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Brief Introduction

The Australian National University is one of the premium and exclusive universities of the world located in Canberra, Australia. The university has its roots dating back to the 1820’s and has spread its connections all over the world with its strong alumni network. The University strives to maintain its number 1  position in Australia, and it also strives to be placed amongst a few of the top universities in the world. 

The Australian National University is ranked as ‘1st’ in Australia and ‘29th’ in the world.  The stats also showed that Fifty per cent of the students were undertaking postgraduate degree programs. ANU had around 25,500 students in 2018 out of which 5,000 students lived on campus in 2018; more than 20 per cent of the student population. It also has one of the highest average teachers to student ratios amongst Australia’s leading universities.

The different schools that come under the university are:

  • Business and commerce
  • Health and Medical Studies
  • Law and legal studies
  • Art, society and culture
  • Natural, physical and environmental sciences
  • Engineering and Computer science


 The Australian National University is situated in the inner-city suburb of Acton, Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, but American  National University also has campuses in the American capital Territory, NSW and the NT that house some extraordinary facilities that help support our teaching, learning and research.


Many university sites date back to the foundation of the capital of the nation, with over 40 buildings recognized by the Commonwealth Heritage List and several others on the local lists.
The library of ANU was established in 1948 after Arthur McDonald was appointed as the first librarian. The library holds over 2.5 million physical volumes distributed across six branches - Menzies, Art & Music, Hancock, Chifley, and Law Libraries and the external Print Repository. Chifley and Hancock's libraries are both accessible for ANU staff and students 24 hours a day.

General services provided include:

  • Building maintenance for all six College buildings
  • Major and minor capital works projects
  • Booking of College teaching rooms
  • Facilities management
  • Building access and security
  • Coordination of cleaning services

Residing Options

The residential options in the Australian National University (ANU) are quite unique given that there are just 6,000 students residing in the ANU approved accommodations.  Each and every residence offers a similar experience which creates lifelong memories and friendships. Following are some of the residential facilities offered by the school for postgraduates:

  • Warrumbul Lodge 
  • Bruce Hall Packard Wing 
  • Burgmann College Postgraduate Village 
  • Davey Lodge 
  • Fenner Hall 
  • Graduate House 

Financial Aid

ANU offers a number of bursaries and scholarships to provide support to students for their University accommodation expenses. Few of the scholarships offered are ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science International Postgraduate Merit Scholarship », ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship », ANU Science, Health and Medicine Indigenous Undergraduate Scholarship », ANUAFC Women’s Leadership Scholarship », Emergency Postgraduate Accommodation Bursary », Emergency Undergraduate Accommodation Bursary », Johnstone Family Scholarship », Postgraduate Accommodation Bursary », Undergraduate Accommodation Bursary »

Jobs and Placement

 The university is dedicated to providing the student with career development services and ensuring students have the tools and knowledge to navigate their careers. ANU Careers helps students to plan their careers and find a job, guides you through applications and interviews, provides career resources, and conducts career and employability workshops. 


Australian National University is located in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Canberra is actually far smaller than Melbourne which makes this city a somewhat calmer place to live. This could be a plus or negative factor, depending on your personal preferences. However, as Australia’s political hub, Canberra cannot exactly be described as sleepy. During parliamentary sittings, the city is alive with national politics. While it may be one of the country’s few major settlements further than a stone’s throw from a beach, Canberra boasts of a different kind of natural attraction. Surrounded by mountains, hills and bush-land, as much as half of Canberra itself is protected as Natural Park and reserve land – so if you’re used to living in the countryside, Canberra may be the place where you’d feel more at home. The city itself is ranked 23rd in the QS Best Student Cities 2019, achieving its highest score for the Student Mix category.

  • The nearest airport to the university is Canberra International Airport. 
  • The nearest bus stations to the university are: 
  • The nearest stations to The Australian National University are: Boldrewood St Before Barry Dr, Barry Dr Before Clunies Ross St, Mccaughey St After Barry Dr. The bus lines that stop near the university are 3, 313. 

College of Engineering and Computer Science 

At the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, you will be studying with a community of innovative students, teachers and researchers who are finding solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. 

ANU is ranked amongst the top universities of the world and the No.1 university in Australia according to QS University Rankings. Moreover, ANU is ranked first in Australia and 21st in the world for Graduate Employability according to the Global University Employability Ranking 2017. 

ANU offers unique, modern degrees designed to meet the challenges of the future - preparing you for success in today’s changing world.  The various undergraduate courses offered by the college of engineering are Bachelor of Technology (Honors) and Bachelor of Technology (R&D) (Honors). 

