Top Universities in Australia – Australia is home to many prestigious universities which are highly ranked and globally renowned. Australian Universities promote innovation, creativity, and independent thinking among their students. Most of the international students who study in Australia are able to find attractive Australian job opportunities worldwide post completion of their studies. According to QS world ranking 2019, the top universities in Australia include Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Queensland.
Things you need to know before applying for studies in Australia:
Based on QS World Rankings 2019, we have listed the top universities in Australia in the table below. It also highlights the Australian Rank and Global Ranking of the universities along with their location.
|Australian Rank||Global Rank||University||Location|
|1||29||Australian National University (ANU)||Canberra|
|2||38||University of Melbourne||Melbourne, Victoria|
|3||42||University of Sydney||Sydney, New South Wales|
|4||43||University of New South Wales (UNSW)||Kensington, New South Wales|
|5||47||University of Queensland (UQ)||Brisbane, Queensland|
|6||58||Monash University||Melbourne, Victoria|
|7||86||University of Western Australia (UWA)||Perth, Western Australia|
|8||106||University of Adelaide||Adelaide, South Australia|
|9||140||University of Technology Sydney (UTS)||Ultimo, New South Wales|
|10||207||University of Newcastle, Australia (UON)||Callaghan, New South Wales|
The Australian National University (ANU) stands at # 1 location in Australia and is ranked 29th in the world. Though ANU has lost its ranking from 24 in 2018, it is still ranked highest amongst Australian Universities. ANU scores high on criteria such as International Faculty and International Students and has 37.5 as a faculty-student ratio.
ANU is located in Canberra, which is also the capital of Australia.
ANU is ranked 7th in the world for Geography, 13th for Automation & Controls 23rd for Earth Sciences 30th for Telecommunication Engineering. The university is divided into 7 colleges with 1 dedicated research unit called NARU campus. The university is solving challenging problems in fields such as Environment and Sustainability, Health and Medicine, and Science and Innovative Technology.
Canberra is a great place for international students to pursue higher studies as it offers a plethora of housing options to suit your needs and budget that includes
The University of Melbourne is ranked 2nd in Australia and 38th in the world as per QS Rankings 2019. Melbourne University, in fact, has improved its ranking from 39 in 2018. Melbourne University scores 99.2 on academic reputation and has a student-faculty ratio of 24.1. It boasts of strong research performance, excellence in learning and teaching. University also ranks 7th worldwide in terms of graduate employability. Out of the total courses offered, 14 subjects are placed in the top 20 courses internationally.
Students can choose from various subjects for their Bachelor’s degree.
|QS World University Rankings (by subject) 2019|
|Australia Ranking||Global Ranking|
|Accounting and Finance||1||16|
The students can pursue the following courses at the University of Melbourne
There are 400 professional coursework and higher research degrees, certificates and diplomas offered by 10 faculties:
Melbourne is ranked 2nd in “Most liveable city” as per Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2018 ranking after being # 1 in 7 years before it. Melbourne is home to a population from over 140 different cultures and is food-obsessed, with many excellent restaurants. Plenty of housing options are available for international students in Melbourne including residential colleges, purpose-built apartments and private housing, all on or close to the campus.
The University of Sydney is ranked 42nd in the world and 3rd in Australia in QS ranking 2019. The University of Sydney has also received a Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. The University of Sydney ranks 4th in the world and 1st in Australia in Graduate Employability ranking by QS. Currently, there are more than 73,000 students enrolled in the university.
There are various UG degree courses which international students can pursue such as Architecture and Environments, Design Computing, Media and Communication, Economics, Education, Dental Medicine, Advanced Computing, Engineering, Applied Science and Project Management. Students can also pursue Masters courses in the fields like Urban Design, Architectural Design, Electronic Arts, Nursing, Medicine, Big Data in Business, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Management, Marketing and MBA.
Mercer’s 2016 report shows Sydney as one of the best cities in Australia. It has a population of 5 million and over 60% of Australia’s top 100 companies are located here. Housing accommodation is quite expensive in Sydney. Roughly 1 bedroom flat (apartment) in the City Centre costs more than AUD 2,000 per month and 1 bedroom flat outside the City Centre can cost around AUD 1,386 per month.
University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of the top 100 universities in the world. It has more than 59,000 students and a strong research community of 7,000 scholars. It ranks 4th in Australia and 43rd in the world on QS World Ranking which is an improvement over 2018. University is ranked 27 on Graduate Employability Rankings. According to the University data, it has invested $250 million in research infrastructure since 2015 and is planning to invest more than $900 million over 10 years to attract researchers within the top 5% of their fields internationally. The main UNSW campus is seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney on a 38-hectare site at Kensington.
University of Queensland (UQ) is ranked #5 in Australia and #47 in the world based on QS rankings. The University of Queensland has a strong focus on teaching excellence, having won more Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) than any other universities in the country. The University of Queensland boasts of 2 Nobel laureates, Peter C Doherty and John Harsanyi and close to 100 Rhodes Scholars amongst its alumni.
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Students can pursue Bachelors, Masters and research-level studies at UQ. Popular Masters courses are MSc Tourism, Hotel and Travel Management, MSc Data Science, MBA, MS in Computer Science, Engineering, IT, Agriculture Science, Biotechnology and Psychology and Bachelors in similar courses.
Most popular subject domains at UQ are:
With a population of 2 million, people enjoy a relaxed lifestyle in Brisbane. Most of the residents in Brisbane were born overseas. During your first few weeks in the city, you will need around AUD 2,500 to set up, including accommodation costs, money to set up your new home, and food and transport. Thereafter, you will need to spend around AUD 500 for rent, food, transport, bills, study costs, etc. Brisbane is one of the cheapest major city in Australia and there are many accommodation options available near campus. Approximate cost of living as per university website are
|Single student: on-campus||Single student: off-campus share house||Single student: off-campus apartment||Family (two adults, one child): off-campus apartment|
|$450 to $700 per week||$130 to $250 per week||$180 to $520 per week||$450 to $600 per week|
Type of course and its duration determine the length of stay of an international student in Australia. Read “Student visa Australia” article.