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Ever wondered what are the best universities in Australia for India studies? Well look no further, Asia Options has compiled all the options for South Asian studies into one compact list.

Historically, Australia has been an international hub for Indian studies. These days, opportunities to study India and South Asia in Australia can be hard to find. This list makes it easy for you to see all the Australian options for India and South Asia Studies in one place.

 

Australian National University

The ANU has always been one of the main Australian centres of South Asian Studies. Currently, the ANU is host to the South Asian Research Institute, which runs events like the annual India Update, as well as playing host to a variety of academic notables in the field. Many of the editors and contributors to a leading journal, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, belong to the university and the Australian South Asia Research Centre operates out of the Crawford School of Public Policy. ANU notably holds partnerships with Jawaharlal Nehru University and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Courses Offered:

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

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La Trobe University

Along with the ANU, La Trobe has been one of the historical centres of South Asian studies in Australia, and is one of two universities currently teaching Hindi. The University has been teaching Indian history, Sanskrit and Hindi since 1967 and has one of the largest libraries housing books and manuscripts on Indian history and language in Australia. As a foundation partner of the Australia India Institute, La Trobe has been seeking to revamp its India engagement with a renewed academic focus on sport; health sciences; and the study of contemporary India. La Trobe has a longstanding relationship with Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi alongside newer partnerships such as the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

Courses Offered:

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

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University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne’s focus on South Asian studies is targeted towards postgraduate students. Having the Australian India Institute on campus ensures that students have access to impressive expertise and that the university maintains an important place in international South Asian studies. The Institute also hosts the New Generation Network of postdoctoral scholars which complements the university’s Melbourne-India Postgraduate Program.

Courses Offered:

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

 

Monash University

Home to what was once the National Centre for South Asian Studies (now absorbed into the Monash Asia Institute), Monash has a long tradition of South Asian engagement. Today it hosts the prolific South Asian Studies Association of Australia which publishes the important journal, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. Partnering with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Monash University now has a research academy in north-eastern Mumbai.

Courses Offered:

Undergraduate

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University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales has one of the most comprehensive lists of study options for India, particularly at an undergraduate level.

Courses Offered

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

 

University of Sydney

The University of Sydney was once an Australian powerhouse for South Asian Studies but it’s offerings these days are somewhat diminished. Their Department of Indian Sub-Continental Studies is small but offers high-quality opportunities for students looking to focus on traditional Buddhist and Hindu philosophical and religious studies.

Courses Offered:

Undergraduate

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Felix Pal

Felix is completing his PhD in International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. Since his first trip in 2008, Felix has travelled extensively through the region. Having studied both Hindi and Urdu, he regularly finds himself back in Delhi for work, research and travel.
  1. spra0391@uni.sydney.edu.au'

    Hi, my name is Sarvapriya and I’m just wondering where you sourced my image from?

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