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CQUniversity Australia



In less than three decades, CQUniversity Australia has transitioned into one of Australia's largest universities with numerous campuses located across the country in cities such as Brisbane, Melbourne, Rockhampton and Sydney. Every campus has its own characteristics, with its own facilities, support services, accommodation options and proximity to iconic locations. This makes the university the perfect hub from which to explore Australia while earning an internationally recognised qualification.

CQUniversity Australia is ranked in the top Australian universities for graduate full-time employment and starting salary (Good Universities Guide 2021). The university sits within the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2020). They have five stars in employability, internationalization and teaching (QS Stars Rating System 2019). CQUniversity is above and well beyond the world standards in 22 research categories (ERA 2018). They have a commitment to social innovation and sustainability reflected in their status as Australia's first Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U and being recognised in the world's top 200 universities by the prestigious Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020.

CQUniversity has 14 different study areas with courses from accounting, engineering, arts, allied health, project management and sciences. A focus on employability, the university has placed approximately 1000 international students on internships since 2015.

Students can opt to enrol in a course that's delivered 100 per cent online, while balancing work and personal commitments. For students keen to study on campus in Australia, CQUniversity will work to enrol students online first and then transition them to campus when the Australian borders open.

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What's new

What's new

Study English for free

In 2021, students who study English as a pathway to an academic course will be eligible for free English language classes offered by CQUEnglish. If students study English for 10 weeks, they could save AUD 4,150 in English course fees. If they study English for 30 weeks, they could save a total of AUD 12,450. Students might also be eligible for a 25 per cent scholarship for their academic course, which provides even more savings.

Furthermore, students will enjoy the benefit of learning English from excellent and supportive CQUEnglish teachers who were highly rated by students in the 2019-2020 English Language Barometer (ELB). According to the ELB, CQUEnglish also achieved a 96.3 per cent student support satisfaction rate, the highest out of 52 English language centres in Australia which participated in the survey.

Be awarded with a 25% scholarship

Apply for an eligible course and accept your offer early to be automatically considered for the International Student Scholarship (ISS) at CQUniversity, valued at 25% of the course fee. For 2021, there is no minimum GPA to receive this scholarship: students just need to have successfully completed their most recent studies and commence studies at CQUni in Term 2 (July) or Term 3 (November) 2021.

CQUniversity is proud to offer this to all eligible international students to ensure they can still access higher education during these uncertain times. This offer is only available for 2021 so students are encouraged to hurry and apply today.

Discount for students

If students accept their offer by 11 June 2021 (for Term 2 start) or 8 October 2021 (for Term 3 start), they can avail of an early bird concession that will offer them a reduction of their tuition fees by AUD 1000. This amount will be considered as credit towards their next term of study. Students must meet all requirements listed in the offer letter.

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Teaching quality

CQUniversity is rated five stars for its teaching by the 2019 QS Stars, reflecting its innovative teaching approaches and the high calibre of its teaching staff. Many teachers are also active researchers and they continue to innovate and incorporate their research into teaching in classrooms, across the wider university and beyond. The 2020 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results show that CQUniversity is committed to improving the overall student experience. These results reinforce the student-focused approach of the university's innovative, dedicated and hard-working academic and professional staff community.

Student measures

CQUniversity Australia

National average

Undergraduate student support

77 per cent

73.1 per cent

Postgraduate coursework skills development

84 per cent

80.9 per cent

Postgraduate coursework skills improvement

80.4 per cent

79.1 per cent

Postgraduate coursework student support

76.5 per cent

74 per cent

Postgraduate coursework learner engagement

62.2 per cent

60.8 per cent

CQUniversity has a learning and teaching framework to support quality teaching and learning. There is a learning and teaching services (LTS) network available to staff that provides resources to ensure that staff are up-to-date in their information and training.

The university is fully recognised and accredited in Australia and globally through the Australian Qualifications Framework, which means the qualifications are world-class. With a strong record in delivering courses and units in highly advanced and flexible online teaching environments, the university makes it easy for anyone anywhere in the world to gain a quality Australian qualification and upskill to get ahead in their careers.

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Study options

CQUniversity is divided into a number of schools, all delivering a broad spectrum of courses in their respective fields, from vocational qualifications through to research higher degrees.

School of business and law

Its courses have been designed to prepare graduates to be job ready as exemplified in the provision of internships in the Bachelor of Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting, Bachelor of Business, Master of Business Management, Master of Human Resource Management, Master of Management for Engineers and the Master of Project Management.

