Australian Catholic University (AUC) offers course work in a wide range of academic areas, and has approximately 5,000 students on several campuses. Each campus specializes in different subjects, both your study abroad advisor and your AUC will help you decide which campus would be best for your major or minor.
The UST/AUC exchange allows qualified UST students to take four or five classes of their choice. Many are available to fulfill core requirements or major/minor areas such as psychology, information technology, history, geography, sociology and philosophy. Students are encouraged to take at least one of their core theology requirements at AUC.
Each class is called a "unit." Most units are worth 10 points, which is equivalent to four UST semester credits.
The university is located in Fitzroy, and is only a few minutes walk from Melbourne's Central Business District. A gymnasium, library, art gallery and chapel are also present on the campus. Part of the campus is historic Central Hall, formerly Cathedral Hall, which is closely linked with Melbourne's Catholic community. There is a wide range of student services including campus ministry, disability services and student counseling.
McAuley Campus has the second largest student population of the campuses and is located just 7.5 miles from the city center of Brisbane. The campus is set on 400 acres of beautiful natural surroundings. The campus is on the site of the former Pius XII Provincial Seminary with a history extending back to 1863.
Strathfield and North Sydney campuses
Both the Strathfield and North Sydney campuses are located just outside of the city of Sydney. The Strathfield campus (originally the Mount Saint Mary College) opened in 1908 as a training school for monks, while the North Sydney campus orignailly opened in 1913 as a training school for teachers. Both were offically incorporated into Australian Catholic University in 1990.
The Melbourne campus (St. Patrick's) is home to approximately 2,500 students, and 250 staff. The campus offers quality teaching facilities, state-of-the-art computer laboratories and an art gallery.
The Brisbane campus (McAuley at Banyo) has over 2,500 students and 200 staff, and campus facilities include a bookshop, cafeteria, coffee shop, library, computer labs and sporting grounds.
The Strathfield campus facilities include sports fields, a bookstore, a library, computer labs and a cafeteria.
The North Sydney campus facilities include a bookstore, a library, computer labs and a cafeteria.
International Student Officers at both campuses assist international students with questions regarding enrollment, changing courses, financial issues, accommodation, etc.
The Student Councils and Associations on each campus organize a range of events throughout the year, including an annual ball, trivia nights, barbecues and other events that all students are invited to attend.
Semester 1 runs from mid-February to late-June, and Semester 2 runs from mid-July to mid-November. Students have the option of studying for a semester or for a full year at ACU.
The University provides many different options for student living, some of which include:
Homestays: This arrangement can range from full-board (all meals and fully furnished room) to partial-board (room with some meals) with a local family.
Sharing: Usually includes a room in a furnished/unfurnished apartment, flat, hostel or house with other local students. Some households share cooking, cleaning and shopping duties. Many households also share gas, electricity and water bills.
Accommodation information for each campus can be accessed from the ACU website via Student Life.
Co-Sponsored Program Policy & Deadlines
This program is co-sponsored by the University of St. Thomas. Prior to submitting any application to this program you must meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to obtain approval for participation. This will ensure that you remain a St. Thomas student, your financial aid will apply to the program fee, and your credits will transfer back. University of St. Thomas deadlines are:
October 1 for spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
To begin the application process for a University of St. Thomas Co-sponsored program, you must attend a First Step Session, complete the Advising Questionnaire and meet with a Study Abroad Advisor. They will work with you to find an appropriate program, provide information about the application process and grant you access to the online application. Select the Apply Now button at the top of this page to begin this process.
Criteria for participation:
- Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Some programs will require a higher average.
- Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in an International Education program while on academic or conduct probation. Disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval in off-campus programs.
- Students must be at least in sophomore status to apply for a semester or year-long study abroad program. Some programs may require a higher class standing for participation. Transfer students applying to study abroad must complete at least one semester at St. Thomas before going abroad.
- Click here for all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas.
In most cases all grants, loans and scholarships will apply to UST-sponsored and co-sponsored fall, spring or year-long programs. You must make an an appointment with a financial aid counselor to verify and confirm all financial aid awards.
Additional aid in the form of scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some co-sponsoring organizations. Refer to our Scholarships webpage for details.
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA