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Canberra is a great place to live, with just about all of the interest and activities to be found in large cities without the hassles. Check out this claim by taking a bike ride around the lake! The ANU has unusually high proportions of students living on campus and from other states. They're not all study nerds with close to 20 National Institute of the Arts students were selected for the Australian Youth Orchestra that performed at the Olympic opening ceremony and toured Europe.


Undergraduate students at ANU can choose from many available course offerings. Areas of study include engineering and computer science, law, medicine, biology and environment, physical and mathematical sciences, arts and social sciences and business and economics.

There are many reasons for students to study undergraduate degrees at ANU. For one, ANU offers students with world-class facilities, including the most powerful computer system in Australia, modern laboratories, classrooms and lecture theatres and libraries.

ANU has close links with government, industry and research institutions in Australia and around the world, including leading universities in the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). ANU also offers a diverse and distinctive student exchange program with over 100 different institutions and has collaborative projects with organizations ranging from NASA to the European Union.


The postgraduate program at ANU is divided into two categories, masters (coursework) and postgraduate research. Graduate students who decide to study masters can choose from a variety of areas in the coursework program such as accounting, actuarial studies, anthropology, art history and curatorial studies, astronomy and astrophysics, biology, computer science and technology, economics and engineering.

Meanwhile, postgraduate students who opt to conduct research activities can choose the higher degree by research (HDR) program at ANU. Postgraduate research degrees include Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and professional doctorates. Students who are found eligible may also be granted research scholarships.

Study Online

Distance education courses under the graduate studies program are available at ANU for students to enroll in. This includes different study areas such as anthropology and development, indigenous Australian studies, art history and curatorship, ethics and philosophy, computing and related technologies, environmental sciences and resource management, biology, health and medicine and natural and physical sciences.

A diverse range of online tools are used to make the learning experience of students rich and interactive as possible. Within a structured pace of delivering course content, students can log in to a program called Wattle at any time of the day or night to interact with their teachers and fellow students in online forums and simulations.

International Students

ANU understands the struggles encountered by a lot of overseas students when they come to Australia. The university has created helpful support services to address such problems. Before coming to Australia, students may seek the advice of ANU's International Agent Representatives present in their respective countries. The university guides students upon their arrival in Australia and they can even avail of a meet and greet session at the airport.

Apart from all these, ANU has an accommodation guarantee and all the student residence options on and near campus. Support programs such as orientations, free counselling services and enrolment consultations are also accessible. For international students who will arrive late and will not be able to join the orientation week, they may complete the late commencement student declaration. Competitive international student scholarships are also available at ANU. These scholarships are granted to those who meet the selection criteria.

Tuition Fees

Australian National University tuition fees vary depending on student status and the course being undertaken. International students are generally required to pay the full fee for undergraduate study while both local and undergraduate students can be required to pay the full fee for postgraduate study. Sample average indicative fees from ANU include:


Business:$39,024   Arts/Education:$36,720   Engineering/Science:$41,040  


MBA:$41,040   Arts/Education:$36,720   Engineering/Science:$39,024  

Check with the University directly for the cost of study of the courses in which you have an interest or you can check out the lowest fees for international students at university in Australia for more general information.


ANU has a number of scholarships available for students to help with the cost of their studies. Donors and benefactors, external organizations and the Australian government, fund many of the scholarships that the university offers. Scholarships range from academic to sports and are available for different undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. In addition to the internal scholarships offered by ANU, there are scholarship opportunities offered by overseas governments, and other industry partners and affiliates, which students can take advantage of.

University Life

University life at ANU is all about finding balance between academics and extra-curricular activities. Outside the walls of the classroom, ANU has a diverse range of support services, programs, and activities to enhance student experience and help students succeed at the university.

Student life at ANU is made more exciting with different clubs and societies that students can join in. Aside from this, students can take part in the university's different communities such as the creative arts learning community, diversity learning community and a lot more.

ANU also encourages students to participate in volunteer work and scheduled events and social activities. A wide variety of support services is also provided to students to ensure that they are able to adapt with university life.

Student Reviews

Student reviews show that one of the most appealing features of ANU is its competent faculty. Review comments from students say how lecturers and tutors provide an excellent and exciting learning environment for them. Students add that teachers at ANU are always open to questions.

Another major theme that always comes out from the student reviews is that the university has excellent student support services. Examples of support services include guidance and counselling and academic and career programs.

Two significant features of the student reviews mention about ANU's spacious and huge campus as well as the lovely university grounds. According to a majority of students, the university's green lawns, the lovely trees that surround the entire campus along with the water course, allows them to relax and study better.

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