Australian National University

About Australian National University

Ours is a vibrant and diverse community where you will form close bonds through shared experiences with your peers, and be nurtured and encouraged by a University-wide support network. You will have the chance to engage with industry and government leaders through internship programs, and see the world by participating in our outstanding student exchange programs.

What’s more, we’ve made it easier for domestic school leavers to choose ANU by making applications simpler than they have ever been. We’ve developed a new approach to admission that maintains the highest possible academic standards while making the transition to university more welcoming, merit-based, transparent and representative of Australia. Our new approach also values generosity, leadership and community service through our new co-curricular or service requirement — now a mandatory aspect of admission for domestic school leavers.

For the first time ever you can apply for admission, campus accommodation and scholarships in one single, free application.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants


Once you receive your offer from UAC, visit the ANU website for instructions on accepting your offer.


Credit may be given to applicants transferring from other tertiary institutions. Applications for credit may be submitted at the time of enrolment and must be accompanied by course and subject outlines from your previous course. 

ANU course credits and exemptions.


ANU's orientation program provides opportunities to give you the best start to your new life at ANU and in Canberra — meet other new students, understand the enrolment and other university administration processes, attend welcome barbecues, campus tours and library discovery sessions, and become familiar with Canberra.


All applicants have the option to defer their course for up to one year. Approval to defer is not automatic and your deferment will lapse if you undertake tertiary studies in Australia during the deferment period. 

ANU deferment policy.

International Year 12 applicants


To accept your offer of admission, visit the ANU website.


ANU has online and face-to-face enrolment options available.

ANU enrolment.


ANU's orientation program provides opportunities to give you the best start to your new life at ANU and in Canberra - meet other new students, understand the enrolment and other university administration processes, attend welcome barbecues, campus tours and library discovery sessions, and become familiar with Canberra.

ANU orientation.


As an international student, it may be possible to defer your enrolment at ANU for up to 12 months.

ANU course deferment.

Postgraduate applicants


Offers are made progressively as applications are assessed for entry, with electronic offer notifications to be released from UAC. Successful applicants should meet any conditions of their offer and accept online at the ANU website.

Enrolment instructions will be emailed six months prior to the commencement of your studies, or as your acceptance is processed, whichever is the later. 


If you have previous studies or professional experience that is relevant to your offered program, you can request to receive course credit or an exemption based on your prior learning. Students seeking status/exemption must complete an Application for Status (credit transfer form).

ANU course credit and exemption.


It may be possible to postpone commencement of an offered graduate program for up to 12 months. Deferment requests will be handled directly by ANU.

ANU course deferment.

Campus information


ANU is located in the inner-city Canberra suburb of Acton, in the Australian Capital Territory. There are also additional campuses in the ACT, NSW and the NT. 

ANU campus locations.

Student and campus services

ANU has a range of student support services including counselling, chaplaincy, academic skills and learning support, and employment and career advice. Campus facilities include a medical centre, computing centre, sporting and recreation facilities, and childcare centres. ANU supports a variety of student clubs and societies so that students can become involved in campus life.

ANU student and campus services.


ANU has a dedicated support service for students whose participation in academic studies is impacted by a disability, chronic or short-term medical condition, mental health issues, carer responsibilities or elite athlete status that assists them to participate fully in their program of study.

ANU Access & Inclusion.


The Tjabal Higher Education Centre offers a range of support services to all Indigenous Australian students, including orientation to the broad context of the University, study skills and academic advice, tutorial assistance, 24-hour computer lab access, a common room and study facilities. 

Support for Indigenous communities.


There are a number of different accommodation options for undergraduate and postgraduate students at ANU. You can live on campus in an approved ANU residence, such as a Hall, Lodge or College, or choose to find private rental or share accommodation. 

For applicants from outside the Canberra region, ANU guarantees new, full-time, first-year, undergraduate students in their first semester an offer of accommodation at one of our approved ANU student residences. ANU also offers up to 50 accommodation places for local ACT region applicants. You must apply by the application closing date to be eligible for the ANU accommodation guarantee. 

ANU accommodation options.


The University provides a range of health services on campus, including a general medical practice, a private dental practice and a private optometrist.

Contact ANU Student Health Service.

Exchange programs

ANU offers students the opportunity to study part of their ANU degree program overseas through a range of opportunities that run from two weeks through to a full year abroad. These international experiences will enable students to grow academically, professionally and personally. Global Programs offer a specialised and focused service for credit bearing international experiences.

ANU global programs.

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

All ANU students must pay student contributions for a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP). When you study in a CSP course, you only have to pay part of the cost of your course (a student contribution) and the Australian Government pays the remainder of the cost. 

ANU course fees.


Students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 these were:

  • full-time students – $151.50 per half year ($303 annually)
  • part-time students – $75.75 per half year ($151.50 annually).

ANU Student Services and Amenities Fee.

International Year 12 applicants

International students are required to pay full tuition fees (International Student Fees – ISF) and are not subsidised by the Australian Government. If you are offered a place at ANU you must pay a deposit before you can be issued with an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for use in your student visa application process. The deposit of A$20,000 will contribute to your tuition fee and the applicable Overseas Student Health Cover insurance premium. 

If you will be sponsored by a third party who will cover your fees, read our fact sheet on the procedures you need to follow to formally register such an arrangement. 

ANU international student fees.

Postgraduate applicants

Tuition fees for postgraduate students are calculated on a per subject basis. 

ANU postgraduate course fees.

International students

Your stay in Australia


It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate that they have sufficient funds while living in Australia. 

Living costs include items such as:

  • Accommodation (including rental bond)
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal and household items
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train).

Living expenses in Australia.


During your stay in Australia you are permitted to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours outside teaching periods. Certain categories of voluntary, unpaid work is included in this total, and work undertaken as part of your course is not included. You should not rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia as work cannot be guaranteed and spending excessive amounts of time working may adversely affect your studies. Applications for work visas can only be submitted after you have arrived in Australia and started your classes. The Department of Home Affairs determines work entitlement for students. 

To find out more about working while studying in Australia, visit the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.


ANU has prepared a checklist to help you plan for before and after you arrive in Australia. 

Explore the checklist for international students.

Life as a student is much more than just attending classes and there are many other things to do that can help make your time at ANU a worthwhile experience, including playing sport, joining clubs and societies, participating in social activities, or volunteering. 

ANU student events.


Before you are granted a student visa, the Australian Government must be satisfied that you have appropriate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements in place for the period that you will be under 18 years of age while in Australia. These arrangements must be finalised before visa application documentation can be issued.

The acceptable living arrangements for international students under the age of 18 are informed by Part D Standard 5 of the National Code, which requires that:

  • students aged under 18 must have appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements in place prior to applying for a student visa
  • the arrangements must be approved by the University
  • the arrangements must remain in place for the duration of the period of enrolment plus seven days or until the student turns 18.

To find out more about acceptable living arrangements, visit ANU International students under 18 years of age.

Student support

ANU offers a full range of student support services including advice on accommodation options and settling into life in Australia’s capital. ANU can also refer you to other services that you may need and provide you with a later-year student mentor. 

To find out more, visit the ANU website.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance for international students to help them with the costs of medical and hospital care they may require while they are in Australia. OSHC does not cover dental treatment. ANU’s preferred provider is Allianz Global Assistance

The Australian Government requires all international students on a student visa and their dependants to purchase an approved policy from an Australian registered health fund for the duration of their visas. OSHC is not included in tuition fees.

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