AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY – CANBERRA

FUN FACT: I lived on the ANU campus for six months when I was in primary school and one of my parents was teaching at the university. I loved the stunning lakeside location, relaxed pace of life and taking road trips to the Namadgi National Park or Bateman’s Bay on the coast.

*details are correct as of December 2023. Please check the website carefully for annual changes.

  • public research university
  • established 1946
  • Motto: First to Learn the Nature of Things
  • a world top 100 university – QS World Rankings (2024 = No. 34)
  • Group of Eight member (Australia’s best research intensive universities)
  • 18,000+ students
  • 8,000+ international students – just under 50%

Location

  • Canberra is the capital of Australia
  • 25% of the population are students / 25% international
  • Canberra has a young and educated population – people are focused on career progression and are often very driven. Lots of people working in government and at the embassies
  • But still a quiet, spacious city – people are focused but also enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. Opportunity for a very balanced life.
  • The university is centrally located in the suburb of Acton – maximum 30 minute trip to anywhere in the city. Great public transport system and bike paths everywhere
  • A very green city with lots of trees
  • 2 hour drive to the beach – students go often, nearby National Parks
  • The campus has lots of cafes, shops, a swimming pool, two gyms and many other facilities.

Academic

  • 7 teaching and research Colleges: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences / Asia and the Pacific / Business and Economics / Engineering and Computer Science / Law / Health and Medicine / Physical, Life, Mathematical and Environmental Sciences
  • 50 single or 599 flexible double degrees
  • Bachelor’s degrees are 3 years or 4 years with honours – also 4 year vertical double degrees and lots of flexible double degrees 4-5 years. Many electives to choose from.
  • Psychology, medicine and computer science are the most competitive programmes, but if students have the required grades they should receive an offer
  • Highly ranked programmes: International Relations (QS 2024 = No. 10), Archeology, Philosophy, Geology, Sociology, Politics, Development Studies, Linguistics
  • International relations and politics students are able to get internships at the embassies – lots of opportunities
  • The Australian National Internships Program offers Commonwealth Parliamentary Internships to students. Interns are based in the offices of MPs and Senators and engage with a range of activities that shape national policy making. Also open to international students – and students from all disciplines.
  • Excellent opportunities for language learning at the Ethel Tory Centre – 28 languages on offer from beginner to advanced level. ANU is an international leader in modern language studies.
  • Study abroad – internships, short term programmes through to a full year abroad. 180 partner universities, including: McGill, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, Fudan University, Peking University, University of Copenhagen, Sciences Po, Trinity College Dublin, University of Hong Kong, Bocconi University, University of Tokyo, Leiden University, National University of Singapore, Stockholm University, Imperial College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Texas at Austin, Rochester University, and many more.

Application

  • Apply directly to ANU through the online application portal
  • $110 AUD application fee
  • Apply for a single program – but you can change your preference anytime after submitting an application
  • Students must meet the minimum academic eligibility requirements and, if required, English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 80). They are then ranked against other students applying for the same programme.
  • Admission is based on academic merit (achieved or predicted grades/GPA)
  • Rolling admissions with deadlines on the 15th of each month – you will then get an offer by the 1st of the following month – never more than a six week wait for a decision
  • Intakes in February and July
  • Deferred places are not offered – students need to apply again.
  • Have two months to accept an offer

Finances

  • Chancellor’s Scholarship offers 25%/50% of tuition – based on GPA, automatic consideration
  • There are also programme specific scholarships – check the scholarship finder
  • Students are only eligible for one academic scholarship
  • Cost of living – $350-550 per week on campus – depending on the style of accommodation. Living off campus tends to be a bit more expensive, depending on the location.

Accommodation

  • International students are guaranteed accommodation
  • Around 4,500 students live on campus
  • Wider range of catered and non-catered options available
  • Campus is easy walking/biking distance to the city
  • Compare the residences
  • Short term accommodation is offered over the summer for international students who want to stay in Canberra
  • Students can select one preference when applying for university accommodation – the university aims to keep a balance of diversity across the residences
  • Pastoral services are provided on site
  • Housing Online offers support for students who wish to find private and/or independent accommodation off campus

Activities

  • ANU Student communities
  • There are also a wide range of leadership and volunteer opportunities – eg. the Vice Chancellor’s Student Leadership Program, STOMP – Mentoring for Refugee Bridging Program
  • Free academic skills workshops to help students Improve their academic skills and gain confidence in writing, researching, editing, publishing, presenting, and more.
  • ANU Thrive is a student-led initiative which aims to support students by listening to their concerns and connecting them to the most appropriate service or providing information
  • Student Safety and Wellbeing Case managers are available to discuss concerns with students and offer support on issues such as exam stress, moving to a new country, health concerns, depression, relationship issues, and loneliness.
  • ANU Counselling Service – offers one on one and group counselling. Free and available 24/7.

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