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University Study in Australia: Australian Catholic University

Asia & Oceania
LAC Program

ACU is a public institution with campuses in Australia's three largest cities. Study a wide range of subjects including health sciences, education, and the arts.


COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2022 due to COVID-19.

Program Details

Brisbane, Melbourne, & Sydney, Australia
Fall Semester
Calendar Year
Spring Semester
Credit Type
Resident Credit
Learning Abroad Center

Program Eligibility

2.9 for Nursing track students, 2.5 for all others
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Language Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite


Australia's varied landscape, cultural diversity, and rich history offer something for everyone. If you are looking for beach or desert, bustling cities or quaint towns, Australia has it. Sydney is a fast-paced cosmopolitan city set around one of the world's most beautiful harbors. Close to countless stunning beaches, including the famous Bondi Beach, Sydney is bursting with exciting attractions and opportunities.

Australian Catholic University is Australia's fastest-growing university, with over 33,000 across seven campuses. While ACU began as an institution catering to the helping professions (health sciences and education), it currently offers classes across most subjects and disciplines. 

Housing & Meals

Most housing is offered in student apartments and dorms in central Sydney, a short train ride from ACU's main campus. Housing is guaranteed for students who apply by the deadline, though you may not necessarily get your top choice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Augment cross-cultural understanding through interaction with Australian and international students and community members
  • Experience Australian and international perspectives on academic disciplines through direct enrollment at the Australian host university
  • Enhance intentionality through independent, though supported, living and learning opportunities. 

Faculty & Staff

Australian Catholic University has staff available to provide orientation, on-site support, and advising to help you adjust to a new educational system and integrate into campus life.

Program Structure

Program Level
Lower- and upper-division classes available.

Full-time enrollment on this program is 16–17 UofM credits.




Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.

Other academic information—as well as program dates, housing options, and special classes—can be found at ACU's main study abroad page.

Nursing BSN Track

BSN students in their senior year can study at ACU and fulfill requirements of the BSN.  Nursing students take a specialized 12-credit block of classes at ACU, replacing NURS 4701, NURS 4703, NURS 4704, and any 4-credit elective classes from ACU's regular class catalog. This other class can fulfill LibEd requirements, minor requirements, etc.

Students apply during their junior year for study Fall semester of senior year.  Good standing in the BSN program is required.  Students should work with their SoN academic adviser well in advance of participation, as early planning is required.  Practicum placements at ACU are limited, and spaces may be competitive depending on the number of applicants.

Global Identity

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

Program Dates

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

Orientation Dates & Locations

Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

Term Abroad Date/Time Location

Fall 2021

Program cancelled due to COVID-19

Schedule Date
Program Start Late July
Program End (Non-Nursing) Late November
Program End (Nursing) Mid-December

Spring 2022

Program cancelled due to COVID-19

Schedule Date
Program Start Late February
Program End (Non-Nursing) Late June


Fall 2021 (TBD)

The Total Program Fee reflects the host university’s international tuition rate converted into US dollars, plus the Learning Abroad Center’s APAAC ($2050 per semester) and required UofM international health insurance.

Upon acceptance to ACU, in order to obtain the student visa you will need to pay roughly $400 USD directly to ACU to cover student service fees and their required Overseas Student Health Coverage. 

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

Check out the Australian Embassy's search engine for scholarships for study at an Australian university.

Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Bridging Loan

Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible student.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

Fall 2021


Complete pre-application advising.

Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:


The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved by the FDA and has been added to the list of required vaccinations for study abroad. We encourage you to complete your COVID-19 vaccine immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process. 

Program Contact

For further information or questions about this program, write to

Ryan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373