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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Program Type: Exchange
Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate Areas of Study: Accounting, Art, Art Studio, Communications, Criminology, Drama, Economics, Education, History, Journalism, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Musical Theory & Composition, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Sociology, Theology
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Credits: 15 +
Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite On-Site Language Course Required: No
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Homestay, Shared Apartment
Internship Available: Yes
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.

Housing Accommodation & Meals

Brisbane: Students may choose to live in a shared apartment or a homestay.
Melbourne: Students may choose to live in a shared apartment or a homestay.
Sydney: Student may choose to live in a residence hall shared suite or a homestay.

Homestay: Students who choose to live with a host family will have the opportunity to gain a closer understanding of Australian life. Accommodations 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. 

Shared Apartment: Apartments in Melbourne have double bedrooms, and apartments in Brisbane have single bedrooms with a shared bathroom. Apartments are fully furnished and have a kitchen and shared communal space. Size ranges from two to six students.

Residence Hall: Students in Sydney may choose to live in the Miguel Cordero Residence Hall (MCR) with other Australian and international students. Rooms are suites with single bedrooms and a shared communal space. MCR provides a full range of free social, academic, spiritual, and cultural events every month. Students also have access to nearby sport and gym facilities.


Student Testimonial 

Click here to see what Roisin Gibbons, a former exchange program participant, has to say about her experience studying at ACU! 

Exchange Scholars

Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students. This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide. Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.


Students may want to consider the following scholarships:  Additional scholarships may be found on the Office of Education Abroad's scholarship website.

Sydney Bridge

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 03/01/2024
Rolling Admission 07/19/2024 11/24/2024
Academic Year 2024-2025 03/01/2024
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2025 10/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2025 03/01/2025 03/15/2025 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.

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