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The Australian National University



As Australia's number one university*, The Australian National University (ANU) is recognised internationally for exceptional teaching and outstanding research.

ANU lecturers and tutors are world leaders in their fields and our small class sizes and staff-to-student ratios will give you opportunities and challenges that will help you shape the future of the world.

With six Nobel Prize winners and two Australian prime ministers among our alumni and staff, we'll inspire you to confront the biggest issues and solve problems beyond your imagination.

With 50 single degrees to choose from, ANU offers the flexibility to design your own double degree from 750 possible options, allowing you tailor your studies to fit your strengths, passions and goals.

Alongside traditional lectures, our learning environment includes state-of-the-art collaborative spaces that will stimulate you to think differently, solve problems and challenge the truth, all while providing you with a safe, welcoming and inclusive home.

Informing your learning throughout your studies will be our cutting-edge research, which has been rated above or well-above world standard** and reflects our position as the only Australian member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).

What's more, as an ANU student, you'll also have opportunities to engage with industry and government leaders through internships and participate in world-class international student exchange programs. You will also get to join in a vibrant cultural, sporting and social activities that will foster lifelong friendships and career-enhancing networks.

You can live on campus in one of our catered or self-catered residential halls. You will find yourself at the heart of our inclusive, world-class community, with Canberra, your classes, libraries, gyms, medical services and more on your doorstep. If you choose to come to ANU as an undergraduate student in Semester 1, you will automatically be eligible for our campus accommodation guarantee.

Challenge yourself and the world around you. Join ANU.

* QS World University Rankings 2020

** (Australian Government Excellence in Research for Australia Report 2018–19)

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What's new

What's new

Media release: A new meeting place for Canberra opens in the heart of ANU

Kambri, a $260 million redevelopment at The Australian National University, and a new meeting place for the Canberra and ANU communities, has opened with five new buildings, a tree-lined promenade and a range of shops and services.

The thriving precinct includes a student residential hall, teaching and learning facilities, a health and life centre and more than 40 shops and retailers.

"The opening of Kambri represents a new chapter in the history of our campus,'' Professor Schmidt said.

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New Chancellor Scholarships

200 new International Scholarships worth up to $25,000 available for study in Semester 1, 2021.

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About Canberra

About Canberra

Our home is in the heart of Canberra, Australia's capital and most liveable city*.

With its award-winning restaurants, national cultural attractions and natural beauty, Canberra is a vibrant and modern city. Surrounded by national parks and reserves, it has four distinct seasons and is just a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney and two hours from New South Wales' (NSW) beaches and snowfields.

As an ANU student, Canberra's pristine natural environment and relaxed lifestyle will provide you with a dynamic, healthy and safe place to concentrate on your studies.

* Life in Australia report 2019, REA Group

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Study options

Study options

ANU degrees cover everything from archaeology, law, medicine and robotics to international business, astrophysics, the arts and political science. Our range of study options include undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and flexible double degrees - which will give you two qualifications in less time – and research degrees that allow you to work at the forefront of your field and address the challenges facing Australia and the world.

Study a single degree or tailor your studies to fit your strengths, passions and goals.

At ANU, seven academic colleges cover the major study disciplines:

  • ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences
  • ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
  • ANU College of Business & Economics
  • ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • ANU College of Health & Medicine
  • ANU College of Law
  • ANU College of Science

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

English language requirements

As an international student, you will need to meet the entry requirements for the degree program you want to study at ANU as well as our English language requirements.

If your secondary or completed tertiary studies were taught and assessed in English, they may help you meet the ANU English language requirements. If your English studies were completed more than two years ago, you will need to provide an English proficiency test certificate, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Undergraduate academic entry requirements

For admission into an undergraduate program at ANU, you must have:

  • completed the recognised upper secondary or equivalent studies comparable to Australian Year 12, to the required standard
  • satisfied English language proficiency requirements
  • satisfied individual program subject prerequisites.

If you have already completed one year of tertiary study at a different university, ANU will assess your application on your tertiary results.

