Australian Catholic University

About Australian Catholic University

ACU offers programs in allied health, business, creative arts, early childhood education, global studies, humanities and social sciences, inclusive education and disability studies, information technology, law, nursing, midwifery and paramedicine, nutrition and biomedical science, philosophy, psychology, public health and administration, sport and exercise science, teaching and education, and theology.

All our courses offer work placements, internships with leading companies, or volunteering opportunities, and a wide range of scholarships are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. Our research programs aim to improve social, health and living conditions, influence public policy and advance knowledge in specialist fields.

ACU empowers students to think critically and ethically, and to bring about change in their communities and professions. We are a publicly-funded university and welcome students and staff of all beliefs and backgrounds. 

Learn more about ACU's student cohort profile.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

You will receive confirmation of your offer via an offer notice email from ACU. To accept your offer, you must enrol in units within seven or fourteen calendar days of receiving your ACU offer notice.

ADVANCED STANDING

Applications for advanced standing must be made at the time of enrolment.

DEFERMENT

Deferment is available to all applicants for up to one year only. Deferment will lapse if any post-secondary studies are undertaken.

ACU enrolment and orientation.

International Year 12 applicants

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

Successful international applicants will receive a letter outlining course details and fees payable. To accept an offer, sign and return the 'Offer Acceptance and Payment Advice' and 'Genuine Temporary Entrant Declaration' forms enclosed with the letter, together with evidence of payment of the indicated fees. 

ENROLMENT

Students manage their own enrolments via ACU’s online enrolment process, Student Connect. 

ORIENTATION

Orientation is a great way to familiarise new international students with the practicalities of studying and living in Australia and occurs two weeks before classes start in your first year of uni. 

DEFERMENT

Students seeking deferment must contact ACU's International Admissions Office.

ACU enrolment and orientation.

Postgraduate applicants

ACU offers a number of postgraduate study options, including coursework and research.

To find out more information and apply direct to ACU, visit the ACU website.

Campus information

Locations

ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney and Strathfield — and a campus in Rome, Italy.

ACU campuses.

Student and campus services

ACU has a range of student support services, including counselling, chaplaincy, academic assistance and learning support, and employment and career advice. Campus facilities include a medical centre, computing centre, sporting and recreation facilities, and a childcare centre.

ACU supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies for students to become involved in campus life.

ACU student and campus services.

DHARA DARAMOOLEN (ACT) AND YALBALINGA (NSW) INDIGENOUS HIGHER EDUCATION UNITS 

Staff at Yalbalinga and Dhara Daramoolen provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with social, cultural, personal and academic support as well as a place to meet and work on assignments. For those students needing tutorial support, they can also arrange for the employment of tutors. 

Student support at ACU

SERVICES AND SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS

ACU has dedicated support services for students with disabilities and special needs. 

ACU disability support services

ACCOMMODATION

Students may choose to live alone, share with a friend or board at a hostel. Although every effort is made to help students find suitable accommodation, the University provides no guarantees about the type of accommodation. 

Campus accommodation

International student accommodation.

Exchange programs

ACU offers extensive international exchange programs for students in many countries, including Brazil, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, UK and USA. 

If you are an Australian student admitted to the exchange program, you can apply for an ACU Vice-Chancellor and President’s Travel Grant to help with your airfare and you will not have to pay any extra tuition fees to the host university. 

Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply for the Australian Government’s OS-HELP loan to support your studies abroad. ACU also hosts international students from more than 95 nationalities here in Australia and provides an extensive range of services and programs to help ease international students into university life.

ACU exchange programs.

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

There are two main types of places for domestic students and course costs depend on the type of place you enrol in:

  • Commonwealth-supported place (CSP)

When you study in a CSP course, the Australian Government subsidises the cost of your course. You’ll pay the remainder, known as the student contribution amount.

  • Domestic fee-paying (DFEE)

DFEE courses typically cost you more than equivalent CSP courses because you pay the full cost of your course. The amount you pay for your tuition fee depends on the institution and the type of course. 

ACU course fees.

Students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. In 2019 these were:

  • full-time students – $151 per half year ($302 annually)
  • part-time students – $112 per half year ($224 annually).

ACU Student Services and Amenities Fee.

International Year 12 applicants

ACU tuition fees for international students are available on the UAC course search. Students should check the individual course descriptions for any additional items that may need to be purchased. 

Fees are reviewed annually and also cover:

  • support from international student advisers
  • orientation program
  • access to all student services and facilities that are available to local students
  • study skills assistance.

ACU tuition fees are comparable with those of other Australian universities and may increase by up to 3 per cent per year for the minimum duration of the course. No guarantee is made for tuition fee increases beyond the minimum duration.

Course fees for international students.

Students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. In 2019 these were:

  • full-time students – $151 per half year ($302 annually)
  • part-time students – $112 per half year ($224 annually).

ACU Student Services and Amenities Fee.

INTERNATIONAL FEE REFUND POLICY

For information regarding the Australian Catholic University international fee refund policy, visit the ACU website.

International students

Your stay in Australia

LIVING EXPENSES

It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate that they have sufficient funds while living in Australia. 

Living costs include items such as:

  • accommodation (including rental bond)
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal and household items
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train).

Australian living costs.

WORKING WHILE STUDYING

During your stay in Australia you are permitted to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours outside teaching periods. Certain categories of voluntary, unpaid work is included in this total, and work undertaken as part of your course is not included. You should not rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia as work cannot be guaranteed and spending excessive amounts of time working may adversely affect your studies. 

Conditions for working while studying.

STUDENTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE

Before you are granted a student visa, the Australian Government must be satisfied that you have appropriate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements in place for the period that you will be under 18 years of age while in Australia. ACU does not accept responsibility for welfare arrangements for international students who are under 18 years of age.

Australian Government requirements

Student support

ACU provides many services to help you achieve your personal, academic and career goals, including:

  • international student advisers
  • a career development and employment service
  • counselling services
  • academic skills advisers
  • disability services
  • a campus ministry.

Services for international students.

Overseas student health cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a compulsory health insurance for international students to help them with the costs of medical and hospital care they may require while they are in Australia. It is important to know that OSHC does NOT cover all medical bills. It does not cover pre-existing medical conditions for the first 12 months of your policy, optical, dentistry or majority of injections/inoculations.

ACU’s preferred provider is Allianz Global Assistance. You can pay the OSHC fee when you pay your tuition deposit, and ACU will arrange your health cover with Allianz Global Insurance. If you select this option and you hold a student visa, your OSHC will be valid from the date you arrive in Australia. When you arrive at ACU, you will be able to obtain your official OSHC card. If you wish to take out OSHC with another provider, you must provide ACU with evidence of cover with an accredited provider before your Confirmation of Enrolment can be issued.

The Australian Government requires all international students on a student visa and their dependants to purchase an approved policy from an Australian registered health fund for the duration of their visas. OSHC is not included in tuition fees.

How to get overseas student health cover.

Sponsored international students

Sponsored international students are those who receive financial support for their study and/or other agreed educational expenses from sources other than their own funds. To be recognised by an institution as a sponsored student, you must be funded under an agreement with a sponsoring authority recognised by the institution. 

To find out more, contact ACU