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How to apply

How to apply

You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

The application process depends on whether you are a domestic or international student, your educational background and the level of education and training you wish to pursue.

Navigate using the links below to find information that is relevant to you.

Domestic Students

International students

iStart, our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a program at CQUniversity Australia.

Do I need to register to apply?

Yes. Registering with iStart will allow you to do the following:

  • Complete your application
  • Monitor the status of your application
  • Receive an offer
  • Accept your offer.
Can iStart accept applications for all programs?

Yes. iStart accepts applications for an English language course, undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and research higher degree.

You can apply to study English language only, or for both English language and academic program at the same time.

How many times can I apply?

You can only submit one application. If you change your mind about the program you are applying for, please log into iStart and send an email to the International Admissions Team through the system or email

How do I apply for credit?

You can apply for credit within iStart. Instructions are provided on the relevant screen.

What type of supporting documents do I have to provide?

You will need to provide certified* copies of the supporting documents below:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Translations of academic transcripts (if original documents are in a language other than English)
  • Personal identification document e.g. passport
  • Evidence that you meet the English requirement e.g. English test results.

If you do not have your latest academic transcript, please provide a copy of your most recent academic transcript. The International Admissions Team will be in contact if they need further information or documentation.

* A certified copy is a photocopy of the original document with a certification stamp that includes the certifier's printed name, title or position, signature and date of notary. It may be from a Justice of Peace, Commissioner of Declaration, a contracted agent of CQUniversity or the issuing authority of institution.

Can everyone use iStart?

Please note that students from the following countries are required to apply through an agent:

  • Iran
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
Is there an application fee?

There is no application fee.

Can I apply for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship through iStart?

Yes. During the application, you will be able to indicate if you would like to apply for a Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship. You may find more information on the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, including the selection criteria on our website.

Can I apply for a Research Higher Degree (RHD) scholarship through iStart?

No. To apply for a Research Higher Degree (RHD) scholarship, you must use the Research Scholarship online application form. Please check what is available on the Research Scholarships page or email with any queries. Please note that the RHD scholarship rounds are only open twice a year.

How long will it take to assess my application?

Once we receive all required supporting documents, it will take approximately 10 to 14 working days to process.

How will I be notified of my application outcome?

You can log into iStart to check the status of your application. You will receive an email from the International Admissions Team notifying you of the outcome of your application.

Who can I contact to discuss my application?

Please email the International Admissions Team at

Who can I contact if I am experiencing technical difficulties with the system?

Please email the International Admissions Team at describing the issue.