International Exchange (CQUGlobal Inbound 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 and AEN and UN European student exchange 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.

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.

Study Areas

  • Allied Health
  • Business and Accounting
  • Creative, Performing and Visual Arts
  • Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, Built Environment and Aviation
  • English and Study Pathways
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Nursing, Paramedicine and Health
  • Psychology and Social Work
  • Safety Sciences
  • Science, Environment and Agriculture
  • Service Industries (Hospitality and Tourism)
  • Research Degrees

CQUniversity has strong academic links with many partner institutions around the world.

To take part in the Inbound Exchange Program, it is a requirement that you study with us from one of our partner institutions below. All students from our partner institutions will benefit from a scholarship to the value of AU$1000.

Johannes Kepler University Linz

University College Copenhagen - KP
VIA University College
New Zealand
South Korea  

CIS Endicott International University

Hessen State Universities
HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences

FNHW University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Northwestern Switzerland

United Kingdom

ISEP – International Student Exchange Program

CQUniversity is a member of the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) network giving you access to over 300 institutions in over 50 different countries.

Australian-European Network (AEN) and the Utrecht Network (UN)

CQUniversity is a member of the AEN and UN European student exchange network offering a choice to study at more than 30 European member universities.

If you are not a current CQUGlobal Inbound partner but are interested in working with CQUniversity, please email

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 have a stream that is of particular interest to you, please email us at

Outdoor Pursuits

Enhance your Australian experience and explore the Australian aquatic outdoors such as surfing, canoeing and sailing.

This popular course, available in Rockhampton only, will develop your awareness and skills in outdoor pursuits activities with class time devoted to developing personal skills during practical modules. Through an online reading program, you will gain an understanding in planning, safety, teaching considerations, first aid and environmental impacts.

Outdoor Pursuits - Aquatic is fun, challenging and enjoyable where you will acquire valuable knowledge, attitudes and skills that are beneficial for your future vocational or recreational aspirations.

Outdoor and Environmental Leadership

Popular units include Botany of Aquatic Environments, Business Ethics and Sustainability, Conservation in Australia, Outdoor Pursuits- Aquatic, Soil Science and Conservation and any Environmental courses.

Social Innovation

CQUniversity is proud to be the first and only Ashoka U Social Innovation Changemaker in Australia. This unique and innovative stream will equip you with skills, knowledge and personal attributes necessary to address seemingly intractable social issues.

These include Foundations of Social Innovation and Contemporary Issues in Social Innovation, which will help you develop social innovation strategies of agility, design‑thinking, storytelling, empathetic collaboration and intercultural sensitivity to improve social wellbeing for society as a whole.

Find out more about Social Innovation at CQUniversity.

Sports and Exercise Science

Popular units include Health and Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Physiology, Exercise and Sport Psychology, Exercise and Sport Biomechanics or Outdoor Pursuits - Aquatic.

This stream will equip you with the practical skills to explore the diverse world of human movement.

Progressive and Digital Leaders

Employers are demanding practical problem-solving skills that meet the needs of the digital economy.

Popular units include Business Intelligence Using Big Data, Communication in Professional ContextsFoundations of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Motion Graphics and Visual Effects, Digital Communications Management, ICT Project Management or Business of Digital Innovation.

These units are designed to help you be a progressive leader who understands the future economy and will be highly employable as a result.

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 academic three intakes per year. Term 3 is not a compulsory term and may not be available for all courses and campuses.


2020 Term 3 – Monday, 9 November


2021 Term 1 – Monday, 8 March

2021 Term 2 – Monday, 12 July

2021 Term 3 – Monday, 8 November

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply:

  • Students must ensure that they have approval from their home institution that the course/s applied for will be credited towards their degree.
  • Students must have successfully completed at least 12 months of full-time study (for undergraduate study) or have completed an approved undergraduate university degree (for graduate study) in their home country at the time of application.
  • Students from the USA must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4-point scale.
  • Other students, please enquire at your international office regarding specific academic entry requirements.
  • Some CQUniversity units may require completion of prerequisites or home institution equivalents.
  • Students will normally have an equivalent of IELTS 6.0 or have studied in the English medium for at least two years.

English language requirements

    If your previous education was not through English or if you are not a fluent English speaker, you may need a recognised English language qualification. Please see our English entry requirements page for more information.

    If you want to study vocational or academic courses for a term or longer but do not meet these English language requirements, you can study at one of our CQUEnglish Language Centres before joining our Inbound Exchange Program.

    Please contact our CQUGlobal adviser by emailing and they will help work out what program package would best suit you.

1. Choose your location 

Pick from 13 campuses Australia-wide.

2. Choose your units

Check our handbook for course availability and download unit profiles.

3. Register and apply

Complete an online application.

4. Accept your offer

Process any payments and accept your offer via our online portal.

5. Next steps

Once you receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), apply for your visa. Once your visa is granted, start preparing your travel to Australian and plan your adventure.

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.

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.

The 2020 English language study weekly fee is A$400 per week. This will increase to A$415 per week in 2021.

Cost of living

Information on the cost of living in Australia, overseas health cover, visa and accommodation can be found on our Studying in Australia page.

I liked to broaden my mind and see a different country in a range, which extends a classical vacation. Other cultures and viewpoints help to be more impartial and to try to get the bottom of your own perspectives. Living at the residential school helped me make friends and we regularly took excursions. I only have positive memories and I absolutely recommend an exchange term at CQUniversity.

Thomas Wolfsguber

CQUGlobal Exchange