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The Australian Catholic University
Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university funded by the Australian Government and open to students and staff of all beliefs.
We have six campuses in Australia and offer programs throughout Australia and overseas. Our students enjoy the benefits of small, friendly campuses and small class sizes, and have direct access to highly qualified lecturers and quality student support services. Our campuses are located in Brisbane (Queensland), North Sydney and Strathfield, (New South Wales), Canberra (ACT), Ballarat and Melbourne (Victoria).
Quality Innovative Teaching
ACU has an established reputation for quality and innovative teaching with specialist undergraduate and postgraduate education in disciplines including arts, business, business information systems, education, educational leadership, environmental science, exercise science, midwifery, music, nursing, paramedicine, psychology, philosophy, social sciences, social work, theology, religious education and visual arts and design.
Rigorous Intellectual Scholarship and Ethics
ACU is dedicated to rigorous intellectual scholarship and the individual's pursuit of truth and academic freedom. Its ethos is derived from Christian values and the Catholic intellectual tradition, and our core concern is with ethics in all fields of endeavour. In all its courses the University empowers students with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.
Travelling to a foreign country to study can be a challenge. At ACU we aim to maximise your learning and development opportunities and eliminate stress and anxiety.
From extensive experience we have developed a number of academic and social support services to ensure that you are in the best position to achieve your goals at ACU.
Here are some of the services we offer:
Academic Skills Support
Each campus has an Academic Skills Unit with advisers who can help you to study successfully at university. They will help you to develop learning, writing, and language strategies.
Most Australian students living away from their families share apartments or houses with other students. The International Student Advisers at ACU can assist you to find accommodation suitable for your needs.
We will make sure someone is there to welcome you on your very first day in Australia. See the Airport Reception page for further information.
Campus life staff support the development of a rich and vibrant community at ACU. They help to organise special events, student support networks, mentoring programs and social activities.
Career Development and Employment Service
Careers Advisers are available on each campus of ACU to assist students with making career decisions, identifying personal career goals, developing employability skills, searching for employment and preparing employment applications.
Individual appointments with Careers Advisers can be made. A variety of group workshops and web resources are also available to assist students to develop skills and knowledge enabling them to make informed career decisions and manage a successful transition from their university study into employment or into post-graduate study.
Qualified counsellors are available at each campus to offer free, confidential advice. The counselling service provides practical advice on study, finance and university procedures. Where necessary, they can also help with stress management, grief, depression and relationship difficulties.
Each campus has a Disability Adviser who assists students who have educational needs arising from a disability or long term medical condition. This service is free. Students are encouraged to contact the Disability Adviser as soon as possible, preferably before arrival in Australia, as it can take time to arrange any necessary educational adjustments.
English Language Programs
English Language Centres are run in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. We offer programs to enable you to reach the English proficiency requirements for entry to the University.
International students receive a comprehensive orientation program to familiarise them with university procedures, Australian study methods and social customs and culture. Campus tours and "welcome events" are also part of the international student induction.
International Student Advisers
Our philosophy of pastoral care ensures students feel confident and secure in Australia. International Student Advisers provide advice on enrolment and course selection, assistance with visas, accommodation and finance.
Campus ministers facilitate a range of activities including:
Opportunities for prayer, reflection and retreats
"Exploring the Mission of ACU'workshops
Opportunities to be involved in social justice and community engagement
A weekly Eucharist celebration
Associations, Clubs and Societies
Every ACU campus provides basic student recreational facilities such as common rooms and outdoor sporting and passive leisure areas. Student Associations on each campus promote the welfare of students and encourage broad participation in university life.