banner image
13 | 07 | 16
07 | 16

Best universities in Australia 2016



If you are looking to study in Australia, then you are going to need a little information about your university options.

There are 31 top universities in Australia, according to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2015-2016, and eight 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.

Resources: top universities worldwide

 Best universities in Europe 2016
 Best universities in the UK 2016
 Best universities in the United States 2016
 Best universities in Canada 2016
– Best universities in Asia 2016
 Best universities in South America 2016

 The best university in Australia, according to the THE rankings, is the University of Melbourne – the only university in the country to make the top 50 of the overall world ranking (33). It is followed by the Australian National University (52), the University of Sydney (=56) and the University of Queensland (60).

Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind the UK and the US – pretty impressive for a nation of just 23 million people.

Essential reading: advice for international students choosing a university in Australia

Top 5 universities in Australia

1. University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne was founded in 1853, making it the second oldest in the country (keep reading to find out the oldest).

It is home to 47,000 students and 6,500 members of staff and has 280,000 alumni around the world (some 15 percent of whom live outside Australia).

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.

You will also be rubbing shoulders with some pretty famous scholars. Nobel prize winner Peter Doherty (physiology and medicine) and fellows of the Royal Society David Solomon and David Boger all teach or research at Melbourne.

2. Australian National University

Established in 1946, Australian National University (ANU) was originally created as a postgraduate research university by the Parliament of Australia.

It counts six Nobel prizewinners 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, is the institution’s vice-chancellor.

More than 22,500 students chose to study at ANU in 2015. Almost 5,000 of these students live on the campus, making for a tight-knit community.

3. University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is the oldest university in Australia (founded in 1851).

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.

No fewer than five Australian prime ministers attended the university, including Edmund Barton, who, in 1901, won Australia’s first ever federal election.

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.

– Looking for a job in finance? Sydney could be a good location for you!

4. the University of Queensland

The University of Queensland’s (UQ) motto is Scientia ac Labore, which is Latin for “by means of knowledge and hard work” – so be prepared to do some grafting!

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.

Famous former students include a Nobel laureate, two Fortune 500 company CEOs, Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush and poet Bronwyn Lea.

The university’s main campus is located in the green and leafy inner Brisbane suburb of St Lucia – one of the most affluent areas of the city.

5. Monash University

Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, is named after engineer and military leader Sir John Monash, and it was the first university in Australia to be named after a person rather than a place.

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.

Famous alumni include musician Nick Cave, Booker Prize-winning novelist Peter Carey, and playwright David Williamson.

Top universities in Australia 2016

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2015-2016 results

Australia rank World University Rankings 2015-2016 rank University
1 33 University of Melbourne
2 52 Australian National University
3 =56 University of Sydney
4 60 University of Queensland
5 73 Monash University
6 =82 University of New South Wales
7 109 University of Western Australia
8 =149 University of Adelaide
9 201–250 University of Technology, Sydney
=10 251–300 Charles Darwin University
=10 251–300 Flinders University
=10 251–300 Griffith University
=10 251–300 James Cook University
=10 251–300 University of Newcastle
=10 251–300 Queensland University of Technology
=10 251–300 University of Tasmania
=10 251–300 University of Wollongong
=18 301–350 Deakin University
=18 301–350 Macquarie University
=20 351–400 La Trobe University
=20 351–400 University of South Australia
=20 351–400 Swinburne University of Technology
=23 401–500 Curtin University
=23 401–500 Murdoch University
=23 401–500 RMIT University
=23 401–500 Southern Cross University
=23 401–500 Western Sydney University
=28 501–600 University of Canberra
=28 501–600 Central Queensland University
=28 501–600 Edith Cowan University
31 601–800 University of Southern Queensland

Source: www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities-australia (4 July 2016)

News related

Baek Ah Yeon

I trust Allianz Care since it is one of the largest insurance companies in Australia, with the medical centres where I only have to pay for what is left from insurance support. (no need to claim later). Besides, those centres are located at the centre of the city, close to schools. Very convenient, right? Credits to Allianz Care for providing reliable medical centres for health check and treatments.

Baek Ah Yeon | University of Queensland

Ariella Pei

I’ve been living with homestay family for 2 years. I’m now 19, I can move out but I don’t want to leave my host, who has become my family. It feels like I’ve met my second family. Thanks OSHCstudents for sending me to this homestay!

Ariella Pei | University of Canberra

Chatchawat Paton

I realised how important insurance was when I started living in Australia. There I switched to using Allianz Care instead of the previous service. Allianz Care is extraordinarily good in its consulting service and customer care. I’ve learned a lot about Australian health care, also I was consulted with mental issues and how to live a healthy lifestyle. I am very happy now.

Chatchawat Paton | Torrent University

Xiaoyu Cheng

Thanks to Allianz Care, every time I claimed my medical receipts it processed much more quickly and easily than I expected. I was initially a bit concerned since Allianz Care is more expensive than other insurance companies, but now I can ensure that it is totally worth the money.

Xiaoyu Cheng | Monash University

OSHCstudents Services


  • PTE Platform
  • Inus
  • Flywire
  • Imagine Education Australia
  • Shorelight
  • Opera City English College


  • King Education
  • North Sydney College English
  • Vodafone
  • HCC
  • Global Experience
  • Allianz
  • Bupa
  • Medibank
  • AHM
  • NIB