ranked 1st in Australia and 27th in the world, ANU has more Nobel laureates among its staff and alumni than any other university in the country. * The University shapes students to power meaningful change by stimulating them to think differently and challenge the truth.

ANU has around 10,000 undergraduate and 11,000 postgraduate students from across Australia and around the world. Offering a comprehensive portfolio of degree programs, its main campus is on Australian Indigenous Ngunnawal and Ngambri land and provides a global meeting place for the University's talented learning community.

Students will find much to discover at ANU. Their university experience will be enriching and give them the knowledge and skills to lay the foundation for successful careers. ANU ranks #1 for Australia's most employable graduates. **

World-leading teaching and research

Students work closely with world-leading academics and explore their interests and potential through research, mentoring and hands-on learning in real-world contexts and state-of-the art facilities.

They study and grow their knowledge, skills and independence with the support of a wide range of academic, social and career development services and experiences. These include scholar communities, student-run clubs and societies and internships that can earn them credit while studying abroad, as well as career advice.

Welcoming and diverse residential community

Most students live and study in the University's welcoming and diverse residential community in Acton, adjacent to Canberra's central business district. They can walk or ride to their classes, libraries, gyms, swimming pools, supermarkets and cafes on campus or head into the city to enjoy the shops, restaurants and nightlife.

The supportive environment at ANU also provides students with medical, counselling and disability services, advocacy advice and financial assistance.

Sustainable and global student city

A sustainable and global student city, Canberra is a bustling and friendly. Easy to get around, it's home to the Australian Parliament and the country's significant cultural institutions, including the National Museum of Australia, High Court, National Gallery and the National Library.

^ Money.co.uk survey report 2021

* QS World University Rankings 2022

** Times Higher Education: graduate employability rankings 2021

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What's new

What's new

Plastic chomping company takes out top sustainability award

An ANU-backed start up that is turning the tide on the wave of plastic pollution flooding our planet has taken out a top prize in one of Australia's major sustainability awards.

Samsara, launched last year with backing from ANU, Woolworths and venture fund Main Sequence, uses enzymes to break down plastics to their core elements. These ''building blocks'' are the used to create new plastics.

The enviro-tech start up won the Ignite category in the Banksia National Sustainability Awards for its ''revolutionary'' process of ''infinite recycling''.

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E-cigarettes are harmful and addicting youth: Report

E-cigarettes, or vapes, are causing harm and risk introducing a new generation to smoking, warn experts from The Australian National University (ANU) following a government report into vaping.

The major review found use of nicotine e-cigarettes increases the risk of a range of adverse health outcomes, particularly in youth, including taking up smoking, addiction, poisoning, seizures, trauma and burns and lung injury.

"We reviewed the global evidence in order to support informed choices on vaping for Australia," lead author Professor Emily Banks from the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health said. "The evidence shows e-cigarettes carry significant harms.''

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Culture grows social cohesion beyond economic incentives

Social enterprises looking to build social cohesion in communities may find economic logic a useful starting point in program design, but for long-term gains, they should embed programs in a cultural context, Australian National University (ANU) research has found.

College of Business and Economics researcher Dr Babita Bhatt and her team worked with 20 social enterprises that focus on community projects across Australia to examine the mechanisms each was using to foster social cohesion in their jurisdictions.

One of the most successful mechanisms researchers discovered was where social enterprises had created a community enterprise or community asset that is owned and operated not by individuals, but by the community as a collective.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The Australian National University's focus is on providing high-quality teaching and student experience and producing excellent research that translates into meaningful products and services. Ranked as the number one university in Australia, its degrees are delivered through seven academic colleges.

Students at ANU work closely with world-leading academics who are both passionate about their subjects and experts in their fields. Together, in small classes, state-of-the art facilities and real-world industry settings, they rigorously challenge the truth through research, mentoring and hands-on learning, in person on campus and in virtual settings online.

Many ANU alumni attribute their career success to the collaborative relationships they developed with their teachers and the opportunities they took up during their studies that helped them build networks, such as workplace internships, student exchanges and clubs and societies.

Internationally recognised and impactful research

ANU research is rated above world-standard.# It addresses the important issues of our complex world, from biodiversity, climate change, energy alternatives, food and regional security to combating disease, regulation, justice and the law, physics, engineering, humanities and the arts.

