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The Australian National University (ANU) is one of the world’s most highly respected institutions, and is consistently placed amongst the top ranked universities in Australia and the world.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the number one institution in Australia and placed 27th worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2022). Rankings were based on a range of measures such as academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations and the ratio of staff to students.

A culture of discovery and inquiry informs all aspects of research and education at ANU. The University has important connections with the world’s other top institutions, and continues to attract some of the world's finest students and staff. ANU has a reputation for distinctive research is widely recognised, and the University’s teaching programs are among the best in the nation.

ANU has 5 star ratings for student demand, staff qualifications, student:staff ratio and student retention according to the Good Universities Guide. One of the best universities for international students, ANU graduates are in demand with employers and higher education institutions across the globe.

*ANU is ranked #1 in Australia for International Outlook (THE International Outlook Indicator 2018)

6 reasons to study at ANU

1. Range of quality academic programs

ANU offers programs and courses across its seven academic colleges in a range of areas, offering students the flexibility to combine degree programs, pick a specific course and pursue Masters degrees. Students can choose from the following academic areas:

  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Asia & the Pacific
  • Business & Economics
  • Engineering and Computing
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Medicine and Medical Science
  • Law
  • National Security

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2. Job-ready graduates

Receiving an ANU degree opens up doors nationally and internationally with a high rate of graduate employment and post-graduate study opportunities. Students also have access to the careers centre and alumni network that will help kick-start your career prospects.

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3. Academic expertise

ANU is renowned worldwide for its academic expertise and cutting-edge research. University students are exposed to active researchers who act as mentors.

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4. Partnerships & Programs

ANU offers students the opportunity to participate in national internships with the Federal or state government as well as international exchange programs which can be credited towards your degree.

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5. Campus

The ANU campus is located in Acton and is only minutes away from the nation's parliament and national institutions, putting you in the heart of the action in Canberra. The University is also surrounded by plenty of shops, venues and amazing places to eat, allowing you to submerge yourself in the beauty, history and culture of the Australian Capital Territory. ANU also has smaller campuses across Australia in NSW and the Northern Territory.

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6. Employability Rankings

Graduates from the Australian National University are favoured by the nation's employers and are listed among the world's most sought after degree holders. Times Higher Education placed the ANU 66th in the world in the Global University Employability Ranking. The ANU was the only Australian university to make the US-dominated top 50.

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