FAQs

Who can enrol in the ACU July School?

What is offered in the ACU July School?

How many students will be in each course?

Can I get credit at my university for my ACU studies?

What are the English language requirements?

How do I apply for ACU July School?

How do I pay for the ACU July School?

Will I need a visa to come to ACU Study in July School?

Do I need insurance?

How much does it cost and are there extra fees?

What sort of accommodation is available?

Are meals provided?

Can I arrive earlier or stay on longer?

Is the accommodation on the campus?

Can I withdraw after I have enrolled in the ACU July School?

What happens if I get sick or have an accident while I am in Australia?

What things should I pack for my trip to Australia for ACU July School?

Do I need to bring a laptop computer?

What leisure facilities are available?

What is the weather like in July?

Who can enrol in the ACU July School?

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

What is offered in the ACU July School?

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.

How many students will be in each course?

Classes will be small with no more than 25 students.

Can I get credit at my university for my studies at ACU?

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).

What are the English language requirements?

It is essential to have good English skills to study in intensive mode.   The minimum entry requirements are detailed here.

How do I apply for ACU July School?

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.

For current ACU students – Register your interest to study or contact the ACU July School coordinator. You will be provided with further application/ enrolment information.

How do I pay for the ACU July School?

Payment can be made by electronic funds transfer or a credit card.

Will I need a visa to come to ACU Study in July School?

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.

Do I need insurance?

Yes it is strongly advised that students take out personal travel and health insurance cover.

How much does it cost and are there extra fees?

If you are a new international student or study abroad student, your total fee will include tuition, accommodation with Wi-Fi internet and airport transfer to your accommodation. Your return airfares to Sydney 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. Your fee does not cover the cost of your return airfares to Sydney (if applicable) or your local transport in Sydney. 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.

What sort of accommodation is available?

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.

Are meals provided?

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.

Can I arrive earlier or stay on longer?

You must 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 accommodation and associated costs.

Is the accommodation on the campus?

The ACU student accommodation is located close to the centre of Sydney.  The classes for the ACU July School will be held at the North Sydney campus. Your accommodation will be a short train ride to North Sydney railway station, which is a five minute walk from the campus.

Can I withdraw after I have enrolled in the ACU July School?

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.

What happens if I get sick or have an accident while I am in Australia?

ACU provides a range of student services to assist and support students.  Students will be referred to medical or dental facilities if required.

What things should I pack for my trip to Australia for ACU July School?

It is advised that 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 quite a bit of walking.

Bring your own towel and basic toiletries (eg. shampoo/soap). There are retail and grocery shops located in the area however, if you need to buy anything.

Do I need to bring a laptop computer?

It would be helpful if you had your own laptop computer.  There is limited access to computers available in the ACU library.

What leisure facilities are available?

Sydney is a vibrant city with many attractions on offer for those who visit the city.  There are a number of parks, public swimming pools, gyms, leisure facilities, galleries and museums, as well as famous attractions, such as the Opera House and the Botanical Gardens to visit. It is easy to have fun and to explore the city in the cooler weather in July. Check out the About Sydney link for more information!

What is the weather like in July?

In Sydney, our winter runs from June to August, so July is in mid-winter. Sydney’s climate is not as cold as many other countries. In July, most days the temperature 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).

What is the electrical voltage used in Australia?

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.