Online study for international students

We believe education transcends physical boundaries. With our innovative and flexible online learning environments, there's never been easier to get a qualification, further your study or upskill to get ahead in your careers – all online.

Quick Glance

There are many benefits of studying online:

  • graduate with the same qualification
  • flexible study load (part-time or full-time)
  • professional recognition will not be affected
  • 24/7 access to online learning tools and study materials
  • shape your studies around your lifestyle and existing commitments
  • if you choose 100% online, no student visa is required and you could save A$24 505 per year on living expenses as advised by the Department of Home Affairs.

Explore how online study works at CQUniversity.

Why CQUniversity

Our reputation as a leader in online delivery backed by our decades of experience means your online study experience will be one of the best there is.

We offer hundreds of units and courses online spanning many fields such as allied health, accounting, business, digital media, engineering, health, information technology/systems, medical science, psychology and safety science. These courses are reviewed regularly so they stay current and in line with industry practices and online trends.

Online + Residential Schools

Some online courses have compulsory residential schools or similar. A residential school involves a period of time that you must spend onshore in Australia to fulfil a practical experience requirement of your course, either on a CQU campus or at a CQU nominated location. 

We are proud of our strong history in delivering online education. Over the years, we continue to evolve our online offerings and online learning capability so students anywhere in the world can gain a world-class Australian qualification from their home country.

Our dedication to education innovation also allowed us to develop Be Different, which offers 100% online postgraduate degrees for professionals and independent learners. 

We utilise advanced online learning technologies including Moodle learning management system, Zoom video conferencing for meetings and online live classrooms, and other online tools to maximise staff and student interaction. Our online learning capability boosted when we migrated the Moodle learning management system to cloud infrastructure, resulting in a much faster and responsive web experience and consistent user experience for our students.

During a real-time lecture, you can use digital tools to ask a question or participate in a discussion, as you would in a physical classroom. Our library expanded its digital reach of services and collections, enabling increased student access regardless of location. Online video Ask-a-Librarian consultation sessions for students are also available to complement services offered in library spaces.

An extensive range of virtual support systems is available to you, including but not limited to the following:

  • extensive electronic library resource collections (over 500 000 eBooks and electronic database collections)
  • online or hard copy study materials
  • recorded lectures
  • study groups and online discussion forums
  • weekend or online orientation sessions
  • access to lecturers and experienced online education mentors.

Our Orientation Online platform is driven by short-form video content, featuring real CQUniversity students and employees advising students on key information such as navigating CQUniversity systems, participating in student mentoring, acquiring study skills, and accessing student support.

Our friendly team at the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) also provides online support through workshops, review of assignments, quick online query and one-on-one consultations with an adviser via Zoom. The ALC also offers resources in a few discipline areas on the ALC Moodle site, such as academic communication, computing, mathematics and statistics and science. Get a comprehensive overview of the ALC services.

We offer three terms per year: Term 1 in March, Term 2 in July and non-compulsory Term 3 in November. A number of courses also have three intakes which gives you the added flexibility of starting at a time that suits you best. Many of our students have chosen to study in the non-compulsory Term 3 to fast-track their studies and get ahead sooner.

Take a closer look at our online study platforms.


At CQUniversity, we have a long and strong history of providing online education.

In fact, we are one of the first Australian universities to offer flexible, online courses, delivering the same quality education and services that our on-campus students receive.

Regardless of where you live in the world, you can still access a world-class Australian qualification that is recognised worldwide, all from the comfort of your own home.

You’ll benefit from flexible study load, three terms per year, plus more.

If online study is new to you, don’t worry! We’re here to help.

You will need a few things to study online.

Our students have access to a range of free and discounted software and downloads.

Our goal is to make your online learning experience as seamless as possible.

Our academics work closely with industry to ensure our course content is up to date, so you have a relevant, engaging and enriching experience.

There are two online spaces where you’ll be spending most of your time.

Let’s take a closer look.

Moodle is our online learning environment – and is mobile friendly.

You will find the experience and activities change for each unit.

It’s here that your teaching team will schedule online tutorials, upload lecture videos, expect you to participate in discussions, and more.

Zoom video conferencing is used for meetings and online live classrooms.

If Zoom has been used to present a lecture, you can access the teaching material at a time that best suits you and replay anything you may have missed.

Feedback will be provided for each assessment and this is an opportunity to learn and apply that learning to your next piece of work.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure about how to apply feedback in future.

You will have access to all support services.

From our Academic Learning Centre and Ask-a-Librarian consultations to careers advice and IT help.

If you find yourself feeling lost, stressed or need help with technical issues, we’re a phone call, click or email away.

There are many benefits of online learning.

As a student, you will learn a lot about time management, motivation, and being an independent learner.

These are all highly desired attributes for employers.

No matter where in the world you are, you can study online with confidence at CQUniversity.

Student Life of Carlos Ocampo


My name is Carlos Alberto Bravo Ocampo. I come from Bogota, which is the capital city of Colombia, my country. And currently I study my Master Degree in Human Resource Management. I chose Australia because of its economic development, also because of its multiculturalism and good academic performance.
I decided to study at CQUni because the university has a good position in the world universities ranking. Also the academic staff who are well qualified help us to develop all our academic skills that will help us to achieve all our commitments.  Arriving to Australia is a quite huge challenge. Adapting to a new language was very difficult. However, the university has different programs to improve your skills and to help you feel well.
Now it's much better to me.I got a scholarship at Central Queensland University because of my high performance in my bachelor's degree. Now I can study and afford all my expenses here thanks to the University. The University has different programs of sports, culture and hobbies that everyone can join. The Campus Life Committee, CLC, basically strive to improve the life quality of the students in academic and non-academic rewards. The University has different facilities that help you to develop your academic performance. We have the library, we have the computer labs, we have all the spaces to do our hobbies and get rid of some stress.
My favourite place in the University is definitely the library. There, I can make all my research. Also there you can find laptops and the academic stuff is going to help you to make all your research.
Also, when we are stressed, we can have fun in the student lounge. There, we can play ping pong, mingle with friends or play FIFA.
The best thing of Central Queensland University is the diversity. When you study with people from different parts of the world, you'll start to develop your own skills like time management, tolerance and you broaden your scope how to see people. It's fantastic. You can learn from all the cultures in only one place. It's located just in the heart of the CBD, that's why it's so accessible for students that live all around the city.
Melbourne is one of the best cities to live in the world. I think it's because of the multiculturalism, the architecture, the restaurant that you can find food from everywhere also. The natural spaces that are around the city like beaches or natural parks are very good to students that want to enjoy their free time.
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    I was very satisfied with what I learned and enjoyed improving my essay writing. My teachers were in touch the whole time and were very supportive. I feel ready and motivated for further education in my chosen field. I would recommend CQU to others who want to upgrade themselves.

    Daniela Ilievska

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