How to Apply

At CQUniversity, we understand that it is a big decision to study in another country, even for a short period of time. If you are unsure about anything please contact your home institutions advisers or email us at and we will answer any questions you have.

If you are ready to apply for a CQUGlobal Inbound Study Abroad or Inbound Exchange Program, please follow these steps:

Students must have completed at least one term or semester (six months) of study at a recognised institution with a good academic record (example 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the USA). A more comprehensive list of our requirements by country along with our English Language requirements can be found on our Eligibility page.

Students applying for Study Abroad Inbound or short-term courses straight from high school may also be eligible and must provide their high school certificate (or equivalent).

Students applying for Inbound Exchange should contact the international office (or equivalent) at their home institution to check their eligibility. If you are eligible, your home institution will provide you with a supporting letter to submit with your application.

Some units may have specific prerequisites, grade requirements or higher English requirements. We will advise if you have selected units in this category after receiving your application.

Students can now apply online through iStart. You can list up to eight units in order of preference on iStart. If you have any issues with applying online, please email us at

If you plan on using the credit earned at CQUniversity towards your home institution qualification, it is your responsibility to ensure the units you choose are eligible and that they will give you the appropriate number of credit. Please see CQUniversity's credit system and grading below:

At CQUniversity, grades are issued on a 7 point scale.

HD (High Distinction) = 7 (85 - 100%)
D (Distinction) = 6 (75 - 84%)
C (Credit) = 5 (65 - 74%)
P (Pass) = 4 (50 - 64%)
PC (Pass Conceded) = 3 (40 - 49%)

This is a quick reference guide only. Please contact us for further information on assessment and grading.

Undergraduate Study

A standard full-time credit load at CQUniversity is 24 credit points consisting of 4 units of 6 credit points each. The minimum enrolment is 3 units and the maximum is 5.

6 credit points = 3-4 credits in the US system
6 credit points = 7.5 ECTS in the European system

Postgraduate Study

A standard full-time credit load at CQUniversity is 24 credit points consisting of 4 units of 6 credit points each.

6 credit points = 1 standard unit = 3-4 graduate credits in the US system
6 credit points = 10 ECTS in the European system

Please enquire about credit transfer for countries not listed above.

If you are coming from one of our Exchange partners, there may be prescribed units for you to study; please check with your home institution's international office.

Once you have selected your units, you can apply online through iStart.

In the unlikely situation that we cannot make you an offer on the chosen units, we will get in touch with suggestions of similar units that are available.

The closing dates for applications are as follows:

For March intakes: 1 January

For July intakes: 1 May

For November intakes (Brisbane/Melbourne/Sydney only): 1 September

We will take between 10-40 days to assess your application and will email you an offer pack outlining which units you have been placed into, payment requirements and the conditions (if any) that you need to meet prior to accepting your offer. Please complete and sign the relevant documents and return them to us as quickly as possible to accept your offer. Remember your visa application could take as little as a few days or as long as a month depending on where you are applying from.

We aim to process acceptances and deposit payments within five working days and issue you with an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). This document is required when applying for a student visa from the Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your home country.

For more information regarding visas, please have a look at the Department of Home Affairs website. You may also contact your nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.

One of the requirements of your visa will be to have satisfactory health insurance. Payment of the total health cover premium must be made when you pay your tuition fee, prior to coming to Australia.

Allianz is CQUniversity's preferred provider of OSHC. Allianz Essentials OSHC price list.

Students are encouraged to download the Allianz app to manage their OSHC account.

You may gain access to the Allianz Student portal using your CQUniversity email address. Your unique password is your student number followed by CQU.

Once you have been granted a student visa, you should start preparing your travel and accommodation arrangements. If you require assistance in these areas, please do not hesitate to contact us. We strongly recommend that you arrive a few days before orientation so you can recover from jet-lag and travel. Orientation is an important event that will set you up for success during your time at CQUniversity and includes information about opening bank accounts, safety in Australia, social activities and other important information.