Hi guys, sorry for the late response. Exam period is now over so I have heaps of time to reply!
(Original post by karolinaek)
Hi, I'm doing A-levels and I'm thinking of applying to ANU and Melbourne. I have the grades to get in, the problem is just the fee. Its a shitload of money for us international students, especially if you're not rich (like me). The fee is around 37,000AUD and I can barely get enough money for that. How much a year do you need for living costs? a friend of mine said about the same as tuition and in that case I'm screwed.
Also how good is ANU at giving out financial aid and scholarships? The majority of the scholarships are for australians and not international students which i think is ridiculous since we pay wayway more.
Hi there, unfortunately studying anywhere as an international student is expensive. I turned down studying at the LSE in London for the same reason, so I understand where you're coming from.
Living costs won't be as much as $37 000, unless you have very expensive tastes. I just did some calculations. I go home for holidays and mid-semester breaks, so I spend about 28 weeks living at uni each year. Each week, I spend about $75, though this is on the low end for most students. Add to that the 50-week accommodation contract at $250pw and I spend about $15 000 per year. That's just one person's experience, though, so here is some more information:
Living in either Melbourne or Canberra off-campus is going to be at least as expensive as on-campus, at least until you can find a shared flat or house out in the suburbs, which is often better value, if not cheaper. For the first year, I would highly recommend on-campus, especially as an international student.
On-campus rent is variable. At ANU, I believe the lowest is about $200/pw, for a self-catered room with shared kitchen and bathroom. Not sure about Melbourne, but I imagine it's about the same. Catered will cost a bomb, at $300+pw. Value-wise, self-catered is better, since groceries will cost you less than $100pw.
Of course, expect to pay more if you enjoy dining out often, clubbing, going to non-uni events, or live alone. Living with roommates is cheaper if
you guys can agree to share the costs of groceries. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I pay a third of what I would pay if I lived alone. Literally, $30pw on groceries. Nobody else I know eats that cheaply, so expect more along the lines of $50-$60pw.
I doubt ANU gives out many international scholarships. Like most universities, they're very hard to come by if you're an international student. As Australia is a Commonwealth country, there are sometimes opportunities for scholarships to be awarded by various government offices, government-linked organisations, and private organisations. Some careful internet sleuthing may turn some fruitful stones. For the most part, you'll need to prove financial need or exceptional academic results to achieve one.
Hope this was helpful
May I ask why you want to apply to Australia? Britain/the UK has some of the best universities in the world. We'd love to have you here, but I'd be interested to hear why you want to come.
(Original post by artful_lounger)
So it was my understanding that ANU was the more or less the crown jewel of AU tertiary education, do you think this perception exists in AU, and how you think it compares to e.g. UNSW, USyd, UMelb? TSR loves it's informal rankings so I figured I'd throw in the question to begin with
Also, is there a mature undergraduate student population there? Is it a common occurrence or more rare, and how prolific are mature UG students overall in AU do you think?
Thanks for your questions!
Whether ANU is the "crown jewel" really depends on who you ask, and what area you're looking at. I come from Sydney, so most people there think that USyd is the best. I'd say reputation-wise, it's on par with ANU. UNSW is next, followed by UMelb. In Melbourne, I'm sure the situation is different. I should imagine it's ANU=UMelb, followed by Monash, followed by USyd. Realistically, they are all very good, though personally I'd give the edge to ANU, USyd, and UNSW for undergrad, because UMelb has a weird generalised system and fewer degree options.
ANU was very recently ranked best in Australia, and #20 in the world, so we're feeling quite proud of ourselves at the moment.
Okay, according to faculty:
-- For humanities and social sciences, ANU is best, followed by USyd and UMelb, followed by UNSW.
-- If you're looking at science and medicine, your best options are UNSW and USyd, followed by ANU, followed by UMelb.
-- If you're looking at economics, business, and commerce, you want to look at USyd and ANU, followed by UNSW and UMelb. USyd takes the cake on accounting, ANU on acturial studies (or so I've heard), but I don't think it matters much haha
-- If you're looking at law, USyd is widely regarded as being the best law school in the country (if only because it's near-impossible to get into, straight out of high school), followed by the other three pretty equally.
Of course, these are my personal evaluations, and other people would definitely disagree with me. Honestly, all the above universities are very good, and you wouldn't go astray. If you go to USyd/UNSW, your degree will be regarded more highly in Sydney; if you go to UMelb, you'll be better regarded in Melbourne, but I don't think it would make much practical difference.
Okay, as for mature-age students: it's not a common occurrence, but also not exceedingly rare. I'd say in all of my courses with 200+ people, there were between 5 and 10 mature-age students. Don't expect to be swamped by your older counterparts, but you won't be totally alone.
Prolific? Not particularly. I know they have an organisation which holds events internally, and the ANU encourages MA students to network with one another. Outside of that, though, they tend to keep to themselves. So would I, if I were an MA student swamped by teenagers and young 20-somethings!
Hope this helped you