Essentials for Success

Essentials for Success is a free six-week course for international students who have accepted their offer to study in a future term. The course has been designed for students to get one step ahead and excel before commencing academic studies.

This course provides students with important academic skill practice, writing and presentations, careers and employability workshops, how to prepare for workplace culture and expectations in Australia. These skill sets are valuable preparations for students who undertake internships later in their academic course.

Students will have the opportunity to interact and build connections with other students through the Student Café sessions and get introduced to life in Australia.

Each week consists of three days of study, allowing students 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.


Day One

Day Two

Day Three


Academic English

Get to know other CQUni students, find out about this week’s theme and develop your critical thinking skills in a fun, communicative workshop environment.

Academic English

Develop your listening and note-taking skills and gain confidence in talking about academic topics in a small group environment.

Student Café Session

Everything you need to know about living and studying in Australia.


Academic Writing

Brush up on your academic writing skills, including style and structure, referencing conventions and language tips.

Academic Writing (continued)

Careers Workshop

How to stand out from the crowd in the Australian job market.


Guided Self-study

Complete the CQUniversity Academic Integrity Moodle short course.

Guided Self-study

Put together a personalised learning plan focussed on improving your academic English skills at your own pace.


*Sessions 1 and 2 (60 minutes each) are delivered on Zoom. Session 3 tasks are at students’ own pace at a time that suits.

Weekly Themes


Student Café Session

Careers Workshop


Study Skills for Academic Success

Welcome to Australia

Job search strategies for the Australian job market


People and Communication

Your OSHC, health and fitness

Resumes for the Australian job market



Academic and personal support

Online job applications


Technology and Innovation

Surviving on a student budget

What employers want and understanding Australian work culture


Sustainable Development Goals

Getting involved in campus life

Job interview masterclass


What is Social Innovation?

Course advice, student abroad opportunities and internships

Networking and pitching your personal brand, LinkedIn and how to build your professional profile

If you are interested in commencing this free six-week course, please email with the subject line 'Essentials for Success' or phone +61 3 9616 0606.

Catherine Reyes

Upon completing Essentials for Success, I am more confident to complete assessment tasks. The teachers are hands-on and provide materials to assist us if we have some concerns or questions.

Having this free course helped boost our self esteem, enhance our communication skills and be informed of the different policies in academic writing. The weekly cafe sessions entertained us and helped understand Australian culture, the current employment situation, and guided us on how to build our career path. This course was a big help for me.

– Catherine Reyes, Philippines

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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).