# Excellence in Research for Australia report 2019

Work integrated learning

Work-integrated learning courses give ANU students opportunities to apply what they have learned during their studies in real-world settings while earning credit towards their degree. ANU offers these and other skills development programs through its colleges and international partnerships.

Research and academic profile: Dr Brad Tucker

Dr Tucker is an astrophysicist and cosmologist at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at The Australian National University.

He earned his bachelor degrees in physics, philosophy, and theology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Astrophysics and Cosmology from ANU. Today, he's leading programs using the NASA's Kepler Space Telescope and TESS to understand why and how stars blow up.

He's also building a network of ultraviolet telescopes in the upper atmosphere, a search to find Planet 9, as well as issues surrounding the mining of asteroids – and regularly talks to schools and radio stations. As well as publishing many research papers, Dr Tucker also helped the Royal Australian Mint develop a series of astronomy themed coins and is writing a book.

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Study options

Study options

ANU offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in:

  • Asia and Pacific studies
  • engineering and computer science
  • business and economics
  • visual arts and music
  • society and culture
  • law
  • biological, physical, environmental and mathematical sciences
  • health and medicine.

These programs include masters degrees by research.

PhD students at ANU can also look forward to being part of a dynamic research community and receiving excellent support from supervisors who are experts in their fields.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

ANU has monthly offer rounds. International students can apply for a single program only. They can choose the one that is best for them from the programs and courses catalogue.

To be considered for an offer, both undergraduate and postgraduate applicants must meet the prerequisite and cognate requirements for their preferred program, as well as the ANU English language requirements.

Undergraduate study

Undergraduate applicants must meet the University's minimum academic requirements for their senior secondary studies or for post-secondary studies, including vocational education and training, associate diplomas or degrees or an approved tertiary preparation course. ANU also recognises one standard full-time year of study in a degree program at another Australian higher education institution or the international equivalents.

Postgraduate study

Applicants for postgraduate degrees need to have completed an ANU-approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualifications, in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework.

English language requirements

In their application, students will need provide evidence that demonstrates they meet the English language requirements. ANU accepts a number of tests, including IELTS, TOEFL and Duolingo.

Application assessment process

ANU assesses applications from international students in three steps: eligibility check, rankings and outcomes and offers. The university regularly updates students about their application status and the steps they will need to take next.

At the outcomes and offers stage, ANU will inform students of the result of their application, how to accept an offer or how to re-apply for a future study intake.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

ANU offers talented and academically outstanding students a range of internal and external scholarships that can help support and encourage them during their studies. These generally recognise academic achievement and unique challenges and can help cover tuition and living expenses.

The following scholarships are just some of those available to international students.

ANU Chancellor's International Scholarship

This scholarship provides academically outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate students with a 25 or 50 per cent reduction in tuition fees, depending on their region, over the term of their degree program.

ANU-CSC Scholarship

In association with the China Scholarship Council (CSC), ANU is now offering opportunities to high quality research students and scholars from China.

Crown Prince's International Scholarship Program

The Crown Prince's International Scholarship Program (CPISP) gives Bahrain's most gifted and talented youth the opportunity to learn at the finest international educational institutions.

Fulbright-Anne Wexler Scholarship

The Fulbright-Anne Wexler Scholarship enables postgraduate students from the United States who have strong academic credentials and leadership potential to undertake a two-year masters degree in Australia.

Fiji National Toppers Scheme Overseas Scholarships

National Toppers Scheme Overseas Scholarships are full scholarships provided to top Fijian students to support their undergraduate studies abroad.

''The ANU Chancellor's International Scholarship has motivated me to put exceptional effort into my research and exams. The financial support is massive and has inspired me to do more.''

Kirat Alreja

Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours)

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Accommodation

Accommodation

ANU guarantees first year international students an offer of accommodation. They can indicate a preference for self-catered or catered accommodation in their application and have numerous accommodation options to choose from, each with a diverse residential community.

All of the residences have 24-hour security, outdoor spaces, study rooms, common rooms and facilities, such as laundries, kitchens and bathrooms and living areas. They are a short walk or bike ride from shops, restaurants, public transport and other amenities.
Living on campus is a great way to adapt to university life and form friendships. Students in campus accommodation are encouraged to join in events and co-curricular activities that will help them settle into and thrive in their new home.

Support networks help students with enrolment, exams and assessments and with homesickness and cultural adjustments. They also provide social and wellbeing opportunities that build students' independence.

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