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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 most popular scholarship for international students is the CQUniversity-funded ISS which provides a 25% reduction in course fees.

If you commence an eligible course at CQUni in Term 2 or Term 3 2021, there is no minimum GPA to receive the scholarship.

This means that as long as you have successfully completed your most recent studies, you will be automatically considered for the ISS. This offer is to provide additional support to all students and ensure you can still access higher education during these uncertain times.

International students may also be eligible for the Destination Australia Scholarship (DAS) worth up to A$15 000 per year.

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.

Please note that if you are commencing your studies in Term 2 or Term 3 2021, you will not need to meet the above minimum GPA to receive a scholarship. You will only need to have successfully completed your most recent studies.

From Term 1 2022 onwards, the minimum GPA to receive the ISS will apply.

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 check out the Destination Australia Scholarships, which provides up to $15 000 per year for those who wish to study in Cairns or Rockhampton.

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. When assessing your application for admission to CQUniversity, our admissions team will consider the impact COVID-19 may have had on your academic performance in 2020. 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 the documents cannot be certified due to travel and lockdown restrictions. However, all documents submitted will be required to be certified once travel and lockdown restrictions are lifted. If there are no travel and lockdown restrictions in place, the expectation is that required document certification will be provided.

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 continuing students. There may be different plans available for different terms.

Students can contact International Student Engagement 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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