Why choose Federation University?

Our history

The University has a distinguished history as one of Australia’s oldest higher education institutions. We have a strong tradition of education and training delivery and celebrated our 150 year tradition in 2020. We became Federation University Australia in January 2014 and continue to support our thriving community of over 18,500 students and 123,000 alumni across Australia and the world.


Supporting our students to achieve success in their studies and in life is something we are proud of. Not only is Federation University in the top 200 young universities in the world as rated by Times Higher Education, but we’re also highly ranked in Australia too. We’re number one in Victoria for starting salary (undergraduate) and number two in Victoria for starting salary (postgraduate)*! Plus, the Good Universities Guide 2024 has rated us number one in Australia for first-generation student enrolments for the sixth year in a row. We're also number one in Victoria for social equity and are highly ranked across the state for teaching quality, student support and student-teacher ratio*.

Industry-relevant programs

Our degrees are regularly reviewed to ensure they have national and international relevance. The University's close links with major industries play an important role in the design and academic rigour of programs which will greatly benefit new graduates. Browse our Course Finder >

Personalised teaching

A personalised learning approach in a supportive environment allows our students to communicate easily with academic staff and other students. Our class sizes are also smaller than most metropolitan institutions, meaning you can receive one-to-one assistance directly from your lecturer or tutor.

High-quality resources

Our teaching facilities and equipment meet the very highest standards to ensure graduates are well-prepared for industry and research. Learn more about the facilities >

Diverse student population

The student population at Federation University includes people from all over the world. This combination of Australian and international cultures will provide you with a positive and enriching on-campus experience. There's no better place to find new friends-for-life as you embark on this exciting journey together.

A supportive environment

We're rated the number one university in Victoria for student support and we're known for our inclusive and supportive community. The International student advisory team provide guidance and support through a number of programs and support options, including the Peer Support Program, social activities and information, and individual assistance. Learn more about International student advisory >

A quality lifestyle

Our Victorian campuses in Ballarat, Berwick and Gippsland provide a natural environment to undertake your study. No matter which campus you choose, the quality study environment and the opportunity to experience a campus filled with natural scenery in Australia will provide a valuable international experience.

There are many recreational experiences nearby to all campuses, such as beaches, mountains, national parks and cultural activities, which all combine to provide a unique Australian study experience. Learn more about our campuses >

Pleasant climate

Summers in Victoria are warm to hot during the day, but usually cool down at night. The average daytime temperature in summer ranges around the mid 20 degrees Celsius but may reach 35 degrees Celsius or higher. Spring and Autumn are usually mild and pleasant. Winter is cold and often wet. It may snow lightly once or twice a year. Daytime temperatures in Winter may be between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius, while at night the temperature may be as low as zero degrees Celsius.

A genuine Australian experience

You will have the opportunity to interact with a diverse range of people, establish friendships and develop a supportive base from which to understand Australian people, culture and history.

Quality, low cost living

The cost of living in Ballarat and Gippsland is much lower than in larger capital cities. Students will enjoy more affordable accommodation, living and entertainment costs in a quality environment that is ideal for studying, learning and experiencing life in Australia. A wide range of accommodation options and support is provided to students looking to relocate to Ballarat or the Gippsland areas.

Pathways to study

If you don't quite meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, don't worry. Federation University offers a range of pathway courses including Foundation Studies and specialised Higher Education Diplomas. Our newly designed English and Academic Preparation (EAP) courses can help you improve your English skills to be successful in your university studies.

Learn more about our pathway courses >

Simple application process

You can apply direct via StudyLink or find an authorised agent to assist with your application. After you’ve checked the entry requirements on Course Finder, you can commence your application. We require copies of your academic transcripts, English test results and a statement of purpose too. We’ll then conduct an assessment and let you know the outcome. Visit the apply website for all the details.

Source: *The Good Universities Guide 2024