International applications - Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Changes to applications for Semester 1 2021 

In response to COVID-19 study disruptions, we have made changes to international applications for Semester 1 2021.  

For Semester 2 2020 and Semester 1 2021 applicants, we'll now accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for entry to coursework degrees. For candidates that don't meet the minimum score of 115, this will be supplemented with an online interview (with InitialView). Learn more.

If you are completing an Australian Year 12 or an International Baccalaureate program, you are eligible to receive an offer based on your Year 11 results. Learn more about these changes and how it may affect your application.


As an international student, there are three ways to apply to ANU, depending on your circumstances. Carefully read through the options below to select the correct application process for your situation.

Option 1: Apply for most degrees at ANU

For most degrees at ANU, you can now apply and be assessed under our new admissions processes.

What you need to know

  • There are two student intakes each year - Semester 1 and Semester 2.
    • Semester 1 2021 applications are open now and will close 16 November 2020.
    • Semester 2 2021 applications are now open and will close 30 April 2021. 
  • You can only preference a single program, so check Programs and Courses to choose the best program for you.
  • There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Apply in the first round, and you have three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.
  • In order to be considered for an offer, you must meet pre-requisite and cognate requirements for your preferred program, and English language requirements by the application deadline for the round.
  • You will be ranked against other candidates applying for the same program.


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Key dates 

You can now apply for Semester 2, 2021 in application rounds 3 and 4.

Round 3

9 April 2021 Opening date for change of preference
15 April 2021 Closing date for change of preference
15 April 2021 Deadline to lodge application
1 May 2021 Offers released
1 July 2021 Acceptance deadline

Round 4

9 May 2021 Opening date for change of preference
15 May 2021 Closing date for change of preference
15 May 2021 Deadline to lodge application
1 June 2021 Offers released
1 July 2021 Acceptance deadline

Option 2: Apply for degrees with specific application requirements

Some programs at ANU have specific application processes. If you want to apply to a program listed below there may be additional requirements. 

Undergraduate coursework degrees

  • Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs

Postgraduate coursework degrees

  • Master / Graduate Certificate of Law
  • Master / Graduate Diploma of Applied Cybernetics
  • Master of Science Communication Outreach
  • Master of Science in Science Communication
  • Executive Master of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Medicine & Surgery (MChD).
  • Graduate Certificate of New Technologies Law

What you need to know

  • Applications for Semester 1 2021 and Semester 2 2021 are open now.
  • Minimum requirements for entry to these programs may include providing a portfolio, doing an audition or providing additional documents to support your application. Check Programs and Courses to see if additional requirements apply.
  • One-year Honours programs for undergraduate coursework are included here.
  • Flexible vertical programs are included here.



Option 3: Australian Year 12, NCEA and IB applicants

If you're completing an Australian Year 12, a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3, or an International Baccalaureate (IB), you need to apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

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