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Australian Catholic University

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Campus setting Suburban
Living cost USD 1,151 per month
Student population Large (More than 10,000)
International students 50%
Institution type Public

About Australian Catholic University

The ACU is a public, not-for-profit university that is funded by the Australian Government.

The university is steadfast to the spirit of freedom and service in Catholic manner, offering education with values such as awareness, aspirations, access and attainment. Celebrating the diversity and harmony in Australia, ACU supports many students from different groups to further foster peace and coexistence of all walks of life.

The university's main target areas are Health Sciences, Education and Arts, Theology and Philosophy, and Law and Business.

With seven campuses all over Australia and one in Rome, ACU is proud to boast a strong global presence as one of the few Australian universities to have a lasting international presence.

Academic Excellence

  • Top 3% Ranking of all universities worldwide 
  • Top 50 Generation Y universities global 
  • Top 3 Australian Universities for undergraduate employment 
  • 94% of the research work ACU produces is considered equal to or above world standard

Campus information

There are 8 campuses available which are:

  • Ballarat campus 
  • Brisbane campus
  • Canberra campus
  • Melbourne campus 
  • North Sydney campus 
  • Strathfield campus 
  • Adelaide campus
  • Rome campus (overseas)

Ballarat campus

  • The Ballarat Campus (Aquinas) is in the town of Ballarat, 125km west of Melbourne. Nestled between Lake Wendouree and the commercial centre of the town, it’s perfectly positioned so you can make the most of Ballarat’s cafes, restaurants and outdoor experiences.

Brisbane campus

  • The Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) is located just 12km north of the city centre. Brisbane itself is easy to get around and its river, parks and nightlife are all within easy reach. Even Queensland’s famous beaches are just a short trip away.

Canberra campus

  • Located just 5km from Canberra’s central business district, the Canberra Campus (Signadou) is in Watson, an up-and-coming area in the foothills of Mount Majura. Like everywhere in the nation’s capital, it’s close to shops, galleries, cafes and all the amenities you could need. 

Melbourne campus 

  • The Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s) is right in the thick of the best that Melbourne has to offer. With Carlton Gardens, bustling Brunswick Street and the central business district right on the doorstep, there’s plenty of things to do and see in between classes.

North Sydney campus

  • Just a 5-minute train ride over the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Sydney city centre, the North Sydney Campus (MacKillop) is conveniently located in the North Sydney business precinct.

Strathfield campus 

  • Located just 14km west of the Sydney city centre, the Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary) is well located for students commuting from outside of Sydney. Nearby is the beautiful Bicentennial Park and the Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. For those wanting to shop, Sydney markets and DFO Homebush are nearby.

Rome campus

  • The Rome Campus is located on Janiculum Hill, just 2km from Vatican City. On your doorstep is the best that Rome has to offer. You’re within walking distance of historical sites, cafes, restaurants and the trendy Trastevere district. 


Providing a living and learning environment, the facilites at each ACU campus are ready to house students from all backgrounds in a safe and friendly atmosphere in the residential accomodations.

Each campus holds a number of available housings on campus grounds as well as outside managed residences.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Business, Management 2 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 Health and Medicine 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 2


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