Australian Catholic University
has been ranked in the top 3% of all universities worldwide by Times Higher Education (THE). ACU has also ranked 301–400 in the 2017/18 THE Arts and Humanities Subject Ranking. ACU was also positioned in the Top 200 (including Top 50 of Gen Y Universities) and QS Young University Rankings where they were placed in the ‘Top 50 under 50’. A number of ACU disciplines have also been recognized for excellence, with the University achieving global rankings in education, nursing, public health, sport science, and theology, divinity and religious studies.
ACU has campuses located in the state capital cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. ACU explores cultural, social, ethical and religious issues through the lens of the Catholic intellectual tradition in teaching, research and service. By fostering and advancing knowledge in education, health, commerce, the humanities, the sciences and technologies, law, and the creative arts, ACU contributes to its local, national and international communities.
You will enroll as a full-time student at one of three ACU campuses, for one or two semesters. You are able to select from a wide range of academic units from any of ACU’s six faculties. A program fee is applicable to students participating in the study abroad program.
All students will participate in a comprehensive orientation prior to departure.
ACU offers a comprehensive program with many subjects to choose from. Each campus, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, offers different subjects and courses, so students should look at which campus offers the courses they need to study prior to selecting a campus. The ACU Unit Guide
outlines which subjects are offered at each of the available locations; the links under enrolment information directs you to the individual college's webpages where course descriptions can be found. Students will take a minimum of four units while studying at the ACU.
Link for the ACU Unit Guide can be found here: http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/our_university/publications/course_guides
Students may choose to live in student residences or with an Australian family through the homestay option. Visit the ACU website on accommodation
for additional information.
Specialized student apartment accommodation is available near most campuses. This option may require large, one-off payments but usually includes all fees such as utility bills and, in many cases, WiFi access. Semester in Australia (SiA) is an example of specialised student accommodation. SiA provides housing and support services in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, especially for students only in Australia for study abroad (semester/year) programs. The service provides accommodation, local support, includes most of your utilities, and can also provide arrival assistance.
A homestay offers international students the opportunity to live with a local family while studying in Australia. It is available from a few weeks to many months. By living with an Australian family get a closer understanding of Australian life. If you wish to obtain Homestay accommodation, please inform the Study Abroad and Exchange Coordinator when you apply for the program.
You will have a bedroom (linen provided), a place to study, and access to a bathroom, kitchen and other facilities in the home.
The cost is approximately AU$250-$300 per week and:
includes two meals on weekdays (breakfast and dinner) and three meals on weekends (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
thirty to 60 minutes transport time away from the University
minimum stay is four weeks and maximum stay up to one year.
To book a homestay, please go to the Australian Homestay Network website.
Please see Budget Sheet for the most up to date program cost estimates.
Brisbane, Australia is now emerging as one of the most desirable places in which to live. In addition to its transformation into a sleek, cosmopolitan city complete with world-class art galleries, a booming live music scene and a fabulous café culture, Brisbane still retains the laid- back, easy attitude of a small community.
With Brisbane's beautiful outdoor scene, it's easy for students to ride bikes in the City Botanic Gardens, kayak down the Brisbane River, or stroll in the gardens and lagoons of South Bank. For an adrenaline-pumping view of the city and its surroundings, you can climb to the top of Story Bridge, go skydiving or coast over the city in a hot air balloon. On the clear waters and islands of nearby Moreton Bay, you can fish, boat, feed dolphins and toboggan down the world’s tallest sand dunes.
Melbourne, Australia is noted for its vitality, diversity and sophistication. The city’s wealth dates from the 1860-1890 gold rush. Melbourne residents regard their home as the country’s most elegant, cultured and modern city. The way of life in this city has been highly influenced by the people of more than 140 countries that have moved to Melbourne. This multiplicity has made its mark. Various cultural influences can be found in the architecture, cuisine and arts, making Melbourne a city of contrast that has something to offer every taste.
Also known as the “City of Arts,” Melbourne is the leader in offering cultural activities in the Asia-Pacific region. It features many works of contemporary artists in art, design and theater. It is also a city known for its famous cultural events including the Summer Music Festival at the Victorian Arts Center, the St. Kilds festival, the Victoria St. Lunar festival, the Italian Lygon St. Festa, Oktoberfest, and many others.
Sydney, Australia is located on the southeast coast of Australia and is the country’s oldest and most important city. It grew from a small colony of 1,000 people in Sydney Cove to the largest city in Australia, with a population close to four million. It has become a vibrant, diverse city of vast economic power that has great skyscrapers, daring restaurants and heavenly beaches.
Sydney has an excellent public transport system, with bus, train and ferry services throughout the city. The railway network spreads from Bondi Junction in the east to the Blue Mountains in the west. Residents travel easily from ocean beaches to lush national parks to Australia’s best shopping, restaurant and entertainment venues.
Visa And Travel Unit Guide
Homestay Network Website
Semester in Australia
Click Alumni Study Abroad.docx
to see the the 10 things Ryan, a program alum, thinks future students should know about this program! Here is a quick preview of what he recommends:
- Join clubs at ACU to meet more students.
- The rooftop garden is the best place on campus.
- Engage with your classmates (they'll love your accent)