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Australian Catholic University



The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is world renowned for the quality of its teaching and research. It is ranked as the number one Catholic university and is in the top 80 universities in the Asia-Pacific region (Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019). ACU is ranked within the top two per cent of universities across the globe and is a top 100 young university (THE Young University Rankings 2019).

ACU has grown rapidly over the past few years, and now has eight campuses across Australia in Adelaide (not currently available to international students), Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney (Blacktown, North Sydney and Strathfield), and an international campus in Rome, Italy. The university is ideally placed to provide an excellent education. This is reflected by the high level of student satisfaction, which places ACU in the top ten in Australia. Research at ACU, evaluated by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), is rated well above world-class in a significant number of areas.

ACU prides itself on providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for international students. ACU's multicultural campus is indicative of the diversity of the student community. The university is highly regarded by students, having been awarded five stars for learner engagement, skills development and full-time employment (Good Universities Guide 2020).

The university actively engages with industry and provides students with ample opportunity for professional placements, hands-on work experience and meaningful community service. This has seen ACU rank in the top three universities in Australia for graduate employment by the Federal Government's Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2019.

Students have the opportunity to experience a vibrant and exciting life at ACU, with everything from guitar lessons to sport. Participation in extra-curricular activities at ACU gives students the ideal chance to socialise and meet new friends.

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THE Impact Rankings

ACU is among the top 101–200 universities in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020. The rankings measure the impact of the university on society, in line with its success in meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ACU was noted for its excellence in the following SDGs:

  • Good Health and Wellbeing: 8th globally
  • Quality Education: 86th globally
  • Gender Equality: 23rd globally
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: 46th globally

ACU's Blacktown campus

From 2021, ACU will be launching undergraduate and postgraduate programs at its newest campus in Blacktown. Students at the Blacktown campus will join a small, nurturing community backed by local partnerships and international opportunities.

EAP online

The ACU Centre for Languages recently launched its online EAP course. The course covers the same content as the face-to-face EAP program and develops the English language proficiency and academic skills necessary to succeed at university in Australia.

The online course combines an online interactive classroom experience with collaborative peer work, and individual consultations with teachers and guidance with assessments. Successful completion of EAP online will offer a direct pathway to a variety of ACU undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Response to Covid-19

ACU has made swift adjustments to accommodate students in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The university continues to monitor the situation closely and is keeping up to date with the impacts of government decisions about policy, healthcare and border protection.

The university's dedicated support service for international students continues to provide personalised student support. International student advisors are available for one to one consultation and to advise on services such as accommodation, financial hardship support, counselling, career development, legal services, student services and campus ministry.

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Department structure

Department structure

Australian Catholic University (ACU) offers study options across a number of faculties:

Faculty of Education and Arts

ACU's Faculty of Education and Arts includes the National School of Arts and National School of Education. An important producer of new teachers in Australia, the faculty attracts students who seek to tackle complex issues in fields such as education, youth work, global studies, media, communications and design.

Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences is ACU's largest faculty and a leading producer of nurses, midwives as well as paramedics in Australia. The faculty is comprised of three schools, namely Allied Health, Behavioural and Health Sciences, and Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. The schools focus on excellence, innovation and community impact, across all study areas.

Faculty of Law and Business

By emphasising social, ethical, as well as environmental duties within legal and commercial systems, the Faculty of Law and Business celebrates sustainable success with a human touch. The faculty's Thomas More Law School and Peter Faber Business School deliver courses including accounting, finance, human resources, law, and marketing.

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

The university's Faculty of Theology and Philosophy ranks across the world for divinity and religious studies, as well as theology. Students learn to combine new skills with a sense of ethics as well as a thirst for truth and knowledge. The faculty is home to the School of Theology and School of Philosophy, and also provides professional consulting services to various Catholic organisations.

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ACU Centre for Languages

ACU Centre for Languages

ACU's English language courses assist students on the path to an ACU degree, prepare them to speak English in the workplace, and help them succeed in their IELTS or OET exams.

