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Australian Catholic University

ACU International Student Scholarship

Get a financial head start with an ACU International Student Scholarship (ISS). The merit-based scholarship is open to commencing international undergraduate or postgraduate students and covers 50% of tuition fees for the duration of the course for successful recipients. For further information on eligibility requirements, documentation and opening/closing dates please visit the website here.

About Australian Catholic University

At ACU, we’re a university unlike any other. Large enough to make our mark on the world, but small enough that you’ll feel part of the ACU family. Driven by the Catholic intellectual tradition but welcoming of people from all cultures and faiths. When you choose ACU, you’ll be choosing more than just a university qualification from an overseas university. You’ll be choosing a place to call home.

We may have started small, but today, we’re one of the fastest growing universities in Australia. We have more than 35,000 students from more than 100 countries, and over 2,300 highly qualified staff who are committed to ACU’s unique approach to education.

It’s not just our staff and student numbers that are growing, either. We recently opened a new campus in Rome, Italy, which sits alongside our seven Australian campuses in Adelaide†, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (Strathfield and North Sydney) and shortly a new upcoming campus in Blacktown (Sydney, NSW). With international placements available for students in all faculties, the ACU experience is now truly global.

As a publicly funded university, we strongly believe in our responsibility to advance the common good. We’re committed to standing up for people in need and for causes that matter, and if you’ve got the desire to make an impact, we’ll give you the skills to change the world.

We’re also using our research as a catalyst for change, investing heavily in strategic research programs and research capacity over the last few years. As a result, ACU is now a highly ranked globally recognised university that’s home to multiple research institutes, and we’re continuing to build the research workforce through the recruitment and ongoing training of masters and PhD candidates.

As a student, you have a lot to gain from an ACU degree. You’ll become part of the fabric of the university, an expert in your field of enquiry and an agent of community change. And, once you graduate, you’ll stay connected to ACU through our 100,000-strong alumni cohort, no matter where you are.

Top 2%

of all universities worldwide

(Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)


Graduate employment rate

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019

Top 10

Catholic universities globally

(Based on International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) members ranked on Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)

Mission, identity and values

Great leadership starts with self-knowledge. As a Catholic university, we’re guided by our clear mission, strong sense of identity and firm set of values. All three influence the decisions we make as an institute of higher education and guide our staff and students in their day-to-day lives. We know who we are. That’s how we can help you understand yourself and the world around you.


Our values

Our university is founded on a long history of commitment to our core values of truth, academic excellence and service. But there are other important values that enhance the ACU experience for students and staff, including equity, diversity, accessibility, wellbeing and sustainability.


Our history

ACU’s history in Australia stretches back long before our opening in 1991. The seeds for a Catholic university in Australia were planted when our patron Saint Mary Mackillop was born in 1842.


Last Updated 29 March 2020