New South Wales and ACT Universities


Australia’s largest city is home to some of the world’s best universities. Close to the city centre, you’ll find The University of Sydney, The University of Technology Sydney, and The University of New South Wales. Each of these universities provides a wide range of course offerings within a vibrant urban setting.

Meanwhile, the Australian Catholic University, Macquarie University and the University of Western Sydney have campuses located throughout the greater Sydney region.

Sydney is a big and busy place, which has its advantages and disadvantages. On the positive side, there are a multitude of great places to eat and drink, famous sites like the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Darling Harbour and Bondi Beach, and you’ll get to meet plenty of people. The downside is that it can be a fairly expensive place to live if you’re a student. If you’re visiting before you move, find a flight to Sydney and a Sydney hotel on Webjet.


There are two major universities in the Australian Capital Territory: the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. Both provide a world-class standard of tertiary education within modern campuses.

Charles Sturt University also has a campus in Canberra (the School of Theology).


Located about two hours north of Sydney, Newcastle is a sunny coastal town that is relaxed and friendly. The University of Newcastle offers undergraduate degrees in business, law, education, arts, engineering, medicine, science and IT – as well as a range of postgraduate courses.


Wollongong is a couple of hours’ drive south of Sydney. It offers an excellent standard of living – with affordable accommodation options located not far from the beach.

The University of Wollongong provides undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in business, arts, law, engineering, science, medicine, and social sciences.

Central NSW

Charles Sturt University has campuses in Bathurst, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Lismore. Each campus provides state-of-the-art facilities within a picturesque setting. These campuses give students who live in regional areas the opportunity to study at a tertiary level.

Northern NSW

Offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in arts, science, business and law, Southern Cross University has regional campuses located in Lismore and Coffs Harbour.

Further inland (just over two hours from Coffs Harbour), the University of New England has a campus in Armidale – offering over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Southern NSW

Albury-Wodonga straddles the border of NSW and Victoria. This is where you’ll find one of Charles Sturt University’s regional campuses, offering courses in accounting, business, education, science, IT, nursing, and more.

New South Wales and A.C.T Universities 

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top Australian Catholic University –

40 Edward Street
North Sydney NSW 2060
PO Box 968
North Sydney NSW 2059
Tel: (02) 9739 2929
Fax: (02) 9739 2905

ACU National is a public university, funded by the Australian Government, and is open to students and staff of all beliefs. The University is firmly established as an institution with a reputation for quality and innovative teaching. The combination of small class sizes and highly qualified academic staff who have a commitment to student-centered learning results in a personalised learning environment with a high number of staff per student. The opportunity for program transfer between states is also available to students.

Specialist education
ACU National provides specialist education in health, education, business and informatics, arts, social sciences and theology. For more information on our courses, look in the Course Areas section above.

Open to all
ACU National is open to students and staff of all beliefs.

Our graduates consistently give a high rating of their educational experience at ACU National.

High achievers
ACU National graduates are high achievers in education, health, commerce, the humanities, science, technology and the creative arts.

Small class sizes
Students enjoy our small, friendly campuses with high staff-to-student ratios, easy access to lecturers, outstanding student support services and being treated like people, not like numbers.

ACU National is a truly national university with six small, friendly campuses in Australia and off campus activity throughout Australia and overseas. ACU National is dedicated to rigorous intellectual scholarship and the individual’s pursuit of truth and academic freedom. Its ethos is derived from Christian values and its core concern is with ethics in all fields of endeavour.

ACU National has one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country. (Source: Graduate Careers Council of Australia)

top The Australian National University –

Canberra ACT 0200
Tel: (02) 6125 5111
Fax: (02) 6125 5571

Created to drive social, cultural and economic prosperity and Australia’s international standing through research of the highest quality by an act of Federal Parliament in 1946, The Australian National University is one of the world’s most highly respected universities.

Originally devoted exclusively to research, the University began offering undergraduate degrees in 1960. Distinguished by a relentless dedication to achieving excellence, ANU attracts leading academics and outstanding students from Australia and around the world.

Australia’s national university has a unique, research-driven environment where bright, ambitious students thrive, and world-class facilities including the most powerful computer in Australia, modern laboratories and lecture theatres and two million volumes lining the shelves of several libraries.

Researchers at ANU follow in the footsteps of the Nobel Prize winners who have called the University home – whose legacy is to drive the latest generation forward in the tireless pursuit of excellence.

A recent independent quality review of the University found it ranked among the world’s best research universities, with 77 per cent of external assessors ranking ANU as one of the top 50 universities in their field in the world — including 44 per cent who rated ANU in the world’s top 25 universities.

The Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education’s Academic Ranking of World Universities has ranked ANU ahead of every other university in the Southern Hemisphere two years in a row.

The ANU has forged close links with government, business and research institutions in Australia and abroad and is involved in collaborative projects with organisations ranging from NASA to the European Union.

The University is located on a beautiful 145-hectare campus in the heart of Canberra, the nation’s capital.

top The University of Canberra –

PO Box 1
Belconnen ACT 2616
Tel: (02) 6201 5111
Fax: (02) 6201 5999

The University of Canberra specialises in professional education, carrying out research, training and development for the advancement of the professions. There are three divisions on campus: communication and education; management and technology; and science and design.

The University of Canberra offers full-time and part-time courses at undergraduate and graduate level. A variety of short courses is available through the University of Canberra’s professional development programs. The University also provides a full range of professional education services to meet the training and development needs of organisations such as professional bodies and government departments.

As part of its commitment to the education of professionals, the University of Canberra has an increasingly strong record of achievement in applied and professional research and consultancy work which contributes directly to our knowledge of professional practice and quality of life.

The University participates in and contributes to several Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) – national research ventures between universities, government and private enterprise to solve local, national and global problems. The university is a major partner in the CRC for Freshwater Ecology, which is dedicated to stopping resource degradation and turning the tide in favour of the environment. It is also a partner in the the CRC in Landscape Evolution and Mineral Exploration and the CRC for Sustainable Tourism.

Other significant research centres at the University of Canberra include: the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, the Applied Ecology Research Centre, the Centre For National Corporate Law and Policy Research, the Centre For Public Sector Management Research, the Centre for Australian Regolith Studies, the Asian Research and Development Institute and the Centre for Developing Cities.

The University of Canberra is eight kilometres from the city centre, overlooking Lake Ginninderra and the Brindabella Ranges. The spacious campus is planted with Australian native flora, and offers ample parking, excellent sporting facilities and on-campus accommodation for more than a thousand students.

top Charles Sturt University –

Bathurst Campus
Panorama Avenue
Private Mailbag 99
Bathurst NSW 2795
Tel: (02) 6338 4000
Fax: (02) 6331 9634

Charles Sturt University has campuses across regional NSW in the cities of Albury-Wodonga, where an award-winning environmentally sensitive campus has been built at Thurgoona, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga.

In addition the University supports students with facilities located across regional NSW and centres in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Goulburn and Broken Hill. CSU offers 338 courses across five faculties: Arts, Commerce, Education, Health Studies, Science and Agriculture, and the Australian Graduate School of Police Management.

There are five designated centres of research specialising in Rural Social Research, Cultural Risk Research, Conservation Farming, Grape and Wine Research, and Parks, Recreation and Heritage.

The University has 31,000 students. Of these 18,000 students study off-campus throughout Australia and overseas, making CSU Australia’s leading provider of distance education. Over 5 600 are off-shore international students.

Innovative in its use of technology in education, the University led the move in the Australian higher education sector to have all subjects supported online.

CSU plays a distinctive role in providing vocational and industry-linked courses. As part of its teaching and entrepreneurial activities the University operates a commercial winery and cheese factory. A radio station producing a daily national news service and an advertising agency support students studying communication.

top Macquarie University –

Sydney NSW 2109
Tel: (02) 9850 7111
Fax: (02) 9850 7433

In 35 years, Macquarie University has developed from a small but innovative institution to a multifaceted university in the heart of one of Australia’s major high technology parks.

Macquarie continues to be a pioneer in Australian higher education with an academic structure which consolidates and enhances its distinctive multi-discipline Divisions. The academic program is supported by three major colleges which are academically much broader than traditional university faculties, encouraging students to choose units from several fields of expertise.

This interdisciplinary approach produces graduates with wide expertise and enhanced career opportunities, as official DEETYA and Graduate Careers Council of Australia figures show. Special, accelerated double degree programs make possible the completion of two degree programs in four years, allowing more career options.

The university offers Economic and Financial Studies, Management, Early Childhood Studies, Education, Humanities, Languages, Creative Arts, Law, Studies in Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy, Environmental and Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, Linguistics, Psychology and Mathematical, Physical and Information Sciences.

Students are supported by a comprehensive academic advising system and a Library noted for its user-friendly services and modern information facilities.

Macquarie has 20 University Research Centres, and six federally funded national centres. They include national centres of excellence for cognitive psychology and for English language. Macquarie’s reputation for high-quality research attracts substantial funding from both Government and non-government sources, including Microsoft, which funds a Chair for Innovation in Computing and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, which supports a Chair in Education.