While a Plethora of Degrees is offered in the Master’s Degree, They are:

  • Master of Engineering in Digital Systems and Telecommunications – It is a single two-year masters degree offered by the department to graduate students who possess a degree in Bachelor of Technology (4 years) or equivalent course. The program includes specialized courses in signal processing, engineering statistics, wireless communications, embedded systems and information theory. The course is of 96 units. 
  • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering - This two-year master qualification provides students with specialized knowledge and professional engineering skills to prepare them for a career in electrical engineering. A Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0 is the minimum requirement for pursuing this degree. The Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering requires the completion of 96 units.
  • Master of Engineering in Mechatronics – A student who wants a career in the rapidly growing field of mechatronics, robotics and automation, computer vision and the intelligent system must pursue this degree! This two-year master’s qualification provides the students with professional engineering skills and specialized knowledge. Work Integrated Learning is an important part of the program and is delivered through the group project.  The Master of Engineering in Mechatronics requires the completion of 96 units.
  • Master of Engineering in Photonics – Photonics professionals work across a wide range of industries including research and development, telecommunications, sensing and remote detection and biomedical diagnostics. Hence, a Master of Engineering in Photonics is a two-year program that provides the student with specialized knowledge and professional approach in the field of optoelectronics and photonics. The Master of Engineering in Photonics requires the completion of 96 units.
  • Master of Technology in Renewable Energy - This two-year master qualification provides students with specialized knowledge and professional engineering skills to prepare them for a career in the rapidly-growing renewable energy industry. The program builds on ANU’s interdisciplinary research and engineering expertise to give students the skills to address complex multi-disciplinary problems while at the same time providing advanced technical knowledge in renewable energy. The program includes specialized courses in solar, wind and other renewable technologies, utility-scale systems design, grid integration and energy efficiency. Students also have the opportunity to select electives from across the University, including courses in the complementary areas of energy policy, law and economics. Work-integrated Learning is an important part of the program and is delivered through the group project. The

Master of Engineering in Renewable Energy requires the completion of 96 units.

Apart from these, there are postgraduate degrees for research too. The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science offers two Higher Degree by Research (HDR) degrees: the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil). Both degrees involve producing high-quality original research under the close supervision of a panel of world-class academic staff. HDR students produce a thesis that describes their research, which is assessed by external examiners at the end of the program.

In addition, the college also provides financial assistance to HDR students. 

ANU College of Business and Economics

The college fosters partnership with business, government and not-for-profit organizations, to arrive at real-world impacts. The focus is on giving rise to leaders who transform society, business, and economies. The ANU College of Business and Economics has the smallest class sizes and its graduates happen to be the most employable.

The enrolled students have access to a number of facilities such as the Venture Lab, connect hub, Behavioral Lab, College Bookable Rooms, Honors Lab, One-button studio, etc.

The ANU College of Business and Economics provides the students with bachelor’s, master and doctorate degrees. 

CBE has further four schools of research, namely Research School of Economics, Research School of Accounting, Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics, Research School of Management.

ANU College of Science and ANU College of Health and Medicine 

The objective of the ANU College of Science and Health and Medicine is to offer a quality study environment to the students and staff which will help them to grow and learn. ANU has given rise to  Nobel Laureates such as Professor Brian Schmidt, 2011 Nobel laureate, Professor Peter Doherty, 1996 Nobel laureate, Professor Rolf Zinkernagel, 1996 Nobel laureate, Professor John Eccles, 1963 Nobel laureate, Lord Howard Florey, 1945 Nobel laureate. The colleges provide undergraduate and graduate degrees with an extensive range of specializations in each. The college consists of the following schools: 

  • Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • Fenner School of Environment & Society
  • Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Research School of Biology
  • Research School of Chemistry
  • Research School of Earth Sciences
  • Research School of Physics & Engineering

Other Departments

1. ANU College of Law

ANU College of Law is ranked 15th in the world for the study of Law according to QS World rankings 2019/20. Combining the global outlook with a local focus, the ANU College of Law enjoys a high reputation for excellence in research; legal education and community outreach and remains focused on its objectives. 

The ANU College of Law provides degrees such as Bachelors in Law (honours), Master of Laws (LLM) and Juris Doctor. Across undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, the ANU College of Law provides a unique understanding of current law and policy, with our alumni working not only as lawyers but as agents for social change, improving public policy and enhancing global diplomacy. 

2. ANU College of Arts and Sciences 

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) set bars both nationally and internationally in education, research and community engagement across the fields of social sciences, humanities,  and creative arts. The researchers from the college create an environment which is conducive to debates and public policy with the help of media outreach, consultations, media outreach and their own research. The college’s disciplines are placed in rankings of above or well above world standard in the Excellence in Research Australia rankings by the Australian Research Council.

Annual fees for Indians $42,960
Annual off-campus living $8,500
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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