Australian Catholic University (ACU)

With more than 150 years of educational heritage, ACU is a publicly funded Australian university that welcomes students of all religious and cultural backgrounds. With campuses in six Australian cities*, ACU offers internationally recognised qualifications and the opportunity to experience the best of Australian life, both socially and academically.

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.

The ACU advantage

Modern university, strong tradition: We are the largest Catholic university in the English-speaking world and are ranked in the world's top 10 per cent by the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP).

ACU students are in demand: 93 per cent of our students get a job within four months of graduation**. We are highly ranked by The Good Universities Guide 2016 for getting a full-time job, graduate starting salary and staff qualifications, assuring you a high-quality academic and social experience.

Reputation: Not only are we Australia's largest educator of nurses and teachers, but we also have leading criminal lawyers, recognised business professionals and international artists amongst our academic staff. We are also home to multiple research institutes and are committed to the ongoing training of outstanding researchers.

Career ready: With close links to industry, our undergraduate courses give students opportunities to undertake work placements, internships or volunteering programs while studying.

Connected: Enrolled students receive free internet access through ACU's wired and wireless networks. The ACU Library also participates in reciprocal borrowing schemes that allow students to borrow from other universities across Australia.

Welcoming: ACU is a great place to meet people and have new experiences. Our campuses and class sizes are small, so students won't get lost in the crowd.

Travel the world: ACU is globally connected. We have relationships with more than 130 universities and educational institutions around the world. More than 400 ACU students go overseas each year as part of their ACU degree.

Multicultural: We welcome students of all beliefs and backgrounds. We have over 32,000 students, representing 96 nationalities, who come from various religious and cultural backgrounds. We are committed to providing equal access to education for all.

Choice of study location: ACU international students can choose to study in five of the most exciting cities in Australia - Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Ballarat.

Affordable: ACU is one of the most affordable institutions in Australia. We offer you an excellent return on your investment.


We offer excellent degree programs in a number of disciplines. These include:

  • accounting and finance
  • business information systems and IT
  • business and marketing
  • education and teaching
  • exercise/sports science
  • global studies and international development
  • human resource management
  • law
  • management (MBA)
  • nursing and physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy and speech pathology
  • philosophy and theology
  • psychology
  • public health
  • social/youth work
  • visual arts and design.

*Adelaide: currently not offering CRICOS-registered courses
**of those ACU graduates available for full-time employment, Graduate Destination Survey, 2015

ACU has extensive experience in the support of international students, and our support begins from the moment you arrive in Australia with our airport pick-up service.

We have a dedicated team of international student advisers who can provide information on enrolment, accommodation, finance and student visas.

Qualified counsellors are available at each campus to offer free, confidential advice on any issue.

Career development services and career advisers are available on each campus to assist students with personal career goals.

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