Australian Catholic University (ACU)

ACU is committed to providing equal access to education for all and providing an experience that will empower students to think critically, ethically and to bring about change in their communities and professions.

Australian Catholic University is a publicly funded, world-ranked university and we warmly welcome students and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs. ACU is home to 33,000 students from 160 countries offering a culturally diverse and enriching learning environment.

Our Locations

Our campuses are located in Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, and Rome, Italy, offering our students opportunities to transfer between campuses and broaden their university experience. 

Our reputation and ranking

We are ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide and the number 1 Catholic university in the Asia Pacific*. ACU is also ranked in the top 100 of Young Universities and in the top 50 of Gen Y Universities worldwide**. Our research is world-class and we pride ourselves on our dedicated and outstanding researchers. All research at ACU has been ranked as being at or above world standard by the Australian Research Council***. In 2018, our research was awarded in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. 

Our Programs

Practical experience

With close links to industry, our programs give students opportunities to undertake work placements, internships or volunteering programs while studying to ensure they are prepared for the world beyond the classroom.

Community engagement is a core part of every student’s experience at ACU and is embedded in our courses.

Affordable 

ACU is one of the most affordable institutions in Australia. With accredited and recognised courses, we offer students an excellent return on investment. 

A range of scholarships is on offer for international students, including the International Student Scholarship which covers 50 per cent of full-time tuition fees. This is awarded each year to 20 commencing undergraduate and postgraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence. 

ACU also offers the ACU Global Excellence Scholarship which is available to students commencing business and IT programs.

Courses

ACU offers over 120 undergraduate and postgraduate courses from Education and Arts, Law and Business, Health Sciences, and Theology and Philosophy. Our English Language Centres and diploma pathway programs are located on campus offering access to all our services and facilities.

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* Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018/2019. Percentage calculated as ACU's world rank as a proportion of the total number of universities in the world: International Handbook of Universities 2018, Palgrave MacMillan
**Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019, where “young universities” are defined to be less than 50 years old and “Generation Y universities” are universities established between 1986 and 1999.
*** https://dataportal.arc.gov.au/ERA/NationalReport/2018/

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