Why choose Western Sydney University?

Western Sydney University is a world-class university, globally recognised for its research strengths and innovations in teaching. Here's why international students from over 70 countries choose to study at Western Sydney University every year.

World rankings

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Western Sydney University is ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide

Western Sydney University has been named one of the world's top 500 universities in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 

Times Higher Education has ranked Western Sydney University 401-500 in the world.

Times Higher Education has ranked Western Sydney University 86 in the world amongst universities under 50 years old.

For more information, visit the Western Sydney University page on the Times Higher Education website.(opens in a new window)
QS 4 stars 

QS World University Rankings – star audit

5 Stars - Facilities
            - Inclusiveness 
            - Innovation
            - Teaching 

4 Stars - Employability
            - Internationalization
            - Research 

QS World University Rankings - faculty areas

Top 250 - Arts and Humanities
Top 350 - Social Sciences and Management 

QS World University Rankings - subject areas

Top 50 - Nursing 

Top 100 - Geography 

Top 150 - 200  - Agriculture and Forestry
                        - Communication and Media Studies
                        - Psychology
                        - Sociology

 Top 200 - 250 - Education 
                        - English Language and Literature

Top 300 - 350  - Medicine 

Top 350 - 400  - Computer Science and Information Systems        

2015 Good Universities Guide 


5/5 stars - indicating that UWS is well above world standard  Quality Teaching                                          

5/5 stars - indicating that UWS is well above world standard  Generic Skills

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Research ranked at world class or better

70% of the University's assessed research has been ranked at world class or better in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) national report.
For more information, visit Research Concentrations.
5/5 stars - indicating that UWS is well above world standard Research areas ranked as "well above world standard" are: Plant Biology, Forestry Sciences, and Complementary Medicine.
4/5 stars - indicating that UWS is above world standard  Research areas ranked as "above world standard" are: Applied Mathematics, Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Soil sciences, Ecology, Mechanical Engineering, Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, and Literary Studies.
3/5 stars - indicating that UWS is at world standard  Research areas ranked as "world standard" are: Analytical Chemistry, Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Civil Engineering, Clinical Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Film, Television and Digital Media, Historical Studies, Human Geography, Human Movement and Sports Science, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Nursing, Other Studies in Human Society, Philosophy, Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural), Policy and Administration, Political Science, Pure Mathematics, Religion and Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Specialist Studies in Education, Urban and Regional Planning.

Ranked among top 20 of Australian universities

For achievements in the prestigious Australian Research Council major grants.

For more information, visit Research Grants Awarded 2013.

Teaching excellence


Prime Minister's Australian University Teacher of the Year

For two years in a row (2011 and 2012), Western Sydney University academics have been the recipients of the University of the Year Award.

  • 2012 Professor James Arvanitakis
  • 2011 Professor Roy Tasker

National Award for Teaching Excellence (NSW) 2013

  • Dr Joanne Lind, School of Medicine

Dr Lind is training future doctors to 'integrate the sciences with clinical reasoning'. She helps them link processes at the cellular level to disease - connecting the dots between science and medicine.

2014 Award for OLT Teaching Excellence

  • Associate Professor Tonia Gray

Over 25 years, Associate Professor Tonia Gray has a sustained record of excellence and scholarly contribution to the tertiary teaching and learning landscape. The cornerstone of her teaching philosophy is Experience - Based Learning (EBL), a highly individualised technique for reflective instruction.


Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching 2014 Fellowships

The Fellowships program advances learning and teaching in higher education by supporting a group of leading educators to undertake strategic, high-profile activities in areas of importance to the sector. Through their fellowship activities, Fellows have a positive and lasting influence and impact on higher education practice in Australia.
  • Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott
  • Professor Roy Tasker
  • Professor Pauline Ross

Study areas leading the nation

Interpreting and Translation

Western Sydney University is the only university in Australia whose undergraduate course, Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation), is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). The Western Sydney University reputation for excellence in training interpreters and translators spans more than 20 years, with over 600 graduates since 1985.

Teaching and Education

Western Sydney University is one of Australia's largest providers of professional teachers, with over 1,000 new graduates each year. In a study by the University of Melbourne 'Melbourne Institute', the School of Education at Western Sydney University has been identified in the top 10 education facilities or schools in Australia.  In the same study, the School was ranked second in NSW on the basis of research performance and student satisfaction in program, and teaching quality.

Communications, Design and Media

Western Sydney University is home to the TVS (Television Sydney) (opens in a new window) television station.  TVS is the only free-to-air community television station in Sydney.  Located at our Penrith Campus, TVS provides local relevant community programming, working with students from Western Sydney University.


The School of Nursing and Midwifery is a national leader in nursing and midwifery education, research and scholarship, with one of the largest undergraduate pre-registration nursing degree course in Australia.


The Structural Research and Testing Laboratory at Western Sydney University is one of Australia's best independent testing facilities for the construction and manufacturing industries.


The Crime Scene House at the Hawkesbury campus is the place students practice realistic crime scene investigations and gain an understanding of the critical aspects of forensic investigations.


Western Sydney University is home to Australia's only Confocal Bio-Imaging Facility, which produces stunning images of microscopic worlds.