Australian Catholic University

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Australian Catholic University (ACU) is one of the fastest growing and affordable universities in Australia. We are a publicly-funded, world ranked university and we warmly welcome students and staff of all beliefs. ACU is home to 33,000 students from 160 countries offering a culturally diverse and enriching learning environment.

Our campuses are located in Adelaide*, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, and Rome, Italy, offering our students opportunities to transfer between campuses and broaden their university experience. 

Established from Catholic tertiary institutions, we have been teaching since the mid-19th century and are now connected with more than 200 universities and educational institutions around the world. Our students have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters of their study program abroad and engage with other international experiences as part of their studies.

Our research is world class and we pride ourselves on our dedication training outstanding researchers. The Australian Research Council has recognised our research in the key discipline areas of Theology and Philosophy; Health; Education; and the Common Good and Social Justice. In 2015, our research was awarded in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. 

ACU offers over 120 undergraduate and postgraduate courses from Education and Arts, Law and Business, Health Sciences, and Theology and Philosophy.  Our English Language Centres and diploma pathway programs are located on campus offering access to all our services and facilities.

Community engagement is a core part of every student’s experience at ACU, and is embedded within most courses. Alongside internship, volunteering and the development of work-ready skills, our students achieve success both during their time with ACU and upon joining our 85,000 strong alumni community after graduation.

What can you study at ACU?

• Accounting, Finance, Business, Marketing

• Biomedical Science

• Business Information Systems, IT

• Clinical Counselling

• Digital Media

• Education, Teaching

• Exercise/Sport Science 

• Global Studies, International Development

• Health Science

• Law

• Management (MBA)

• Nursing, Physiotherapy

• Nutrition Science

• Occupational Therapy

• Philosophy, Theology

• Psychology

• Public Health

• Science

• Social/Youth Work

• Speech Pathology

• Visual Arts and Design

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Why Choose to Study at ACU


ACU is in the top 5% of universities worldwide and ranked in the Times Higher Education World Rankings, the Young Universities Rankings, and the QS World University Rankings.


ACU is one of the most affordable universities in Australia. With accredited and recognised courses, we offer you an excellent return on investment.


Our six campuses available to international students are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, and Ballarat. Short term study can be undertaken at our Rome, Italy campus. You have the opportunity to transfer between campuses so you can experience more of our beautiful nation.


We are world ranked for our research with 94% ranked at world standard or better#. We are world ranked for Education and Theology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, and for Sport Science in the Shanghai Rankings.


Our undergraduate courses give you the opportunity to undertake work placements, internships or volunteering programs, ensuring you are prepared for the world beyond the classroom.


We have extensive links with more than 200 institutions in over 40 countries, opening a world of opportunity for study abroad experiences. Over 1,000 ACU students choose to go overseas each year as part of their degree.


ACU welcomes students of all beliefs, nationalities and cultures. Currently, we are home to more than 3,400 international students from 92 nationalities. Our campuses are vibrant and diverse environments where all our students can feel at home.


We provide welcoming campus environments where you can meet life-long friends and make the most of your time at ACU. Our personalised student services ensure you're supported and nurtured through your university life.


When you graduate from ACU, you will join a network of more than 85,000 ACU alumni

throughout Australia and the world. Being a part   of our alumni community offers opportunities to keep in touch with fellow graduates, attend events, further your studies, and remain connected to ACU beyond  graduation.

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