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Australian Catholic University ensures that its undergraduates receive work experience prior to course completion.
ACU is an Australian public not-for-profit university
Has seven campuses around Australia
Placement opportunities available during studies
Offers career development& counselling services
About Australian Catholic University
Admissions and Scholarships
Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university funded by the Australian Government and is open to students and staff of all beliefs, nationalities and cultures. With over 150 years of educational heritage, ACU offers students high quality and internationally recognised qualifications. The university’s focus on community engagement and practical skill development ensures ACU graduates are ready to make a real difference in the world. With well-established links to businesses, hospitals, schools, churches and welfare agencies ACU’s courses include practical work opportunities designed to prepare you for employment and leadership positions in the global economy.
ACU’s six campuses across Australia, give you the opportunity to study in many different locations. The university’s campuses are located in the capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane; the national capital Canberra; and the regional centre of Ballarat. The campuses are friendly and modern. Students enjoy small classes and personalised learning and have easy access to lecturers, staff and facilities.
Australian Catholic University is globally connected and has close relationships with a wide range of overseas universities and education institutions for exchange, study tours or study abroad partnerships, research, articulation and offshore teaching. These links help to provide opportunities for ACU students to gain a more internationalised experience, recognition overseas and even a chance to study abroad.
Why ACU is an ideal choice for international students
ACU offers all students the opportunity for professional, practical or community engagement experience
ACU offers courses in five different Australian cities
Currently there are 3,323 students from 92 countries studying at ACU, making it possible for you to make friends from all over the world. ACU is a national leader in the fields of teacher education, health science and theology. They also offer highly regarded programs in human services, business, environmental science, media studies, visual arts and design and Law. ACU offers all students the opportunity to study abroad as part of their degree.
ACU offers a number of Diploma Pathway programs that lead to their undergraduate degrees. They also offer a range of English language programs for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. All of these programs are offered on-campus.
ACU careers advisers facilitate the development of skills required by employers. They do this by offering a range of free workshops and an individual counselling service that is accessible on all campuses.
Each campus is friendly and intimate. Dedicated staff, including specialist International Student Advisers and Counsellors, are committed to looking after the wellbeing of students.
Melbourne Campus,The Mary Glowrey Building, 115 Victoria Parade,FITZROY,Victoria,Australia,3065
ACU’s six campuses are located in the state capital cities of Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane; the national capital, Canberra; and the regional centre of Ballarat. Each campus has its own unique character and study environment.
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo)
The Brisbane campus (McAuley at Banyo) is set on 40 hectares of beautiful countryside. The facilities allow students to socialise, use the recreation amenities such as the swimming pool and study in a peaceful campus setting. It is a relaxed environment with a small campus feel. Located in the northern suburb of Banyo, the ACU campus is set on 40 hectares of beautifully landscaped grounds with historic buildings. It is located just 12 kilometres from the centre of Brisbane, and one kilometre from the Banyo train station. The campus is easily accessible by public transport and by the ACU shuttle bus, which is free for all students.
North Sydney (MacKillop)
A five-minute train from Sydney’s city centre, the North Sydney campus is conveniently located just over the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge in the North Sydney business precinct. North Sydney campus life is centred around a large outdoor courtyard and student recreational area where students meet between classes. Campus facilities also include a new chapel built in 2012. The campus is small, multicultural and friendly, and is accessible by excellent bus and train services.
Strathfield, Sydney (Mount St Mary)
Located in one of the suburbs in Sydney, the Strathfield Campus is 15 kilometres west of the Sydney city centre. It is only a 20-minute train ride from the city centre, and an eight-minute trip on the free ACU shuttle bus from Strathfield train station. Historic buildings and beautifully landscaped grounds make Mount St Mary an attractive and stimulating place to study. Rugby and soccer ovals, a cricket pitch and a central lawn provide a common meeting space and an area for student activities all year around. This campus also includes a library and specialist facilities to help you get the most out of your academic experience.
Melbourne (St Patrick's)
The campus at Fitzroy is conveniently located next to Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). It is a short walk from the popular and busy Brunswick and Smith streets, known best for their cafes, shops and art galleries. Some of Melbourne’s finest parks, gardens and recreational facilities are also within easy walking distance. The main campus building is a multi-storey complex that has been completely renovated to provide students and staff with purpose-built facilities. It is a modern, compact study environment that is full of activity throughout the week.
The new $75 million Daniel Mannix building opened at the Melbourne campus in October 2012. The building is comprised of a 300-seat lecture theatre, specialist-learning facilities in health sciences and psychology, a fitness centre, a chapel and a rooftop garden. This outstanding building provides access to state-of-the-art facilities, improving your academic experience.
The Signadou campus is conveniently located only five kilometres from the city centre and well-served by public transport, Signadou is one of ACU’s smaller campuses. With approximately 55 friendly staff on site, you will enjoy the intimate, welcoming campus environment. Campus facilities include a swimming pool, canteen, computer labs and a chapel.
The Ballarat campus, which is set in beautiful gardens, is near the commercial centre of Ballarat and close to facilities. The delightful old buildings and trees on campus reflect the history of the town and provide a peaceful environment for learning. The small campus is a cheerful place for students to meet, study and socialise. With over 1000 students, the campus offers quality teaching facilities including simulated nursing labs, computer labs, library, canteen, visual art rooms, gallery, bookshop, a gym, and dedicated student accommodation.
The ACU English Language Centre offers students the opportunity to improve their English while enjoying access to university facilities and services at the Brisbane, North Sydney and Melbourne campuses. The excellent teachers run a variety of English Language Programs to help students improve their English for travel, work or further study at the University
Faculty of Law and Business
The Faculty of Law and Business delivers a suite of bachelor degrees including Law, Commerce, Marketing, HRM and IT. A comprehensive range of postgraduate business programs is also offered from the MBA (Executive) to Supply Chain Management. A great entry into postgraduate study is a Graduate Certificate and then a Graduate Diploma in any of our masters programs.
Faculty of Education and Arts
The Faculty of Education and Arts was formed in January 2014, bringing together the Faculty of Education's strong reputation in teacher education and development with the liberal arts and social sciences programs of the former Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Faculty is active on six of ACU's seven campuses, and is home to a vibrant multicultural community of over 12 000 students enrolled in undergraduate, preservice, postgraduate and research programs.
Faculty of Health Sciences
The Faculty of Health Sciences is located across six campuses, and is one of the largest faculties of Health Sciences in Australia.
The Faculty promotes a friendly atmosphere in which students can pursue their studies with well-qualified and enthusiastic staff. ACU’s links with the healthcare sector have enabled it to become the largest provider of graduate nurses in Australia.
Centre for Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion
Golding Centre for Women’s History, Theology and Spirituality
Pastoral projects office
Plunkett Centre for Ethics in Health Care
Travelling to a foreign country to study can be a challenge. At ACU, the aim is to maximise students’ learning and development opportunities and eliminate stress and anxiety. Each campus is also well equipped with facilities to make their study time more enjoyable.
While facilities vary at each location, the commonly found facilities are:
From extensive experience, the University has also developed a number of academic and social support services to ensure that students are in the best position to achieve their goals at ACU.
Some of the services offered are:
Academic skills support
Each campus has an Academic Skills Unit with advisers who can help students to study successfully at the University. They will help students to develop learning, writing, and language strategies.
Most Australian students living away from their families share apartments or houses with other students. The International Student Advisers at ACU can assist students to find accommodation suiting their needs.
The University will arrange to pick students up from the airport provided that they have made an airport pickup booking on the University website.
Career development service
Careers Advisers are available on each campus of ACU to assist students with making career decisions, identifying personal career goals, developing employability skills, searching for employment and preparing employment applications.
Individual appointments with Career Advisers can be made. A variety of group workshops and web resources are also available to assist students to develop skills and knowledge enabling them to make informed career decisions and manage a successful transition from their university study into employment or into post-graduate study.
Qualified counsellors are available at each campus to offer free, confidential advice. The counselling service provides practical advice on study, finance and university procedures. Where necessary, they can also help with stress management, grief, depression and relationship difficulties.
Each campus has a Disability Adviser who assists students who have educational needs arising from a disability or long term medical condition. This service is free. Students are encouraged to contact the Disability Adviser as soon as possible, preferably before arrival in Australia, as it can take time to arrange any necessary educational adjustments.
English language programs
English Language Centres are run in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The University offers programs for those wishing to improve their English for work, travel or to reach the English proficiency requirements for entry to the University.
International students receive a comprehensive Orientation Program to familiarise them with University procedures, Australian study methods and social customs and culture. Campus tours and "welcome events" are also part of the international student induction.
International student advisers
The University’s philosophy of pastoral care ensures students feel confident and secure in Australia. International Student Advisers provide advice on enrolment and course selection, assistance with visas, accommodation and finance.
Sporting clubs and committees
Every ACU campus provides basic student recreational facilities such as common rooms, outdoor sporting or passive leisure areas. Sporting teams are often formed on campus and students’ involvement is always welcome.
Student clubs, associations and societies on each campus promote the welfare of students, social activities and encourage broad participation in university life.
The International Education Office can assist students to find off-campus accommodation. The most common accommodation options for international students are as follows:
Students may choose to live in private rental accommodation near the campus. If necessary, the International Student Adviser will assist in finding a suitable property. Students should budget approximately AUD$100 - $150 per week to rent a property shared with others. Utilities and food are not included.
Specialised apartment accommodation is available near most campuses.
Homestay offers international students the opportunity to live in a local home while studying in Australia. Homestay is suitable for stays ranging from a few weeks to many months. Students should budget approximately AUD$250 - $270 per week for Homestay which includes utilities and most meals. A placement fee of AUD$230 is also payable.
ACU Student Residence in Sydney
ACU offers accommodation for Sydney students in the ACU Living and Learning Community. The Miguel Cordero Residence (MCR) is located in the student hub of Camperdown which is very close to Sydney's city centre. It offers an enriching university experience and chance to make life-long friendships. The residence features: furnished apartments in a secure building, communal lounges, study spaces and an atrium meeting place, academic, social, sporting and chaplaincy programs, public transport access to Strathfield and North Sydney Campuses, onsite management team and high-speed internet.
