About the institution
Central Queensland University (CQU) has a great reputation across Australia. It’s a large, welcoming institution with over 20 locations across the country and a place where domestic and international students can feel supported and at home in no time. All of the research and learning at CQU is designed to help students make a real impact in the world after they graduate. It has a strong community focus, and lots of its research groups are focused on the climate crisis and eco-friendly solutions.
There are currently 35,000 students enrolled at the university across over 300 courses and programmes. Study options include a fully flexible online programme. Tutors and lecturers apply the same level of quality, attention, and care to that learning model as they do on campus, so students can study in the way that suits them best and helps them produce their best work.
Students from over 80 different countries in the world enrol at CQU to benefit from excellent teaching quality and resources. They can also get the best of large Australian city communities and quiet regional life. Campuses in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide connect students with the city, while campuses like Rockhampton and Mackay connect them with the country.
CQU is ranked in the top two per cent of universities globally for graduate employment, so it’s clear that the skills students learn at the institution make them stand out to their employers. Students aren’t just given what they need to get a degree, they’re also prepared for the working world and made as employable as possible.
There are lots of scholarship options available at CQU to domestic and international students. There are also many student support services for mental, physical, financial, and academic assistance. Plus, the many CQU student clubs and societies are great places to make friends and create connections. At CQU, people enjoy every part of student life; curricular and extracurricular.
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Scholarships & funding
CQU has one of the best reputations for teaching quality in Australia. It’s currently 801st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 651st in the QS World University Rankings. Teaching at the university is supportive and research-based. It’s all focused on sharing accurate knowledge and professional skills that can be taken into the world of work.
CQU academics are regularly recognised and rewarded for their commitments to teaching quality. In early 2022, many teachers at CQU received Australian Awards for University Teaching. Across over 300 courses and six core subject areas, the university bases its teaching on these five principles:
- A can-do attitude (rising to challenges and approaching things with positivity)
Whether students are working toward certificates, diplomas, undergraduate degrees or postgraduate degrees, they can expect the same high-quality teaching. The university also has decades of distance and online learning experience, so students don’t need to be on campus to get the best education. Standards don’t drop for digital learners.
All the courses and programmes on offer at CQU have different entry requirements. Those requirements can include specific qualifications and subjects relevant to that course. However, there are also general university requirements that all international students must meet (including some country-specific requirements that students should fully research ahead of applying).
The university entry requirements are different depending on the level the applicant is studying at. For undergraduate admission, students must have completed Australian Year 12 education or the equivalent in their home country/country of study. For a diploma, they must have completed the equivalent of Year 12 or have an AQF Certificate IV (or the equivalent).
Whether they’re studying via the coursework pathway or the research pathway, postgraduate applicants will need previous university qualifications (usually at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject with the equivalent to the Australian pass grade in the final two exams). Research pathway applicants will also need to find a research supervisor.
The student handbook is available on the CQU website for students to check the specific requirements for the course they wish to study. It is vital that students do this before applying to avoid disappointment, and it’s also a good place to find the list of equivalent qualifications for international applicants.
English Score Required
As well as the right level of qualification, all international students will need to be able to prove they have a good understanding of the English language when they apply. All the courses at CQU are taught in English. There are general English language entry requirements, but some courses ask for different scores.
The scores must be from the last two years, or they won’t be valid, and the university accepts several English language testing methods, including the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum scores for each test, at each level of study, are:
- Foundation/diploma level courses require an IELTS overall band score of 5.5 with no individual band scores below 5, or a TOEFL score of at least 65 with no individual section score below 15.
- Undergraduate/postgraduate coursework and study abroad courses require an IELTS overall band score of 6 with no individual band scores below 5.5, or a TOEFL score of at least 75 with no individual section score below 17.
- Postgraduate research courses including PhD pathway courses require an IELTS overall band score of 6 with no individual band scores below 5.5, or a TOEFL score of 79 with no individual section score below 21.
