Types of Partnerships

The MOU is a document of general intent and outlines mutually agreed terms of engagement between ACU and the partner institution. The MOU is a precursor to specific legally binding agreements such as the Staff or Student Exchange Agreement.

ACU has student exchange partnerships with over 80 universities around the world. Through these arrangements, ACU students can study overseas for up to one year during their ACU degree and gain full credit upon their return to ACU. Students from official partner universities are nominated by their home university and they can study at ACU as non-award students for 1 or 2 semesters. Exchange students are exempt from paying tuition fees at the host institution. Find more information on ACU Student Exchange Program

Study Abroad partnerships are designed to allow international students to study on a fee-paying basis for 1 or 2 semesters at ACU. ACU welcomes fee-paying study abroad students from a group of partner institutions each semester. Individual students from non-partner institutions are also encouraged to apply. These students enrol at ACU in non-award studies and return to their home institutions with credit after completion of their studies. Find more information on ACU Study Abroad Program

Some ACU partners accept ACU students for Short Term Programs of Study (2-6 weeks in length) during the ACU semester breaks in winter or summer. Through these programs, ACU students are able to study abroad even if they are unable to go on a full semester exchange. Find more information on ACU Short Term Partners and Programs. ACU also offers an International July School where students can undertake intensive short term study from 2-4 weeks at the North Sydney campus. Find out more information about ACU's July School.

ACU welcomes study tour groups from partner institutions for short term periods. Activities may involve English classes, academic topics and tour observations in accordance with the field of expertise of the students.

ACU welcomes individual students and students from partner institutions into our English language courses in both Academic English and Professional English. Find more information on ACU English Language Programs

ACU gives students the opportunity to apply the theory and skills they gained while studying at ACU in a professional workplace by establishing student placement partnerships with local and overseas institutions. Placements can be a clinical placement, practicum, internship or any other form of professional, industrial or vocational experience included in a course or required for a program.

ACU offers students the opportunity to study one University Core Curriculum unit at some partner institutions overseas. These options currently include studying in Florence, Paris and London. Find more information about ACU Core curriculum program.

Community engagement is a key part of a student's education at ACU. Through our community engagement programs, ACU students have the opportunity to widen their horizons, gain new skills and experiences, improve their resume and make a difference in the wider community, at local and overseas partners. Find more information about ACU Community Engagement.

ACU has articulation links with a range of universities, colleges and other education institutions in Australia and overseas. Find more information on ACU Articulation Partnerships

Under an offshore teaching arrangement, ACU courses may be delivered to students at an international partner institution with support provided by ACU academic staff. In some circumstances, students may transfer to an ACU campus in Australia after successful completion of studies at the partner institution.
ACU gives academic and administrative staff members the opportunity to engage in an exchange activity at a partner institution and vice versa.

ACU cooperates with other local and overseas institutions in an innovation-based relationship that involves a significant effort in research and development. Find more information about Research