Universities and Higher Education

Australian universities provide international students with choices and opportunities across all study disciplines.

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Higher education qualifications

You can obtain a range of qualifications through Australian universities or higher education providers.

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List of Australian Universities

This list and maps shows the locations of the main campuses of Universities around Australia.

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Research opportunities

For a country with a relatively small population, Australia’s research and development has had a big impact on the world.

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University rankings

When it comes to world education rankings, Australia has a strong, proven track record.

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Higher education courses can be taken to earn an advanced degree and continue your studies in Australia. There are three main types of higher education which lead to Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees.

In Australia it is quite common for students to enrol in a double or combined Bachelor Degree program which leads to the award of two Bachelor Degrees. This is most common in the fields of arts, commerce, law and science.

Australian institutions offer a wide range of courses – from science to management and commerce, humanities to engineering, and law to health sciences. Australian institutions rank among the world’s best by discipline, particularly in engineering and technology, medicine, environmental science, and accounting and finance.

There are 43 universities in Australia (40 Australian universities, two international universities, and one private specialty university). Along with our universities, many other institutions offer higher education courses. You can search for institutions and courses using the Institution and Course Search on this website.

Our quality assurance

Australia has a national regulatory and quality agency for higher education – the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). It was established by the Australian Government to monitor quality, and regulate university and non-university higher education providers against a set of standards developed by the independent Higher Education Standards Panel.

In addition, the following student rights are protected by law under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS):

  • The well-being of all international students.
  • The quality of students' education experience.
  • The provision of up-to-date and accurate information.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) student surveys make it possible to compare higher education institutions and study areas, based on the results of thousands of surveys completed by current and former domestic and international students.

The CompareED website (www.compared.edu.au/) uses QILT survey responses to let you explore and compare the experiences of 2 million students and graduates of different institutions and study areas to help inform your study choices.

Visit the QILT website for more information on QILT surveys www.qilt.edu.au.

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Australian education system

The Australian education system offers primary, secondary and tertiary education linked across the country and across the world.

Scholarships to study in Australia

There are many grants, scholarships and bursaries available to assist you financially with your studies in Australia.

Universities and Higher Education

Australian universities provide international students with choices and opportunities across all study disciplines.