Top universities in Australia  

Are you planning to study a University course in Australia? Congratulations, what an excellent choice! In terms of lifestyle, this country is the one to beat and is why it’s so popular for international students considering where to go. But importantly, the education system here is world-class and Australian Universities routinely feature on lists of the world’s best.

Let’s take a look at a list of the 2019 top Universities in Australia for international students, as compiled by University Reviews. The criteria are that the institution should offer low tuition fees whilst still providing a world-class degree. Oh, and a wonderful lifestyle is also a big determining factor. We will outline some of the courses you can take, a range of activities on offer, an example of the international student fees, and what kinds of sports you could enjoy there. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists, but you can find out more at each Uni’s website.

With this information at your disposal, where do you see yourself studying?

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No. 1 University of Wollongong

Located on the coast, 80 kilometres south of Sydney, University of Wollongong offers beachside living and a huge campus of more than 32,000 students. With more than 400 undergraduate degrees, you are spoilt for choice.

  • Courses: Arts & Humanities; Business; Creative Arts; Psychology; International Studies; Law; Physics; Social Work.
  • Activities: 24/7 gym facilities; aquatic centre with 50m outdoor pool; learn to swim classes; excellent library; lots of food outlets; bar that hosts music and comedy gigs.
  • Average annual fees (Business degree): $29,616.
  • Sport: Home of Triathlon Australia International High Performance Centre; social (badminton, basketball, cheerleading, martial arts, scuba diving, water polo) and competitive sport (cricket, football, hockey, rugby).

No. 2 University of Melbourne

Australia’s second oldest University, founded in 1853, University of Melbourne is a public research institution and its main campus, Parkville, is located in Melbourne’s inner north.

  • Courses: UoM offers 9 three-year degrees including Arts; Agriculture; Biomedicine, Commerce; Design; Fine Arts; Music; Oral Health; Science.
  • Activities: 12 libraries, seasonal farmers market, cafes, gyms, supermarket, specialty retail outlets, swimming pool, free Friday fitness classes. ‘Prosh Week’ in September engages students in fun, non-academic activities like go-kart races, lecture theatre ranks and a scavenger hunt. Find a club to join!
  • Average annual fees (Business degree): $40,216.
  • Sport: 39 sports clubs including Melbourne University Lacrosse Club, Cycling Club and Tennis Club.

No. 3 RMIT University

Melbourne’s inner city RMIT is a global University of technology and design. It is also Australia’s largest tertiary institution and boasts excellent research, training and recreational facilities, and learning and teaching spaces. The state-of-the-art RMIT Design Hub (Building 100) has won global awards for innovation and design.

  • Courses: Architecture; Art; Fashion; Game Design; Law; Information Technology; Communication; Biomedical Sciences; Engineering; Building.
  • Activities: Festivals, markets and parties organised by the RUSU (student union); movies; Melbourne walking tours; group trips and day tours to tourist attractions; more than 100 student clubs and societies across politics, music, arts, culture and more.
  • Average annual fees (Business degree): $32,640.
  • Sport: Social including yoga, futsal and cricket; lots of sporting clubs including rowing, snow sports, ten pin bowling, water skiing and kendo.

No. 4 Monash University

With four campuses in Victoria and one in Malaysia, Melbourne-based Monash University enrols more than 73,000 students. The largest campus, Clayton spreads out over a 1.1 square-kilometre area and has its very own postcode! Clayton demands a higher ATAR score than the other campuses.

  • Courses: Monash is divided into ten faculties including Art Design & Architecture (MADA); Arts; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Information Technology; Law; Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Science.
  • Activities: Rare Books Collection boasts more than 100,000 valuable items; Monash University Museum of Art; Switchback Gallery; MADA Gallery;
  • Average annual fees (Business degree): $43,400.
  • Sport: Sports Centre is open 7 days a week and includes a swimming pool, gym, social sports (basketball, soccer, badminton, netball). Serious players can participate in Varsity sports.

No. 5 Curtin University

Over in Perth, Western Australia is Curtin University, the largest tertiary institution in the state. Curtin also has campuses in Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia and Mauritius. The Perth campus is situated six kilometres from the city’s CBD.

  • Courses: At Curtin, you can study: Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability; Architecture and Construction; Arts and Creative Industries; Business, Management and Law; Culture, Languages and Indigenous; Education; Engineering and Mining; Health; IT and Computing; Physical Sciences and Mathematics.
  • Activities: Join a special interest club such as Club Rad, Campus Christian Movement, Curtin Young Engineers Club, The Brain Trust and many more which centre around politics, music, culture and even gaming and animation.
  • Average annual fees (Business degree): $28,600 per annum.
  • Sport: Join the gym and use the state-of-the-art fitness centre complete with ladies-only studio. Take a fitness class or enjoy free court hire and play table tennis, badminton, beach volleyball or futsal. Take a class in dance or martial arts or represent Curtin in hockey, soccer, fencing or even Ultimate Frisbee.

No. 6 James Cook University

Like Wollongong, James Cook University’s main campus is not in a capital city. Though there is a Brisbane campus, the largest one is in Townsville, 1,337 kilometres to the north. International students love the coastal location and laidback lifestyle and if you like hot weather, Townsville is the perfect place for you.

  • Courses: James Cook offers five main faculties including Accounting, Business, Education, Information Technology and Hospitality and Tourism.
  • Activities: The Townsville campus offers cafes, bars and a library and you can join one of the many, varied student clubs and societies. Join in Live@Lunch days featuring free food and live entertainment. There are market days, barbecues and academic workshops too.
  • Average annual fees (Business degree): $29,400.
  • Sports: Take part in JCU Social Sport every Monday night and play netball, touch football, beach volleyball or soccer. Swim in the campus pool, hire one of the courts (netball, beach volleyball and squash) and compete in Interfaculty sporting competitions.

Well, those are the top 6, and rounding out the top 10 are University of Southern Queensland (Brisbane), Griffith University (Brisbane), Charles Darwin University (Darwin) and University of New England (Armidale, New South Wales). If you’re considering Australia for your studies, make sure you do plenty of research so you can choose a place you’d like to live in, as well as go to University.


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