CQUGlobal Inbound Exchange and Study Abroad Programs

Why International Students choose CQU


CQUniversity Australia has built a reputation as one of the largest and fastest growing universities in Australia.

We offer hundreds of TAFE and university courses both on campus and online.

With campuses across Australia, you have the flexibility to study in some of the most vibrant cities and regional towns.

Our graduates find employment fast and earn more than the Australian national average.

Led by award-winning teaching staff, our courses are designed alongside industry, with many including practical learning experiences… because we believe it’s important to prepare you with up-to-date knowledge and are committed to seeing you graduate, job ready.

In fact, we are so confident in our graduate success, we are the only Australian university to provide a Graduate Guarantee.

We recognise employers expect more than what’s on your resume.

You will develop in demand professional skills through experiences focused on leadership readiness, academic integrity, and life skills.

Take advantage of our worldwide partner and alumni networks. And, enhance your employment prospects with our career and leadership opportunities.

I was offered a scholarship from CQUniversity. At the end of my first year, CQUniversity found me an internship through which I was offered a job and I've been working there ever since.

I know that wherever I go and whatever I do, CQUniversity has enabled me to become the best version of myself.

I'm really thankful for the support and great mentorship from the internship program team.

I began to learn and discover while working in my internship, and it boosted my confidence gradually. And it met a beautiful ending at getting employed by my organisation and this marked a big milestone not only for my time in Australia but also for my whole life.

We offer a series of pre-university courses such as English language, certificates and diplomas, which provide excellent pathways into our university courses.

We also have partnerships with external providers to offer these pathway options.

If you need a helping hand, our scholarships offer great financial support.

We pride ourselves on taking away the hurdles and we see no barriers to a quality education.

Whichever path you choose, our friendly staff are here to support you to reach your goals.

It’s this approach that’s seen us ranked above the national average for student experience satisfaction.

And, we’re Australia’s first and only social enterprise university and Changemaker campus, which means we’re internationally recognised for building social innovation practices into what we do.

These things matter to us because they matter to you.

Explore our youthful and innovative university and enjoy an enriching learning journey.

Talk to CQUniversity today about how we can help you be what you want to be.

Through the CQUGlobal Inbound Exchange and Study Abroad Programs, you can study at CQUniversity for one term or up to one full academic year and subject to your home institution's approval, you can transfer these credits back towards your course of study at home. 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 CQUGlobal Inbound Exchange Program is high and places are limited so apply early to avoid disappointment, and you must be a current student at one of our exchange partner institutions. The CQUGlobal Inbound Study Abroad Program is open to international students from any university.

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, a term or an academic year only.

  • Thomas Wolfsgruber, indoors, with a white and yellow snake around his neck
    Other cultures and viewpoints help to be more impartial and get to the bottom of our 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 CQU.

    Thomas Wolfsguber

    CQUGlobal Exchange, Austria

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 and Performing Arts
  • Digital Media, Communications and Arts
  • Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, Built Environment and Aviation
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Nursing and Health
  • Psychology
  • Safety Sciences
  • Science, Environment and Agriculture
  • Service Industries (Hospitality)

International students in Australia are required to study full-time, which is a minimum of 3 units (and a maximum of 4 units) per term. Students are required to select 6-8 units as part of their application in case of any timetable clashes.

Students participating in the CQUGlobal Inbound Exchange and Study Abroad Programs can select undergraduate and/or postgraduate units but must meet any pre-requisites. Please note postgraduate psychology units are not available for international students.

CQUniversity has strong academic links with many partner institutions around the world. Visit our CQUGlobal Partner Universities page to find out more.

CQUniversity’s main campus is in Rockhampton in Queensland. You can also choose to study on our Brisbane campus, offering a city experience. Additionally, our Mackay campus is available for those studying Theatre and Music subjects. 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.

To find out more about each campus location, visit our Locations page.

CQUniversity has three academic intakes per year. Term 3 is not a compulsory term, which is available on our Brisbane campus. Please note that not all courses are delivered throughout Term 3.

Intakes throughout the yearApplication deadlines
Term 1: March – May31 December
Term 2: July – October30 April 
Term 3: November – February31 August 

Generally applications will close a few months before the start of term. For example, if you would like to apply for Term 1, 2025, please submit your application by 31 December, 2024. Please refer to our Academic Calendars for specific term dates for the year you wish to apply for.

A compulsory orientation for new international students takes place in the week prior to the start of each term.

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

  • Students applying for the CQUGlobal Exchange Program must first be nominated for an exchange place by their home institution.
  • 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 language for at least two years.
  • Important: Students must ensure that they have approval from their home institution that the course/s applied for will be credited towards their degree.

English language requirements

If your previous education was not using the English language 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 do not meet these English language requirements, you can study at one of our CQUEnglish Language Centres before joining our CQUGlobal Inbound Exchange and Study Abroad Program.

Please contact our CQUGlobal adviser by emailing cquglobal-in@cqu.edu.au and we will help out what English language course would best suit you.

1. Choose your units

Check our handbook for course and campus availability and download unit profiles.

2. Register and apply

Complete an online application.

3. Accept your offer

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

4. 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.

We pride ourselves on being one of the most accessible universities in Australia by offering highly competitive fees for our programs and this includes our CQUGlobal Inbound Programs and English Language courses. We keep our programs at an affordable rate to allow students from all backgrounds to enjoy a uniquely Australian experience.

CQUGlobal Inbound Exchange

If you are coming to CQUniversity under an exchange agreement or through one of our partner institutions, please contact them directly for fee information.

CQUGlobal Inbound Study Abroad

2024 tuition fee: A$10 220 per term


  • Fees are based on a full-time study load of four units (24 credit points).
  • Students applying from our partner institutions automatically qualify for a tuition fee scholarship to the value of A$1000.
  • All inbound Exchange and Study Abroad students receive a complimentary airport arrival transfer and welcome pack.

English language courses

English language course tuition is charged at a cost per week basis. In 2024, the tuition fee is A$470 per week.

Cost of living and other costs

CQUGlobal Inbound Exchange and Study Abroad Program applicants are also required to maintain Overseas Student Health Cover as a student visa condition.

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.

For more information, visit our Studying in Australia page.