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Federation University Australia



Federation University Australia is Victoria's premier regional university, with a heritage of providing high-quality education for over 150 years.

The university offers over 150 courses across a range of subjects, with a particular focus on industry-oriented learning. Courses are offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with additional pathway programs to help students meet English entry requirements, and options for continued professional development.

Federation University is ranked within the top two per cent of universities globally for education (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021), and first in Australia for teaching quality (Good Universities Guide 2021). Students benefit from the smallest average class sizes in the region, and teaching staff are highly qualified. Many have taught overseas and can effectively communicate their expertise to students of all backgrounds.

Living and studying in Australia is a rich and diverse experience. It is a vast multicultural country, and students are ideally placed to explore the sandy beaches of Australia's southern coastline. Federation University has three campuses for international students in the regional areas of Ballarat and Gippsland, as well as a city campus in Melbourne, regularly voted one of the most liveable cities in the world. An additional city campus in vibrant Brisbane, Queensland and international partner providers in China, Hong Kong and Malaysia extends the reach of Federation University's global community. The university supports around 18,000 full-time students, with a lively community of around 2,170 international students.

Federation University is ranked first in Victoria for graduate employment and starting salary, and many students find internship opportunities while studying. The university works closely with industry professionals to ensure that graduates enter the workforce with all the skills and experience necessary to thrive in their chosen careers.

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What's new

What's new

Join one of the most progressive global industries with a new IT degree specialising in cyber security or data science from Federation University.

Master of Applied Cyber Security

Federation University's new Master of Applied Cyber Security helps students understand technology related to risk analytics, threats detection, incident response, data security, privacy protection, security audit and compliance.

Students will have the opportunity to use technologies from leading vendors like IBM, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Cisco and participate in a capstone project in final semester.

Students will also benefit from the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory located in the Ballarat Technology Park on campus. This research unit works with major international partners such as IBM, Westpac Bank, and the Australian Federal Police.

Master of Data Science

This new degree has an emphasis on practical skills, providing students with specialist knowledge of data science and applied skills with managing, processing and analysing data. This hands-on degree also offers three electives allowing students to specialise in their interest area.

In consultation with industry, students will have the opportunity to undertake a hands-on research project in their area of interest in the final year.

This degree leads to in-demand career opportunities as a data scientist, data engineer, statistician or business analyst in a variety of industry settings around the world such as healthcare, finance, government or the IT sector.

Visit the website for more information about these programmes.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Federation University has excellent teaching quality and is the best in Australia, according to the Good Universities Guide 2021 ratings.

The university's degrees are reviewed regularly to ensure that they have international relevance and are industry relevant. Students will benefit from innovative programs that cater to the workforce at both national and international levels. The university focuses on work-integrated learning across its schools.

Federation University enjoys close links with major companies which plays a crucial role in the development of its programs of study that focus on producing highly employable graduates.

The university has a personalised approach to teaching and also offers its students a supportive environment that makes for easy communication with staff and students. Its small class sizes ensure students receive one-to-one assistance from their lecturer.

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Study options

Study options

Federation University's close links with major industries plays an important role in the design and academic rigour of courses. It's one of the reasons why our graduates have been rated the best in Victoria for graduate employment and starting salary according to the Good Universities Guide 2021.


Federation University Australia offers a range of study options across its schools.

  • School of Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences
  • School of Health
  • School of Science, Psychology and Sport
  • Federation Business School


Programs of study at the university cover various subject areas such as:

  • Business
  • Information technology
  • Engineering
  • Health and life sciences
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Nursing and healthcare
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Education
  • Creative arts
  • Sports

English as a second language

English language support is also offered to international students who need to improve their language skills to gain entry to their chosen program of study.

The English and Academic Preparation (EAP) program is an accredited pathway for international students from a non-English background. This is for students who fail to meet the university's English entry requirements.

The English Language Support Service is a program the university advises all international students to take to understand the content of their course and the Australian academic culture.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Federation University places a strong emphasis on real world experiences to ensure students graduate ready for the workplace.

Career development

The university's career and employment advisors help students find the right career opportunities through activities such as career advice, career planning, finding full-time or part-time work, and much more.

Industry partnerships

Owing to its strong relationships with industry partners and organisations, Federation University provides its students with the kind of work-integrated learning opportunities they wouldn't get anywhere else. Not only does this help develop their careers, it also creates opportunities for research collaborations in Australia and overseas.

Industry relevant

All of the university's courses are assessed regularly to ensure industry relevance, so students can graduate being able to incorporate what they learn into real-life work situations.

Work placement opportunities

Federation enjoys close connections with various industry partners, offering excellent employment outcomes to its graduates. Most of the programs on offer at the university provide practical experience through Work Integrated Learning (WIL) or industry placements.

Industry experts

Federation University's Technology Parks, based at the Mt Helen and SMB campuses are home to major organisations including IBM®, Concentrix and the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute. The new Morwell Innovation Centre is near the Gippsland Campus, furthering the reach of the university's collaboration with business and the community.

In Brisbane, industry connections are established with an extensive network of partnerships with the city's leading businesses. Additionally, students are connected to partners through industry-integrated learning programs, specific to their degree. Leading local industry partners include River CityLabs, Arc, STEMPunks, CoderDojo and Concentrix.

