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Perks of Studying at Central Queensland University


With the rising anticipation of borders reopening to international students, Australia and its universities are all set to welcome students with open arms. If you are aspiring to fly to Australia and pursue your dream course overseas, this is the right time to begin your preparations and complete your student visa process.

We're all well aware of the academic quality of Australian Universities, especially their excellence in research and medicine. But here's a University worth the buzz- Central Queensland University!

Unlike other universities, CQU comprises 10+ campuses in Australia's most beautiful cities, including Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Distance, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney and Townsville. International students can choose to study at a campus that suits their personal and academic interests.

Curious to know more about studying at CQU University? Keep reading! 

What makes studying at CQU Unique?

Social Innovation is in the DNA of Central Queensland University. As a renowned university with a footprint across Australia, the faculties and the management are committed to working with diverse industries to improve international students' environmental and education ecosystems.

The management's goal is to become Australia's first Ashoka U Changemaker Campus (Launched in 2008, Changemaker Campus is an Ashoka designation that identifies and recognises institutions and universities with a proven track record of indigenous social innovation). Being a part of Ashoka U recognised University helps international students connect with 40+ top-notch institutions worldwide that are focused on applying innovation principles and practices through their community and curriculum engagement.

Also, guess what!? International students at CQU have embarked on their social innovation journey with iChange (an orientation program at CQ University) since 2018. This fun, informative and fast-paced program equips students with networks, tools, and ideas to develop social innovation in their academic fields, communities and lives.

International Students can participate in extracurricular initiatives, including The Big Idea social enterprise competition, Social Innovation Studio, CQU Global Outbound opportunities, and the Social Innovation Lecture Series.

Life at CQU: In & Around the Campus 

A. Academic Learning Centre at CQU

The ALC is a one-stop shop for advice, information and resources to assist international students at CQ University in mathematics and statistics, scholarly communication, computing and science. The ALC centre at CQU helps resolve many academic queries/issues online via email, Zoom, and on-campus.

B. Studiosity

 Studiosity is a unique after-college hour educational support system found at all campuses of Central Queensland University.

C. Student Mentor Program at CQU

The Student Mentor Program helps students understand the course they have chosen to excel in their exams. Student Mentors are fellow students who are currently studying, acquiring a great deal of information along the way and making them the perfect guide to support new students.

Internship Opportunities at CQU

At CQU, education is not just about assignments, and exams. They are committed to helping international students graduate with work-ready skills, thorough industry knowledge, and networking opportunities to excel in their desired industry. Whether you want to study an undergraduate or postgraduate course, there are hundreds of courses to choose from to achieve your career goals.

The university has also introduced a new internship program, which since 2015, has been of immense help to those international students who wish to hone their skills in their chosen field. Students can enrol in this internship program while pursuing their undergraduate or postgraduate courses, allowing them to gain real-time work experience while studying during their course tenure.

One of the exciting facets of this internship program is that it comes at no added cost and can be completed at the time of your chosen full-time program. Anyone studying at the university, irrespective of their academic records (GPA), can participate in this internship program.

CQU has partnered with over 2800 private, government, and non-profit organisations, including hotel chains, data science, research, rail technology, and aviation giants.

Since its inception in 2015, over 950 international students have gotten an opportunity to undertake an Internship. These internship opportunities add significant value to your full-time course and help set the pace to kickstart your career.

Research Degrees at Central Queensland University

International students who have a zeal for research in a specific field, want to bring about changes, solve problems, innovate in their industry or community can opt for research degrees.

At CQU, students are free to research, innovate and explore. If you are fascinated by a research topic or would like to explore it, CQU can help turn that interest into a research project to make a difference in society. Listed below are the two highly sought-after research degrees at Central Queensland University.

1. Graduate Certificate in Research

The Graduate Certificate in Research (GCR) is an excellent opportunity for international students to acquire in-demand research skills, which can be applied in many disciplinary contexts. Whether you don't meet the requirements (AQF Level 9 or 10 degrees) to study masters by research courses or doctorate, or you would just like to hone your research skills, the Graduate Certificate Program (Research) can provide you with an easy pathway to achieve your research-centric career goals.

