Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Australian Catholic University (ACU) is one of the fastest growing and affordable universities in Australia. We are a publicly-funded, world-ranked university and we warmly welcome students and staff of all beliefs. We are home to more than 34,000 students from 103 countries and offer a culturally diverse and enriching learning environment.

Established from Catholic tertiary institutions, we have been teaching since the mid-19th Century and are now connected with more than 200 universities and educational institutions around the world.

We are a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Our culture of research excellence is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts global experts, students and collaborators from across the globe.

Our community engagement program adds a greater purpose to your education and asks you to harness your learning for the benefit of those around you. Your ACU qualification shows employers that you have valuable real-world experience thanks to professional placements, volunteer experiences and study abroad opportunities. You will achieve success both during your time at ACU and upon graduating, by joining our 100,000 strong alumni community.

Our Location

Our campuses are located in Adelaide,1 Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney (Blacktown, North Sydney and Strathfield) and Rome, Italy, offering you the opportunity to transfer between campuses and broaden your university experience.


  • Top 300 University worldwide2
  • Top 2% of all universities worldwide3
  • Top 80 Universities in the Asia-Pacific4
  • Top 40 Generation Y Universities5
  • Top 70 Young Universities6
  • Top 10 Catholic Universities7

Student Services

We have extensive experience in the support of international students, and our support begins from the moment you arrive in Australia with our airport pick-up service.

We have a dedicated team of International Student Advisers (ISAs) who can provide information on enrolment, accommodation, finance and student visas. Qualified counsellors are available at each

campus to offer free and confidential advice. Career development services and career advisers are available on each campus to assist you with personal career goals.Courses

We offer over 120 undergraduate and postgraduate courses from education and arts, law and business, health sciences, and theology and philosophy as well as English language and pathway programs. You can search our courses.

We offer excellent degree programs in a number of disciplines. These include:

  • allied health
  • business
  • creative arts
  • global studies and international development
  • humanities and social sciences
  • information technology
  • law
  • nursing
  • nutrition and biomedical science
  • philosophy
  • professional education
  • psychology
  • public health and administration
  • sport and exercise science
  • teaching
  • theology
  • youth work and community development.


1 Adelaide Campus currently not available to international students.
2 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021
3 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. Percentage calculated as ACU's world rank as a proportion of the total number.
4 Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019.
5 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019, where “young universities” are defined to be less than 50 years old and “Generation Y universities” are universities established between 1986 and 1999.
6 Based on International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) members ranked on Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
7 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Subject Rankings 2020
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