The university is the birthplace of the Macquarie Dictionary, has a prestigious Graduate School of Management, whose MBA was recently named as the best in Australasia and Asia by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and a respected Graduate School of the Environment.

The campus is set in 135-hectares of natural bush, about 16 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD, linked by expressway and direct public transport. Current student enrolment is around 25,000.

Macquarie also focuses on cultural activities, with a theatre, museums, an art gallery and the largest sculpture park in Australia. It is the home of an acclaimed chamber music group, the Macquarie Trio.

top The University of New England –

Armidale NSW 2351
Tel: (02) 6773 3333
Fax: (02) 6773 3122

The University of New England was the first Australian university established outside a capital city. With a history extending back to the 1920s, UNE has a well-earned reputation as one of Australia’s great teaching, training and research universities.

Its graduates consistently rate their experience at UNE highly, a reflection of the University’s commitment to student support. More than 50,000 people now hold UNE qualifications, with many in senior positions in Australia and overseas. UNE has built up its academic profile to the point where it now has more than 500 PhD candidates, an important sign of the University’s academic vigour.

Support for students
Each year, the University offers students more than $1.25 million in scholarships, prizes, and bursaries and more than $18 million for staff and students involved in research. Through the University’s broad network of international partnerships, many UNE students have opportunities to travel overseas without having to defer their studies.

Studying from a distance
Since 1955, teaching off-campus students by distance education has been an important part of the University’s activities. UNE is now Australia’s longest continuous provider of distance education and with more than 12,000 external students, is still one of Australia’s major providers of awards to off-campus students. Increasingly, the flexibility offered by external study is proving a significant attraction to those pursuing a tertiary education.

Learning online
With more than 12,500 of its 17,000 students studying via the Internet, UNE is now at the forefront of online learning. UNE students, who have access to 300 subjects online, are finding that Internet learning is a whole new experience that offers greater flexibility for study and a new way of working and communicating with supervisors and fellow students. All students at UNE are provided with internet access and email accounts.

Learning on-campus
The majority of first-year, on-campus students choose to live in the residential colleges, within easy walking distance of lectures and tutorials. In addition to providing food and lodgings, the colleges offer organised social activities as well as academic and pastoral support networks. The University prides itself that students from more than 50 nations study on-campus, providing a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The campus is well equipped with its own child-care, medical and dental facilities, a post office, bank, shops and restaurant, as well as a gymnasium and heated swimming pool. A regular bus service links the campus to town.

top The University of New South Wales –

Sydney NSW 2052
Tel: (02) 9385 1000
Fax: (02) 9385 2000
University College

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of the leading teaching and research universities in Australia – renowned for the quality of its graduates and its commitment to new and creative approaches to education and research. Its motto – Scientia Manu et Mente (“Knowledge by Hand and Mind”) – encapsulates the University’s central philosophy of balancing the practical and the scholarly.

UNSW graduates are highly employable and command some of the best starting salaries.
As a result, more than half of New South Wales’ top HSC students consistently make UNSW their first preference, more than all other universities in the State combined.

The University also enjoys the reputation of Australia’s leading international university with the largest on-campus enrolment of international students and over 200 sister university partnerships around the world, amongst many other international activities.

UNSW has over 40,000 students including over 8,800 international students, from over 90 different countries and an additional 1,800 international students in pre-University programs. The University offers over 700 undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and has developed an extensive network of alumni chapters throughout Asia.

UNSW is one of Australia’s leading research universities and is home to a number of internationally recognised research developments in the fields of Quantum Computing, Photovoltaics, HIV Aids Research, Interactive Cinema and Polymer Chemistry.UNSW’s expertise is regularly sought after by business and government, for the wide range of consultancy and training services offered.

Located in Sydney, the University of New South Wales is situated near the business hub of Australia’s largest city, providing easy access to a wide range of academic, cultural and social activities, and less than 5km from some of the most famous beaches in the world. The 38 hectare Kensington site, the main UNSW campus, consists of state-of-the-art faculty and service facilities that combine to provide an ideal educational and communal environment for all students.

top The University of Newcastle –

Callaghan NSW 2308
Tel: (02) 4921 5000
Fax: (02) 4960 1661

The University of Newcastle, established in 1965, has a student population of just over 20,000. We offer over 150 undergraduate and graduate courses, delivered via five Faculties – Business and Law; Education and Arts; Engineering and Built Environment; Health; and Science and Information Technology. The University is an exceptional achiever in research with an international reputation for expertise in innovative approaches to teaching and learning. With campuses in both the Central Coast and Hunter regions of NSW, we serve a community of around a million people.

There are two main campuses, both of which have won national awards for architecture and sympathetic environmental management. The larger campus at Callaghan lies about 12 kilometres from the Centre of Newcastle on a beautiful natural bushland site, and this is where the great majority of our students study. The other main campus is at Ourimbah on the Central Coast, about half way between Newcastle and Sydney. It is part of an innovative joint venture between the University, the Hunter Institute (TAFE NSW) and the Central Coast Community College. Currently there are about 1,800 University of Newcastle students studying at Ourimbah but as a new campus earmarked for growth, this number is expected to grow considerably over the next five years.

Although not a campus in the strict sense of the word, we have a significant presence on two sites within the Newcastle C.B.D. Our School of Music and Conservatorium are located in the Civic Theatre precinct, while our School of Law, Legal Centre, and Graduate School of Business are located in University House, a landmark art-deco sandstone building directly opposite Civic Park. It is an ideal location for many of our students who study part-time and who work close by. And although the University’s medical and nursing programs are based on the Callaghan campus, they also operate out of major clinical, teaching, and research facilities at several hospitals and health centres in the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

top Southern Cross University –

Military Road
PO Box 157
Lismore NSW 2480
Tel: (02) 6620 3000
Fax: (02) 6622 1300

Southern Cross University is a well-established regional university of around 11,000 students, half of them studying at the Lismore, northern NSW campus; many others studying on an external basis; and a growing number of offshore International students.

Southern Cross has a strong east coast presence, with campuses in Lismore and Coffs Harbour, and a new campus at Tweed Heads which opened in 2002. A University Centre in Sydney, and a developing distributed network of Southern Cross University centres, at regional campuses of the North Coast Institute of TAFE, provide additional support to the 48 per cent of students who choose to study from home or in the workplace.

Students come from around Australia to study in the areas of Business, Commerce and Management; Education; Environmental Science; Human Movement; Indigenous Studies; Information Technology and Multimedia; Law and Justice; Media, Visual Arts and Contemporary Music; Natural Therapies; Nursing; Psychology; Social Science and Human Services; and Tourism.

Specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander courses are provided through an Indigenous Australian Peoples’ college. Increasing numbers of postgraduate and distance education programs are on offer in most discipline areas.

SCU has a thriving international program with students enrolled from over 30 countries. Around 400 international students are enrolled on-campus in Australia with a further 1280 enrolled in overseas programs. Strategic alliances have been established with a range of overseas universities, organisations and industries.

The University has developed a reputation for its industry and professional partnerships. With a strong commitment to national and international partnering, the university has proven that it is responsive to the ever-changing human resource management and development needs of a range of employers and to the education, training and qualification needs of their employees.

top The University of Sydney –

Sydney NSW 2006
Tel: (02) 9351 2222

The University of Sydney, founded in 1850, is Australia’s first university. Over the past 150 years, the University has built an international reputation for its outstanding teaching and as a centre of research excellence.

As one of Australia’s leading universities, the University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight of Australia’s major research intensive universities and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

For the past four years, Sydney has led the nation in winning competitive funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The University has nine of the Federal government’s 49 prestigious Federation Fellowships and performs strongly in research conducted collaboratively with industry.

There are over 430 different degrees, a huge range of majors and specialist units within these degrees.

Courses are flexible, designed to give students the best possible outcomes in terms of intellectual development and career outcomes.

Prospective students have recognised the excellence of teaching at the University of Sydney, and are voting with their feet. In 2003, Sydney was once again university of first choice for NSW school leavers, attracting more first preference applications for entry than any other university in the state.

University of Sydney graduates are based throughout the world. Graduates who have gained international recognition for their work include President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn; academic and businesswoman Jill Ker Conway; film makers Phil Noyce, Jane Campion and Bruce Beresford; soprano Yvonne Kenny; writers Germaine Greer and Clive James; and Nobel laureates Sir John Cornforth and Dr John Harsanyi.

Alumni Associations are active overseas, particularly in North America, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Hong Kong, and the Alumni Relations Office is happy to help you keep in touch.

Twice a year, the University also produces special international editions of its fortnightly newspaper, focussing on research and teaching activities throughout the world.

top The University of Technology Sydney –

PO Box 123
Broadway NSW 2007
Tel: (02) 9514 2000
Fax: (02) 9514 1551

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) provides higher education aimed at enhancing professional practice, serving the community at large and enabling students to reach their full personal and career potential.

