Australian Catholic University

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Why choose study in Australia

Home for the best universities in the world
Australia has some of the best colleges in the world. Several Australian universities are listed in the top 100 best universities in the world. With approximately more than 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions, a great number of fields or study areas are available, making it highly likely that you can take up your choice of degree, training or course.

The numbers above show that Australian education has the quantity and variety, but it is also worth noting that the country leads in quality. Seven out of the top 100 universities in the world can be found in Australia. Their university system also ranks 8th in the world, ahead of countries such as the UK, Germany and Japan. With these, Australia is recognized as a country that offers world-class education.

Some of the most popular fields to study are the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, social sciences and medical fields. Australian study programmes cover almost every possible subject students might need.

Australian degree is a globally recognized degree
When you study in Australia, your degree is trusted and recognised internationally. The Australian education system maintains its international reputation through high educational standards, with its universities standing out in world league tables. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorised by the Australian government.

Be at the forefront of Technology and Innovations
Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than in most other countries. Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology. One of the most appealing aspect of the country for international students is the quality of scientific research. Australia is at the forefront of new technology and innovations. Students who study in Australia can take advantage the country’s impressive technology and research resources. Australia has quality of scientific research programs available for international students.

Pay reasonable tuition fees
Australian education programs represent great value for money. Fees for vocational courses in Australia start from $AUD7000 and can reach around $AUD30,000 per year. An undergraduate program can cost you from $AUD15,000 to $AUD33,000 per year and postgraduate tuition fees range from $AUD20,000 to $AUD37,000 annually. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses start at around $AUD4000 while fees for foundation studies start from $AUD15,000 per year. Planning to take up an English language course? These courses start from only $AUD300 per week depending on the course length.

Australian courses are often shorter than alternatives in other countries, particularly in the US. Most Australian bachelor degree courses can be completed in three years and even less if the education provider works on a trimester system. This means that you can save a whole year's tuition fees if you choose to study in Australian rather than in the US or the UK.

Start a successful career while studying
Australian cities have excellent job prospects and a multicultural community of students who are supported through student services programs. Australian graduates have excellent job prospects from their internationally-trusted universities. Working during your studies is also encouraged – international students on student visas are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week to boost their living expenses. Work experience and internships are all ways in which you can gain Australian work experience in your field of study and be competitive in the international job market after graduation

University Overview

Department structure

Australian Catholic University (ACU) offers study options across…
Faculty of Education and Arts
The Faculty of Education and Arts hosts the National School of Education, the National School of Arts, and three vibrant, multidisciplinary research institutes. With a strong focus on career building, the faculty offers students the opportunity to build networks through industry engagements, internships, research opportunities and international study throughout their degrees.
Faculty of Health Sciences
Located across six of ACU is campuses, the Faculty of Health Sciences is one of the largest faculties of its kind in Australia. It prepares highly qualified graduates in the areas of biomedical science and/or science, counselling, exercise science, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, public health, social work, and speech pathology.
Its strong links with health care partners around Australia provide students opportunities for clinical placements, community engagement projects and future employment.
Faculty of Law and Business
The Faculty of Law and Business offers a suite of degrees in disciplines including law, accounting, finance, IT, marketing, event management and human resource management. It is known for its job-ready graduates and strong connections with industry.
Faculty of Theology and Philosophy
The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy helps students develop the skills to critically examine complex issues, contextualise different historical and contemporary perspectives, engage with and articulate arguments from a range of viewpoints, as well as develop their academic writing and independent research skills. Such skills are all highly transferrable and will provide students with a firm foundation for a career in any industry.

Entry requirements

Applications from international students are assessed on the basis of their academic qualifications and proficiency in English.
Undergraduate entry is based on the satisfactory completion of the equivalent of 12 years of schooling at a comparable entry level  to domestic student requirements.
Postgraduate entry is normally based on the satisfactory completion of a recognised degree or diploma of at least three years i duration, comparable to an Australian degree or diploma.
Applicants who undertook study in a language other than English will be required to show proficiency in English. The University accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Pearson Test of English (PTE), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE).
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ACU is campus libraries are a valuable resource that students can use throughout their time at ACU.
These have extensive print and online collections, and offer a range of services. Plus, they are a great place to meet friends, work on group projects, and finish assignments.
Medical centres
ACU is Brisbane and Melbourne campuses have on-campus medical centres, offering comprehensive, high-quality health care services to ACU students.
Services include:
General medicine
Men's health
Skin checks
Travel medicine
Wellness support
Women's health
Students looking to keep fit and healthy can join a gym or take part in one of ACU is fitness programs. There are gym memberships and group fitness classes available at student prices. Classes include boot camp, yoga, boxing and Pilates.
There are over 15 different sport clubs which students will have the chance to get involved in, including cheer, football, netball and many more.