School of education and the arts

Many courses offer work experience and are tailored for work integrated learning. Teachers work closely with the industry and are experts in their fields.

School of engineering and technology

The school is a rapidly growing one with a current student cohort of 5000. It has a major focus on research and provides real-world skills with an internship embedded in both the Bachelor and Master of IT, Master of Information Systems and Master of Engineering.

School of health, medical and applied sciences

The school offers career-oriented courses, taught and delivered in world-class facilities that include health clinics, science laboratories, exercise suites and agricultural field sites which all add essential practical experience.

School of nursing, midwifery and social sciences

The school is a leader in the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Social Work courses. Students gain the added benefit of cultural experiences from travel to Nepal, India and Cambodia through the short-term mobility program.

School of graduate research

The school operates on the model that research changes lives. It enjoys strong collaboration and engagement with local communities and it focuses its applied research on meeting industry and community needs.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary depending on the course. To apply for entry to CQUniversity courses, applicants must satisfy academic requirements and English language requirements.

Academic requirements

  • Certificates: Successful completion of Australian Year 10 or equivalent.
  • Diplomas: Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, or completion of Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV or equivalent.
  • Undergraduate courses: Successful completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 12. An approved university foundation studies or formal Australian Certificate IV is acceptable. Successful completion of a certificate, diploma or advanced diploma (or equivalent) for advanced standing to desired course.
  • Postgraduate courses: Completion of a bachelor's degree with the equivalent to an Australian pass grade average in the final two terms, from a recognised higher education institution.
  • Postgraduate research: Applicants must provide supporting documents and apply via iStart with an expression of interest.
  • Country specific requirements apply for certificates and diplomas, and undergraduate courses.

English language requirements

CQUniversity Australia recognises a number of English tests which can be taken to meet English language requirements. The following are IELTS and TOEFL scores, which are required for most courses.


  • Certificate or diploma - 5.5 (with no individual band score of less than 5.0)
  • Undergraduate or postgraduate coursework - 6.0 (with no individual band score of less than 5.5)
  • Postgraduate research - 6.5 (with no individual band score less than 6.0)


  • Certificate or diploma - Overall score of 65 with no score less than 15
  • Undergraduate or postgraduate coursework - Overall score of 75 with no score less than 17
  • Postgraduate coursework - Overall score of 79 with no score less than 21

Some courses have higher than standard English requirements. Students must visit the university website for more details.

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CQUniversity Australia offers some of the best facilities in Australia including:

  • Eight world-class research centres and institutes
  • Modern teaching spaces, labs, libraries and recreational facilities
  • Extensive range of online teaching and support systems such as Moodle and Zoom
  • On-site training facilities including an engineering precinct, allied health clinics, music conservatorium, aviation hangar, forensic crash lab and training restaurants
  • Well-equipped prayer and worship spaces
  • On-campus student residences in Mackay and Rockhampton

Online study

CQUniversity enjoys a strong record in online course delivery in innovative and highly advanced online environments. By the end of 2020, CQUni had approximately 19,000 students enrolled online.

Students can choose to study completely online or enrol online first then study in the campus of their choice after Australian borders reopen.

Some of the many benefits of online study:

  • Students will benefit from the flexibility to learn from the comfort of their very own homes, tailor their study to their lifestyle, and enjoy access to study materials anytime.
  • This will help them keep pace with new digital trends, technologies, and tools.
  • Online study will showcase their commitment, self-discipline, adaptability, and resilience, which employers look for in such times of changing work environments.
  • Students can save on travelling costs and time.

Its electronic library resources comprise more than 500,000 eBooks and electronic database collections, enabling students to have the access to the same library resources as they would if they were studying on campus.

Student accommodation

The university offers two on-campus student residences. The Capricornia College Rockhampton and Canefield College Mackay are affordable with friendly, helpful staff to help students transition into university life.

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Scholarships & funding

CQUniversity offers generous scholarships as a form of financial aid to help students reach their potential and build on their career aspirations. Every year, the university provides approximately AUD 24 million in scholarships to support international students. The university also has access to scholarships funded by the Australian government as well as other external organisations.

Students must meet eligibility criteria and enrol in a relevant course at a CQUniversity campus in Australia. As it has shifted to online study temporarily due to COVID-19, students can still apply to study on campus and thus be eligible for scholarships.

