Study in Australia

Australia has long been an extremely desirable location for students looking to study abroad. As well as being a popular holiday destination for millions of tourists, Australia also has a huge amount to offer prospective students academically, culturally and socially. 

Australia boasts a remarkable mix of cultures. From the indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, via the British and Irish influences, to the more recent arrivals from Europe and Asia, Australia has a diverse and welcoming society. The country also plays host to some of the most recognisable landmarks in the world, such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and many famous world figures ranging from actors like Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett to athletes such as cricketer Shane Watson. 

Covering an area comparable in size to the United States, Australia also offers its fair share of natural landmarks like the Great Barrier Reef and Bondi Beach. It’s not just in sights and sounds that Australia excels either, being home as it is to some of the finest universities and research institutions in the world. These include the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. These institutions have a long tradition of accepting international students, and as such offer a huge array of academic opportunities for prospective undergraduates and postgraduates.

If you want to study in Australia, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Australia has 35 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Australia is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Australia below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Australia’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Australia is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

The University of Melbourne - the top ranked institution in Australia

Find the best universities in Australia with Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data
Melbourne skyline, Australia

Eleven universities in Australia and New Zealand are counted among the best 250 in the world.

Browse the top-ranked universities in Australia

Click a university to view more information and to browse its full World University Rankings profile

Top universities in Australia

Statistics about Australia

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 14.04%
  • Of which, on higher education 25.95%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 86.55%
  • Population 23,781,169
  • Unemployment 6%
  • Annual GDP 2.26%
Data source: The World Bank