With an international focus, the University is concerned to improve educational provision for students from a diversity of backgrounds by valuing exemplary teaching and developing flexible study patterns. It is committed to close interaction with the professions, business, government, science and the human services in promoting scholarship, research, continuing education, consultancy and technology transfer.

UTS pursues a tradition of scholarly excellence with a strong emphasis on cooperative education. Almost all undergraduate students are required to have some industrial experience prior to graduation.

Through a variety of attendance patterns – full-time, part-time and ‘sandwich ‘ – UTS offers professionals in the workforce the opportunity to enhance their formal qualifications.

Courses offered by UTS have achieved high acclaim in major discipline reviews conducted by the Federal Government. Because of its strong links with industry, and its efforts to develop programs that are at the forefront of industry and professional initiative, UTS has consistently achieved one of the highest ratings in the level of employability of its graduates.

UTS offers around 100 undergraduate degrees and 200 postgraduate courses to more than 25,000 students, including more than 8000 at graduate level. Its teaching and research programs are undertaken through the Institute for International Studies and nine Faculties: Business; Design, Architecture and Building; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Law; Information Technology; Nursing, Midwifery & Health; and Science. The University Graduate School monitors the quality of graduate studies and is responsible for the administration of all postgraduate courses.

UTS is a multi-campus University spread over three major locations in the Sydney metropolitan area: the City Campus (with buildings on Broadway and in the Haymarket area); the Kuring-gai Campus; and the St Leonards Campus.

top The University of Western Sydney –

Locked Bag 1797
NSW 1797
Tel: (02) 9852 5222

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is one of Australia’s largest universities with over 35,000 students including more than 5,000 international students every year. UWS has six campuses located in Greater Western Sydney.

UWS aspires to be a place that brings positive change to the life opportunities of its students and a source of creativity and new knowledge that is relevant, robust and contributes to individual and community development.

The University’s place will be at the leading edge of knowledge, providing a contemporary education that builds successful lives and careers for our students and graduates, and conducting research that speaks to the development of urban and rural regions, the new economy, cultural life and professional development.

“To be a university of international standing and outlook, achieving excellence through scholarship, teaching, learning, research and service to its regional, national and international communities, beginning with the people of Greater Western Sydney”

UWS has a shared and explicit set of values which underpin all that it does.

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Excellence and quality in endeavours
  • Ethics and accountability
  • Academic responsibility and freedom
  • Equity of access and inclusiveness
  • Scholarly rigour and integrity
  • Collegiality and participatory decision-making
  • Relevance and responsibility to our communities

Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning within UWS will build the University’s reputation for excellence and scholarship in teaching based on professionalism of its staff and their commitment to students.

top University of Wollongong –

Northfields Avenue
Wollongong NSW 2522
Tel: (02) 4221 3555
Fax: (02) 4221 3477

The University of Wollongong was recently awarded Australia’s University of the Year again. Outstanding research and development partnerships earned the University the 1999-2000 joint award and another joint award in 2000-2001 for ‘Preparing Graduates for the E-World’.

Established in 1951, the University of Wollongong currently offers over 75 undergraduate degrees specialisations and more than 120 postgraduate degrees specialisations to over 13,000 students (of whom more than 2,000 are international students) across nine faculties.

The University has carefully targeted its research funding to its areas of excellence. Strong business links allow the University to base its teaching on the latest trends and needs, as well as offering a practical component to many courses.

UOW is widely recognised for its interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research strengths across the areas of:

  • Materials & Manufacturing
  • Policy and Social Impact
  • Communications & Information Society
  • Environment & Quality

The University is one of the largest sites of information technology and telecommunications research in the Southern Hemisphere. Diverse areas of expertise also includes superconductors, intelligent polymers, steel processing and products, welding and welded structures, microwave technology, smart foods, policy development, biomedical research, medical radiation physics, multimedia and environment research. ITC was established as the corporate arm of the university to support and encourage ventures such as these.
ITC manages UOW’s offshore campus in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It is the first Australian university to receive a licence to operate a foreign campus in the Middle East.

Apart from Dubai, UOW has satellite campuses in Sydney, Nowra, Batemans Bay and Bega.

The University of Wollongong has established an international reputation for quality in education and research. Its reputation means that it attracts talented, motivated scholars from around Australia and more than 70 countries worldwide. The University encourages cultural, social and educational interaction between international and Australian students. Wollongong has active teaching, research and student exchange programs with more than 65 universities in the US, Europe and Asia.