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Whether you're transitioning to online as a result of COVID-19 or simply prefer the flexibility it provides, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality study and training options to suit your needs. As an online student at CQUni, you have the flexibility to make your online study work for you.

Our experienced staff provide you with a high level of support, offering several services that are available for you to use from wherever you are studying. These may include electronic and online library resources, study material, discussion forums and recorded lecturers, along with weekend or online orientation sessions, and access to our facilities and locations across Australia.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For most courses, you will 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.

Yes, 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 several online resources that meet your needs, including e-journals, e-books and a variety of other electronic resources. 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.

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.

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 (if available) and/or online to suit your needs.

Formal examinations for Term 1, 2020 will not go ahead as planned, with alternative assessment details to be provided to students. CQUniversity will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will provide advice on future exams as appropriate. Ordinarily 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 for Term 1, 2020 have been moved online meaning students will not be required to attend campus. CQUniversity will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will provide advice on future residential schools as appropriate.

Residential schools are an important part of courses offered at CQUniversity. They allow you to network with lecturers, students and industry specialists and participate in a more intensive period of learning, including covering more practical components of the course.

Information on your residential schools will be provided by your head of course.

In addition to online study materials and regular communication with our teaching professionals, CQUniversity offers an outstanding 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 provide you with a high level of support, offering several services available 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. These services are available to you online.

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

With the exception of some practical activities and practice, the online experience with CQUniversity is just as rich and rewarding as the on-campus experience. Depending on your course, you’ll have the opportunity to watch recorded lectures at a time that suits you, participate in live online lectures and tutorials, use simulated tours and activities to remotely experience practical elements, join forums with staff and fellow students, access a broad range of materials through the CQUniversity library and keep track of your studies and networking opportunities through MyCQU. Successful completion of our online courses also result in exactly the same degree and qualification as our on-campus courses.

With over 40 years’ experience in distance education and over half of our Australian students already studying online we’re ready to provide you with a quality virtual learning experience. Rest assured you’ll enjoy the same quality of education when studying with us online that you expect on campus. Your study experience will differ, but you’ll discover new connections and many benefits in an online learning environment including the flexibility to fit study around other commitments, and experience using a variety of technologies.

You’ll enjoy the opportunity to participate in live online sessions or watch recorded lectures at a time that suits you. Our online students are welcomed into a supportive online community allowing you to form valuable connections all over the world.

Our online degrees meet the same accreditation and professional recognition requirements as our on-campus courses, and you’ll receive the same quality education and officially recognised qualification on completion of your studies.

Depending on your course, you’ll have the opportunity to watch recorded lectures at a time that suits you, participate in live online lectures and tutorials, use simulated tours and activities to remotely experience practical elements, join forums with staff and fellow students, access a broad range of materials through the CQUniversity library and keep track of your studies and networking opportunities through the student portal and CQU Central.

Thanks to our small class sizes, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to interact directly with your lecturer and classmates to answer any questions. Throughout your studies you’ll also join an engaged and growing online community, where you’ll connect with other students and form valuable networks.

Our CQUni Life blog is written by students who’ve been in the same place as you and have experience and advice to share. Explore the blog for useful information on getting the most out of your study, including these great articles:

The Australian Government advises that eligibility for student payments is the same whether you study online or on campus.

Visit the Centrelink website for more information on student payments.

You can find a wealth of information for current students by logging in to MyCQU. Please note, you must have a CQUni login to access MyCQU.

International students studying in Australia on a student visa are generally required to study a full-time load. However, due to COVID-19 many students are currently studying with us offshore as well as online in Australia. At CQUniversity we recognise students are also managing other concerns at this time and we are being flexible with students studying less subjects than normally required. For advice specific for your circumstances please contact international-support@cqu.edu.au.

No, you can apply for your student visa while the borders are still closed. The Australian Government has recommenced granting student visas lodged in all locations outside Australia.

Yes, you can enrol and start your studies online first. A student visa is not required to study your course online. However, we encourage you to apply for your student visa to prepare you to transition to on-campus study. This means that when the Australian borders open, you will already have your student visa and can make travel arrangements.

If you commence your studies online and receive a visa refusal for reasons other than fraudulent documents or activity, CQUniversity will refund the tuition fees you’ve paid, less a A$500 administration fee. This will apply if you commence your studies in Term 3, 2020 or Term 1, 2021 and wish to withdraw from your studies post a visa refusal.

If you commence your studies online and receive your student visa to study on campus, you will be able to use the study you did online to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa. For the latest information, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

CQUniversity is continuing to process applications and enrolments for international students. If you have applied and wish to accept your offer and study online at home, please advise your agent or the Admissions team through the iStart application portal. You will still need to meet your academic and English language entry requirements. You can also start your English language studies online if you have been offered English as part of your study pathway.