With the effects of Globalization and the ease of movement between world countries it has become increasingly important for students to obtain a qualification that is internationally recognized. Australia is a firm favourite amongst students – citing reasons such international competitiveness and access to first world facilities.
Australian educational institutions are a magnet for international students. The Australian National University ranked 22nd in the world by QS World University Rankings while the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney are both considered top notch research and learning centres.
At the University of Queensland, undergraduates can study marine sciences at field stations on the Great Barrier Reef in disciplines like physical and molecular science, engineering, ecology, nature conservation and global change science.
Australia is also known as being one of the best places in the world to live ad students make the most of this enjoying campus life and ease of movement, freedom of expression, access to world class facilities all in a political stable and safe environment – with plenty of sunshine to boot.
Best universities in Australia 2017
If you are looking to study in Australia, then you are going to need a little information about your university options.
There are 35 top universities in Australia, according to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016-2017, and six of them feature in the prestigious top 100, meaning there is no shortage of choice.
The best Australian universities are spread across the country, from Perth in the west to Brisbane in the east, Darwin in the north to Hobart in the south.
The best university in Australia, according to the THE rankings, is the University of Melbourne – one of two universities in the country to make the top 50 of the overall world ranking (33). It is followed by the Australian National University (47), the University of Sydney (=60) and the University of Queensland (=60).
Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind the UK and the US.
Top 5 universities in Australia
1. University of Melbourne
There are more than 12,000 international students enrolled at the University of Melbourne, and if you do get a place there, you will be joining students from 130 different countries.
2. Australian National University
It counts six Nobel prize winners among its faculty and alumni, and is even run by a Nobel laureate. Brian Schmidt, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics (with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess) for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.
3. University of Sydney
Currently, 52,000 students attend the University of Sydney, representing some 134 countries. About 280 overseas exchange programmes are in place with more than 30 countries.
According to the AT Kearney’s Global Cities Index, which ranks the world’s most popular cities to study in, international students put Sydney ahead of 83 cities at the top of the pile.
4. University of Queensland
In 2015, UQ had 50,836 students enrolled, including 12,666 international students from 141 countries. It also has one of Australia’s largest PhD cohorts with about 13,800 postgraduate students registered.
5. Monash University
The university, which has about 47,000 undergraduates and a further 20,000 graduate students, has five bases in Victoria, as well as one in Malaysia. Monash also has a research and teaching centre in the Italian town of Prato, a research school in Mumbai, India, and a grad school in Jiangsu Province, China.