CQUniversity Australia Australia

About CQUniversity Australia

CQUniversity Australia has become one of the fastest growing universities in Australia with a vast footprint spanning Australia’s east to west coast. Our belief that higher education should be accessible to everyone has seen us become known as one of Australia’s most accessible and engaged universities and our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia.

CQUniversity is a youthful, entrepreneurial and committed University providing quality education, ground-breaking research, collaborative social innovation and endless opportunities for students from all over the world to achieve your academic and career aspirations. We are a leading distance education provider offering the opportunity to study courses online, on campus or a combination of both.

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Why choose CQUniversity

* Top 600 universities worldwide and top 500 for graduate employability (QS World University Rankings 2021, QS World University Rankings: Graduate Employment Rankings 2020).

* Top 400 for subject areas in engineering, technology and education, top 500 for subject areas in business and economics, and top 600 in social sciences (Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2020)

* Five stars in student support, skills development and social equity (The Good Universities Guide 2020)

* Five stars in employability, internationalisation and teaching (QS Stars Rating System 2019)

* Outperformed many other Australian universities in student support, teaching quality, learning resources, skills development and educational experience (ComparED 2020)

* Rated at, above and well above world standards in 22 research categories (Excellence for Research in Australia 2018-19)

* Top 200 globally in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals across three broad areas: research, outreach and stewardship (Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020)

* Above sector average in student satisfaction results across arrival experience, support services, learning experience and living experience (International Student Barometer)

* Australia’s first and only Ashoka U social innovation Changemaker Campus


CQUniversity has campuses located in metropolitan cities ranked among the best for students and regional centres that are gateways to some of the world’s most spectacular landmarks.

We have 13 campuses for international students:

* Adelaide

* Brisbane

* Bundaberg

* Cairns

* Gladstone

* Mackay (City and Ooralea)

* Melbourne

* Perth

* Rockhampton (City and North – main campus)

* Sydney

* Townsville


CQUniversity offers over 100 courses at vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These courses have been developed alongside industry and are regularly reviewed by experts to ensure they stay fresh and relevant.

Many of these courses are available in a non-compulsory Term 3, so you can fast track your study and get into the workforce sooner. A large number (approximately 80%) of our courses are available online allowing you to complete your study in your home country at your own pace.

Start Uni Now (SUN) allows high school students to commence online study in the final years to prepare for the transition to university to gain an insight into university life, understand the expectations of studying at a tertiary level and get a head start with your future career.

Our courses are offered through 14 study areas:

* Allied Health

* Business and Accounting

* Creative and Performing Arts

* Digital Media, Communications and Arts

* Education and Teaching

* Engineering, Built Environment and Aviation

* English and Study Pathways

* Information Systems and Technology

* Nursing, Paramedicine and Health

* Psychology and Social Work

* Safety Science

* Science, Environment and Agriculture

* Service Industries

* Research

Internships and Placements

CQUniversity offers many opportunities to gain practical, real-world experience and build connections with prospective employees through paid and non-paid work placements, volunteering and unique internships in a selected number of accounting, business, engineering, IT and management courses.

These unique internships are embedded in your course at no extra cost and run for 10–12 weeks. An internship does not extend the duration of your course and is found for you by CQUniversity and our internship partners.

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.

Other available pathway options include recognition of prior learning (RPL) credits and articulation arrangements.

Global Network

CQUniversity has in-country representatives in China, India and Indonesia, and partners with an extensive network of authorised agents all over the world. In 2020, we opened the first ever Australian university centre in Jakarta, Indonesia, focusing on business, law, governance and business ethics, and English language, with more courses to come.

Our CQUGlobal mobility programs have reciprocal arrangements with over 60 reputable institutions worldwide allowing you to study part of your degree overseas and vice-versa to gain a truly global experience, study credits and life-long skills.


CQUniversity offers a range of scholarships and funding to make quality education accessible to all. Every year we provide approximately A$24 million to support international students to reach your full potential and build on your education aspiration.

The International Student Scholarships are available to all future vocational, research, full degree and packaged academic students at any CQUniversity campus. The scholarships reward successful applicants with a 25 per cent reduction in tuition fees for the study duration, provided all terms and conditions are met.

Facilities and Services

CQUniversity offers some of the best facilities in Australia:

* nine world-class research centres and institutes

* modern teaching spaces, labs, libraries and recreational facilities

* onsite training facilities include an engineering precinct, sports precinct, allied health clinic, aviation hub, music conservatorium and training restaurants

* multi-faith prayer and worship spaces

* off-campus student accommodation in Brisbane provided by our partner, StudentOne

* on-campus student college residences in Mackay and Rockhampton with 24 hours assistance and security, free Wi-Fi and laundry facilities, gym and sport facilities, organised activities and events, free weekly bus trips to shopping centres; plus included meals (Rockhampton)

CQUniversity provides extensive student support services including:

* academic advice through the Academic Learning Centre

* after-hours free, online support through Studiosity

* Moodle learning management system and student portal

* career counselling services and access to CQUni Careers, Careers Connection and CareerHub

* personal welfare and disability support, and referrals to specialist services

* Campus Life Committee, social clubs and societies, events and campus Facebook groups

* comprehensive orientation and enrolment

* Student Arrivals Officers at Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney campuses

* student mentors and leadership programs

* accommodation advice and assistance


CQUniversity has an alumni network of over 100 000 located 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 cohort includes national and international leaders across business, arts, hospitality, community, government, education and research, and health sectors.

CRICOS / RTO Codes: 00219C / 40939

Website: www.cqu.edu.au/international-students

Enquire: www.cqu.edu.au/international-enquire

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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

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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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