CQUniversity Australia Australia

About CQUniversity Australia

CQUniversity Australia has transitioned into one of the world’s leading universities, having been ranked by the prestigious Times Higher Education as one of the world’s top 2% universities (World University Rankings 2017 – 18) and among the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old (Young Universities World University Rankings 2017). This reflects our commitment to research, learning and teaching, international outlook as well as providing the best student experience.

CQUniversity is a youthful, entrepreneurial and committed institution providing quality education and endless opportunities for students from all over the world to achieve their academic and career aspirations.

Fast Facts

  • Top 2% of universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017 – 18)
  • Top 100 universities under 50 years old (Times Higher Education Young Universities World Rankings 2017)
  • Rated at, above and well above world standards in 14 research categories (Excellence for Research in Australia 2015)
  • Australia’s first and only Ashoka U Changemaker Campus
  • Australia’s largest university with over 20 locations
  • Outperformed other Australian universities in full-time graduate employment success, graduate median salaries and student support (Quality Indicator for Learning and Teaching 2015)


CQUniversity has campuses located in cities ranked among the best for students and regional centres that are gateways to some of the world’s most spectacular landmarks. You can choose a campus that best suits you or mix campuses to see more of Australia. We have 14 campuses for international students:

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Gladstone
  • Mackay (Ooralea and City)
  • Melbourne
  • Noosa
  • Perth
  • Rockhampton (North and City)
  • Sydney
  • Townsville


CQUniversity offers about 100 courses at vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These courses have been developed alongside industry and are regularly reviewed to ensure they stay fresh and relevant. Many of these are available in a non-compulsory Term 3, so you can fast track your study and get out in the workforce sooner. A large number are available by distance education so you can complete your study in your home country at your own pace. Our courses are offered through 10 study areas:

  • Business, Accounting and Law
  • Creative, Performing and Visual Arts
  • Education and Humanities
  • Engineering and Built Environment
  • Health
  • Information Technology and Digital Media
  • Psychology, Social Work and Community Services
  • Science and Environment
  • Service Industries
  • Transport and Safety Sciences.

Internships and Placements

CQUniversity offers many opportunities for you to gain practical experience and build connections with prospective employees through paid and non-paid work placements, volunteering and unique 10-week internships in a selected number of business and IT courses. These unique internships are embedded in your course at no extra cost, are found for you, and do not extend the duration of your course.

Pathway Options

CQUniversity offers various courses including English language, certificates and diplomas that can be studied as pathways for entry to our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Upon completion of a selected number of our diplomas, you will progress to the second year of the related bachelor degrees. Other available pathway options include recognition of prior learning and articulation arrangements.

Global Network

CQUniversity has in-country representatives in China, India and Singapore, and partners with an extensive network of authorised agents located all over the world. For our CQUGlobal mobility programs, we have reciprocal arrangements with many reputable institutions to allow our students to study part of their degrees overseas and vice versa to gain a truly global experience.


CQUniversity offers a range of scholarships and funding. The International Student Scholarship is available to all future undergraduate and postgraduate international students at any CQUniversity campus. The Scholarship rewards successful applicants with a 20% reduction in tuition fees for the duration of their studies, provided all terms and conditions are met. Every year the University spends approximately AU$2.5 million on these scholarships to support international students.

Facilities and Services

CQUniversity offers some of the best facilities in Australia:

  • Seven world-class research centres and institutes
  • Modern teaching spaces, labs, libraries and leisure facilities
  • Onsite training facilities including an engineering precinct, allied health clinic, music conservatorium, forensic crash lab and training restaurants
  • Well-equipped prayer and worship spaces
  • On-campus student residences in Mackay and Rockhampton.

The University also provides extensive student support services:

  • Academic advice and assistance through the Academic Learning Centre
  • Career counselling services and access to CQUni Careers, Careers Connection and CareerHub
  • Personal welfare support and referrals to specialist services
  • Campus Life Committee and social clubs
  • Comprehensive orientation and enrolment
  • Student Arrivals Officers and Student Mentors at Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney campuses
  • Accommodation advice and assistance
  • Student mentor and leadership programs
  • Disability support services.


CQUniversity has an alumni network of over 80 000 located in Australia and all over the world. Each of our alumni is making a positive impact in their local communities and around the globe, becoming part of the next generation of world leaders. Our distinguished alumni include an award winning film director, a managing director of a global hotel chain, a CEO of an award winning training organisation, and leaders in government, science and law.

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What students think about CQUniversity Australia

    Duangmany Vongmachanh, Laos - Master of Marketing

    Testimonial from Duangmany Vongmachanh, Laos - Master of Marketing, student at CQUniversity Australia

    “The Australia Awards Scholarship has given me the opportunity to promote not only myself but my country and culture to others. I enjoyed participating in class with lecturers who are very helpful and gave me important knowledge which I can take back to my country. In my time at CQUniversity, I have made friends from all over the world and have grown my network for the future.”

    Xiaowei Yi, China - Master of Information Systems

    Testimonial from Xiaowei Yi, China - Master of Information Systems, student at CQUniversity Australia

    “I made the decision to transfer to CQUniversity for two reasons. Firstly, the tuition fees were very affordable which allowed me to save money and secondly, I wanted to save time in my studies. Studying here has taught me many lessons, one of the most important being independence. My next step is to find a job related to my degree and I believe I can do this thanks to the many things that I have learnt at CQUniversity.”

    Pulahinge Tharaka Rodrigo, Sri Lanka - Master of Marketing

    Testimonial from Pulahinge Tharaka Rodrigo, Sri Lanka - Master of Marketing, student at CQUniversity Australia

    “It’s great to be at CQUniversity! When we first came for enrolment we had an amazing impression of the University and its facilities. We have received excellent service from the staff and the lectures are very good. Studying here is a like a multinational community as we can share our own thoughts, beliefs and ideas while gaining new experience and knowledge in return.”

Location of CQUniversity Australia

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Courses at CQUniversity Australia

There are 120 courses listed from CQUniversity Australia. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Fees, Funding and Scholarships at CQUniversity Australia

Scholarships are awarded to recognise strong academic performance and innovation as well as enable better access so that students can reach their full potential and build on their education aspiration. This aspect of financial support is a key feature in the University's holistic provision of services to international students and will strengthen our standing as Australia's most accessible and inclusive university.

In 2018 CQUniversity offered over $12 million in scholarships to international students. These scholarships are available from CQUniversity, the Australian government and external organisations. We encourage you to apply for any scholarship or funding you are eligible for.

For more information about scholarships for international students, visit our scholarships webpage.

Services Offered for International Students

  • Airport pickup and reception services
  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • International student clubs and associations
  • On-campus accommodation
  • On campus medical facilities
  • Religious Facilities - Christianity
  • Religious Facilities - combined facilities
  • Social Activities
  • Special English language
  • Sporting facilities
  • Sporting facilities - variety of clubs
  • Sporting facilities - Gym
  • Sporting facilities - Swimming pool
  • Sporting facilities - Team sports
  • Temporary accommodation on arrival

Accommodation Information for Students

International Students studying at CQUniversity can choose from a variety of accommodation options including: on-campus accommodation at selected campuses, homestay or renting an apartment or a house.


On-campus accommodation is available at CQUniversity Mackay and CQUniversity Rockhampton.

The Mackay Student Residence boasts modern facilities with rooms available in block-style accommodation: 12 rooms with an ensuite; 10 rooms with shared bathrooms; and 72 rooms with personal ensuite, microwave, fridge, stove tops and private veranda.  

The Rockhampton Student Residence provides a caring and supportive community environment accommodation for 320 male and female students.The residence is within easy walking distance to all facilities including academic buildings, the library, the sports centre, food outlets and shops.


  • Self-catered - AU$210 per week


  • Fully-catered, standard room (three meals per day) - AU$290 per week
  • Self-catered room - AU$210 per week

For more information visit CQUniversity Student Residences.


Students looking for short term and temporary accommodation (prior to making a decision on more permanent accommodation) are recommended to spend their first 4 weeks in hosted accommodation with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN). This is the ideal introduction to the Australian way of life with hosts trained in assisting students with everyday activities including being shown around the community, help with the basics of Australian culture, learning basics such as buying transport tickets, where the local shops are, how to access banking, internet, mobile phone and personal safety tips.

Off-campus (house or apartment rental)

If you'd prefer to live off-campus good, reasonably priced, self-catering rental accommodation can be found close to the campus. Shared accommodation listings are advertised in local newspapers and on campus notice boards. Typically students select furnished places to save the expense of buying furniture by browsing real estate websites. Keep in mind that apart from your weekly rent, expenses such as electricity, gas and telephone services can be expected. We will offer you all the assistance we can in finding suitable accommodation.

For those who decide to rent, tenancy agreements are usually for a fixed amount of time (such as for 6 or 12 months). This agreement is a legal document, which sets out the conditions of rent, dates when the agreement starts and ends and the terms of the agreement.

Study Abroad Information

CQUGlobal is CQUniversity's global mobility program allowing international and domestic students to undertake part of their studies in a different country. The program has two streams, CQUGlobal Inbound to Australia and CQUGlobal Outbound from Australia.

Studying abroad for a year, term or even just a couple of weeks is a very rewarding and educational experience. You will have opportunities to travel, make friends from around the world, enhance your employment prospects and possibly even learn another language. Above all, you will gain a fresh perspective on the world around you. We are all part of an increasingly globalised world and international study will give you a cultural awareness and life experience that will set you apart from your peers.

CQUGlobal Inbound

CQUGlobal Inbound allows international students to have a short-term study experience at CQUniversity.

If you are interested in experiencing the Australian lifestyle for a couple of weeks, a term or academic year or if you just want to improve your English language skills, our selection of CQUGlobal Inbound programs could be for you.

The CQUGlobal Inbound programs are not full-award programs, they are for students coming for a short period only.

To find out more about the programs, visit the CQUGlobal Inbound section of our website.

CQUGlobal Outbound

CQUGlobal Outbound allows current CQUniversity students to study overseas as part of their vocational, undergraduate or postgraduate studies. There are options for Australian citizens and international students. For more information, visit the CQUGlobal Outbound section of our website.

Facts about CQUniversity Australia

  • Year institution founded: 1967
  • Total enrolled: 30000
  • Men to women ratio: 55:45
  • Number of academic staff: 478

CQUniversity Australia International Links

Our partnerships with business and industry, community, government, universities and global mobility partners are key to our success.  CQUniversity's partnerships enable our students to benefit from work integrated learning and study abroad opportunities, while our researchers partner with communities and industry to solve local, national and global issues through collaborative projects.

To find out more about how we can partner with your organisation or community, browse through our information for partners below:


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