A view across Sydney harbor

University Study in Australia: Australian Catholic University

  1. Program Details

    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.

    Location Brisbane, Melbourne, & Sydney, Australia
    Term Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.9 for Nursing track students, 2.5 for all others
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About University Study in Australia: Australian Catholic University

    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.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    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)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

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

    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Fall late July - late November (mid December for Nursing) Apr. 1
    Spring late February - late June Nov. 1

    *If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials by the following business day.

    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 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for University Study in Australia: Australian Catholic University

    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.

  6. Prepare

    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:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Dates page for term options
    Program Name University Study in Australia: Australian Catholic University
    Track Name See Academics page for track options
    Country Australia


    This program will require additional approval steps for Spring 2021 due to COVID19. Connect with your LAC program contact for more information.

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    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. 

  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, write to

    Ryan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373.

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.