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Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Visit the "How do I apply for SUN" section of this website for details regarding the application process. If you have any queries, please contact the SUN Project Officer on 13CQUni (13 27 86) or email sun@cqu.edu.au

Can I study internally or by distance education?

You may be able to study either internally or by distance education, subject to unit availability. There may be some units which are only available via distance education, which means that you will not be required to attend a campus for classes and will view all unit materials via online resources. Some distance education units may have a residential school component.  A residential school is where you are required to attend a CQUniversity campus for a short period of time to undertake practical based tasks related to your course of study.

To see the availability of units (that is, what term they are offered, where they are offered and whether they are offered internally or via distance education) click on the name of the unit under "What can I study?" section of the SUN website.

What if I want to study more than one unit?

As per the SUN guidelines, we recommend you study no more than one SUN unit per term.

Is my OP still important?

Yes. Students are strongly encouraged to remain OP-eligible (please discuss with your school nominee in regards to your OP eligibility). This is particularly important as it will provide you with more opportunities should you change your mind about your career choice in the future. 

What if I want to study more than one term?

While you are still in high school, you are welcome to study in any term, subject to unit availability. Visit the "When Can I study SUN?" section of this website. Please note, you need to pass one unit to be eligible to enrol in another.

What kind of documentation do I receive when I complete my study?

Students can access an academic transcript from CQUniversity as proof of their enrolment, specifying results achieved.

Will participating in a SUN unit impact my other commitments?

Yes. SUN units are university units and as such they demand a lot of time. You need to have excellent time management skills in order to keep a balance between your school studies, SUN unit, part-time job and other commitments. SUN students are expected to continue doing well with school studies.

I don't have internet access at home – should I still apply?

Regardless of whether you are studying internally or externally, SUN students (like all university students) must have access to computer and internet. It is strongly recommended that all students have access to a computer and internet at home. All unit resources and materials will be online and studying can be extremely challenging if you do not have immediate access to internet.

I am going away for two weeks during the term – how will this impact my study?

This is a matter that deserves careful consideration. You will be expected to catch up with any work you have missed (for both school and university) and you will have to remain extremely organised throughout the term in order to do this successfully.

Will I be a CQUniversity student?

Yes! A SUN student is a CQUniversity student. SUN students are 'non-award' students. You will be enrolled in a unit from a degree, but not the degree itself. As a student you have access to student facilities such as the CQUniversity library and computer labs. You will be provided with a CQUniversit student ID card for university purposes.

If I am finding the university unit too much, can I withdraw from the unit?

Yes. However, please be advised that students are required to withdraw before CENSUS Date to avoid a financial penalty. Usually, students who withdraw after CENSUS Date will receive both an academic and a financial penalty. SUN students, however, do not receive an academic penalty, so it is the financial penalty about which you need to be concerned. If you are experiencing an extenuating and unexpected circumstance such as illness you may be eligible for withdrawal without financial penalty.

How much study will I have to devote to a university unit?

A university student should devote approximately 10 to 12 hours of study per week, per unit.