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ANU has been at the leading edge of Australian and international research since it was established in 1946. It continues to attract some of the best staff and students from Australia and the world. Its teaching programs are ranked among the world’s best, research conducted in its academic colleges has been recognised with Nobel prizes, and its international links include sole Australian membership of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU ). In 2010 ANU ranked first in the Australian government’s excellence in Research for Australia initiative*.

The primary campus is self-contained with low-rise buildings set in 145 hectares of parkland. There are bus connections to the city (which is 10 minutes away from the campus) and suburbs. The University has state-of- the-art facilities including the ANU library, which has four main and several branch locations. Together they contain over two million print items, 53,000 electronic journals and over 150 electronic databases. ANU students are also able to access resources at the surrounding national institutions, including the National library of Australia.

The ANU campus houses a range of shops and restaurants, catering for all tastes and budgets. As a student you will find ANU offers a dynamic academic and social life. There are over 100 clubs and societies on campus. 

ANU offers a wide range of undergraduate courses in the following areas:

  • Asia and the Pacific

  • Business and Economics

  • Engineering

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Information Technology

  • Law

  • Music

  • Physical, Biological and Mathematical Sciences

  • Psychology

  • The Environment

  • Visual Arts. 



  • Arts and Social Sciences

    The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) is the largest of seven Colleges at ANU.We set national and international standards in research, education and community engagement across the humanities, creative arts and social sciences.Our unique location in Canberra creates an enriched teaching and research environment, giving our researchers and students access to the nation’s political, cultural and collecting institutions and government departments.Our researchers shape debates and public policy through consultations, media outreach and through the research they produce. Our disciplines rank highly against other universities globally, and most achieve rankings of above or well above world standard in the Excellence in Research Australia rankings by the Australian Research Council.We encourage our staff to continue to push the boundaries of possibilities in their chosen fields. 

    study options :American Studies , Ancient Greek, Anthropology, Arab and Islamic Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Arts, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Australian Studies, Biological Anthropology, Central Asia Studies, Classics and Ancient History , Contemporary Europe, Creative Arts, Criminology, Cultural Studies, Demography, Design Arts, Development Studies, Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Diplomacy, English, Environmental Studies, European Languages, European Studies, Forensic Anthropology , Gender Studies, Geography, Greek, Heritage Studies, History, Human Ecology, Human Rights, Indigenous Australian Studies, International Affairs, International Relations, International Security, Internships, Language Studies, Latin, Latin American Languages, Latin American Studies, Literature, Middle East Studies, Museums and Collections, Music, Musicology, Non Language Asian Studies, Pacific Studies, Philosophy, Policy Studies, Political Communication, Political Economy, Political Sciences, Population Studies, Psychology, Security Studies, Social Research, Social Work, Sociology, Strategic Studies, Sustainability, Sustainable Development , Visual Arts, World Literature

  • Business and Economics

    The strength of the College of Business and Economics’ international reputation attracts exceptional students from Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond.  It also attracts exceptional staff who want to be part of one the world’s great, research-intensive universities.

    Our College staff are at the forefront of global thinking on issues of national and international significance, issues relating to wealth and well-being, strong organisations and disruptive innovation.

    We are educating the next generation of leaders. We offer every student the opportunity to develop their strengths and the space to decide how they will make their future mark in the world.

    Through their studies, our graduates gain the knowledge and skills to lead organizations, develop public policy, create new companies and undertake research. Our goal is to provide a strong foundation for exceptional lives of service and personal success.

    Most of our students live on campus – at least for the first few years – and this residential dimension of the ANU makes for a vibrant campus atmosphere. And the campus itself is located in the heart of one of the world’s safest and most beautiful capital cities.

    Our alumni may be found in the world’s leading companies, policy agencies and universities.

    Our capital city location means that world leaders in many fields are frequent visitors to the ANU. They contribute to our lecture programs and research, and add further richness to the College experience. Our students and staff interact with senior government officials, and lead and contribute to public debates on the critical issues of our time.

    Study options:Accounting , Actuarial Studies, Applied Economics, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Commerce, Econometrics, Economic History, Economic Policy, Economics, Electronic Commerce, Ethics, Finance, International Business, International Relations, Management, Marketing, Policy Studies, Project Management, Statistics

  • Engineering & Computer Science

    The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) was established in 1993. It conducted research and undergraduate teaching. The Faculty and its sister entity, the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering,joined in 2004. The move subsequently merged the undergraduate, research training, and research activities into two schools, the School of Engineering and the School of Computer Science. For all FEIT related information, please consult the relevant School website. 


    Study options:Advanced Computing , Algorithms and Data, Artifical Intelligence, Communications, Computational Foundations, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Systems, Electronics, Energy Change, Engineering, Human Centred Computing, Information Systems, Information Technology, Information-Intensive Computing, Intelligent Systems, IT in New Media, Materials, Materials Science, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Renewable Energy, Robotics, Software Development, Software Engineering, Solar Energy, Statistics, Sustainable Engineering

  • Science, Medicine and Health

    There are two colleges and over a dozen research schools and centres that work towards delivering teaching and research outcomes in science, medicine and health. Unique in our structure, the cross disciplinary potential of the colleges builds on the legacy established by the eminent scientific members of its past. In concert with the colleges’ highly collaborative and intensive research culture, students are provided with state of the art facilities and a world class education.

    Study Options:

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics , Biodiversity Conservation, Bioinformatics, Biology, Biotechnology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Climate, Earth and Marine Sciences, Earth Physics, Energy Change, Environmental Science , Environmental Studies, Evolution and Ecology, Forest Science and Management , Forestry, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Human Ecology, Immunology and Microbiology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Nuclear Physics, Photonics, Physics, Physiology, Plant Science, Psychology, Resource and Environmental Management , Science, Science Communication, Solar Energy, Statistics, Sustainability, Sustainability Science , Sustainable Development , Theoretical Physics, Water Science and Management, Zoology
    • Bioinformatics , Biological Anthropology, Biology, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Clinical Psychology, Epidemiology, Genetics, Health, Health, Medicine and the Body, Human Ecology, Immunology and Microbiology, Indigenous Australian Studies, Medical Science, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychology, Public Health, Science, Science Communication, Statistics, Translational Medicine

  • Law & Legal Studies

    The ANU College of Law is the national law school.  We are proudly part of one of Australia’s top-ranked universities, located in the heart of Canberra, the national capital. This provides us with unique opportunities to connect with the work of the Parliament of Australia, the High Court of Australia, the departments and agencies of the Federal Government, as well as the local ACT law-making institutions – the Legislative Assembly and the ACT courts.

    Our teaching and research endeavours span the local, national and – of ever-growing importance – international contexts. We have particular strengths in the fields of international law, public law and environmental law, but our work also covers other areas that are critical to understanding the role of law, and the rule of law, in the modern global environment.

    Underlying our teaching and research is a belief that the discipline of law offers a unique perspective on a wide range of social, political and economic issues, as well as insights into fundamental and abiding questions about justice, fairness and the exercise of power in an increasingly globalised society. 

    At the ANU College of Law we encourage our students to look beyond ‘the law in the books’ and to consider the impact – both good and bad – of the law in practice. We believe that the purpose of studying, researching and practicing law is not simply to know what the law is, but to understand why it operates as it does, and how it can be improved. Accordingly, as you will see, we place a particular emphasis on the themes of law reform and social justice as core components of any understanding of the law.

    Whether you are thinking about studying law at ANU as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, or joining our community of scholars as a visitor or as a member of staff, or you wish to maintain your connection with our community as one of our alumni, I invite you to explore our website. Please contact or visit us should you wish to learn more about the exciting opportunities offered by the ANU College of Law.

    Study options: Actuarial Studies , Commerce, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Finance, Gender Studies, Human Rights, International Business, International Relations, Law, Legal Practice, Migration, Pacific Studies, Philosophy, Policy Studies, Political Communication, Political Sciences, Social Research

  • Asia and the Pacific

    At ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, you’re not a student, you’re a specialist.

    Meet the growing demand for expertise on the Asia Pacific with a qualification from Australia’s leading centre for teaching and research on our region. The College offers the largest range of Asian Pacific languages in the country, and represents the largest concentration of Asia Pacific researchers outside Asia. 

