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Australian Catholic University

Opened in 1991 after amalgamation of four higher education institutions, the Australian Catholic University is a large public institution with more than 33,000 students and over 125,000 alumni. With campuses in 7 locations across Australia, plus a European campus at Rome, the ACU offers its students a wide choice of subjects and locations.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Australian Catholic University.

  • Rankings

    ACU ranks high in various rankings, holding the 251st spot from 2021-22, a stellar rise from 501st in 2018. In the QS World Universities Ranking, it placed in the 801-1000 range 2018-2022, but continued to show steady improvement according to US News & World Report, coming from 653rd spot (2018) to 479th (2022).

  • Employability

    The University boasts 1st place in Australia for graduate employment, and 2nd for graduate employer satisfaction. ACU offers a wide range of work-experience programmes, including a dedicated careers platform, on-campus work, and community engagement opportunities. There is a dedicated Careers and Employability team that supports the students during and for two years after the studies; they help sourcing work, internship, as well as assist in developing work-related skills.

  • Fees

    Domestic and international fees are course dependent. Domestic students are offered a Commonwealth Supported Place, where the Australian government subsidises a portion of the fees, with the students paying the remainder. International students pay their fees individually; costs range from ca. $25,000pa to ca. $30,000pa, with medicine-related courses in the ‘Allied Health’ category ranging from $25,000 to $41,000pa

  • Bursaries

    The ACU provides a variety of financial support measures to its students—both domestic and international. Domestic scholarships are divided between merit-based and equity. A wide range of eligibility criteria is used to assess applications; these include course type, campus location, citizenship, or family background, earning certain scores, financial circumstances, and year level. International students can take advantage of scholarships covering half the fees costs, 20% remission of rental fees, and others. The University advises students to apply for all scholarships they are eligible for, as there are no restrictions on holding more than one scholarship.


The University provides accommodation across its Australian and Rome campuses. These range from larger, uni-managed buildings, e.g., St Columba’s House in Ballarat, to complexes of houses e.g., Camillus Residence, Ballarat campus. Rates, covering a wide range of amenities, vary from $188 - $213 (for Ballarat campus). For some alternative suggestions, head to the AFS page to look at some private student accommodation properties in the area.

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Students' Union

There are two different Unions at ACU, one for Undergraduates, one for Postgraduates, and opportunities to join campus-specific organisations. Both Unions are branches of the Australian National Student Association. More here.

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Famous for

ACU is home to the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, which is the only institute of its kind in the southern hemisphere.


‘Our brand new on-campus student accommodation in Canberra has welcomed their very first resident. The newly constructed Blackfriars Residence in Canberra is ready for more arrivals who are on their way’ Check out the post here.

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Sydney is an iconic Australian city, often mistaken for the capital, and for good reason. You will never run out of things to do, from the vibrant art and cultural scene, excellent restaurants, bars and cafes, amazing weather (think Bondi Beach), and spectacular landmarks like the Opera House. Sydney is a city you will certainly love.

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