If you’re ready to start your Australian study adventure, we’re here to help. Below is detailed information to see if you’re eligible, what you need to do to apply and important dates to keep in mind.

Check your eligibility

Before we begin, let’s first check your eligibility to study with us. To be accepted as part of our Exchange or Study Abroad Programs you must meet the following requirements.

Academic requirements

You need to have completed one full year of study at a university level with satisfactory grades.

English language requirements

You will meet the English language requirements if you have successfully completed at least one full-time year of study - where the medium was English - at a secondary or higher education level.

If you have not, you will need to provide evidence of the following:

For undergraduate study:

  • IELTS: 6.0; 6.0 for Writing and Speaking; 5.5 for Reading and Listening
  • TOEFL IBT: 60; 18 in Writing, 16 in Speaking, 8 in Reading and 7 in Listening

For postgraduate study:

  • IELTS: 6.5; 6.0 in all sections
  • TOEFL IBT: 79; 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking, 13 in Reading and 12 in Listening

An expanded list of approved English language proficiency test results can be viewed in Schedule 3 of the ACU Handbook.

Students wishing to enrol in academic units within Law, Health Science and Teacher Education courses may be required to have a higher level of English proficiency as per the English requirements noted in the corresponding degree program.

Apply to study with us in 9 steps

1. Ask your university

We’re looking forward to having you study with us, but first you need to ask permission from your home university before you apply to go on exchange or study abroad. They will be able to tell you if you will receive credit for your study with us.

2. Choose your campus

Choose from one of our six campuses from around Australia. Keep in mind that not all subjects are offered at all campuses.

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3. Choose your subjects

Choose at least five units that you would like to study at your preferred campus. You will only enrol in 3 to 4 units per semester but we recommend having additional units approved as a backup in case changes eventuate. Preparation is the key.

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4. Apply

Now you know what and where you want to study it’s time to apply!

Here’s how to do it:

  • Create a new account by clicking ‘Continue to registration’
  • If you’re already registered login to the ‘Returning users’ section
  • Select ‘Study Abroad’ or ‘Exchange’ under the ‘Level of Study’ section.
  • Select how long you want to study with us for and then click ‘Apply Now’
  • Follow the instructions to complete your application

You’ll need to have copies of your documents ready to upload. This may include:

  • A copy of your official academic transcript
  • Your English proficiency test
  • A copy of the personal information page of your passport (add a note if you don’t have this yet)
  • A personal statement

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5. Letter of offer and acceptance

If your application is successful, we’ll send you an electronic Letter of Offer, normally within 1-2 weeks. This letter may come via your Exchange or Study Abroad representative at your home university.

The Letter of Offer will list your approved study plan as well as any fee or payment information. As part of the offer there will be an acceptance letter for you to complete and send back to us.

Before you arrive in Australia you will need to obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC). 

Here’s what you need to know

6. Confirmation of enrolment

Once you’ve paid any fees required and returned your completed acceptance letter we’ll send you an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). This will allow you to apply for a Student Visa.

7. Get your Student Visa

You can apply for a Student Visa online or from the nearest Australian High Commission, Consulate, Embassy or Diplomatic post. Once your student visa has been approved you can complete your travel arrangements.

Find the nearest place to apply

Apply for a visa online 

8. Get ready to go

The Study Abroad and Exchange Coordinator will send you a Pre-Departure Guide including information about accommodation, arriving at the airport and orientation activities. At this stage we will pre-enrol you in your accepted subjects.

9. Arrive in Australia

Welcome to Australia! Upon your  arrival we will organise orientation activities so you can get to know your campus and your fellow students. You’ll also be given a student ID and be able to finalise your enrolment. 

Application deadlines

We’d hate to miss you! Please take note of these important dates when applying.

To study in Semester 1, apply by 15 November.

To study in Semester 2, apply by 15 May.

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