Postgraduate academic entry requirements

For admission into a postgraduate program at ANU, you must have:

  • completed a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree, certificate and/or relevant work experience and satisfied individual program subject prerequisites
  • met the specific academic grade required for the program
  • satisfied the English language proficiency requirements.

For postgraduate studies, ANU will look at all your prior study, including undergraduate grades and, if you have already completed a master's degree, your postgraduate grades.

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Student life

Student life

One of the best things about studying at ANU is the campus experience.

At our heart is the Kambri cultural precinct and ANU residential community. Both offer a range of vibrant educational, physical, creative and social experiences that focus on expanding your horizons and helping you to get the most out of your ANU study journey.

If you choose to live on campus, your residential hall will have its own ethos, character and social and academic life. You'll become part of a vibrant and diverse residential community that supports your safety and wellbeing 24/7 and provides you with opportunities to make lifelong friendships and build important career networks.

Within the University's sprawling landscaped grounds, life for our 26,400 students resembles living in a spacious yet compact small town with all the modern conveniences, including a classics museum, bicycle paths, medical services, retail shops, cafes and restaurants, art galleries, bookshops, public transport and playing fields.

Our state-of-the-art educational facilities include modern laboratories, lecture theatres and five libraries, information and communications resources and quiet and communal study spaces.

What's more, ANU is on the doorstep of Canberra's city centre and everything that it and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has to offer – from fine dining, cultural attractions and water sports to hiking, skiing resorts, beaches and much more.

English and Wellbeing Enhancement Series

At ANU, you will also have the opportunity to join the English and Wellbeing Enhancement Series (EWES). This series is a collection of free workshops uniquely designed to support international students living and studying in Australia.

Each workshop focuses on providing English language skills, practical advice and guidance related to moving to Australia and studying at ANU.

Learn more.

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Student experiences

Student experiences

''Choosing to study at ANU was one of the best decisions I've ever made because it has given me a world-class education in a unique student environment.'' - Pamela Hutchinson, College of Arts and Social Sciences

''I started at the ANU Research School of Biology doing an internship in plant sciences. I immediately liked it. I remember arriving at the facilities and thinking, ‘Wow, this is my dream and here I am. I was doing the kind of lab work which I had only read about in textbooks.'' - Thilaga Velusamy, PhD student in the Tscharke Lab, ANU College of Health & Medicine

''ANU has a vibrant culture and I would encourage students to be part of that in addition to their university study. Canberra enables you to commit to studying. It is a lovely town and the ANU campus is delightful to be on. [Canberra] has an emerging bar and cafe scene as well as being a great town to exercise in (particularly cycling) and has the benefit of minimal traffic compared with Sydney.'' - Andrew Staniforth, Research School of Psychology, ANU College of Health & Medicine

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The Australian National University is a world-leading university in Australia's capital city, Canberra. Its location points to its unique history, ties to the Australian Government and special standing as a resource for the Australian people. The university focus on excellence in research and education ensures its graduates are in demand the world-over, well-prepared to address complex contemporary challenges.

ANU has seven academic colleges that house a number of schools and research centres that specialise in a range of disciplines, all relevant but some unique in Australia and in the region. Students can study a degree or tailor according to their choice of studies to fit their strengths, passions and life goals. They can choose from a wide variety of subject areas such as Engineering & Computer Science, Business & Commerce, Arts, Society & Culture, Law & Legal Studies, Natural, Physical & Environmental Studies etc.

Mount Stromlo Observatory (MSO) is the home of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. It's about 18km southwest of Canberra city in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory covers an area of 81 hectares on the summit of Canberra's Mt Stromlo.

The Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) is the largest optical observatory in Australia and is an important site for astronomy, astrophysics and space science in Australia. Along with several active telescopes owned by the Australian National University, the site is home to the Anglo Australian Telescope (AAT), many international research telescopes and commercially operated telescopes and is known as Australia's foremost optical and infrared observatory.

ANU is located in the inner-city suburb of Acton, Canberra in the ACT. But it also has other campuses in the ACT, NSW and the NT that house some extraordinary facilities that help support teaching, learning and research.
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