Essentials for Success

If you have accepted your offer for your academic course for Term 3, 2021, we encourage you to attend our free three-week Essentials for Success online course. This course has been designed to get you one step ahead while you wait for your academic course to commence.

This is a perfect opportunity to familiarise yourself with our online learning platforms and prepare for university study.

Please note the Essentials for Success course is only available to students who have already accepted an offer to study at CQUni. If you are considering to enrol in a CQUEnglish packaged pathway with an academic course in any term in 2021, you will be eligible for our free English language courses.

Start date

We are offering two intakes leading to Term 3, 2021:

  • Tuesday, 14 September to Thursday, 30 September
  • Tuesday, 5 October to Thursday, 21 October.

Classes run from 1.00pm to 4.30pm (AEST) Tuesday to Thursday each week, so you will have plenty of time to fit in other commitments.

What will I learn

  • academic skill practice
  • writing and presentations
  • careers and employability workshops
  • opportunities to interact and build connections with other students through the Student Café sessions
  • how to prepare for workplace culture and expectations in Australia.

These skill sets are valuable preparations if you choose to undertake an internship later in your academic course.

Each week consists of three days of study, allowing you plenty of time to fit in other commitments. There will be recommendations on additional reading or audio-visual material to help prepare for class activities.

Get started

Email with the subject line 'Essentials for Success' or phone +61 3 9616 0606.

Your sessions


Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Day 1

Welcome to Essentials for Success

CQUEnglish: Skills for University

Find out about the weekly theme and develop your speaking and critical thinking skills in a fun, communicative workshop environment

Careers: An introduction to CQUni Careers and CQUni CareerHub

CQUEnglish: Global Learning

Careers: Searching and applying for work in the Australian job market

CQUEnglish: Leadership, Part A

Day 2

CQUEnglish: Happiness

Welcome to the Academic Learning Centre (ALC): Academic culture and support

CQUEnglish: The global learning crisis

ALC: Academic Writing

CQUEnglish: 5 ways to lead in an era of constant change, Part A

CQUEnglish: 5 ways to lead in an era of constant change, Part B

Day 3

Student Café Session Australia

ALC: Paraphrasing, reading and note taking

Student Café Session: CQUniversity systems and staying connected

ALC: Academic Integrity and referencing

Student Café Session: Making the most of your studies

CQUEnglish: Leadership, Part B

international student stands in front of road

I felt a lot better after completing Essentials for Success because the course gave me all the necessary information before I started my studies, like accessing Moodle, library facilities, student support etc.
I saved a lot of time and energy when I actually started studying compared to my other classmates.

I had some fun, learnt fundamentals, and felt very supported. This course helped students to feel welcome and confident before starting their actual journey.

– Neha Rathod, India

Take a closer look at our online study platforms. Transcript


Essentials for Success is suitable for you if you want to get a head start in your studies and develop your skills in academia prior to starting your course, as well as building your connections with fellow international students.

Essentials for Success is available to Higher Education students who have accepted their offer for an upcoming term and have met all conditions.

Students who are commencing English language studies will need to complete their CQUEnglish course first, prior to undertaking our Essentials for Success course.

No, Essentials for Success is not compulsory; however, we do highly recommend this course to new students to help them prepare for their academic studies.

CQUniversity provides five-star student support, evident by our ratings in The Good Universities Guide and the latest International Student Barometer. Our CQUEnglish Language Centre also ranked highly in overall student experience and ranked first in Australia for making students feel welcome. As online students, you will receive the same access to support as you would in the classroom plus all the required materials, including library databases. You will have scheduled lectures and online sessions with lecturers and fellow classmates.

CQUniversity has a long history of offering innovative and interactive online learning. All access to the CQUniversity online study portals and sites is secure, giving you confidence that your work and contributions in class are secure.

Essentials for Success is a free course. CQUniversity want to prepare you with the best possible start and begin your learning journey with essentials that will enable you to succeed and excel once you commence your academic studies.

No, you will not receive any credit for completing Essentials for Success; however, this course will provide you with the essential tools and resources to assist you once you commence your studies. This will put you in a better position to succeed in your academic studies.

Once you have received your Letter of Offer from our Admissions team, you will need to send through a scanned and signed copy of your offer letter to accept the terms and conditions and our team will issue the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).