Study Modes

No matter where and how you like to study, you’ll get a world-class education when you choose to study with CQUniversity.

CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It’s why we have more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university level qualifications on campus, online via our online study mode, via cross-institutional study and as single non-award units.


Studying on campus is a great way to experience university.

Traditionally, on-campus study involved face-to-face classes on a weekly basis, in accordance with a strict timetable. While the essence of this tradition continues, our approach to on-campus study has evolved to be more flexible, offering interactive learning experiences with video conferencing across campus locations, and a mix of on-campus and online learning activities, designed to enrich your learning experience.

Study on campus and you will be surrounded by a supportive campus community, enjoy exciting opportunities to meet new people and participate in extra-curricular activities so you can have fun while you study. Benefit from easy access to campus-based facilities such as libraries, lecture theatres and other learning spaces, student advice centres and commercial outlets such as food and beverage retailers.

With 16 campuses across Australia to choose from, you'll be sure to find a CQUniversity location to suit your learning style and personal preferences. Choose one of our metropolitan locations, in some of the world's most liveable cities, and enjoy state-of-the-art learning facilities in a bustling CBD environment, with easy access to public transport, shopping, dining and leisure opportunities. Our expansive, tree-studded regional campuses offer a more relaxed learning environment with free on-site parking, on-campus accommodation options, student recreation and sporting facilities, and more.

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CQUniversity is a leading online education provider in Australia and is a pioneer in the field as one of the first Australian universities to offer flexible, mixed-mode study.

By choosing to study via our renowned online study mode, you’ll have the flexibility to study a course without needing to visit a campus. You’ll study the course 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.

There are a number of benefits to studying online including:

  • the ability to balance your study with your family and work commitments
  • access to our Partner Study Hubs in Cooma, Geraldton, Broome, Busselton and Karratha
  • access to facilities at all other CQUniversity locations in Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Noosa, Perth, Sydney, Townsville and Rockhampton
  • online delivery of engaging resources
  • extensive student support services such as electronic library resources
  • access to recorded lectures online and lecturers who guide and support you.

Online study at CQUniversity


If you are enrolled in an undergraduate or coursework postgraduate course at another institution and wish to undertake CQUniversity units, you may choose to apply for cross-institutional study.

You will require approval from your home institution and this must be submitted as part of your application.

As a cross-institutional student, you will be eligible to access the same fee systems that you are receiving at your home university (for example, HECS or FEE-HELP) unless you choose to enrol in a course that has a different fee structure. For example, a Commonwealth supported undergraduate student currently receiving HECS-HELP may need to pay full tuition fees for a postgraduate CQUniversity unit or apply for FEE-HELP.

Should you require any further assistance please contact our Student Advice team by calling 13 27 86 or send us an email via

Single Non-Award

If you want to update or expand your knowledge in a specific area, without committing to an entire degree-level course, you may wish to apply to study a single non-award unit.

You will be required to meet the entry and pre-requisite requirements for admission to the course from which the unit/s belong to. Please refer to our course listings for more information.

To enquire about applying to study a single non-award unit, contact our Student Advice team by calling 13 27 86 or send us an email via