A tailored learning plan/curriculum post-admission is curated for each student.

2. Master by Research Program

Masters by Research programs at Central Queensland University are based on specific research by international students and are carried out under the guidance/supervision of any one of the University's Schools.

The two Masters by Research courses available for international students are:

A. Master of Research

International Students enrolling in this program must perform research and submit the respective thesis at the end of their academic tenure. The Master of Research program is directly monitored by the Research Higher Degree Course Rules Policy and Procedure.

B. Master by Research (Offshore)

The offshore program provides international students with the opportunity to study a recognised research program overviewed by the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). International Students pursuing a Master by Research program can complete over half of their course staying in their home country. Considering this flexibility, many students choose this research program year after year.

Scholarships at Central Queensland University

Though many universities in Australia offer scholarships for international students, it is difficult to match the eligibility criteria/ academic requirements. However, Central Queensland University has some exciting plans!

The institution has come forward to support all international students enrolling in either vocational, undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees to avail the ISS (International Students Scholarship).

For 2021 and 2022, international students can receive the ISS Scholarships at all campuses with no minimum GPA requirements. As soon as getting a confirmation letter from the university, you will be considered for the scholarship valued at 25% of your course fee.

Length of Scholarship: Duration of course

Number Available: Unlimited

Closing Date: 31 December 2030

Scholarship Value: 25% for new students 

Employment Opportunities Post Graduation

Whether studying on-campus or online, all international students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and placement opportunities. The institution's focus is on work-integrated learning; that is to equip students with job-ready skills. And guess what? The curriculum at Central Queensland University is designed and curated in consultation with the respective field's industry partners. Owing to all these factors, the graduates of this institution are highly sought-after by employers across diverse areas in Australia and across the globe.

Central Queensland University has also been ranked in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings (2020) as one of the 500 best universities in the world. These rankings are calculated based on the employer-student connections, graduate employment rates, alumni outcomes, university-employer partnerships, and an institution's reputation amongst employers.

Alumni Relations

All international students at CQU become crucial members of the alumni cohort as soon as they graduate. Here are the benefits of being an alumnus of the university:

  • Access to the work-integrated learning careers team
  • Mentoring and guest speaking opportunities
  • Feedback opportunities to develop new programs.
  • CQU is recognised among the top 800 universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education World Rankings.
  • It is also recognised within the world's top 650 universities by QS World University Rankings.
  • They are ranked as one of the world's best universities under 50 years of age by Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings.
  • 79.5% full-time domestic graduate employment rate - within the first four months of graduation (sector average 72.3%).*
  • Consistently ranked among the top universities for graduate starting salaries.**
  • Five stars for full-time employment, starting salary, postgraduate starting salaries and skills development, social equity and first-generation.**
  • More than 40 years of experience in the delivery of distance education.
  • More than 300 courses are available to study across six areas of discipline, from short courses and certificate level through to PhD.
  • More than $200 million was invested in facilities and capital works over five years.
  • 30,000 plus students from more than 70 countries.
  • Over 13,000 students are studying via distance education.
  • Over 16,000 students studying on-campus.
  • Over 5,000 international students.
  • Over 100,000 registered alumni are based across the globe.
  • Over 2,500 full-time staff.
  • Seamless pathway programs between vocational and tertiary programs and vice versa.
  • Student leadership opportunities.
  • Academic learning support in the areas of academic writing, science, mathematics and computing.
  • Student support services including counselling, career and program advice, accessibility support, financial assistance and scholarships.
  • Numerous global outbound study opportunities.
  • National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) accredited institution.

* ComparED 2019

** The Good Universities Guide 2020

Source: Central Queensland University Website and Brochure.

Having a prominent geographical footprint than any other Australian university, with a campus presence in every mainland state of Australia, it's no doubt that CQU provides international students with nothing but the best. The university has been a top choice for students from across the globe, and can give wings to achieve your career dreams as well in no time.

So, why wait? Connect with us to begin your admission process at Central Queensland University!

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