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Online Study

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 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 online 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.

With most courses available to study online, you’ll have the ability to study in your own home, at your own pace, allowing you to balance your study with your family and work commitments.

Benefits of online study at CQUniversity

We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality study and training options. As one of the leading providers of online education, we ensure that all our courses available through online study are delivered using engaging teaching methods that effectively deliver the course content.

Our experienced staff are dedicated to providing you with a high level of support, offering a number of services that are available for use at any time from wherever you may be studying. Some of these support services include:

  • Electronic library resources.
  • Study material provided online.
  • Access to recorded lectures online and lecturers who guide and support you.
  • Study groups and online discussion forums.
  • Access to our Academic Learning Centre (ALC).
  • Weekend or online orientation sessions.
  • Access to experienced online study student mentors.
  • 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.

When studying online you will have access to all CQUniversity libraries. You can visit any CQUniversity library or utilise the range of online resources available to support your learning. You have access to a number of online resources that meet your needs, including e-journals, e-books and a variety of other electronic resources. You are encouraged to borrow books using an online booking system and a free service in which the requested books are posted to your home.

CQUniversity libraries also offer innovative information literacy courses to those studying either on campus or online. For more information about CQUniversity's library facilities visit the libraries page.

Studying online

Online platform

For most courses, you’ll find that the study material is delivered through our online platform where you will have access to unit material, video presentations, tutorial activities, online chat forums as well as other resources.


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 an online student you will benefit from the flexibility to choose to attend an orientation session either on-campus and/or online to suit your needs. Click here for more information.


Like on-campus students, when studying online 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.


As an online student, you may be required to sit Standard Examinations, and Deferred and Supplementary Examinations as part of your course assessment requirements. These are scheduled each term and can be viewed in the Key Dates calendar. You can choose from a list of more than 200 exam centres in Australia and around the world and if you live more than 150 km from a centre, you can apply to create a location closer to your home.

Residential Schools

To complement the online elements of your course, you may be required to attend a residential school. Residential schools involve a period of time that online study students must spend on campus. Not all units have residential schools, however, it is important to note those that do as these schools are generally classed as compulsory and must be attended to fulfil the unit requirements.

Residential schools are an important part of the courses offered at CQUniversity allowing you to network with lecturers, students and industry specialists, whilst getting hands-on, practical work experience in your chosen field of study.

The timetable of residential schools that are attached to units offered at CQUniversity is provided in the CQUniversity Handbook.

Connecting Online Students

CQUniversity has a private, safe social network aimed at taking the distance out of online study for students studying online. UCROO is a secure platform for you to connect with other students, find study groups or student mentors, find second-hand textbooks or access a wide range of study and support services offered by the University.

Available online or via the free app, UCROO is the meeting of the study hall and the student lounge, meaning you can take the official CQUniversity student social network with you wherever you go.

If you have recently started at CQUniversity and are looking for hints and tips, visit the UCROO page on the Student Portal (sign-in required).

Student Support

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 about studying at CQUni. Our experienced staff are dedicated to providing you with a high level of support, offering a number of services that are available for use at any time from wherever you may be studying. 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.

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.