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Distance Education

CQUniversity is one of Australia's leading providers of flexible education and training with hundreds of courses offered by distance education.

Distance education gives you the flexibility to study or train without regularly attending classes on-campus, allowing you to balance study with family and work commitments. It also provides an opportunity for those who live in rural and remote areas, or internationally, to access education and training without the need to relocate.

Choose to study by Distance Education at CQUniversity and benefit from:

  • access to campuses and study hubs nation-wide
  • online delivery and resources
  • extensive student support services
  • regular and ongoing contact with  our teaching professionals and support staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Distance Education delivered?

Online enrolment

The Enrolment Made Easy website is designed to get you on your way, fast. This easy to navigate, online service will help you plan your course, enrol in units, understand your financial commitments and prepare for study. Click here for more information.


Orientation is designed to provide you with the information you need to become a successful student at CQUniversity.  It will help you become familiar with University systems and the support and services available to you. As a distance education you will benefit from the flexibility to choose to attend an on-campus or/or online orientation session to suit your needs. Click here for more information.

Online learning

For most courses, study materials are delivered through our online platform where you will have access to your unit materials, video presentations, tutorial activities, online chat forums as well as other resources.


Like on-campus students, when studying by distance education you will have access to all CQUniversity libraries.

You can visit any CQUniversity library or utilise the range of online resources available. You can also borrow books using our online booking system, where requested materials are posted to your home in Australia, with return postage, free of charge. Our libraries also offer innovative information literacy courses to support your learning. Click here for more information.

Residential schools

When studying by distance education, some individual units may require you to attend a residential school on-campus. Residential schools involve a period of time that you must spend on-campus.

Residential schools are an important part of your studies, allowing you to network with lecturers, fellow students and industry specialists, whilst gaining hands-on, practical experience.

Not all units have residential schools, however it is important to note that most residential schools are compulsory and must be attended to fulfil learning requirements.

To find out which courses have residential schools, refer to our course listings.


Standard Examinations, and Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are scheduled each term and can be viewed in the Key Dates calendar. Choose from a list of more than 200 exam centres in Australia and around the world. If you live more than 150 km from a centre, you can apply to create a location closer to your home[ES6] .

What support will I receive?

In addition to online study materials and regular communication with our teaching professionals, CQUniversity offers a range of student support services to assist you throughout your study journey.

As a new student, you will need to become familiar with a lot of information and this can be overwhelming. The Student Experience team are here to provide support and advice. Services include Orientation to assist your transition into university life, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with a disability or medical conditions, career planning services and more. Click here for more information.

The Academic Learning Centre (ALC) provides online and on-campus resources, workshops and assistance when it comes to academic writing and referencing, mathematics, science and computing. Our academic learning advisers are available at all campuses and online to assist you with all your academic requirements.

Click here for more information.


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 videoconferencing 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 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 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.

Click here to find out what each CQUniversity location has to offer.


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