- Annual Enrollment:
- 500 students on average across the four programs
- % International:
- Three Masters Degrees Offered:
- Master of Diplomacy
Master of International Relations
Master of Strategic Studies
Master of Political Science
- Employment Sectors Include:
- Diplomatic/foreign service
Government and public service
International trade and business
International development and aid
Not-for-profit and NGOs
University teaching and research
Think tanks, policy institutes and research centres
Named in honour of a prominent Australian scholar who made an impact on international policy debate, the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University (ANU) is recognised as the pre-eminent centre in the region, and one of the best in the world, for research excellence and policy analysis in the international, political, societal, diplomatic and strategic affairs of Asia and the Pacific.
The School and its academic units are committed to delivering distinctive excellence in research that positively influences policy in Australia and enhances engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy: the only centre in the southern hemisphere dedicated to research on diplomatic processes and practices
- Department of International Relations: first of its kind in Australia and continues its role as a leader in the study of world politics
- Department of Pacific Affairs: hosts the largest number of Pacific experts in the world and is recognised internationally for its cutting edge analyses of Pacific affairs
- Department of Political and Social Change: internationally renowned centre for research on the domestic politics and societies of Asia
- Strategic & Defence Studies Centre: a university based think-tank that plays an integral role in shaping Australian strategic and defence policy and is engaged with the changing geopolitical environment of the Asia-Pacific region
ANU is ranked #1 in Australia and #10 in the world (between Yale and Columbia University) in Politics and International Studies according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings. We take the responsibilities that come with this reputation seriously. We realise that our students will lead and change the world when they leave us, and we make sure that our programs prepare them for this challenge.
As a student in the Bell School you will have the opportunity to discuss and debate regional and international strategy, politics, security, and diplomacy with more than 70 specialists and academics. You will learn from lecturers who are world leaders in their respective fields.
The School’s proximity to government and our engagement with policymakers will provide you with unrivalled opportunities to develop your career and build a professional network. Our internship programs, international student exchange programs, Asia-Pacific study tours and the steady stream of distinguished scholars and practitioners who visit the Coral Bell School will give you direct contact with people and ideas from around the world. This is an exciting place to be.
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Why is the Asia-Pacific important to the United States, and the world?
The Asia-Pacific is home to two-thirds of the world’s population, two-thirds of the global economy, and provides two-thirds of all global economic growth. It is the arena that poses the most serious challenge to the United States’ international role since it emerged as a global power over a century ago. It is also the region that hosts six of the world’s nine nuclear states, and four of those have the fastest growing stockpiles and the most unpredictable nuclear doctrines.
The Asia-Pacific is one of the most significant regions in the world, and the region in which the greatest challenges to the U.S.-led global order will play out. This region has global implications for changing economic relations, potential conflict, and security challenges.
Why do students need to study at the Australian National University (ANU)?
ANU is the sixth highest ranked institution for politics and international studies worldwide. We are the leading Australian university in this area, and across all disciplines, ANU is twentieth in the QS World University Rankings in 2017.
Thanks to our location within the Asia-Pacific, the Bell School is home to the world’s leading international experts in Asian and Pacific politics, international relations, strategic studies, and diplomacy. The class lecturers speak with authority on issues of regional and international significance, thanks to their deep engagement with the region.
Our approach to research and education is distinct and unique: we bring leading disciplinary expertise and deep knowledge of the region from a global perspective into the classroom. Many of the centers in the Bell School are over fifty years old, representing a rich tradition of rigorous graduate education and world-class academic research and training.
Why is Canberra, Australia a great place to study?
Canberra is the nation’s capital, and our proximity to government ensures our teaching staff has strong and influential relationships with decision makers. Our students are provided with access to these networks through guest lectures, seminar series, internship opportunities, and other events throughout the year.
Canberra has been ranked the number one most liveable city in the world for 2016 and 2017, according to a recent quality of life index. Known as the “bush capital,” it is common to see kangaroos and wombats on the vast green campus of the ANU. There are natural parks and reserves just a few minutes’ drive from ANU, as well as a thriving bar and restaurant scene in the city center. With many students living on-campus, the university precinct offers all the amenities students need to complete their studies, as well as places to relax with friends.