International students on an appropriate visa or ACU students who meet the entry requirements are eligible to study with the ACU July School. International students should consult with your home university in regards to:
- permission to apply for the ACU July School
- whether you will receive credit for your study at ACU
- whether you will apply as a fee paying study abroad or exchange student.
Current ACU Students contact your course coordinator to discuss your degree requirements
Students receive an ACU transcript with the grade(s) awarded after course completion. ACU results for this study period are usually released mid-September, please be advised that official transcripts are available to students after this time.
The ACU July School offers selected units (courses) in a range of academic disciplines. These units have been developed to enhance your own studies and provide a unique perspective on Australian and international society and culture. The units are the same as those offered over standard semesters in the ACU undergraduate degree programs. Each ACU July School unit is offered in intensive mode over two weeks.
Classes will be small with no more than 25 students.
It is your responsibility to obtain written confirmation from your home institution to show that the subjects(s) you plan to study will be credited (and for what credit points) to your degree on successful completion. You should obtain written confirmation prior to your enrolment in the ACU July School. Each ACU 10 credit point course is offered with up to 36 contact hours over 2 weeks and is equivalent to 7.5 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits or 3-4 credit hours (USA). Students receive an ACU transcript with the grade(s) awarded after completion of subject(s).
It is essential to have good English skills to study in intensive mode. The minimum entry requirements are detailed here.
For international students – Complete the online Study Abroad/Exchange application form. Ensure that you complete all ACU July School sections. Contact the ACU July School coordinator with any application questions.
Payment can be made by a credit card or electronic funds transfer.
Unless you are intending to stay in Australia for more than 3 months, most students will require a visitor visa to enter Australia for the ACU July School. The Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa allows you to study and to stay for up to three months. Some passport holders from certain countries are eligible to apply for a visa online. In this case you will need to pay a service fee of AUD$20.
Yes it is strongly advised that students take out personal travel and health insurance cover.
If you are a new international student or study abroad student, your total fee will include tuition, accommodation with Wi-Fi internet (5GB) and airport transfer to your accommodation. Your return airfares to Sydney and return pickup to airport are not included.
Your food is not included but there are cooking facilities at the accommodation and cafes and restaurants close by. Access to the ACU library and electronic resources is included but printing in the library is an additional cost. Additional fees may be required for some course excursions and social program activities. More information on living costs in Australia can be found on the ACU International website.
If you are a current ACU student, you will pay tuition as per your degree requirements. If you request accommodation through ACU your total fee will include accommodation with wi-fi internet access (5GB). Your fee does not cover the cost of your return airfares to Australia (if applicable) or your local transport costs in Australia.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) can arrange furnished accommodation for students enrolled in ACU July School. The accommodation option is a single room in an apartment with shared bathrooms with no more than 6 students.
Food and meals are not provided. Cooking facilities, a refrigerator and cooking utensils are available at the accommodation so you can cook your own meals. There are supermarkets to buy food to cook or reasonably priced cafes, pubs and restaurants close by.
You are expected to arrive on the Friday before the course starts and leave on the Saturday after the course finishes. The accommodation is available only for the period of your enrolment in the ACU July School. If you intend to arrive or depart after these dates, please contact the International ACU July School for further information on your accommodation options and associated costs.
The ACU student accommodation in Brisbane and Sydney is located close to the city centres and is only a short trip to your ACU Campus and your classes.
You can withdraw and receive a refund up to specified dates before the ACU July School commences. For more information review the cancellation policy or read the ACU July School Terms and Conditions.
ACU provides a range of student services to assist and support students. Students will be referred to medical or dental facilities if required.
Weather in July
Australia’s climate is variable and has four seasons. You will be arriving in the Winter Season which runs from June - August, but the climate is not as cold as many other countries.
- Sydney’s temperature in winter ranges from about 8°C (46°F) to 19°C (66°F). Typical days are sunny with a low chance of rain falling. If you want to swim, the average sea temperature in July is 18°C (64°F).
- Brisbane's weather in winter is generally dry and mild with mean temperatures between 11 - 21°C (51.8 - 69.8°F). Early mornings and nights can be cool, but overnight lows rarely drop below 9°C (48.2°F).
What to pack/bring:
It’s advisable you pack for all kinds of weather. You should include warm clothes (scarf, jacket, and jumper), as at night the weather can get cold.
Make sure you pack comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking.
When you arrive you will find that most students dress very casually to come to class and study. There’s no specific dress code, but we recommend you bring a range of clothing to wear which is suitable for class, excursions, fieldwork or even going out.
Bring an umbrella or rain jacket in case of wet weather days.
Bring your own towel and basic toiletries (eg. shampoo/soap). If you do need to buy anything there are many retail shops and supermarkets located in the area.
It would be helpful if you had your laptop computer or IPad, suitable to use for your coursework. Ensure you bring USB/memory sticks for storage. There is limited access to computers in the ACU library and computer labs.
There are many attractions on offer for those who visit Brisbane and Sydney cities. There are a number of parks, public swimming pools, gyms, leisure facilities, galleries and museums, as well as famous attractions. It is easy to have fun and to explore in the cooler weather in July. Check out the About Australia link for more information!
Mains voltage in Australia is 230V 50Hz. If your country has the same mains voltage as Australia all you need is a power adapter to enable you to plug your appliance into the sockets. If your country has a different mains voltage, you will also need a voltage converter. This will transform the voltage from the power outlet into one your appliance can use. The plugs in Australia have two straight pins in a / \ shape and sometimes a third vertical pin is centered below the upper two pins.
Page last updated: 2017-10-19
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