Ready to apply? iStart, our easy to use online application system for international students, will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.

Our students enjoy the benefit of not paying an application fee. The average application fee for most Australian universities is about  A$100.

If you're an authorised CQUniversity agent, you can log into our agent portal to submit and manage applications.

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Your study options in 2022

The Australian Government has announced that borders will re-open from 1 December 2021, and we are excited to welcome international students from around the world to our campuses in Australia.

If you are traveling to Victoria or New South Wales, you will not be required to quarantine. 

If you are traveling to Queensland or Western Australia, you must comply with the travel requirements in each state, which may require quarantining and additional testing.

All changes and future updates for international students will be available on our Coronavirus Advice page.

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Yes. Registering with iStart will allow you to do the following:

  • Complete your application
  • Monitor the status of your application
  • Receive an offer
  • Accept your offer.

Yes, iStart can accept applications for all courses including English, vocational, undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and Research Higher Degrees (RHD).

You can apply to study English language only, or for both English language and academic course at the same time.

If your chosen academic course is available by online study, you can choose Distance Education on the relevant screen when you apply.

You can only submit one application. If you change your mind about the course you are applying for, please log into iStart and send an email to the International Admissions Team through the system or email

You can apply for credit within iStart. Instructions are provided on the relevant screen.

You will need to provide certified* copies of the supporting documents below:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Translations of academic transcripts (if original documents are in a language other than English)
  • Personal identification document e.g. passport
  • Evidence that you meet the English requirement e.g. an English test result.

If you do not have your latest academic transcript, please provide a copy of your most recent academic transcript. The International Admissions Team will be in contact if they need further information or documentation.

* A certified copy is a photocopy of the original document with a certification stamp that includes the certifier's printed name, title or position, signature and date of notary. It may be from a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner of Declaration, a contracted agent of CQUniversity or the issuing authority of the institution.

There is no application fee.

Yes. During the application, you will be able to indicate if you would like to apply for an International Student Scholarship. You may find more information on the International Student Scholarship, including the selection criteria on our website.

Yes. During the application, you will be able to indicate if you would like to apply for an International Student Scholarship. You may find more information on the International Student Scholarship, including the selection criteria on our website.

For all other RHD scholarships, you must use the research scholarship online application form. Please check what is available on the Research Scholarships page or email with any queries. These RHD scholarship rounds are only open twice a year.

Research Higher Degree candidates apply via iStart with an Expression of Interest which asks you to select your course and location, along with providing a brief description of your proposed research topic. Expression of Interest must be submitted by the prospective candidate.

Depending upon the outcome of your Expression of Interest, you may be invited to submit a full application for admission as a research higher degree candidate. The University reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

Once we receive all required supporting documents, it will take approximately 7 to 10 working days to process.

You can log into iStart to check the status of your application. You will receive an email from the International Admissions Team notifying you of the outcome of your application.

Please email the International Admissions Team at

Please email the International Admissions Team at describing the issue.