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. Find out more about what our students love about Western on Why Study Here! (opens in a new window)

World rankings

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Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Western Sydney University has been ranked:
  • Top 3% in the world
  • In world's top 500 universities
  • Number 86 in the world among 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)
Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic World Ranking of Universities

Academic Ranking of World Universities: Top 400 

Western Sydney University has been named one of the world's top 400 universities in the prestigious ShanghaiRanking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)  2016.

Find our more in our announcement or on the ARWU website. (opens in a new window)

QS World University Rankings – star audit

5/5 stars - indicating that Western is well above world standard
5 Stars 
  • Facilities
  • Inclusiveness
  • Innovation
  • Teaching
4/5 stars - indicating that Western is well above world standard
 4 Stars 
  • Employability
  • Internationalisation
  • Research

QS World University Rankings - subject areas

Top 50 

Top 100

Top 150 - 200 
Agriculture and Forestry
Communication and Media Studies

Top 200 - 250 
English Language and Literature

Top 300  

Education and Training

Top 350 - 400  
Computer Science and Information Systems

QS World University Rankings - faculty areas

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

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Leiden Rankings

Western Sydney University is ranked:
  • 2nd in Australia
    for Research Collaboration
  • 13th in Australia
    272nd in the World

    for the Impact on Research
  • 3rd in Australia
    Life And Earth Sciences
  • 2nd in Australia
    Mathematics And Computer Sciences
  • 36th in the world
    Mathematics And Computer Sciences
  • 12th in Australia
    Social Sciences And Humanities
  • 253rd in the world
    Social Sciences And Humanities

Research Rankings 

Research ranked at world class or better

80% of the University's assessed research has been ranked at world class or better in the 2015 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: 
Applied Mathematics, Ecological Applications, Soil Sciences, Ecology, Plant Biology, Forestry Sciences, Materials Engineering, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Oncology and Carcinogenesis, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cultural Studies. 
4/5 stars - indicating that UWS is above world standard  Research areas ranked as "above world standard" are:
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Microbiology, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nursing, Public Health and Health Services, Human Geography, Psychology, Linguistics, Historical Studies.
3/5 stars - indicating that UWS is at world standard  Research areas ranked as "world standard" are: 
Specialist Studies in Education, Building, Communication and Media Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Criminology, Other Studies in Human Society, Religion and Religious Studies, Sociology, Literary Studies, Performing Arts and Creative Writing.

Ranked among top 20 of Australian universities

For achievements in the prestigious Australian Research Council major grants.