There are some circumstances that will mean students won’t have to prove their English language skill. For example, if English is their first language or they previously studied at a school that teaches in English for at least four consecutive years. The university also has many English language centres to support students with their language skills.
Travelling to Australia as an international student can seem like a scary task. CQU aims to take that fear away and make it as easy as possible. The admission process is made simple by the university’s iStart function, and all international applicants are supported along the way.
The iStart function guides applicants through the student admission process step by step. Once they’ve gained entry to the university, they’ll need to complete their enrolment at the university campus. They’ll also need a valid Australian study visa, which they can get once they have confirmation of enrolment.
Processing times for visas can change depending on a student’s country of origin. The Department of Home Affairs in Australia suggests that students apply for a visa no later than six weeks before their studies begin. As well as a student visa, there is a range of supporting documentation that all international students will need to provide, including:
- Their valid passport
- Their student admission letter
- Confirmation of their enrolment
- Receipts of their payments (usually of tuition fees or a bank statement)
- Their insurance policies
- Original copies of their academic qualifications and transcripts
- Other personal documents, such as an ID card and birth certificate
- Any of their medical records that are relevant/requested
- Their CAAW (if a student is under 18)
- The address of their desired accommodation
- Their emergency contact details
International students must have Overseas Student Health Cover for the whole time they are studying. This insures them and provides access to public hospitals and health services in Australia. Generally, the university prefers students to apply via Allianz Care Australia. Also, all international students are required to register as full fee-paying students for university admission. The fees for undergraduate and postgraduate studies can range from AUD 8,000 to AUD 36,000 per year.
CQU understands that studying and living in Australia can be expensive for international students, and it wants to make its institution as accessible to brilliant minds as possible. Every year, it spends AUD 20 million on scholarships, investing in students and helping them to cover fees. These university scholarships are brilliant opportunities for domestic and overseas CQU applicants/students.
The biggest scholarship for overseas students is likely the International Student Scholarship. It’s available to all first-year international students at any level of study if they’re based at a CQU campus (and not studying online). No minimum GPA score is needed for students to be eligible. The award offers a waiver of 25 per cent on tuition fees. Students must apply and include all the necessary documents in their application, including academic transcripts.
CQU also takes part in the Australia Awards Scholarships programme. These scholarships give funding support to students from poorer economic backgrounds, and they’re available to postgraduates and undergraduates. To keep receiving the scholarship annually once it’s been awarded, however, students will need to keep up a GPA of 4 in each unit.
Some awards and grants are offered by the Australian government, like the Destination Australia awards and the Research Training Programme (RTP) Stipend Scholarship. A Destination Australia scholarship is available to any new student studying and living in regional Australia, and it covers funding of AUD 15,000 each academic year. An RTP Stipend Scholarship is available to postgraduate research students, awarding up to AUD 28,854 annually to just two students each academic year.
CQU is one of the largest institutions in Australia, with a campus in most of the mainland states. There are many courses on offer, and each student and staff member at the university has access to excellent technology, learning facilities and learning resources. CQU courses, at all levels of study, are organised into eight core schools/colleges across its many sites:
- The College of Trades
- The School of Access Education
- The School of Business and Law
- The School of Education and the Arts
- The School of Engineering and Technology
- The School of Graduate Research
- The School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
- The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
There are also several university management departments, from Business Performance to Corporate Strategy and Planning to Facility Management. Each department is focused on constantly improving the student experience, and a lot of input is taken from students about how things should be structured and run at CQU.
Many fantastic research centres, groups and affiliations are available to CQU students, from the Appleton Institute to the Physical Activity Research Group. Lots of CQU’s research centres are designed to have a positive social and environmental impact, like the Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre and the Emergency Response and Innovation Centre.
The services and facilities on offer at CQU are amazing. Whether students need academic support, quiet and private learning spaces, or fun extracurricular activity options, they can find it all on a busy, friendly CQU campus. Every campus is its own exciting student life centre.
