Our nation’s capital has several high-quality universities offering a diverse range of under graduate and post graduate study options.
Canberra's two major institutions are The University of Canberra and the Australian National University, Australia’s highest ranked university (Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings for 2013/14). Canberra also has campuses for the University of New South Wales (incorporating the Australian Defence Force Academy), the Australian Catholic University and Charles Sturt University. Collectively they offer choice, convenience and advancement across most fields of study.
The University of Canberra
The University of Canberra was again awarded the maximum Five Stars for ‘Getting a Job’ and ‘Graduate Outcomes’ by the 2012 Good Universities Guide. The University provides unique access to knowledge, skills, internships and professional networks, which offer valuable competitive advantages when starting your career.
The University of Canberra’s commitment to professionally preparing graduates for professional careers in Australia and internationally pays dividends. Its graduates are in demand with employers worldwide.
The University currently offers some 116 undergraduate degrees, 95 postgraduate degrees and 38 research degrees through five faculties: Applied Science and Information Sciences and Engineering; Arts and Design; Business Government & Law; Education; and Health.
With over 12,500 students, including 1600 international students from over 100 countries, the University prides itself on its welcoming cosmopolitan environment.
Good reasons to consider the University of Canberra:
- It specialises in high quality professional education and applied research. Its degrees are respected and accepted around the world.
- It offers flexible pathways to University through the University of Canberra College and the University of Canberra English Language Institute.
- Support programs include the Personal Adviser Scheme orientation programs which help new international students get off to a great start.
- Academic standards are high, tuition fees are moderate, and class sizes are small.
- The campus offers clean fresh air and beautiful native flora and fauna.
The Australian National University
The Australian National University (ANU) is Australia’s only national university and home to some of the world’s leading educators and researchers.
Consistently ranked amongst the top 50 research universities in the world, ANU delivers a unique learning experience to over 18,000 students.
Relatively small student to staff ratios mean that ANU students have direct access to the people who write much of the material that is being studied.
The unique learning environment nurtures active debate between students and academics, inspiring a challenging and passionate community of scholars.
Many ANU students have gone on to become some of the world’s great industry, political and academic leaders and influencers.
This success is helped by the University’s close location to federal parliament, government policy makers and the many national institutions located in Canberra.
The ANU campus borders the city centre and is a short walk from the parliamentary triangle and Lake Burley Griffin.
The campus is like a small town with nearly 5,000 students living in residences, plenty of shops and cafés, a medical centre and multiple sporting facilities.
University of New South Wales – Canberra
UNSW Canberra is the Canberra campus of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). UNSW is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities, ranking in the top 50 universities worldwide.
UNSW Canberra provides a liberal tertiary undergraduate education in a tri service model to midshipmen and officer cadets of the Australian Defence Force and the armed services of Australia’s regional neighbours.
It also offers a range of postgraduate coursework and research programs open to the general community as well as Defence personnel. Excellence in research is UNSW Canberra’s backbone- students can enrol in research degrees, including PhDs, and professional courses.
UNSW Canberra has four schools - Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Engineering and Information Technology; and Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences.
UNSW Canberra’s strength springs from the excellence of its academic research coupled with the University’s close and unique relationship to Defence.
Students at UNSW Canberra gain all the advantages of studying with one of Australia's largest, most well-established and research intensive tertiary institutions. UNSW is a member of Australia's Group of Eight institutions and a member of Universitas 21. UNSW enjoys strong links to industry, reflecting its focus on real-world research and innovative research partnerships.
In October 2013 UNSW Canberra had 1,030 undergraduate students, 1,333 postgraduate coursework students, 330 higher degree research students and a small number of non-award students.
- University of New South Wales – Canberra
- University of New South Wales – Canberra, International Student Administrative Services
Australian Catholic University
Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university funded by the Australian Government and open to students and staff of all beliefs.
ACU has six campuses in Australia including one located in Canberra. Students enjoy the benefits of small, friendly campuses and small class sizes, and have direct access to highly qualified lecturers and quality student support services.
With four hectares of landscaped grounds, the Canberra Campus offers students plenty of space and great new facilities, including a state-of-the-art library, lecture and tutorial rooms, nursing laboratory, computer facilities, as well as a swimming pool and sporting facilities.
The Canberra Campus offers programs in early childhood and primary education, nursing, nursing/paramedicine, social work and theology.
ACU has an established reputation for quality and innovative teaching with specialist undergraduate and postgraduate education in disciplines including arts and sciences, business, law, education, health sciences, theology and philosophy.
ACU is dedicated to rigorous intellectual scholarship and the individual's pursuit of truth and academic freedom. Its ethos is derived from Christian values and the Catholic intellectual tradition, and our core concern is with ethics in all fields of endeavour.
ACU’s graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia (Source: Graduate Careers Council of Australia). Many find jobs using their professional skills before they have graduated.
Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University (CSU) is a national university providing excellence in education for the professions, strategic and applied research and flexible delivery of learning and teaching. The University’s campus in Canberra offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in theology. CSU also offers a diverse range of almost 400 courses through campuses across regional New South Wales and Sydney.
CSU in Canberra offers theology courses in partnership with St Mark’s National Theological Centre that allow students to deepen their understanding of their faith or begin on the path to ordination. The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture is located in Canberra, with a focus on interfaith dialogue, reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia, youth concerns, academic research and the relationships between theology and social issues.
CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) also has a presence in Canberra with offices for the support of postgraduate students. The AGSPS is globally recognised as a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in anti-terrorism and security, intelligence, emergency management, law enforcement, fraud and financial investigation and leadership.
CSU is recognised as a leader in the delivery of distance education, with around 24,000 students from across Australia and around the world completing their degree by distance education. A huge range of study, communication and support tools are provided online, ensuring students can interact with classmates and teaching staff to really feel part of the CSU community.
Find a university course
Searching for a university course is easy through each institution’s website. The Australian Governments official website - Study in Australia – also enables you to search for a course or an institution using a range of preferences.