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ANU: Welcoming international students into the cultural landscape of Canberra

Source: ANU College of Law

From far and wide, the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra welcomes future legal practitioners, policy analysts and management professionals from the business, financial and development sectors.

Considered a top 25 international student city for the fourth year in a row, the university is home to one of Australia’s best law schools, according to the QS World University Rankings 2018/19.

Attracting aspiring international leaders from a diverse range of fields, ANU faculty prepare students to face the future and tackle contemporary global challenges through innovative courses and practical learning opportunities.

As active researchers and national and international experts in their field, ANU academic staff are committed to excellence in all aspects of teaching, research and policy analysis, promising a rewarding experience for all students.

International Student Orientation Program


Going above and beyond students’ expectations, ANU runs an International Student Orientation Program to help new international students acclimatize to Canberra, the ANU campus environment and the Australian legal and political context.

A free program designed for Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Juris Doctor and Master of Laws students at ANU, it runs weekly throughout the semester and includes a combination of on- and off-campus sessions.

Facilitating connections between international and exchange students, staff and other students in friendly social settings, it’s the perfect way to get to know your fellow learners and faculty members during your ANU Law experience!

The program consists of a series of excursions to various key cultural and political sites and landmarks in Canberra, providing an immersive introduction to Australian political and cultural institutions relevant to the study of Australian law.

With both on- and off-campus sessions in the Australian Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the High Court of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, this all-encompassing program will benefit both your professional and personal outlook.

Source: ANU College of Law

What do ANU students think about studying in Canberra?

For international student, Daniel Kang from Singapore, studying at ANU provided a fresh perspective on the contemporary fields of law.

“In retrospect, 2018 was an incredibly rewarding year. I completed 10 courses at ANU while handling multiple extra-curricular activities including volunteering at the ACT Youth Law Centre, helping with editing the Federal Law Review and interning at the Academic Network of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA). Despite being challenging at times, these experiences were invaluable to my personal development and growth,” Daniel explains.

Reflecting on his student life and surroundings, Daniel believes ANU points international students in the right direction.

“Canberra is full of opportunities, so I would strongly encourage students interested in finding meaningful and fulfilling real-world experiences to seize these opportunities, constantly improve their knowledge base and work toward their personal development and growth,” he advises.

International Master of Laws (LLM) alumna Joan Deveraturda from the Philippines shares Daniel’s sentiments about studying law at ANU.

Source: ANU College of Law

Currently a Program Officer at the Law and Human Rights Unit of The Asia Foundation, working on a human rights program with the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, Joan credits her ANU Law studies for instilling her independence of thought.

The pool of ANU experts, the support services and the University’s national capital location provides students with a well-rounded academic experience, so much so that Joan couldn’t think of any other place she would rather live to complete her postgraduate studies.

“Being at the heart of Canberra, ANU couldn’t be better located. It offers everything; in-campus conveniences, being a walk away from Civic, a bus ride away from the art galleries and museums, and surrounded by nature. The fact that Canberra houses the seat of government has also meant that my ANU studies afforded me exposure to lectures by experts and policymakers able to share macro-level strategies that are very much grounded on context and experience.

“The diversity in Canberra has also allowed me to expand my circle of friendships and professional network, while remaining in touch with my cultural roots. When it comes to cultural diversity, I have found it to be one of the most nurturing cities I have ever lived in. Such an experience is crucial in rendering a postgraduate journey meaningful,” adds Joan.

ANU scholarships and support for international postgraduate law students

To complement your studies, ANU has a variety of new scholarship opportunities for international postgraduate law students.

Source: ANU College of Law

There’s the ANU College of Law LLM International Excellence Scholarship with a value of AU$20,000 per annum, paid in one installment.

And there’s the ANU College of Law LLM International Merit Scholarship, with the value of AU$10,000, also paid in one installment.

Campus facilities

Transforming the University’s creative community, you’ll also be intrigued to know that ANU has opened up a new precinct named Kambri. This innovative development centralises student services, health and well-being facilities, and other retail conveniences at the heart of the university, celebrating the wide range of theatre, film, music, food, art and exhibitions offered by both local talent and those from afar.

To find out more about the modern, connected city of Canberra, click here. Or, if you want to connect with the ANU College of Law about upcoming programs and initiatives, click here.

Coupling a fun, engaging student environment with progressive law programs in a city full of prospects, ANU will drive your international study abroad experience to new levels!

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