Australian National University, Canberra

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Leafy and laid-back, Australian National University provides both students and visitors with a studious, relaxed atmosphere in which to unwind. The verdant campus extends across the affluent suburb of Acton, consists mainly of parkland--with more than 10,000 trees on campus--and has a border with the native bushland of Black Mountain. Established in the year 1946, the university boasts the distinction of being the only one created by the Parliament of Australia. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Canberra holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Australian National University and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • If you are looking for world top 20 university, ANU is one to watch. Located in the heart of Canberra, this university has a great number of major, from undergraduate to post-doctoral degree.  more »
  • ANU is known not just for its quality of education that is recognized around the globe. It is also popular for its stunning campus and scholar-friendly location--Australian capital, Canberra. The camp...  more »
  • Enjoyed dinner at Boffins in University House. Lovely old building with ponds along the walkway. Well landscaped though easy to get lost driving at night.  more »
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  • Good uni for Canberra. 1 of only a few unis. However, no teaching degree. undergoing renovations. look forward to a better university!!
  • Did my undergrad here - the uni is becoming more and more concerned with making money than with producing educated and well rounded young citizens. If you're not studying science and not a research student, they don't really care too much about your experience. On the plus side, beautiful campus and always plenty to do and see!
  • It is indeed one of the best universities in the world. As a Ph.D. student in RSPE, I enjoy every moment studying here. The level of the researches here is even higher than the most universities in USA and UK.
  • If you want to have a (near) top-tier US university experience in Australia, especially for postgraduate students to be connected with the elite academia society (in the world), ANU is the priority choice for you. ANU has a music school but it does not have a museum comparing with US ivy league universities in terms of intellectual expansion. Most of Professors have PhD degree from Ivy league Unis from the US and some from Oxbridge and G8. ANU is very strong and competitive in law, humanities, Asian studies, medicine research, natural science, (and) engineering is well employed. But students are not actively engaged in social events, and Canberra is a very boring place for undergraduate students as well as for low employment locally, unless you want to work in the Australian government. Housing and water shortage are problems as well in Canberra. Canberra does not have a CBD, but it has a small "Civic". Do not expect decent social life in Canberra. Most students come from Sydney and Brisbane, and some from Perth, a few from Melbourne. International students encompass large proportion in ANU, and projects and final exam can be very challenging and innovative. Do not come to ANU if you think you are not good enough for graduation purposes.
  • Too much stress for master of engineering student. Plus weather in Canberra is NOT GOOD:( Too freaking cold on winter:(recommend Sydney instead.

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