Australian Catholic University


ACU is an Australian government-funded, public university open to students of all beliefs, nationalities and cultures. We offer a wide range of courses in our four faculties - Education & Arts, Health Sciences, Law and Business, and Theology & Philosophy. With six campuses available to international students, each one is small enough to allow for a close working relationship between students and academic staff, with smaller classes enabling academic staff to give individual attention to students. Study areas in the Study Abroad Program include a great range of exciting field trips and practical components that offer you an insight into the Australian lifestyle, culture and environment. The ACU advantage:

- Choice of six campuses: Brisbane, Sydney (2), Canberra, Melbourne, Ballarat
- Academic Internships available in Brisbane
- Community Engagement programs offered in all campus locations
- Competitive Study Abroad fees
- More than 30,000+ students from over 98 countries



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Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

I would totally recommend ACU to every international student! The environment is friendly, supportive and relaxed while keeping high academic standards! Being an international student can be overwhelming and often confusing especially in the academic field, but ACU staff is always ready to help! The academic skills unit has been an essential support for me while completing my assessments.
Every assignment and group project really enhanced my way of dealing with stress, new people and handling team work.
The Brisbane campus is situated a little bit far away from the city centre but it's quite easy to reach thanks to the free shuttle bus service provided!
The campus itself is beautiful with lot of green spaces, a gym and q free pool!
I had a great overall experience!

What would you improve about this program?
Overall I would improve very little! As international student I would have appreciated some surfing day trips since the Brisbane campus is so close to gold coast
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great university if you like it small and more personal!

The staff was very supportive throughout the semester and I really liked how you could always approach the lecturers with any concerns. The small class sizes make it possible to get to know your fellow students and lecturers quite well. All lecturers showed commitment and were always open to feedback.
The campus is relatively small but you save a lot of time walking to your next class! However, the location of the campus is not very convenient. There are shuttle buses for students running but if you don't have a car it takes quite a bit of time to get to Banyo.

Another bonus were the events on campus almost every week and organized trips during and outside of semester break :).

Overall I enjoyed my semester at ACU a lot and would recommend it!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
At one of the events with aboriginal musicians I had the crocodile meat! Even though I'm mostly vegetarian I had to try it :D
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My semester abroad at ACU Sydney

First of all, I have to highlight the great application procedure. At that time my contact person was Alexis who was always friendly and helped me out with so many questions. After I got accepted I was also offered a two-week July school programme inclusive free accommodation. This was a great opportunity for me to take a whole class before the official semester started. This means I was able to drop one of my classes during the semester which I really appreciated as I had more free time to enjoy so many things Sydney has to offer. Moreover, I really enjoyed the July-school as there was enough time to get to see the city and to adapt to the life in Australia.

The official semester start was great with a cool and interactive introduction week. This is a good opportunity to get to know many fellow exchange students you most probably will spend the time with. The ACU in Sydney has two campuses, one in Strathfield and one in North Sydney. I stayed at the Miguel Cordero Residence which is located in Camperdown pretty much in between the two campuses. The travel time to each campus took me approximately 45 minutes which is okay for a city of that size. As mentioned before, I could drop one of my classes because of the July school which means I only had to take three more classes which I could easily fit into one or two days per week.

Next to my studies, I also worked in a volunteer position at ACU collaborate plus. I supported Kyle consulting individuals with disabilities who want to start up their own businesses. This was a great experience and made my stay in Australia even more special.

But besides the studies and the work, Sydney has so much more to offer. There are many beautiful beaches and national parks that are absolutely worth the exploration. Participating in a surf class is a must! For me there was still enough time to go surfing a few times and I really enjoyed it. The nightlife in Sydney is great and you can basically go out every day. The city is crowded with young people which is an absolute plus.

My experience at ACU Sydney was amazing and I would definitely recommend doing a semester abroad here! I am more than happy that I had the opportunity to study here and get to know the Australian culture and the beautiful countryside.

What would you improve about this program?
I had the feeling that the academic level is lower than what I am used to. But this is a semester abroad and the experience is more valuable and important than the classes you take.
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Semester Abroad in Sydney Australia

Overall, I have loved my time in Sydney and all of the opportunities it has afforded me. First, I started off with a July School course, a two week intensive study course, in Entrepreneurial Business Field Experience where we were able to speak to local and state government officials, the NSW Business Chamber, NSW Transport, and Cisco in Sydney. It was a fantastic way to start my time in the city because it allowed for a quick immersion and understanding of the culture.

Following my July School course, I began volunteering with Layne Beachley's Aim For The Stars Foundation which empowers and encourages women to reach their goals through financial support and mentorship. For the past two and a half months I have been helping them organize a database of all of the girls they have helped over the past 13 years and plan for their gala which is their largest event of the year. The gala was a fabulous success and I even had the opportunity to meet Layne Beachley herself!

Whilst volunteering, I was also offered an opportunity to intern with PepsiCo ANZ (Australia New Zealand). I am working on a confidential nutrition project which has no current competitors in the Australian market. Since the idea came directly from the ANZ CEO, Robbert Rietbroek, a part of my internship is also a mentorship program where he sits down with the other intern and I and teaches us about leadership, personal finance, and sustainable business practices. I have been working with them now for over two months and I am loving my position! I hope that the product will eventually go to market and I can say that I had a hand in its development.

Additionally, the social scene and friendships made while studying in Australia have been incredibly enjoyable. There are many accessible clubs and bars for young people to get a little rowdy and have a good laugh! There are also many opportunities to travel with friends on various weekends and breaks to either other parts of the country or to New Zealand, Fiji, Bali, etc.

ACU and my experience in Sydney has been amazing. I am really grateful to have had the opportunity to study here and immerse myself in the Aussie culture. I would definitely recommend this program to other students interested in studying abroad!

What would you improve about this program?
The academic rigor could be increased, but the study abroad experience is about much more than class and studying and increasing the difficulty would definitely take away from the overall enjoyment of the program.
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ACU Melbourne

I studied at ACU Melbourne from July - November 2016. The ACU's coordinator for exchange students was extremely helpful before and during my studies in Melbourne. She answered all my questions and helped me with documents I needed for my student loan (BAföG). During orientation week, the exchange coordinators helped all exchange students scheduling timetables and we were given additional information about life in Australia. Altogether, the provided support and help was excellent!
There are several possibilities to find accommodation in Melbourne. The University lists some privately operated student housing businesses on its website. I found a single room in a shared house on and can only recommend using the website.
The campus in Melbourne is close to the city centre but also very close to Fitzroy and Collingwood, where you can find a variety of cafes, shops and small galleries. Melbourne in general is simple beautiful with a lot of things to do and explore. Apart from interesting museums and galleries there are theatres with great shows, sport events, concerts and a lot of cafes and restaurants worth to explore. The Yarra-Valley, Phillip island and the Great Ocean Road are great destinations for a weekend trip since they are quite close to Melbourne. You should be aware, that Melbourne is quite expensive and if you want to travel after the semester you should maybe look for a part time job. I found a job in a restaurant and was able to travel after the end of the semester.
The Uni offers a variety of courses and I decided to do some volunteer work through a community engagement project offered by the University in addition to my courses. I can highly recommend to join one of the projects and get to learn Melbourne through a different perspective.

What would you improve about this program?
I can agree with the reviews below. Unfortunately, there weren't as many social events as there are at other Universities and the number of University clubs is limited. Nevertheless, there are some activities organised for international students and you can get active in one of the community engagement projects.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

When I asked myself two years ago what I should study and which university I should go to, the priority on my list was clearly the internationality of the degree. However, I eventually realized that traveling is my great passion but does not have to become my profession in order to gain more experience abroad. Health, Nutrition, Food Business was the only degree from my selection that did not include a semester abroad.

Finally, I told myself that I can achieve it anyway as long as I work hard for it, and so I did.
The "Hessen: Queensland Exchange Program" was the key to my unique experience. I was the first student in my faculty who applied for the scholarship and thus the first student from my faculty who left European borders. The program provided great guidance throughout the whole preparation process, providing information about the necessary steps as well as giving all selected students information about the country, culture, and people, so our arrival was as smooth as possible.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The Hessen: Queensland program coordinators made sure I had filled in all forms for the application at my partner university in Brisbane and had every required document ready for the student visa application. They further hosted a pre-departure meeting for all students going to Australia during the same year where they gave us plenty of information about insurance, airport pick-up, finances, accommodation, as well as the Australian culture.

I am a very well organized person myself, but having the program as a helping hand made the whole process much easier. I still organized my visa, health insurance and accommodation on my own, but knowing that you could always ask experienced people for help was a great back-up.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Don't let the big amount of administrative work and possible occurring obstacles in your way prevent you from taking the challenge to fulfill your dream of a semester abroad. The hard work will pay off. If you're thinking of doing it, just do it and start organizing it with enough time in advance.

During your stay abroad, it will become more and more apparent what your values and beliefs are. It raises your confidence, and what is more, it increases your willingness to tackle subjects that are difficult.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average week in Brisbane was a good balance of uni, work, and sightseeing with friends. The big amount of assignments and the different way of studying was overwhelming at first, but I managed to adapt quickly.

I was always ahead of the due dates and was, therefore, able to work in catering during the week as well. In this way, I could save up money to see more beautiful places that surround Brisbane.
The number of uni days varied, as you could watch the recorded lectures at any time. However, the tutorials and group work on-site helped me a lot to do well in my assignments.

During weekends, I had enough time to catch up with friends and organize my next trips.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was the great number of written assignments that I already knew to expect. I was not used to writing that much in academic English since I had only worked and traveled in different countries before. My course in Germany also does not include any English lectures or tutorials; everything was in German only.

Nevertheless, everything turned out well and I got used to a new way of studying that I learned to appreciate. What also boosted my confidence was the great support of staff members at my university in Brisbane. Even lecturers were very understanding and always happy to help out.
I now know that there is no reason to be scared because there is a solution to every problem.

My semester abroad was an enrichment for my academic expertise and it helped me to become an even more independent, decisive and organized learner.

What did you learn about your own culture by living in another one?

As I already mentioned before, Australia has become one of my favourite places in the world. I keep coming back, with good reason.

It's not only about the beauty of the country: it is about the people. What I learned about my culture is mainly that Germans should sometimes take things easier. Unlike most Germans, Australians are very laid back, even at work. They love their barbeques, a good chat, and barely stress about anything.

If you want to convince yourself, then it's now time to take action and start planning your once-in-a-lifetime experience!