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Located in capital city of Canberra, Australia, the Australian National University (ANU) is a public university established in the year 1946. It is the only university in Australia which is created by the Australian Parliament. The main campus of the university accommodates 7 research and teaching colleges along with many other national institutes. It enrols more than 10,000 undergraduates and almost the same number of graduates and has more than 3,500 staff members.
ANU is one of the best universities across the world and stands at the 19th spot in QS World’s University Rankings for the year 2015/16. Moreover, the university also stood at the 7th spot on the list of Most International University list of Times Higher Education in the year 2014.
ANU is located in the Acton suburb of Canberra, which is the most educated city in Australia. Moreover, it is also one of the safest cities in Australia with a low crime rate and excellent security arrangements. The city has a modern lifestyle and you will be greeted with a number of restaurants, cafe, book stores, boutiques, etc. just outside the university campus.
The university is easily accessible by bus as more than 30 routes travel through and close to it. You can purchase a MyWay card to pay for your bus trips. Moreover, there is also NXTBUS service which allows you to track the location of the bus in real time. A large number of students who live close to the university travel by bicycle. There are bicycle lockers, hoops and enclosures throughout the campus for utmost convenience.
The main campus of the university is spread across 358 acres of land. There are seven colleges on the campus
ANU offers multiple residential options at Ursula Hall, Bruce Hall, John XXII College, Burgmann College, Toad Hall, Burton and Garran Hall, Fenner Hall and Graduate House. All these residential options are located on the campus, but the Fenner Hall is about 6km away from the campus in Braddon suburb. Apart from these options, many students also live in Kinloch Lodge, Davey Lodge, Lena Karmel Lodge and Warrambul Lodge that are located adjacent to the campus and are much cheaper than the above mentioned options.
For the students who want to live off-campus, there is university operated Griffin Hall and University Gardens situated in Belconnen.
Canberra has a dry weather with hot to warm summers that can reach up to 28°C in the month of January which is the hottest month. July is the coldest month in Canberra with average day time temperatures of 10°C that can fall up to 0°C during night. October is the wettest month and the annual rainfall received by Canberra is about 600mm. So be ready for really cold winters here where there may even be an occasional snowfall. But then, you can make most of it by going to a nearby ski resort and build a great summer body in winters!
The faculty of ANU is world-renowned and have achieved international recognition for their research and teaching. It had 4 Nobel laureates amongst its faculty and many of the current professors are still continuing their research and studies at the university. Even though these professors carry such high stature, most of them are easy to approach even after college hours in case of a query. Chennupati Jagadish, AC and Thushara Abhayapala are distinguished profs here of Indian origin.
With smaller classes, interaction with profs is great and enriching. While the lecturers are good, the tutors may not be as good as you would want them to be.
Being one of the best universities all across the world, the university also offers some excellent financial help and loans to international and local students. The university is a part of US Financial Direct Loan Program and many different types of loans, like Direct Subsidised, Direct Unsubsidised, Direct PLUS, Direct Graduate PLUS and Direct PLUS for parents that depend on their undergraduate students.
As an international student, you can also apply for International Student Emergency Aid (ISEA) which is a one-time grant, up to a maximum of $3,000 for students suffering from financial difficulties.
ANU also offers excellent placement opportunities to its students. IT offers a Careers Resource library where students can research on various career options available and also improve their employability. A large number of Fortune 500 companies, like P&G, Microsoft, Intuit, Disney, etc. visit the campus throughout the year during many networking events, on-campus presentations, and career fairs, and offer amazing packages to selected students. Further, there is an online Career Hub where students get access to a listing of internship vacancies and jobs.
ANU attracts students from all over the world not just for the studies, but for its amazing campus life which is often defined as exceptional by the students. Even the staff of the university belongs to a rich mixture of ethnicities and cultures to add the right amount of depth and vibrancy to the life of students at the university.
With a large amount of focus being laid on the on-campus life of the students, the university has successfully created a diverse and vibrant community, where students can easily find like-minded friends and enjoy productive learning years. Moreover, there are also many different clubs and organizations at the university where the students can focus on other activities apart from their studies.
A world-class university which constantly ranks among the best 20 universities across the world, ANU is everything a student would want in his/her college. With 6 Nobel laureates in its faculty and alumni list, it is definitely a prestigious institution and is sure to put your career on the right track. While Canberra may not provide a sizzling backdrop for student life, the on-campus study environment, prestige factor and the caring administration definitely is a big plus here.