Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University

South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales


Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university in Australia. It has seven Australian campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney (North Sydney and Strathfield), and also maintains a campus in Rome.

ACU offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees across their seven campuses. Study areas in the undergraduate level include business/commerce, arts, media and design, education, environmental science, health, law, psychology and theology. University Experience (UE) is a free program that gives students the opportunity to sample the degree of their choice even before they study at ACU.

Students can gain entry into the university through several qualifications such as entry based on secondary study, entry based on tertiary study or alternate entry, access schemes and the special tertiary admissions test (STAT). Successfully completing a pathway course may also qualify students to gain entry into ACU undergraduate courses.

To cater to the needs of overseas students, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has prepared a comprehensive support plan. ACU offers a pre-departure guide complete with information on the necessary preparations before coming to Australia, arrival and accommodation assistance and briefings and orientations. Aside from all these, ACU has a 24 hour support for international students and student assistance hotlines. Overseas students will also be guided accordingly by an International Student Adviser who will answer queries and other concerns.

ACU does not only offer excellent support services, they also have scholarships for international students. To obtain an international scholarship, a student has to submit the required documentations and go through the selection process. The scholarship is available for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework programs.

The annual tuition fees are $23,800 for business courses and $21,000 for Arts/Education.

ACU offers a range of scholarships for local and international students. The university has many available scholarships each year for students starting undergraduate or postgraduate courses. These scholarships cover part of the recipients’ full-time tuition fees. Research scholarships are also available for students undertaking higher degrees by research.

Aside from all these, students can apply in a number of external scholarships offered by organizations in Australia. ACU also helps students contact their consular office for information on government scholarships in their home country.

#27th in Australia by Webometrics
Type Public University
Size Large
32,000 Students
South Australia
Ballarat, Melbourne
Australian Capital Territory
North Sydney, Strathdfield
New South Wales


Courses Available

  • Arts
  • Business and Economics
  • Education
  • Arts
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Education
  • Health and Nursing
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences


How to Apply?

Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
TOEFL, PTE, ACU English Language Test, Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Semester 1 Application Deadline for international students

Cost and Scholarships

AUD 22,000
Median Tuition Fee

Types of Scholarships Available

Merit scholarships
Equity scholarships for disadvantaged and needy students


Catherine McAuley Scholarship
Total Worth $2,500 per annum for upto 4 years
Eligibility and Requirements Citizenship: domestic and international students Faculty: Health Sciences, Education and Arts or Law and Business Course: any ACU undergraduate degree (except Theology) Campus: Brisbane Year level: First year
Application Deadline March 11, September 6
Other Details This is an endowed scholarship established in 2006 by the Sisters of Mercy in Queensland to honour Sister Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, and in recognition of the predecessor college McAuley College.
Australian Catholic University International Student Scholarship
Total Worth half of the full-time fees
Eligibility and Requirements Citizenship: international students Faculty: any Course: any ACU degree Campus: any Year level: first year Required study load: full-time You must have an offer for a place in an undergraduate or postgraduate program at ACU You must have achieved results of at least 80% (equivalent to a GPA of 5.8 on the ACU 7 point scale) in previous study completed within the last two years (undergraduate applicants) or four years (postgraduate applicants) You must be applying for an ACU program that is an equal or higher level of study than the currently held qualifications You must not be receiving any other scholarship or award if the total combined value would exceed the tuition fee for the course You must not be attending ACU as a Study Abroad or Exchange student. Students must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 4.75 on the ACU 7 point scale for the duration of their course.
Application Deadline September 1, October 5
Other Details Australian Catholic University International Student Scholarships reward commencing undergraduate and postgraduate International students who have demonstrated outstanding academic merit in prior studies.
ACU Equity Scholarships
Total Worth $2,000 in one lump sum
Eligibility and Requirements Citizenship: domestic students Faculty: any Course: any ACU degree Campus: any Required Study load: Full time (exceptional circumstances may be considered for part time study) Financial hardship Must not have completed the requirements of a course of study equivalent to or higher than an Australian bachelor award
Application Deadline December 19, August 1
Other Details The ACU Equity Scholarships are intended to financially assist students from low socio-economic backgrounds.