Why Exchange or Study Abroad at ANU?


The Australian National University has a distinct national and global mission. Founded in 1946 to apply the best minds to the biggest questions and advance Australia’s international standing, ANU has grown to become one of the world’s most respected centres of higher learning.

At ANU, students become part of a global network of thought leaders and innovators. Consistently ranked among the top universities in the world, they will to have access state-of-the-art facilities, the best resources in the nation and some of the world’s leading academics.

A stellar academic experience

ANU promotes an independent and interactive learning environment that encourages initiative and is driven by our fundamental objective to impart a superior, research-led education to our students.

The unique physical and intellectual environment at ANU allows students to study alongside world-leading researchers. During their studies at ANU, students will explore intricate ideas, gain skills to critically analyse and solve complex problems, and discover knowledge, experience and skills
to become leaders.

A research-led education has given real meaning to the creation of an active community of scholars at ANU.

Our students are taught by, and work with, active researchers at all levels of achievement. Highly research-active staff means that students are exposed to the latest scholarly developments in their respective fields.

The strong focus on residential living enables our high calibre students to study and socialise with like-minded peers, helping them establish lifelong friends and valuable networks. There’s always something happening within the campus community to encourage collaborative pursuits beyond study. This has helped to create a community of engaged, creative and inspired minds.

Returning exchange and study abroad students mention their residential hall as the thing they miss the most.

A tempered student size

ANU has over 18,000 students which ensures students have equal access to resources and no student gets left behind. Non-award students get just five months to have a great international study experience. ANU Global Programs guarantees personal attention and care to make sure students are well prepared before they arrive and well integrated in the first few weeks of getting here.

Guaranteed accommodation

Our unique tertiary institution provides a comprehensive range of academic, pastoral and spiritual support together with an extensive social, sporting and cultural program. Nothing beats the convenience of living on campus and provides you with easy access to all University health, counselling, sports, the library, academic and social facilities. ANU is a community where young people of all faiths live and study together, in a spirit of diversity, individual growth and mutual respect. Students get the opportunity to choose between 11 accommodation halls/residences that best suit their needs.

 A cross–disciplinary approach to education

We encourage students to take up different subjects in different colleges/ faculties; there are generally no restrictions to be doing a select number of courses at one college and the rest at another. As long as the student meets pre-requisites, the student could be doing all four courses (a full semester workload) at different academic colleges.

Academic breadth

The seven academic colleges together teach approx. 200 majors and over 5,000 courses. A bit more detail is given in the following pages.

ANU has 17 language majors including Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, German and French. We encourage students to take up beginners’ courses in a new language or further their knowledge by taking intermediary or advanced language lessons if they meet the pre-requisites. Students can apply to intern with a range of public and private sector organisations,while engaging in a research project, as part of the Australian National Internship Program (ANIP).

Academic dynamic

Classes never get full and therefore there is no rush to sign up for a class.  Also, course approvals are communicated a month before students actually arrive at ANU. If, for whatever reason, they want to add or drop a course, they can do so within three weeks of classes commencing and throughout
orientation week.

Therefore, incoming exchange and study abroad students get a month to decide the four courses they want to take at ANU for a semester. Also, all lectures are recorded and hosted online for students to refer to later.

Strong STEM focus

ANU plays an important national role in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Our world renowned researchers are working at the forefront of global challenges and specialise in everything from addressing climate change and predicting tsunamis, to developing the world’s highest efficiency solar cell and leading major advances in stem cell science for a new era of regenerative medicine. ANU ranks 1 in Australia and 28 in the world for physical sciences.

A vibrant international student population helps our incoming students feel right at home at ANU

ANU will not just be a window to Australian people and culture but an incoming study abroad student will be exposed to numerous other cultural influences from the Asia Pacific region.

ANU and Canberra offer a diversity that is reflected in cuisine, dress, language, art, and the various clubs and societies that have sprung up to bring people together and impart a strong and unique sense of community.


Updated:  11 October 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Director, NALO/ Page Contact:  Director, NALO