Student and Industry speak

What industry connections say

''The benefit of having Federation University students work at RCL is that they have such a big drive and learning for innovation, entrepreneurship as well as kind of adapting real world project examples that benefit start-ups and students.'' -Robbie Lacobuta/ Head of Programs and Partnerships at River City Labs

What students say

Dinh Trong Nguyen​

Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice) ​


''Ballarat's one of the most beautiful cities in Australia, with lots of famous tourist attractions to visit. It gave me a great education and living standard, and the cost of living is cheaper than in other larger Australian cities. ​

I love living in regional Australia because it's really relaxing, and I really feel part of the community. The teachers at Federation were warm and supportive and I made friends with people from all over the world.​

My degree included extensive placements at IBM, and I now work there full-time as a Business Analyst and Application Developer. Working for a company like IBM has been my dream since I was a child, and Federation University gave me the opportunity to make that dream come true.''

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When it comes to facilities, Federation University provides state of the art facilities and everything students need to get ahead. Students will have access to an array of essential and contemporary teaching and learning technologies.

Federation is equipped with clinical nursing units, innovative science labs and professional training spaces to provide students with the best possible study experience. To enable this, Federation has invested in purpose-built facilities such as:

  • AUD 16.5 million sports science precinct with a rehabilitation centre (Ballarat)
  • AUD 43 million engineering and science building (Ballarat)
  • Nursing facilities with hospital-standard equipment
  • Health science laboratories
  • State-of-the-art IT facilities
  • Modern libraries and learning spaces
  • High-quality teaching and research facilities
  • Sport and leisure facilities, such as indoor swimming pool, aquatic centre, gym and tennis courts.

Plus, students can feel at home in Federation's student accommodation located on or close to the university's campuses in Ballarat, Gippsland and Berwick. Students can choose from furnished single bedrooms, self-contained apartments, ensuite rooms, studios and houses. The cost includes internet, bills, 24/7 residential support and residential activities and programs.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Some of the scholarships Federation University offers international students include:

Global Innovator Scholarship

The university's Global Innovator Scholarship is available to new international students who are commencing undergraduate study or postgraduate coursework in the year 2021. The scholarship covers 20 per cent of tuition fees (AUD 9,000 to AUD 26,000) for the full duration of study. No separate application is necessary, students will automatically be assessed with their study application.

Global Excellence Scholarship

New international students who are outstanding in their academics can avail Federation University's Global Excellence scholarship. Students will be awarded a 25 per cent tuition fee scholarship (AUD 11,000 to AUD 32,500) for the full duration of their study. No separate application is necessary, students will automatically be assessed with their study application.

Accommodation Support Scholarship

International students can also apply for the accommodation support scholarship that rewards up to AUD 2,000 per semester.

Student speak

An international student, Philip Lin (China) shares his experience:

''With an accommodation scholarship I stayed at Fedliving Berwick for one year. Securing a scholarship really helped me feel less stressed about finances and living arrangements – I really appreciated it. Living on campus also meant I met a lot of friends from different countries, learnt more about their cultures and gave me many good memories. It was a great experience!.''

Students are encouraged to visit the Federation University website for more details on the scholarships available.

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Mt Helen Victoria University Drive
Ballarat Victoria Camp Street
Churchill Victoria Northways Road
Brisbane Queensland Level 5-7, 333 Ann Street
Melbourne Victoria 100 Clyde Road
Federation University Australia was formed when the former University of Ballarat and the Gippsland Campus of Monash University were amalgamated. The University's history dates back to 1870. Students can join a whole new generation of thinkers, shapers and creators chasing their ambitions at FedUni. As one of Victoria's 5-star universities, it offers over 400 programs from short courses to degrees and beyond. Students can select from a wide range of study areas including business, education, engineering, information technology, nursing and healthcare, performing and visual arts, psychology, science and mathematics and sport, outdoor and physical education.

University is a great place to try something new or continue developing in something they are passionate about. Clubs and societies are the perfect platform to get involved in and to get that little bit extra out of their university experience. The university has over 30 clubs and societies across its Ballarat, Gippsland and Berwick campuses. Also, FedUni provides many opportunities for students to participate in sport and recreational activities both on and off campus.

Federation University Australia is regional Victoria's largest education institution, with campuses in Ballarat, Berwick, Brisbane, Gippsland and the Wimmera providing easy access to study, and approximately 1,300 staff committed to teaching excellence and student support. Either onsite or close by, all campuses have everything students need to get ahead in their studies, but also enjoy life outside the classroom. Australia is a beautiful, multicultural country with world-renowned natural attractions, quality of life and climate. From the Great Ocean Road to the Great Barrier Reef, many of Australia?s highlights are within close reach of our campuses. Federation University Australia

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Rated5/5based on2 student reviews
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Federation University Australia Federation University Australia
Rated5/5based on2 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Federation University Australia - by, 2019-12-13
5.0/ 5 stars
Federation University Australia Federation University Australia
Rated5/5based on2 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Federation University Australia - by, 2020-01-07
5.0/ 5 stars

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