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Australian Catholic University


The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is world renowned for the quality of its teaching and research. It is ranked as the number one Catholic university and is in the top 80 universities in the Asia-Pacific region (Times Higher Education). ACU is ranked within the top 3% of universities across the globe and is a top young university.

With seven campuses across Australia and a campus in Rome, the university is ideally placed to provide an excellent education. This is reflected by the high level of student satisfaction, which places ACU in the top ten in Australia. Research at ACU, evaluated by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), is rated well above world-class in a significant number of areas.

ACU prides itself on providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for international students. ACU’s multicultural campus is indicative of the diversity of the student community. The university is highly regarded by students having been awarded five stars for the overall student experience, student skills development and the engagement of learners.

ACU is aware of the need to prepare students for the world of work and employment after graduation. The university actively engages with industry and provides students with the opportunity for work experience, internships, hands-on-experience and volunteer work. This has seen ACU rank in the top three universities in Australia for graduate employment by the Federal Government’s Graduate Outcomes Survey. The ACU CareerHub forms part of ACU’s innovative careers service which aims to connect graduates and students with potential employers, including advertising vacancies.

Students have the opportunity to experience a vibrant and exciting life at ACU. With everything from guitar lessons to sport, students will never be short of activities to get involved in. Participation in extra-curricular activities gives students the ideal chance to socialise and meet new friends.

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The ACU Career Development Service supports students and graduates by providing a comprehensive range of services.

Careers staff are located across all ACU campuses and are involved in careers development learning, from first year through to graduation and beyond. Graduates of Australian Catholic University can access the careers support offered by the university for about two years’ after they complete their studies.

Key services offered include:

  • ACU CareerHub which is an online portal providing students with appointment bookings, job opportunities, and event information.
  • General as well as course-specific career programmes and workshops.
  • Direct, skype and phone appointments as well as online career advice.
  • Employer connection and events.
  • Student Jobs on Campus (SJC) that offers students the opportunity to undertake employment with pay across the ACU campuses while finishing their studies.

Australian Catholic University offers study options across a number of faculties:

Faculty of Education and Arts

Australian Catholic University’s Faculty of Education and Arts includes the National School of Arts and National School of Education. An important producer of new teachers in Australia, the Faculty of Education and Arts attracts students who seek to tackle the complex issues in fields such as education, youth work, global studies, media, communications and design.

Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences is Australian Catholic University’s largest faculty and a leading producer of nurses, midwives as well as paramedics in Australia. It comprises of three schools – Behavioural and Health Sciences, Allied Health, as well as Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine – focussing on innovation, excellence, and impact on the community, across all the study areas.

Faculty of Law and Business

By emphasising social, ethical, as well as environmental duties within legal and commercial systems, the Faculty of Law and Business celebrates the sustainable success with a human touch. The faculty’s Thomas More Law School and Peter Faber Business School deliver courses including law, accounting, finance, human resources, and marketing.

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

The university’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy ranks across the world for divinity and religious studies, as well as theology. Students learn to combine new skills with a sense of ethics as well as a thirst for truth and knowledge. The faculty is home to the School of Theology and School of Philosophy, and also provides professional consulting services to various Catholic organisations.

New campus for ACU in Sydney’s West

Blacktown City Council in partnership with Australian Catholic University (ACU) announced in March 2019 plans to build a university campus in the Blacktown CBD, which is scheduled to receive the first student enrolments in 2020.

ACU’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven said, “By 2036 half of Sydney’s population will live in Western Sydney yet currently only 18 per cent of university places are in the area”.

He added, “An ACU campus in Blacktown will stand at the cultural and geographical heart of the community. We will strive to serve Blacktown’s diverse local student body by providing innovative, quality higher education courses as well as state-of-the-art physical spaces for study, recreation and reflection.”

Excellence in Research at ACU

In the recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018, all of ACU’s research was recognised as meeting or exceeding world standard by the Australian Research Council.

ACU was ranked equal first for ten fields of research in the country:

  • Clinical Sciences
  • Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Nursing
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Specialist Studies in Education
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Religious Studies

ACU ranked 101–200 in THE Impact Rankings

ACU is among the top 101–200 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. The rankings measure the impact of the university on the society, in line with the university’s success in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ACU proved excellence in the following SDGs:

  • SDG 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing: 25 globally
  • SDG 4 – Quality Education: 40 globally
  • SDG 5 – Gender Equality: 55 globally
  • SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth: 58 globally

All of the courses and assessments offered at the Australian Catholic University are delivered in English. It is mandatory for students to demonstrate their English language proficiency to the university and in order to make the most of their studies.

If English is the students’ first language, they must finish their last year of Australian schooling (Year 12), or its alternative equivalent qualification.

If English is not the students’ first language, they will need to demonstrate their proficiency with evidence, including a recent assessment, qualification or test.

This assessment, qualification or test result provided by students must be completed within two years prior to the commencement of studies at ACU.

English language proficiency requirements

Students who wish to apply to ACU can undertake the following English language proficiency assessments:

  • ACU English Test
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)