How to apply

International students must:
Verify international student status.
Select a course by consulting the course guide for the latest information. Up to three courses can be applied for.
Check entry requirements. They must check compliance of all course requirements including English language.
Apply through the electronic application form.
Provide documentation as required. If the application to ACU is successful, either a Provisional Letter of Offer or a Letter of Offer will be sent. A Provisional Letter of Offer requires additional information and supporting documentation to be provided.
Send back to ACU the completed Acceptance Form to confirm a place. Upon receipt of fees and signed acceptance, the University will issue an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).
Apply for a Student Visa online or from the nearest Australian High Commission, Consulate, Embassy or Diplomatic Post. Once the student visa has been approved, travel arrangements need to be finalised. A Pre-Departure Guide will be sent, providing information on everything students need to know for life in Australia.
Arrive in Australia in time for orientation. Students will then be issued their ACU ID and will be able to finalise enrolment.
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The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is Australia is foremost Catholic University, and ranks among the top ten Catholic higher education institutions in the world. It holds seven campuses in Australia and one in Rome, Italy.
The University is also ranked in the top ten in Australia for student satisfaction and teaching, as well as being among the top five institutions for skills development across the whole of Australia. 94% of the research undertaken at ACU is ranked at world standard or higher.
Staff at ACU have an outstanding reputation for not only providing a brilliant education, but also for making students from all over the world feel welcome at the institution. ACU takes great pride in having a multi-cultural campus, while still giving their students the best chance of employment after graduation by actively engaging with the industry they are involved in.
There is a focus on hands-on experience, with internships, work experience or volunteer work available in the majority of the degrees on offer at ACU. This has led to the institution being among the top three in Australia for undergraduate employment, according to the Federal Government is Graduate Outcomes Survey.
The University has an innovative careers service which looks to bring together students and graduates of ACU with employers, through campus visits, work placements and the ACU CareerHub - that allows companies to advertise openings to students and recent graduates.
Student life is lively and exciting at ACU. Not only are there 15 different competitive sports clubs that face off against rival universities, there are also student choirs, guitar lessons, and a variety of other creative pastimes that students can get involved with, and meet their new classmates at the same time.

Scholarships & funding

There are a range of scholarships on offer for international students.
International Student Scholarships
ACU offers these scholarships each year for students starting undergraduate or postgraduate courses. This scholarship cover 50% of the recipients i full-time tuition fees.
Faculty of Law and Business Scholarships
The Peter Faber Business School Scholarship provides a AUD 1,000 tuition fee reduction for one year for postgraduate international students with a prior academic result of 70% or greater.
The Faculty of Law and Business also offer the Peter Faber Business School Community Development Prize. Valued at AUD 2,000, it is open to international undergraduate and postgraduate students. Students need to produce a written submission that demonstrates community service together with academic results in the first year/8 units of study. A selection panel will then make the final decision.
Malaysian Australian Alumni Council (MAAC) Scholarship
The MACC scholarship worth 25% is paid as a tuition waiver for the first year of an ACU postgraduate coursework degree in 2 separate instalments (over the two semesters).
ACU Mercy Scholarship
This scholarship awarded annually as a tuition fee waiver is equivalent to the full tuition of the recipient is course duration up to four years.
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University Ranking

Diversity Index - Rank: 92

Feel At Home Index - Rank: 6.74%

QS World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 801st

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 501st

Overall Cost of Living


Campus Accomodation




Post Graduate


Overall Cost of Living Value

A$ 20.000

Campus Accomodation Value

A$ 11.700

Undergraduate Value

A$ 24.490

Postgraduate Value

A$ 24.880

Minimum IELTS Score

Post Graduate : 7

Undergraduate : 7


Post Graduate : 68

Undergraduate : 68

ACU St Cecilia Choir Scholarships

AUD $500 Emerging Chorister Scholarship; this is for new ACU; AUD $1000 Established Chorister Scholarship; this is for continuing ACU Student Choir Members.

