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Scholarships are awarded to recognise strong academic performance and innovation as well as enable better access so that students can reach their full potential and build on their education aspiration. This aspect of financial support is a key feature in the University's holistic provision of services to international students and will strengthen our standing as Australia's most accessible and inclusive university.

We offer a generous variety of scholarships to international students. These scholarships are available from CQUniversity, the Australian government and external organisations. We encourage you to apply for any scholarship or funding you are eligible for.

International Student Scholarship

The International Student Scholarship is available to all new international undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students who meet the academic criteria at CQUniversity Australia. The Scholarship rewards successful applicants with a 20 per cent reduction in tuition fees for the duration of their studies, subject to meeting terms and conditions.

CQUniversity spends approximately AU$2.5 million dollars per year on the International Student Scholarship to support international students, 20 per cent of which are recipients of this prestigious scholarship.

It is a merit-based scholarship and your application will be assessed based on your previous academic results which must meet the minimum selection criteria below. For countries not listed, applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


For any partial onshore studies undertaken, a minimum pass grade on all subjects will be accepted for the International Student Scholarship, provided the student meets the selection criteria from their offshore qualification.

Minimum selection criteria
Previous academic results
Previous academic results
AustraliaOverall grade of 75%Overall grade of 75% or a GPA of 5.5 on a 7 point scale
BangladeshGrade of B or GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scaleGrade of B or GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale
BrazilSuperior grades to be achieved. Grade of 7 or higherSuperior grades to be achieved. Grade of 7 or higher
ChinaOverall grade of 80% or Grade of BOverall grade of 75% or grade of B
ColombiaGPA 3.75 from Colombian High SchoolsGood grades to be achieved. Grade of 3.75 or higher
GhanaOverall Grade of BGPA of 3.0 or above
Hong KongOverall grade of BGPA of 3.0 or above
IndiaFirst division passes with an overall grade of 75%First division passes with distinction 75% (Average of 65% for a 4 year Technical and Professional Degrees)
IndonesiaOverall grade of 7.5GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4 point scale
IranOverall grade of B or 15 pointsGPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale or Grade of 15
Korea, Republic of75% or overall grade of B75% or overall grade of B OR GPA of 3.0
Malaysia GPA of 2.75 OR Grade of BGPA of 3.0 or a Grade of B+ or above
Mauritius75% or above OR minimum grade of BOverall grade of 75% or above
MongoliaGPA of 3.0 OR Grade of BGPA of 3.0 OR Grade of B
NepalDistinction division with an average grade of 75%Distinction division with an average grade of 75% or a GPA of 3.0
NigeriaOverall grade of 5 OR CreditOverall grade of 75% OR GPA of 3.0
PakistanOverall grade of 75% or overall grade of ADistinction division with an average grade of 75% or a GPA of 3.0
Papua New GuineaOverall grade of 2.5 or higherDivision 1 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
PeruVery good grades to be achieved, grade of 15Minimum grade of 15
PhilippinesOverall grade of 75%Grade of B or 75%
RussiaGrade of 3.5 or GoodGrade of 3.5 or Good
Saudi Arabia75% or overall grade of C+ or betterAverage or a GPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 OR 3.5 out of 5.0
Singapore75% or overall grade of APass with merit or GPA of 3.5 on 5 point scale OR GPA of 3.0 on 4 point scale
Sri Lanka75% or overall grade of AOverall grade of 75% OR GPA of 3.0 on 4 point scale
Taiwan75% or overall grade of BGrade of B or 75%
Thailand75% or GPA of 2.75 on a 4 point scale75% or GPA of 2.75 on a 4 point scale
Turkey75% or an overall grade of 3.5 on a 5 point scaleGrade of 3 (0n 4 point scale) of grades of iyi/good or grade of B2 or above
Venezuela75% or overall grade of Good/1575% or overall grade of Excellent/15 OR GPA of 5 (9 point scale) OR GPA of 4 (on 5 point scale)
VietnamGrade of 7.5 on 10 point scaleGrade of 7.5 on a 10 point scale
Zimbabwe75% or overall grade of AOverall grade of 75% or above

Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply for the International Student Scholarship if you meet the following criteria:

  • Applying for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework delivered on campus as a new applicant (not currently enrolled in a course at CQUniversity); and
  • Scholarship must be applied for at the point of application through our online application system, iStart.

How do I apply?

When you apply for your course on iStart, you must indicate that you would like to apply for the International Student Scholarship. You must provide all certified or original translated completion certificates and academic transcripts to enable an assessment.

How do I know if I have been successful?

If you have been successful in being offered an International Student Scholarship, this will be stated in your offer letter.

Can I appeal the decision?

There is no right of appeal should the applicant fail to receive the scholarship.

Please note that the International Student Scholarship is subject to annual review. For more information, email

Australian Government scholarships

A number of scholarships funded by the Australian Government are also available to international students.

External organisation scholarships

A number of externally funded scholarships are also available to current international students who are enrolled at CQUniversity regional campuses in specific study areas and/or continuing into the second or third year of their degrees.

For more information, visit our scholarships database.