Students must visit the scholarships page for more details. Key scholarships available are:

International Student Scholarship (ISS)

2022 International Student Scholarship – Regional (ISS – Regional)

Australia Awards

Destination Australia*

Eligibility criteria

Term 2 and Term 3 2021:

Successful completion of most recent studies.

Term 1 2022 onwards:

Overall grade of 65 per cent or equivalent or minimum GPA of 4.9 (7-point scale) or minimum GPA of 2.6 (4-point scale with a minimum pass of 2)

Completion of most recent studies

(note the ISS-R will be available from 2022 onwards)

Citizens of participating countries in Asia, Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East.

Overall grade of 65 per cent or equivalent, remain at the enrolled regional campus, submission of 500-word study statement


25 per cent of tuition fee

Full tuition fees and other support

AUD 15,000 per year and 25 per cent tuition fee through the ISS – Regional


Vocational, research, full degree and packaged academic courses

As per the priority areas outlined by the government

Full degree academic course (bachelor or masters by coursework) and research


Any CQUniversity campuses

CQUniversity regional campuses:

Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone Marina, Mackay Ooralea, Perth, Rockhampton North, Townsville

Any CQUniversity campuses

Cairns, Rockhampton

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Melbourne Victoria 120 Spencer Street
Sydney New South Wales 400 Kent Street
North Rockhampton Queensland Bruce Highway
Brisbane Queensland 160 Ann Street
Mackay Queensland 151-171 Boundary Road
Noosaville Queensland 90 Goodchap Street
Bundaberg Queensland 6 University Drive
Gladstone Queensland 613 Bryan Jordan Drive
Townsville Queensland 538 Flinders Street
Cairns Queensland Corner Abbott and Shields Streets
Wayville South Australia 44 Greenhill Road
Perth Western Australia 10 William Street
CQUniversity as Australia?s largest regional university with a proud and rich history dating back to 1889. It has been on a phenomenal trajectory in recent years and its remarkable growth in student numbers, new courses, new campuses, infrastructure and reputation has seen it emerge as one of Australia?s truly great universities. The University is committed to learning, seeing its role as enabling students to be what they want to be.

Students can study with Australia?s largest regional university and enjoy the confidence of knowing they have chosen a world-class education. CQUniversity offers students the choice to study what, where and how they like because it is focused on helping students be what they want to be. With over 100 different degrees to choose from, it offers some of the best mixes of theoretical and practical learning across any of the Australian universities whether students choose to study by online study or on-campus. The University runs programs in a wide range of disciplines.

CQUniversity has many locations, each with its own lively character and range of facilities and services as well as program and course offerings. The University has 16 campuses including newly merged regional Queensland campuses in Gladstone, Emerald, Mackay and Rockhampton along with existing campuses in Adelaide, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Noosa, Sydney and Townsville. CQUniversity Australia

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CQUniversity Australia CQUniversity Australia
Rated3/5based on4 student reviews
Customer reviews:
CQUniversity Australia - by, 2020-01-07
5.0/ 5 stars
CQUniversity Australia CQUniversity Australia
Rated3/5based on4 student reviews
Customer reviews:
CQUniversity Australia - by, 2020-01-07
1.0/ 5 stars
CQUniversity Australia CQUniversity Australia
Rated3/5based on4 student reviews
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CQUniversity Australia - by, 2020-01-29
2.0/ 5 stars
CQUniversity Australia CQUniversity Australia
Rated3/5based on4 student reviews
Customer reviews:
CQUniversity Australia - by, 2020-02-03
4.0/ 5 stars

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CQUniversity Australia CQUniversity Australia
Rated3/5based on4 student reviews
Customer reviews:
CQUniversity Australia - by, 2020-01-07
5.0/ 5 stars
CQUniversity Australia CQUniversity Australia
Rated3/5based on4 student reviews
Customer reviews:
CQUniversity Australia - by, 2020-01-07
1.0/ 5 stars
CQUniversity Australia CQUniversity Australia
Rated3/5based on4 student reviews
Customer reviews:
CQUniversity Australia - by, 2020-01-29
2.0/ 5 stars
CQUniversity Australia CQUniversity Australia
Rated3/5based on4 student reviews
Customer reviews:
CQUniversity Australia - by, 2020-02-03
4.0/ 5 stars

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