International students are encouraged to use ACU’s secure electronic application form, upload scanned documents and submit their application directly to ACU. Students can also apply in person at the international office in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne or through a Certified ACU international agent. Students can apply for admission any time prior to the course commencement date, except for the following courses which have specific application deadlines:
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
The University reserves the right to close applications for any course once enrolment quotas have been reached.
One-half of the full time fees for the recipient’s course of study.
Applications open in September each year. Applicants must submit evidence of Academic merit, showing achievement of an average of 80% across the applicant’s most recent study. Additionally, Applicants must not be an Australian permanent resident citizen or New Zealand citizen; Applicants must have an offer for a place in an undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD program at ACU; Applicants must attend the relevant ACU campus as a full-time student;Applicants must not be receiving any other major scholarship or awardand Applicants must not be attending ACU as a Study Abroad or Exchange student.
Yash Gautam, Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Marketing)
There are many reasons I would recommend ACU to other students, not just the given fact that you have a lot of work experience that you can get into through ACU, but the very fact that there is attention to each and every student who studies there. Plus, it’s 80% or 70% Australian students who will actually help you to be able to improve your English.
“I study Education and ACU is one of the best primary teaching degree providers. My course is challenging but my degree has equipped me for these challenges. When I first started my course, I couldn’t imagine I’d be doing some of the things that I am doing now. Studying at ACU has been a great experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wanted to study in Australia.”
Jasleen Kaur, Master of Accounting (Advanced)
“I have been living in Sydney for the last 6 months. I have fallen in love with not only the city but I love everything about it. The city has so much to offer and people from Sydney welcome you just as if you were from it too. I am currently studying Masters of Accounting at the ACU North Sydney campus. The lecturers are the most friendly and helpful people that I have ever met! The university offers an amiable environment to students, no matter where you hail from. Australia has furthermore given me a new direction in life and something very special that will linger on forever.”
Sanjay Sharma, Master of Business Administration
“As compared to other western countries the cost of living is less and the quality of education in Australia is excellent. ACU is a growing university with friendly and helpful staff, guiding students not only in academics but also provides guidance and counselling in career related fields. Moreover, in my personal opinion, the moral and the mental support provided by the staff and the faculty was excellent during my very first semester. I have realised that the student-teacher ratio is very excellent and low, which helps the students to take active class participation.
‘Melbourne Campus’ is the most excellent campus I have ever seen in my educational history. The local students are so co-operative and helpful that I can’t explain in words. The campus is in the main city and very near to the CBD and approachable by public transport. Very big library, excellent collection of literature, new infrastructure and many, many more stars go into its hat.”
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What Indian students say
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This is one of the best universities in all. Professors are great and good facilities are available.
Business is the word
So far i has been alright for me. Its just that the library here is not so good, because they have limited resources. I think you may like it here to study for undergraduate, but in my course you may need to find extra e
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So far i has been alright for me. Its just that the library here is not so good, because they have limited resources. I think you may like it here to study for undergraduate, but in my course you may need to find extra effort to get books.
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New life in Australia
I have no experience yet, since I just came to Australia, but so far everything has been going well. My advise is just be prepared with the cultural different and culture shock in a new country :)
life in Toowoomba
i was not expecting this much fun i will get before i come to australia. it was fun with study. At USQ there is lots of events they held infront of studies. they held other programs for international students as well. i
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i was not expecting this much fun i will get before i come to australia. it was fun with study. At USQ there is lots of events they held infront of studies. they held other programs for international students as well. i can say to new students that if you are hard working, and want to study come to USQ. they make your life better and better.
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all about business
I chose to study in Melbourne as my brother is already here since a long time. I thought he would prove to be very helpful and indeed he was. He helped me a lot with my part-time job. It was all because of him that I was
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I chose to study in Melbourne as my brother is already here since a long time. I thought he would prove to be very helpful and indeed he was. He helped me a lot with my part-time job. It was all because of him that I was able to get my first job where the pay was very good but, sad enough the company closed and now although I managed to get another job but the pay scale is not very good. However it is difficult yet I am coping up with my expenses.
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IT did not favour me
Originally i came here as an International student but now i have finished my studies yet i have not been able to get a job.My agent convinced me that after the completion of my course i will be able to get a job but the
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Originally i came here as an International student but now i have finished my studies yet i have not been able to get a job.My agent convinced me that after the completion of my course i will be able to get a job but there is no chance of me getting a job here.I am frustrated and anxious.MY life has become as dreaded and dark as hell.I see all other people getting a job and settling well but maybe i selected the wrong course.Now i have caught a lawyer.He is handling my case related to PR so hopefully i will be able to get my PR.I am worried as i have to pay my loan bank which i had taken from a bank to fund my studies
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Valuable Days in Life
I am enjoying it but not much because of the lack of time. Here study time goes very fast, coping with new study methods takes time for international students.
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