All language centres are located on ACU campuses (Brisbane, Melbourne and North Sydney), so students have complete and immediate access to ACU facilities and are an ACU student from day one. Studying at ACU is more than just attending classes. Students will have opportunities to interact, make friends and practise their English with local students. Students can choose to study from the following courses:

  • Pathways to ACU: Academic English, Foundation Studies and Tertiary Preparation (Health Sciences)
  • English for Global Mobility: General English for everyday communication or for work purposes
  • Test Preparation: IELTS Preparation, IELTS online, and OET Preparation

ACU Centre for Languages is accredited by the Australian Government's Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), quality assured by NEAS, and is a member of peak professional bodies: English Australia and University English Centres Australia (UECA).

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All of the courses and assessments offered at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) are delivered in English. It is mandatory for students to demonstrate their English language proficiency to the university in order to make the most of their studies.

If English is a student's first language, they must finish their last year of Australian schooling (Year 12), or an alternative equivalent qualification.

If English is not a student's first language, they will need to demonstrate their proficiency with evidence, including a recent assessment, qualification or test.

This assessment, qualification or test result provided by students must be completed within two years prior to the commencement of studies at ACU.

English language proficiency requirements

Students who wish to apply to ACU can undertake the following English language proficiency assessments:

  • ACU English Test
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

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How to apply

How to apply

Students must ensure that they gather certified copies of all necessary documents for their application. These documents include:

  • evidence of English language proficiency
  • passport
  • academic qualifications (completion certificates and transcripts).
  • Any other document which supports a student's application, including evidence of professional registration, work experience, as well as reference letters which are relevant to their courses.

Certified documents

Copies of students' official documents must be certified. Certified copies are photocopies of the original documents which have been verified as true copies.


When students are ready to apply, they can make their Australian Catholic University (ACU) application using the following methods:

  • ACU's online application system
  • Authorised education agent in a student's country
  • In-person at the university's international office at its Melbourne, Brisbane, or Sydney campuses.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

There are a range of scholarships on offer for international students at Australian Catholic University (ACU). The most popular international student scholarships include the following:

ACU International Student Scholarship

ACU International Student Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate as well as postgraduate international students who begin their education at the university and have demonstrated excellent academic merit in their previous studies. Applicants who are successful will receive a tuition fee waiver of half of the full-time fees for the minimum duration of their course (inclusive of RPL/Credit).

ACU Global Excellence Scholarship

In light of ACU's success in global rankings, the Peter Faber Business School will award scholarships worth up to AUD 5,000 per year to commencing students of business and information technology programmes. Students will be eligible to receive the Global Excellence Scholarship every year of their course, provided that they successfully pass at least three subjects per semester.

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North Sydney New South Wales 40 Edward Street
Ballarat Victoria 1200 Mair Street
Banyo Queensland 1100 Nudgee Road
Watson Australian Capital Territory 223 Antill Street
Strathfield New South Wales 25A Barker Road
Fitzroy Victoria 115 Victoria Parade
Blacktown New South Wales 22 Main St,
Australian Catholic University is a public not-for-profit university funded by the Australian Government. It was opened on 1 January 1991 as a Catholic university, ACU engages in the Catholic intellectual tradition where faith and reason are compatible in education, and knowledge is cultivated in an environment that fosters intellectual freedom, personal development and equity for all. Within the Catholic intellectual tradition and acting in Truth and Love, the University is committed to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good. Mission of the ACU engages the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to bring a distinct perspective to higher education.

The University has a wide range of institutes and centres as well as four faculties. Students can choose from hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Bachelor degrees, also known as an undergraduate qualification, are designed to give students the knowledge, skills and experience to prepare them for the future career. Postgraduate degrees can involve either research or coursework programs. Degrees in research allow students to focus on a field of their choice. Research students usually do not attend lectures or tutorials instead they conduct independent research activities and are supervised by a senior academic.

Australian Catholic University has seven campuses around Australia. It empowers students to think critically, ethically and to bring about change in their communities and professions.
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