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Inbound exchange program

The CQUGlobal Inbound Exchange Program is exclusively for students studying at our global network of partner institutions and students studying at institutions belonging to the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) network. 

Through the Inbound Exchange Program you can study at CQUniversity for a term or full academic year and we will not charge you any tuition fees. You will gain credit for the units you study. Subject to your home institutions approval, you can transfer these credits back towards your course of study at home.

Demand for the Inbound Exchange Program is high and places are limited so apply early to avoid disappointment. To apply you must be a current student at one of our exchange partner institutions.

If you are interested in a full degree course at CQUniversity, please visit our Courses page as the CQUGlobal Inbound Program is for students coming for a short period, term or academic year only.

What can I study?

Depending on what your home major is, you may wish to focus on units that get you the most credit, or you may want to use some of your electives to study something different that has always interested you.

Below is a sample of available unit options. For details of all the units on offer, where they are offered, and in which terms they are offered, please refer to our handbook.

City Units
Rockhampton

Accounting
Agriculture
Biology
Chemistry
Criminology
Digital Media
Education
Engineering
Environmental Science
Health Sciences
Information Technology
Journalism/Communication
Literature
Management
Marketing/Advertising
Mathematics
Nursing
Physics
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Sports/Exercise Science

Brisbane

Accounting
Digital Media
Finance
Information Technology
Journalism/Communication
Management
Marketing/Advertising
Tourism/Hospitality

Cairns

Accounting
Education
Finance
Information Technology
Journalism/Communication
Management
Marketing/Advertising
Mathematics
Tourism/Hospitality

Melbourne

Accounting
Engineering
Finance
Information Technology
Journalism/Communication
Management
Marketing/Advertising

Sydney

Accounting
Digital Media
Information Technology
Journalism/Communication
Management
Marketing/Advertising
Tourism/Hospitality

Rockhampton

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Criminology
  • Digital Media
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism/Communication
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sports/Exercise Science

Brisbane

  • Accounting
  • Digital Media
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism/Communication
  • Management
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Tourism/Hospitality

Cairns

  • Accounting
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism/Communication
  • Management
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Mathematics
  • Tourism/Hospitality

Melbourne

  • Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism/Communication
  • Management
  • Marketing/Advertising

Sydney

  • Accounting
  • Digital Media
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism/Communication
  • Management
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Tourism/Hospitality
Popular streams 

We have designed streams that will help you to maximise your academic and social time in Australia and get the most out of your experience here. If you complete any two of the units listed under these streams you will receive a (non-award) Certificate of Completion. 

If you have a stream that is of particular interest to you, please email us at cquglobal-in@cqu.edu.au

Outdoor and Environmental Leadership 

Popular units include Botany of Aquatic Environments, Business Ethics, Conservation in Australia, Outdoor Pursuits and any Environmental units.

Availability: Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Noosa, Rockhampton and Townsville

Sports and Exercise Science 

Popular units  include Health and Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Management, Exercise and Sport Physiology | Psychology | Biomechanics, or Outdoor Pursuits. This stream will equip you with the practical skills to explore the diverse world of human movement.

Availability: Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Noosa, Rockhampton and Townsville

Social Innovation 

This unique and innovative stream will equip you with skills, knowledge and personal attributes necessary to address seemingly intractable social issues. The units available will help you develop social innovation strategies of agility, design‑thinking, storytelling, empathetic collaboration and intercultural sensitivity.

Availability: Melbourne

Progressive and Digital Leaders 

Employers are demanding practical problem solving skills that meet the needs of the digital economy. Units under this stream are designed to help you be a progressive leader who understands the future economy and will be highly employable as a result.

Availability: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

Outdoor Pursuits 

This is a highly popular option as it offers you the chance to explore the Australian bush, spot Australian wildlife with professional guides, explore vast caves and visit UNESCO world heritage sites such as Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

You may also undertake outdoor adventure activities such as scuba diving, and relevant qualifications provided that we receive advance notice.

Availability: Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Noosa, Rockhampton and Townsville

Where and when can I study?

We have the largest network of any Australian university so you can choose to study in one of the world's most liveable cities or go for an authentic regional Queensland location. Each campus has something unique and exciting to offer. For those coming for more than one term, you could choose to study at more than one location. For more details of the locations, visit our Locations page

CQUniversity has three academic intakes per year for our Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney campuses:

2016 Term 1 - Monday, 7 March

2016 Term 2 - Monday, 11 July

2016 Term 3 - Monday, 7 November

2017 Term 1 - Monday, 6 March

2017 Term 2 - Monday, 10 July

2017 Term 3 - Monday, 6 November

CQUniversity has two academic intakes per year for our Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Noosa, Rockhampton, and Townsville campuses:

2016 Term 1 - Monday, 7 March

2016 Term 2 - Monday, 11 July

2017 Term 1 - Monday, 6 March

2017 Term 2 - Monday, 10 July

For details of our English course intakes and campus availability, please visit the CQUEnglish page.

Costs and funding

You will not need to pay CQUniversity tuition fees for academic courses while you study with us (limited to two terms of study). You may still need to pay tuition fees to your home institution. Of course, there are other expenses that you will incur as part of studying in another country such as travel, food, entertainment and accommodation. We recommend that you talk to an adviser at your home institution to get a clear understanding of what is considered as extra costs associated with studying overseas so that you can plan your budget ahead.

Inbound Exchange Program academic tuition fee = 0

This covers up to 4 units per term or 8 units in an academic year. It does not cover English course tuition which is charged at a cost per week basis, unless specified otherwise. Currently the weekly fee for an English course is AU$350 per week.

Cost of living

Information on the cost of living in Australia can be found on our Living in Australia page. You will also find information on Visa and Overseas Health Cover costs in this section.