Each CQU lecture theatre can hold up to 480 people, perfect for large classes and guest lectures from industry experts. There is also a range of smaller teaching rooms for collaborative work. Every learning space at CQU is air-conditioned and equipped with modern technology to improve the educational experience for the students. The CQU libraries give students access to all the books and e-resources they need, as well as access to printers, photocopiers, open study areas and bookable study rooms.
Outside of the classroom, there are lots of clubs and societies available, all listed on the MyCQU app. There are also some great food and drink facilities on campus, ideal student life centres for socialising and relaxing between classes. Plus, students who want to stay active can benefit from the use of a full student recreation centre. The Community Sports Centre has full gym facilities and tennis courts, personal fitness classes every week, and social sports events.
There are also lots of different on-campus accommodation options available at CQU to domestic and international students. These options are managed and organised by the university to make the student experience as safe, convenient, and enjoyable as possible.
There are many kinds of accommodation at CQU, including a range of on-campus student accommodation options, some off-campus long-term options and international student access to the Homestay programme. This programme connects a person with a local host family and gives them a real experience of Australian culture and life.
The main on-campus university accommodation options for international students are on the Mackay Ooralea Campus and the Rockhampton North Campus. In both places, students can stay in private rooms in an apartment block with modern facilities.
It’s also very possible to find good, reasonably priced off-campus accommodation close to the CQU site where a student will be learning. Shared student house options are often posted in local newspapers and on student information boards. The average price of student rent in Melbourne, as an example, is AUD 430 weekly (not including other bills and expenses). If students ever struggle with their accommodation search, they can receive a lot of help and support from the university’s expert accommodation advisors.
CQU never wants any of its students to feel alone. Its student support programme contains lots of helpful student services, and international students can benefit from all of them. If students need support with any academic or procedural issues, for example, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) and the Student Ombudsman are their best options. The ALC can give students study materials and academic advice. The Student Ombudsman can help resolve any policy/application issues.
The Welfare Support team gives CQU students access to private counselling sessions with a qualified student guide, as well as religious services and disability services. They also host student mentor and leadership programmes to help people improve their confidence and grow their leadership skills.
The Student Representative Council (SRC) is open to all students as another valuable form of student support. It’s an organisation created to represent student concerns and speak up to the faculty and management staff about student issues. Because the SRC exists, students can be confident that equality and fairness are the standards on every campus.
Finally, there is a dedicated International Student Support Department. Through this department, lots of different international student support services are available, including accommodation advice, visa guidance and help to settle into student life in Australia. No student at CQU, domestic or international, ever needs to feel unheard. There’s always a place to go with a concern or an issue, whether it’s academic, financial, emotional, or physical.
CQU is ranked in the global top 500 for graduate employability, according to the QS World University Rankings. It also has a graduate employment rate of 76.7 per cent and an employer-student connections rate of 56.1 per cent. Its reputation in Australia and the wider world is excellent, and it’s only getting stronger over time. There is now a CQU alumni network of over 115,000 graduates spread across the world, and new success stories are constantly being written.
Whether students are studying engineering or creative arts, they’ll have the opportunity to set themselves up for a successful career. They’ll be given important practical and professional skills in the classroom that boost their employability, and they’ll also have access to some of Australia’s best career services.
There are many, many employment services and career guidance options at CQU. International students can get help with exploring their career options, gaining industry experience, applying for jobs, writing their CVs and cover letters and anything else they require along the way.
CQU’s Resume Doctor service provides quick feedback and analysis of CVs and cover letters. The university Career Toolkit offers tips, resources, and downloadable career guides. The CQU Career Connection service pairs a student with an alumnus who can give them valuable guidance and advice relevant to their field of study. The Career Hub advertises graduate jobs, internships, and work placement opportunities.
It’s no surprise that CQU has one of the best graduate employment rates in Australia. Its employer reputation is growing, and the fact that the university is based in more than 20 locations gives students a very wide range of job prospects across Australia. For any student who wants to enjoy student life in Australia and get a high-quality education with strong post-graduation career options, it’s hard to think of a better option than CQU.
Rockhampton City Campus
114-190 Canning Street
44 Greenhill Road
160 Ann Street
6 University Drive