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What is distance education?

At CQUniversity you have the opportunity to study programs by distance education, on-campus or a combination of both. CQUniversity is a leading distance education provider in Queensland and is a pioneer in the field as one of the first Australian universities to offer flexible, mixed-mode study.

Distance education gives you the flexibility to study a university degree without needing to visit a campus. As a distance education student you study the program content through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers, and receiving all study materials online or by post. Distance education programs at CQUniversity can be studied from anywhere in Australia.

Benefits of studying by distance at CQUniversity

There are a number of benefits to studying via distance education. You have the ability to study in your own home, at your own pace, allowing you to balance your study with your family and work commitments.

CQUniversity prides itself on delivering high quality degrees. As one of the leading providers of distance education we ensure that all our distance education programs are delivered using engaging teaching methods that effectively deliver the program content.

Our experienced staff are dedicated to providing you with a high level of support, offering a number of services that are available for use at any time from wherever you may be studying. Some of these support services include:

  • Electronic library resources
  • Study material provided in hard copy or online
  • Access to recorded lectures online and lecturers who guide and support you
  • Study groups and online discussion forums
  • Weekend or online orientation sessions
  • Access to experienced distance education student mentors
  • Access to our Distance Education Study Centres located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Emerald, Melbourne and Sydney.

When studying by distance education you will have access to all CQUniversity libraries. You can visit any CQUniversity library or utilise the range of online resources available to support your learning. You have access to a number of online resources that meet the needs of distance education students, including e-journals, e-books and a variety of other electronic resources. You are encouraged to borrow books using an online booking system and a free service in which the requested books are posted to your home.

CQUniversity libraries also offer innovative information literacy programs to those studying either on-campus or by distance education. For more information about CQUniversity’s library facilities visit the libraries page.

As a distance education student you can also access and use Learning Network Queensland centres at about 50 locations throughout Queensland. Most centres offer the use of computers, printers, scanners, Internet, email, fax, photocopiers and video-conferencing equipment.

Distance Education Study Centres

CQUniversity’s Distance Education Study Centres, located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Emerald, Melbourne and Sydney, are designed to be vibrant hubs providing CQUniversity distance education students a place to call home. CQUniversity prides itself on providing you with the flexibility to study your own way and realises the importance of staying connected with you.These Centres give you a place to access support, form study groups and access resources and technology.

CQUniversity’s Distance Education Study Centres offer you access to a range of facilities including:

  • Student computers and work stations*
  • Support staff on hand to assist with your enquiries**
  • Photocopying, scanning and printing facilities (fees may apply)
  • Multimedia meeting areas with state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities*
  • Tutorial meeting rooms available for you to form study groups*
  • Wireless networking to enable you to connect your device or laptop to the Internet and University systems
  • Student social areas to engage with other students and staff
  • Presentation areas available for information sessions and meetings.*
* Bookings may be required, some facilities available only outside of set class times.

** Available in Cairns only.

As a distance education student you can also visit any of our campuses in Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mackay, Noosa or Rockhampton and access similar student support facilities.

Residential Schools

If you choose to study by distance education, you may be required to attend a residential school. Residential schools involve a period of time that distance education students must spend on campus. Not all courses have residential schools, however it is important to note those that do as these schools are generally classed as compulsory and must be attended to fulfil the course requirements.

Residential schools are an important part of the programs offered at CQUniversity allowing you to network with lecturers, students and industry specialists, whilst getting hands-on, practical work experience in your chosen field of study.

The timetable of residential schools that are attached to courses offered at CQUniversity are provided in the CQUniversity Handbook 

Returning to study? Try a free bridging program - CQUniACCESS

If you are considering returning to study after some time away from the books, CQUniversity can help you. We have a free program that will help you get in to university while teaching you the skills and knowledge to succeed.

If you do not meet the traditional university entry requirements, have not studied for a number of years or did not finish high school, we have a program to suit you through CQUniACESS. To find out more about our bridging programs; Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) and Tertiary Entry Program (TEP). – visit our CQUniACCESS page.

Scholarships

CQUniversity is dedicated to helping you succeed no matter what your economic, social or personal circumstance may be. We want to ensure that you have every opportunity to attain a tertiary education and our scholarship and awards program is one way in which we support you. We offer you the opportunity to apply for a number of scholarships including academic scholarships, donor scholarships, faculty scholarships, and equity scholarships.

For more information on how you can benefit from the CQUniversity scholarship program visit the scholarship page.

How to apply

The process differs depending on what type of student you are and what level of study you wish to pursue. For full information on how to apply for CQUniversity visit the how to apply page.

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