    As a student of the College, you will learn from over 200 Asia and Pacific specialists, who will equip you with the professional-level skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this Asian Century. Choose from specialisations in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia, and Oceania, and engage with the languages, cultures, economies, histories, politics and societies of one of the world's most dynamic and important regions, and one of increasing importance to Australia. With Asia-Pacific studies, you can help to shape this regional relationship and define Australia’s future.

Calls for the establishment of a national university in Australia began as early as 1900. After the location of the nation's capital, Canberra, was determined in 1908, land was set aside for the university at the foot Black Mountain in the city designs by Walter Burley Griffin. Planning for the university was disrupted by World War II but resumed with the creation of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction in 1942, ultimately leading to the passage of the Australian National University Act 1946 by the Parliament of Australia on 1 August 1946.

A group of eminent Australian scholars returned from overseas to join the university, including Sir Howard Florey (co-developer of medicinal penicillin), Sir Mark Oliphant (a nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project), Sir Keith Hancock (the Chichele Professor of Economic History at Oxford) and Sir Raymond Firth (a professor of anthropology at LSE).  Economist Sir Douglas Copland was appointed as ANU's first Vice-Chancellor and former Prime Minister Stanley Bruce served as the first Chancellor. ANU was originally organised into four centres—the Research Schools of Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Pacific Studies and the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

The first resident's hall, University House, was opened in 1954 for faculty members and postgraduate students. Mount Stromlo Observatory, established by the federal government in 1924, became part of ANU in 1957. The first locations of the ANU Library, the Menzies and Chifley buildings, opened in 1963. The Australian Forestry School, located in Canberra since 1927, was amalgamated by ANU in 1965.

The Canberra School of Music and the Canberra School of Art were amalgamated by ANU in 1992.

ANU established its Medical School in 2002, after obtaining federal government approval in 2000.

On 18 January 2003, the Canberra bushfires largely destroyed the Mount Stromlo Observatory. ANU astronomers now conduct research from the Siding Spring Observatory, which contains 10 telescopes including the Anglo-Australian Telescope.

In February 2013, financial entrepreneur and ANU graduate Graham Tuckwell made the largest university donation in Australian history by giving $50 million to fund an undergraduate scholarship program at ANU.

Australia requirements for international students

In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 

The degrees offered by the ANU are accredited by a number of independent organisations, such as the Actuaries Institute Australia, The Association of International Accountants, The Australian Computer Society (ACS), The CFA Institute, CPA Australia, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), The Institute of Public Accountants, The Statistical Society of Australia.

The ANU's main campus - Acton campus - is located in the center of Canberra, in the close proximity to Australian Parliament House. Apart from being in state-of-the art condition, Acton campus is considered to be the second greenest campus in Australia. It also includes the library (over 2.5 million books available to students), laboratories, administation buildings, cafes, medical center and a post office.

The rental market in Canberra is competitive. Students and full-time workers compete for the same properties, which means that prices reflect the high demand for space. You can either live on-campus or off-campus. If you want to live on-campus, an application should be lodged early in the semester prior to the one in which you’ll begin studies. . Applications made later in the process could result in longer wait-times for a response, and many are put on a waiting list. Avoid the wait; apply early!

If you are looking for an off-campus shared or rental property, you should first consider the map at the of the guide. The ANU is located in ACToN (between lake Burley griffin &
the Canberra Centre). The suburbs to the north are popular with students, as buses services are frequent & cycling is also easier. The South is located across the Commonwealth Bridge & is also an option, but the closer you get to Capitol Circle (Parliamentary area), the more expensive the rent will be.

The closer you are to Acton, the higher the price. Therefore, the average shared-house price could look something like this:

Acton: $280 per week Braddon: $200 per week Campbell: $200 per week Turner: $200 per week o’Connor: $200 per week Ainslie: $170 per week Dickson: $160 per week lyneham: $160 per week Hackett: $160 per week Downer: $160 per week Watson: $150 per week

Note: these are indicative prices, which depend on many factors such as furnished/unfurnished, number of people sharing the house, age of house, etc. Rental prices will likely be more expensive.
ANU Campus area include: Belconnen, Bruce, Aranda, Curtin, kaleen, Woden and many more. Use google maps to view the suburbs and see the ACT bus schedule to determine what distance you might need to travel (http:// ). If you want more information regarding these suburbs, like  PARSA Facebook page
so you can connect with the students living in these areas for first hand information. 

