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Are you considering studying in Australia? We’ve put together this helpful article on the Top 10 Universities in Australia to help you make an informed decision about your undergraduate study options.

From the famous University of Sydney to Australian National University (ANU), Australia boasts some remarkable academic institutes offering high-quality graduate and undergraduate study options. If you’re considering undergraduate study in Australia, read on to learn about the top 10 highest-ranking institutes in the country, so you can make an informed choice on where to study in Australia.

#10. University of Wollongong

Known in the world of academics for its contributions to research, the University of Wollongong is ranked 75th in the world of leading universities. The university was originally founded in 1975 on the donations of locals. Today, the university is known for its close partnership with its communities in the Illawarra region in addressing society’s economic, medical, environmental, and social challenges. The university is located in the coastal city of Wollongong, approximately 80 kilometres south of Sydney.

#9. University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Established in 1988, UTS is one of the youngest high-ranking Australian universities. The university’s aim is to advance knowledge through research-led instruction, utilizing its partnerships with industries, professionals and the local community to offer students a well-rounded education. The university is located in Sydney, Australia.

#8. University of Adelaide

Founded in 1874, the University of Adelaide is Australia’s third oldest university. The university welcomes people from all over the world, with 7,860 of the university’s 21,142 students being international students from over one hundred different countries. The university is located in Adelaide in South Australia.

#7. University of Western Australia (UWA)

The University of Western Australia was the first of seven Australian universities to be featured as the top 100 universities in the world. UWA is most known for its achievements in research and its popularity amongst international students. The university’s main campus is located in Perth, with a secondary campus in Albany, Western Australia.

#6. Monash University

Monash University ranks among the world’s 50 best universities for its academic reputation and is another popular choice amongst the international community. The university is based in Melbourne and has five campuses in the state of Victoria along with two overseas campuses in Malaysia and South Africa.

#5. University of Queensland (UQ)

Novel prize winners Peter C. Doherty and John Harsanyi are amongst the University of Queensland’s alumni, as well as Academy Award winner, Geoffrey Rush. Other UQ alumni include leaders in the Australian government, law, science, public service sectors, and other reputable faces in the world of the arts. The university is also widely known for its innovation and research in the development of the cervical cancer vaccine. The university is located in Brisbane, Queensland.

#4. University of New South Wales (UNSW)

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of the leading universities in Australia, a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities. The university is based in Sydney, New South Wales.

#3. University of Melbourne

Also a member of the Group of Eight, the University of Melbourne is the highest-ranked university for both its academic and graduate employability reputation. 42 per cent of its student population are international students from more than 130 countries. The university is located in Melbourne, Australia.

#2. Australian National University (ANU)

Australian National University (ANU) is one of Australia’s highest-ranking universities, known for its high-quality academic reputation, international faculty, popularity amongst international students and academic research. The ANU campus is located in Acton, Canberra, with additional campuses in New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

#1. University of Sydney

The University of Sydney ranks 40th worldwide. Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney was Australia’s first university and is a member of the Group of Eight. The institute is one of Australia’s six sandstone universities. The university is located in the heart of Sydney, a short 15-minute drive from the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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