This scholarship is open to all students who plan to audition for the ACU Student Choir. ACU students who are employed by the University in an ongoing capacity are not eligible for the scholarship. Selection criteria You will be assessed for the scholarship at the same time as you audition for the choir. Auditions will be held at the commencement of each semester. Following auditions, the Campus Choir Director will submit recommendations to the Leadership and Culture Coordinator, for approval by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching). Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of vocal quality, sight reading ability and on your commitment to the choir.

All international

To apply for a Saint Cecilia Choir Scholarship contact Leadership and Culture Coordinator, Monica Bordignon who will provide the necessary information.

22 April 2022

Australian Catholic University International Student Scholarship

The scholarship will cover one-half of the full-time fees for the recipient's course of study.

Citizenship: international students Faculty: any Course: any ACU degree Campus: any Year level: first year Required study load: full-time Applicants must have an offer for a place in an undergraduate or postgraduate program at ACU Applicants must have achieved results of at least 80% in previous study completed within the last two years (undergraduate applicants) or four years (postgraduate applicants) Applicants must not be receiving any other major scholarship or award if the total combined value would exceed the tuition fee for the course Applicants must not be attending ACU as a Study Abroad or Exchange student

All international

Apply online by clicking the button below and completing the application form. You must attach the following documentation with your application: Evidence of academic merit, showing achievement of an average of at least 80% across the  applicant is most recent study.

Bob and Margaret Frater International Travel Scholarship

The scholarship is valued at up to AUD $10,000, to be paid in one lump sum.

Citizenship:  international students Must be working in the teaching profession in a New South Wales or Australian Capital Territory Catholic primary school Must be an early career teacher or a teacher returning to career after a break

All international

Students can apply online.

5 March 2018

Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club Postgraduate Bursary

The bursary is valued at AUD $5,000, to be paid in one lump sum.

Citizenship: international students Faculty: any Course: any ACU postgraduate degree Campus: North Sydney or Strathfield Year level: any

All international

Students can apply online.

5 March 2018

Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club Undergraduate Bursaries

The bursary is valued at AUD $2,500, to be paid in one lump sum.

Citizenship: international students Faculty: any Course: any ACU undergraduate degree Campus: North Sydney or Strathfield Year level: any

All international

Students can apply online.

5 March 2018

Francis Carroll Scholarship

The scholarship is valued at AUD $2,500, to be paid in one lump sum.

Citizenship: domestic and international students Faculty: any Course: any ACU degree Campus: Canberra Students who have relocated from rural or regional areas of the Archdiocese of Canberra/Goulburn or the Diocese of Wagga Wagga. Contribution to, and/or leadership in, community service

All international

Students can apply online.

5 March 2018

John F Slowey Memorial Bursary

The bursary is valued at AUD $2,500, to be paid in one lump sum.

Citizenship: Domestic and international students Faculty: Any Course: any undergraduate degree Campus: Strathfield Year level: Any

All international

Students can apply online.

5 March 2018

Mercy Scholarship

Awarded annually as a tuition fee waiver equivalent to the full tuition of the recipient is course duration up to four years.

Citizenship: international students Faculty: any Course: any ACU degree Campus: any Year level: undergraduate received an offer for a place in an undergraduate degree at ACU be a citizen or permanent resident of a country classified by Amnesty International as retentions i in relation to capital punishment be commencing in their studies at ACU and be enrolled at the time of scholarship award not be in receipt of any other ACU, Australian or foreign government tuition scholarship.

All international

Students can apply online.

Sisters of Mercy Scholarship

The scholarship is valued at up to AUD $4,000, paid as one installment annually for the duration of the course.

Value:  AUD $1,000 per annum is available for students enrolled full-time, for a maximum of four years AUD $500 per annum is available for students enrolled part-time, for a maximum of eight years. Eligibility Citizenship: domestic and international students Faculty: any Course: any ACU undergraduate degree Campus: Ballarat Year level: first or second year (or part time equivalent) From a rural or regional area

All international

Students can apply online.

5 March 2018

Overall Review

Overall Experience : 4.7 / 5

Admission Process : 4 / 5

Scholarships : 3 / 5

Life Experience : 4 / 5

Job Prospects : 4 / 5