Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University is a dynamic institution known for its teaching quality and research, and mission to empower students with the skills to positively impact the world.

Top reasons to study here

  • As a Catholic university, we’re guided by clear values.
  • We have seven campuses across Australia and a campus in Rome, placing students at the centre of a vibrant network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities.
  • We offer over 30,000 tailored work integrated learning opportunities each year, allowing students to develop their skills through placements and internships.

Bachelor's programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



Australian Catholic University (ACU) was opened on 1 January 1991 following the amalgamation of four Catholic tertiary institutions in eastern Australia:

  • Catholic College of Education Sydney in New South Wales
  • Institute of Catholic Education in Victoria 
  • McAuley College of Queensland
  • Signadou College of Education in the Australian Capital Territory.


Study isn't just about learning. It's also about contributing to a greater purpose. Crafting a meaningful career. Making an impact, for good.

Our courses will equip you to make today's ambitions tomorrow's reality. All you need to do is bring your curiosity, your desire to make an impact, and your past experiences. We'll supply the strong industry ties, a focus on practical learning, and a commitment to helping you develop as a whole person.


At ACU, our research and enterprise activities embrace the full life cycle of research, from knowledge creation to its translation and application towards real world outcomes that provide social, cultural and economic benefit.


We’re the university of choice for the new generation choosing to serve others. Connect with the next cohort through our Career Development Service. Share a job or placement opportunity with our students, check student qualifications, and see why recruiting from ACU is a move for good.

Our students see the world differently, looking past short-term gratification to focus on lasting, positive impact. Their future is bright. And you can give them their first big chance to shine.  

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University Ranking

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Student services

If you are an international student and are unsure where to go for assistance, we can point you in the right direction.

Housing services

  • Located in Camperdown, just a short walk from vibrant Newtown, the Miguel Cordero Residence offers plenty of free social events and is only a short commute from our Strathfield and North Sydney campuses.
  • Make Canberra your home in our safe, fully furnished accommodation. Located close to our Canberra campus, you’ll have easy access to shops, fitness facilities and free social events.
  • Our Ballarat residences offer a variety of different accommodation options to suit your needs. Whichever you choose, you’ll have easy access to parks, sporting grounds, the university and free social events.

Library services

One of your greatest assets in your quest for scholarly success is getting to know your library. Whether you’re browsing our online databases on a laptop at home or searching the stacks for that book you need, our campus libraries are powerful tools for teaching, learning and research.

ICT services

IT support staff are available in the library for students who are experiencing IT issues on campus. IT staff are usually only available Monday to Friday during the semester. Drop in times may vary. 

Medical services

ACU has two on-campus medical centres in Brisbane and Melbourne. They offer comprehensive, high-quality healthcare services to ACU students, staff and the local community.

Key services

  • General medicine
  • Drug and alcohol-related issues
  • Immunisations
  • Men's health
  • Referrals
  • Sexual health
  • Skin checks

Student Life

Campus life

  • Ballarat

  • Blacktown
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
  • Strathfield

Sports facilities

  • At all of our campuses, you’ll be able to play sport with other students. You can start your own club or join an established one. Netball, touch football, men’s and women’s AFL and rugby 7s are just some of the sports played across the University.

Student clubs

Make new friends, build confidence and develop your leadership skills by getting involved in campus life. Once you become a student, you'll be able to start a club, sign up for a weekly activity or join your local and national student association.

Student Reviews

I love the university
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I found it difficult from the beginning to adapt the system.

If it wasn’t for COVID, ACU would’ve been an amazing university.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

There was no help when COVID hit and us Victorians were in lockdown for 8+ months. Placements were cancelled and the university didn’t help us at all.

I found my purpose.
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

My experience was a good one. The relevant information related to my course of study was shared accordingly. The university made me to know more about the course, they made me love and choose Education as a career path and through it, I want to learn more and put it into practice. Thanks to the university, I was able to graduate with good grades and good behaviour. They...

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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