CQUGlobal Inbound Exchange and Study Abroad Programs

CQUniversity is a vibrant and multicultural place to study with students from over 100 countries, thousands of which opt to study online. Wherever in the world you may be, we look forward to welcoming you!


Welcome to CQUniversity Australia, home to many of the world's natural wonders, iconic landmarks and leading study destinations.

CQUniversity is one of the largest, fastest growing and most inclusive universities in Australia with affordable tuition fees and generous scholarships that support international students. Our community is vibrant and multicultural with students from over 115 countries with 14 campuses across Australia to choose from.

We offer high quality education in English language, vocational training, and academic degrees, and our industry aligned courses are offered through 14 study areas.

CQUniversity is a leading research university. Make breakthroughs in your field. Study in vibrant, technologically driven and collaborative spaces including onsite training facilities, library hubs, sports precincts, performance studios, engineering precincts, medical clinics, forensic crash labs and aviation hangars.

CQUniversity is globally connected, consistently ranked and a leader in graduate employment success. Our graduates find employment fast and earn more than the national average. Maximise your job prospects with standout internships and work placement opportunities.

Our four dedicated CQUEnglish delivery sites help English language students develop their skills in a supportive and friendly environment with pathways into our degree courses.

Study at a time that is right for you with three intakes per year. You can even earn your recognised Australian degree online in your home country at your own pace.

CQUniversity is committed to making a difference and transforming the world through social innovation. You can combine travel and study with our CQUGlobal Study Abroad programs or go overseas and study with one of our partner institutions.

Embrace university life and live in our safe, secure residences just a short walk from classes. Our extensive student support ranges from academic advice, career counselling, and welfare, as well as student leadership programs.

Join our community of growing minds. Make your mark and be what you want to be. Welcome to CQUniversity Australia.

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, and we have a campus in every major Australian city. This means 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 and may not be available for all courses and campuses.

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 couple of months before the start of term. For example, if you would like to apply for Term 1, 2024, please submit your application by 31 December, 2023. 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

2023 tuition fee: A$9740 per term

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 2023, the tuition fee is A$445 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.