 Bear in mind that there are services fees, such as laundry, internet, cleening fees.There is a bathroom on each floor with all soaps, shampoos, towels etc. available. You can take advantage of study rooms in the dormitories, which are divided according to the academic standing (the Junior Common room, the Senior Common room etc.). Computer labs are provided for the use of the hall residents. They are opened 24 hours per day and are equiped with Macs and PCs, as well as laser printers. One of the benefits of living in the residents halls is the canteen. The hall residents are provided with 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. Vegetarian alternatives are available to all residents, along with the salad and fruit bars.

Brian's Bus is a free University service, which operates each evening to provide safe transport for students and staff around the campus linking the main buildings such as libraries and residences. 

If you are interested in working while studying, you can work 40 hours a fortnight (including volunteer or unpaid work) while your course is in session. Work undertaken as part of your course is not included in this total. You can work unlimited hours during official course breaks. 

Life as a student at ANU is much more than just attending classes. There are so many other things you can do to make your time at ANU a worthwhile experience, including playing sport, joining clubs and societies, joining in social activities, or volunteering.  ANU offers you a vibrant and lively environment with a wide range of activities and events. Students at ANU can choose from the abudance of students clubs, starting from AISEC ANU and UNICEF ANU to Goodwill and Gaming clubs. If you are into fitness, ANU can offer you an on-campus gym, tennis courts, strength rooms and so on.

ANU also provides students with opportunities for study at amazing learning destinations around the world that provide personal and academic rewards, adding value to your ANU experience. 

Student Services:

Careers advice

The ANU Careers Centre can help you with a wide range of queries – from the general exploration of career ideas and the career implications of subject choices, to details of specific jobs, employers, or postgraduate courses. 


The ANU Chaplaincy is available for advice, fellowship and worship to all students, regardless of their religion. 


The ANU Counselling Service offers free and confidential counselling to all current ANU students. 

Learning assistance

The Academic Skills and Learning Centre can provide practical guidance on getting the most out of your time at ANU, including workshops and one-on-one advice on essays and examination preparation. 

Library/Computing services

ANU provides comprehensive library services via five main libraries. The campus is very well networked and a wide variety of software applications are available in the libraries, teaching rooms and student residences. Many areas of the campus have wireless internet access.


Visit for a range of publications of interest. 
ANU publications and information.

Sports and recreation

ANU offers all students a wide variety of sporting, recreation and fitness possibilities. 

Student organisations

ANU students may choose to join the ANU Students’ Association (ANUSA). ANUSA also hosts the International Students’ Service of the Australian National University, which represents international students’ interests on campus.

There is also a large number of special interest clubs and associations which you can join. For more information, visit

Students with disabilities

ANU is committed to equal opportunity and full access to education for all students. The Disability Services Centre supports students with disabilities to achieve their academic goals. It provides advice, support and adjustments to minimise the impact of disability on education; encourages independence in learning and self-advocacy; and raises awareness and understanding of disability issues amongst all students and staff.


Canberra is well serviced by public bus services and bike paths. Parking on campus is limited and requires a permit. ANU Security provides a free bus around campus and into Civic (Canberra’s CBD) after 5pm during semester. 


The Australian National University (ANU) was established by the Australian Government in 1946 with a founding mission to advance Australia’s understanding of itself and its neighbours and to explore the important issues that influence future prosperity. These objectives are still relevant today and quality research remains at the heart of everything ANU does.

ANU is consistently ranked as one of the world’s great teaching and research universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Higher Education, and Newsweek International.

Positioned close to national institutions, research organisations, offices of government and the Australian Parliament, ANU has close links with nationally and internationally significant decision-makers.

As a small university, ANU has a higher than average number of staff per student, ensuring that students enjoy small class sizes and unrivalled access to some of the world’s leading researchers, state-of-the-art technology, well-equipped lecture theatres, computing and laboratory facilities and five main libraries.

The ANU campus sits on 145 hectares of beautifully maintained bushland in the heart of Canberra. It is an easy walk to city shops, cafes and restaurants, and close to many of Australia’s best sporting, recreational and cultural facilities. 

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