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  • Locations: Brisbane, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: CUA applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Areas of Study: Accounting, Art, Art Studio, Communications, Drama, Economics, Education, History, Journalism, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Musical Theory & Composition, Nursing, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Sociology, Theology
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Homestay, Shared Apartment
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Internship Available: Yes
Program Advisor: Grace Schneider On-Site Language Course Required: No
Credits: 15 + Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite
Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Program Description:

Australia Sunset

Australian Catholic University


Students get the opportunity to study at the Australian Catholic Univerisity, with campuses in Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Strathfield, and Syndey. More than 16,000 students from over 85 countries participate in ACU's program, providing a unique international focus. Australia is a country of great diversity, with mountains, beaches, desert, and wildlife found nowhere else in the world. Not only will you be able to experience Australia, the fourth happiest country in the world, but you will also become a global citizen.

The Cities

Brisbane: set between the mountains and the sea on the east coast of Australia
Melbourne: Australia's "most livable" city, vibrant, diverse, on the south coast
Strathfield: a suburb of Sydney, students can take classes in both locations
Sydney: Australia's largest city and home to the famed oceanside opera house

Take a musical tour of Australian Catholic University's campuses.


Students take courses from the ACU catalog with other Australian and International students.

Students enroll in 4 courses (units) for a total of 40 ACU credits. Each course taken transfers back to CUA for 3 credits. Leftover credits are given as a course-by-credit free elective. In total, students receive 15 CUA credits for a semester at ACU.

View courses by term and campus.
View course (unit) descriptions.


Brisbane: Students live in a homestay, with two meals per day included.
Melbourne: Students may choose to live in an apartment or homestay. Two meals per day are included in the homestay option.
Sydney: Student live in a homestay, with two meals per day included.

Homestay: Students who choose to live with a host family will have the opportunity to gain a closer understanding of Australian life. Accomodations for the homestay include a bedroom (linen provided), study space, and access to a bathroom, kitchen, and other facilities in the home. Students will also receive breakfast and dinner on weekdays, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the weekends. Homestays may be between 30 and 60 minutes travel time from the university. 

Learn more about living in Australia.


Student Voices

Ask Rebecca Maggiacomo about her time in Sydney, Australia!

Sydney Bridge

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 07/23/2018 11/18/2018
NOTE: Term Details: Mandatory orientation: 7/23/2018, Classes begin: 7/30/2018, Exam period: 11/5-11/18/2018
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.