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Changing Universities International FAQs

If you're a current international student looking to change to CQUniversity, our frequently asked questions (FAQs) below may help answer your questions about the process, scholarships, credit transfer, fees and more.

Alternatively, you can register your interest to get more information or speak to our friendly adviser.

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What should I do first if I wish to change my institution?

Refer to the Study in Australia website for detailed information regarding changing your course, level of qualification or institution. If you have an authorised recruitment agent, your agent can assist with further information. CQUniversity authorised agents are listed on our Find an Agent page. Please submit an application to CQUniversity and our International Admissions team will advise on any documentation required.

Will transferring to another institution impact my student visa?

If accepted to CQUniversity, you will be issued with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), which is required to lodge your student visa application for study in Australia. If you change your level of qualification, you may need to apply for a new student visa as your visa subclass may change. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs for further information.

Do I need a release letter from my current institution?

If you have not completed six months of your principal course of study, you will need to contact your current institution to apply for a letter of release. You will require a letter of offer from CQUniversity in order to apply for a letter of release from your current institution. Once you’ve applied to study at CQUniversity, International Admissions will assess your application and if a letter of release is required, you will be issued an offer conditional upon obtaining the letter of release from your current institution.

How do I apply?

Apply directly online through iStart. If you need more information on how to apply, please visit our Apply page.

How long will my application take to be assessed?

If you are applying for credit assessment as part of your application, International Admissions will also review this during assessment of your application. Applications without credit assessment generally take less than 5 business days while applications with credit assessment may take an additional 5-10 business days.

Can I apply for a scholarship and what does the scholarship offer?

CQUniversity has a number of scholarships available to international students. The two most popular scholarships for international students are the CQUniversity-funded ISS and ISS-R. New students commencing studies from Term 2, 2020 onwards who are successful for the scholarship, will receive 25% of their course tuition fees.

The ISS – Regional is automatically offered to all students who have completed their most recent studies prior to CQUniversity and choose to study at CQUniversity’s regional campuses including Perth. If you choose to study in a regional campus including Adelaide and Perth.

International students may also be eligible for the Destination Australia Scholarship (DAS) worth up to A$15 000 per year. The DAS 2021 round will be announced in due course.

Are my onshore partial studies assessed towards the scholarship criteria?

You must meet the relevant scholarship criteria as outlined for the ISS and the ISS–R with your most recent completed studies. If you obtained below a Pass grade in your onshore (within Australia) partially completed studies, you will need a strong Statement of Purpose to be considered for the scholarship. You will be advised of this by International Admissions at the time of application.

My grade average is not published as a percentage. What is the grade point average (GPA) out of 4 or 7 I need to have obtained to be eligible for the scholarship?

You will need to have obtained a GPA of 4.9 on a 7-point scale, or a 2.6 on a 4-point scale with 2 as the minimum pass.

You can refer to the Selection Criteria section and other information on the International Student Scholarship or the International Student Scholarship – Regional pages.

I will be moving city/state to study with CQUniversity. Does CQUniversity offer a travel or relocation bursary to assist me?

CQUniversity does not offer a travel or relocation bursary to students. However, we encourage you to keep an eye out for the announcement of the new round of 2021 Destination Australia Scholarships, which may provide additional financial support.

Will I receive the same amount of credit recognised by my current institution?

You can apply for credit during the application process. Instructions are provided on the relevant screen in iStart during the application. Your transfer credit will be assessed and may vary due to the varying course structures for different degrees across universities. A database of existing credit precedents exist within the CQUni Credit Calculator however, please note the calculator is not exhaustive and you should submit your credit application regardless in your application.

I’ve already studied a year at my current institution. Can I receive credit for units/subjects studied?

Please see response above.

I am struggling in my studies at my current institution and failing some units/subjects. Will I still receive an offer from CQUniversity?

CQUniversity understands the challenges students may have faced due to the enormous disruption to learning and delivery of classes due to COVID-19. Please note Term 1 and 2 2020 academic results may not be assessed as part of the academic assessment. Your academic results prior to Term 1 2020 will be the basis of academic assessment for CQUniversity admission. We recommend you submit an application to CQUniversity with a strong Statement of Purpose for assessment by International Admissions and attach all supporting documentation including evidence of enrolment. Guidelines for writing a Statement of Purpose can be obtained from International Admissions at the time of application if required.

I am currently excluded at another institution. Will I still receive an offer from CQUniversity?

Students currently excluded or restricted from study at other institutions must meet those restriction periods first in order to be eligible to meet entry requirements to CQUniversity. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please submit an application to CQUniversity and International Admissions will assess your application.

I’m in home isolation and cannot get my documents certified. What can I do?

CQUniversity is working with students to be flexible on required document certification during the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, students can submit documents electronically for review by International Admissions. Under the present circumstances, scanned/electronic copies of the required documentation may be accepted if they meet International Admissions’ verification process. However, all documents submitted will be required to be certified once travel and lockdown restrictions are lifted.

I’m in home isolation and cannot take an English test. What can I do?

CQUniversity’s English requirements remain unchanged. We recommend you submit your most recent English test results and/or academic transcripts in your application. In some cases, onshore (currently in Australia) students may meet CQUniversity’s English entry requirements based on your studies undertaken within Australia. Find out more on CQUniversity English requirements.

CQUniversity is aware students are potentially unable to sit English tests in some locations, though test centres around the world have started opening up. CQUniversity is also working with the English test providers on alternatives for students unable to reach English test centres. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

CQUniversity also offers CQUEnglish for English packaged with coursework degrees. CQUEnglish is offering all English courses online and students may enrol and commence their English pathway in order to meet English entry requirements.

Do I have to complete a Statement of Purpose?

A Statement of Purpose is not required from all applicants. International Admissions will advise at the time of application if this is required.

I am a tourist visa holder in Australia. Can I apply onshore (within Australia) to CQUniversity or do I have to return home to apply?

CQUniversity is currently accepting applications from all tourist visa holders onshore. You will not need to return home to apply.

How much deposit is required to accept my offer and receive a Confirmation of Enrolment?

If you are applying onshore (currently in Australia), you will be required to pay A$2 000 and the cost of your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your course(s), if you require it through CQUniversity. If you are applying offshore (outside of Australia), please refer to your Letter of Offer for the required deposit to receive your Confirmation of Enrolment.

Do you have a payment plan for paying tuition fees?

Typically, students must pay the balance of the term fees by Census Date each term. Term dates can be found in our Academic Calendars.

CQUniversity has been offering payment plans for students who commenced their studies in any term in 2020. Payment plans for 2021 will be confirmed in due course.

Students can contact International Student Support directly by emailing studentengagement@cqu.edu.au to discuss their options.

Is there a financial check/declaration required by CQUniversity on my access to funds?

In some cases, you or your agent will be required to complete a Financial Declaration Form. International Admissions will advise at the time of application if this is required.

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