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Loyola Exchange-Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Brisbane, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Year (Sp/Fall)
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Fall
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Required GPA:
Minimum Class Standing:
2 Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Loyola Scholarships:
Yes, if exchange. No, if study abroad.
Chance of Exchange Placement:
Exchange Closed - Study Abroad Option Only
Program Description:
Sydney Opera House

Australian Catholic University

Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia

University Highlights
  • Study at one of 4 campuses in 3 different Australian cities
  • Live and learn with Aussies!

The University and Location

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a publicly-funded Catholic institution with 30,000 students spread across six campuses in five different Australian cities. International students primarily study on campuses in the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The majority of international students study at the Mackillop campus in North Sydney. ACU offers Loyola students courses in a broad range of fields, including business, science, and art and design. Loyola students study alongside national students to experience Australian culture to the fullest extent.

Which campus is yours?:

ACU North Sydney – A five-minute train ride over the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge from Sydney’s city center, this friendly, multicultural MacKillop campus hosts a student body of 3,600 with the largest population of international students.

ACU Strathfield – With a student population of 5,300, this historic Mount St. Mary campus is situated in Strathfield, one of Sydney’s older suburbs. It is a 20-minute train ride or an 8-minute shuttle trip from Sydney’s city center.

Outside SydneyACU Brisbane – The spacious Mcauley campus is home to 4,500 students. Situated in a suburb named Banyo, it is 7 miles from the center of Brisbane, Australia’s fastest growing city known for it’s coastline and sunny blue skies.

ACU Melbourne – St Patrick’s campus hosts 7,200 students in Melbourne, a vibrant metropolis known as a cultural melting pot. Set on the fringe of Melbourne’s CBD, the modern campus is a easy walking distance from many of the city’s popular destinations.


Loyola students who meet all of the necessary pre-requisites will be able to enroll in classes from any of the four ACU Faculties. A list of the Faculties and specific courses (called “units”) offered can be found here. Descriptions of individual units can be found by clicking here. Click on a subject, then on the degree (i.e. Bachelor of Digital Media). Under the degree description for "International Students" tab, click on "Deferment, Credit points & Course units" then click on "Schedule of Unit Offerings" to see specific class descriptions.  

Click here to see subjects offered at each campus

Credits and Grading
Loyola students will take 30-40 credit points (12–16 Loyola credits). The average course load is 3-4 courses per semester. 
The following grade conversion chart is approximate:
Canberra Lake
Australian Grade   Loyola Grade
85 - 100%   A+
75 - 84%   A
65 – 74%   B
50 – 64%   C
0 – 49%   F


Academic Calendar
Fall Semester (Semester 2): End of July – end of November
Spring Semester (Semester 1): February – end of June
The international student enrollment and orientation takes place for a couple of weeks before the beginning of the regular semester. All students are required to participate. To learn more, go the ACU International Website below. Then select Arrival, orientation and enrollment then Orientation to learn more.

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Finances and Budgeting
Please refer to the BUDGET SHEET. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of fall.
Housing and Meals
Loyola students attending ACU live in rentals, homestays, or student accommodation. Options depend on the campus students are attending. To learn more about your options, go to the ACU International Website below. Then select Living in Australia, then Accommodation.

Visa RegulationsBrisbane Campus- ACU
ACU Student Visa Page
ISEP Overview of Australian Visa
Australian Government Visa Website

Useful Links
ACU International Website
ISEP Australia Country Handbook

US State Department: Australia Travel Guide
last update 7/27/2017

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/01/2017
Rolling Admission 02/10/2018 06/24/2018
NOTE: Orientation: Feb 12. Classes start: Feb 26. End of exam period: June 24.
Year 2018-2019 12/01/2017
12/01/2017 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 01/26/2018
Rolling Admission 07/22/2018 11/26/2018
NOTE: International orientation starts July 23. Classes start July 30. End of semester is November 25.
Spring 2019 03/01/2018
03/01/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.