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University Overview

The University of Canberra (UC), based in Australia's national capital, occupies a site of almost 120 hectares in the suburb of bruce, about eight kilometres north-west of the central business district. The Bruce precinct includes a technology park, the Australian Institute of Sport, a campus of the Canberra Institute of Technology, a major hospital and several government departments.

The University's mission is to provide the highest level of professional undergraduate education in Australia. It educates students for approximately 30 different professions, among them information technology, management, law, accounting, engineering, teaching, modern languages, marketing, journalism, design, architecture, biomedical science, psychology, nursing, environmental science and sports studies. UC has one of the highest employment rates for graduates in Australia. Courses are organised within three Academic Divisions: Business, Law and Information Sciences, Communication and Education and Health, Design and Science.

UC offers full-time and part-time courses at undergraduate and graduate level. A variety of short courses are available through its professional development programs. The University also provides a full range of professional education services to meet the training and development needs of organisations such as professional bodies and government departments. Residents of the Australian Capital Region and nearby areas also have the opportunity each year to attend UC's Open Day to learn more about the courses and opportunities that UC offers.

To complete its commitment to the education of professionals, UC provides postgraduate professional education. This is increasingly being provided in flexible formats involving intensive teaching, web-based courses and distance education. In addition, the University carries out research, training and development for the advancement of the professions. It has a strong record of achievement in applied and professional research and consultancy work that contributes directly to the knowledge base of professional practice and the quality of life.

The University of Canberra is the Australian university with a global outlook - young, dynamic and innovative, and making the professional difference.


At Canberra, students can choose from many degrees under broad areas of study which includes arts and design, business, government and law, education, science, technology and maths and health. Canberra offers different pathway programs for students such as diplomas, UC connect, UC prep, UC start and UCan reach. Undergraduate students can take part in the University of Canberra student exchange program or study abroad which allows them to advance their academic studies while developing a greater understanding of different cultures.


Canberra has a wide selection of postgraduate courses that will help graduate students further their qualifications and enhance their career opportunities. Examples of postgraduate faculties at Canberra include the faculty of arts and design, faculty of business, government and law, faculty of education, science, technology and mathematics and the faculty of health.

Aside from the postgraduate coursework, research degrees are also available at Canberra. Successful completion of a PhD or Research Masters is an eminent qualification for research students. Students can choose from many research areas such as arts and design research, business, government and law research, education, science, technology and mathematics research and health research.

Study Online

There is currently no study online information for University of Canberra check with the University directly to find out if they have started offering study online programs.

International Students

The University of Canberra cares about the wellbeing of their overseas students thus the university has created a wide-range of support programs. Prior to coming to Australia, students are provided information about student visa application, booking flights, arranging for accommodation and packing important documents. Students are given advice about accommodation options. They may opt for temporary or short term accommodation, on-campus accommodation and off campus accommodation.

Canberra offers free airport pick-up upon arrival. Students are transported to their accommodation and after which, they have to attend a briefing. The university also offers an extensive orientation program, scheduled set of activities and events. This gives international students the opportunity to mingle with other students and be familiar with faculty members. Apart from all these, Canberra offers a lot scholarships for international students.

Tuition Fees

University of Canberra 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 Canberra include:


Business:$24,500   Arts/Education:$23,740   Engineering/Science:$21,610  


MBA:$30,930   Arts/Education:$26,000   Engineering/Science:$27,250  

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 cheapest Australian universities for international students for more general information.


Canberra has a wide range of scholarships to suit different needs, situations and study interests of students. Every student is eligible: domestic, international, undergraduate and postgraduate. Students who have high academic capacity and research aptitude can apply for honours and postgraduate scholarships.

The university offers higher degree by research scholarships to enable suitably qualified students to undertake full-time study towards a research higher degree. Selection is based on academic merit and research potential. These scholarships are tenable for up to three years for a PhD. International, study abroad and external scholarships are also available at Canberra.

University Life

Canberra university life nurtures student involvement in a variety of social, cultural, sporting, and recreation activities. Students can pursue their interests and make new friends with Canberra's many clubs and societies. Social life events such as concerts and comedy shows, to music festivals with world class acts and international sporting events there is something for every student.

Also part of student life are the trips and travel excursions scheduled by the university each semester. Campus life is not all about fun and games as Canberra also has a wide variety of student services. Housing support, transition guides, student welfare support, medical and dental services, academic support, scholarships and financial assistance are all in place to help students fully adapt to university life.

Student Reviews

Canberra student reviews contain many comments about how tutors and lecturers are very professional and committed. Students say that teachers are always available to help whenever requested and that because Canberra has small class sizes, the lecturer is often also the tutor which is a great advantage.

There is a general consensus throughout the student reviews that Canberra has a relaxed and calm atmosphere which students say lets them concentrate more when studying. Students appreciate the small size of the campus as it allows them to meet other students and make friends easier. Other common comments from students include Canberra's adequate facilities.

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