Australia: Australian Catholic University

What's An Exchange?

SCU has a tradition of establishing direct exchange partnerships with institutions abroad which allows our students to study on host campuses abroad while also welcoming students from abroad at SCU. These exchange partners focus on the same high-level academic experience offered at SCU and many are founded in our same Jesuit background. SCU Exchanges are not run through a program provider so students receive pre-departure and onsite support directly from the host institution's international staff.

Exchange programs at SCU are designed for students who wish to fully immerse themselves in their host culture and society by taking classes alongside locals. These programs require students to be comfortable with ambiguity and autonomy, as well as have a desire to be independent as exchange programs are less structured than provider programs. Students on exchanges must be prepared to navigate processes such as visas and housing independently.

Students on exchanges do tend to have more opportunities to participate in student life and make local friends. Exchanges promote the highest level of immersion in the host university as well as the local community. Students that feel comfortable being flexible and desire independence with the ability to fully immerse are a great fit for exchange programs.


Australian Catholic University

ACU offers you the opportunity to study at any of their six campuses (Brisbane, Sydney (2), Canberra, Melbourne or Ballarat).

The North Sydney campus is a five-minute train ride over the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge; the city is renowned for its beaches, opera house, and cosmopolitan ambiance. This campus focuses on business, business information systems, environmental science, English language and nursing.

The Strathfield campus is located in one of the older established suburbs of Sydney and is just 15 miles west of Sydney's city center. Strathfield focuses on the arts and sciences, education, exercise science, social work, theology, and philosophy.

The Melbourne campus is conveniently located on the fringe of the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD). The Melbourne campus has the following study areas - arts and sciences, business, education, exercise science, media communication, psychological science, social sciences, theology, and philosophy.

The Brisbane campus is situated in the northern suburb of Banyo and provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for students. The Brisbane campus focuses on arts and sciences, business, education, exercise science, physiotherapy, psychological science, social sciences, social work, theology, and philosophy.

The Canberra campus is one of ACU's smallest campuses and is 5 kilometers from the city center. The Canberra campus focuses on education, social work, theology, and philosophy.

The Ballarat campus is set in beautiful gardens and is near the commercial center of Ballarat. The academic focus at Ballarat is in education, theology, and philosophy.

More information about ACU:

ACU Campuses

General University Website

Students on exchanges must adhere to SCU’s policy of enrolling in 4 ACU courses while abroad per semester. Pass/No Pass courses are not an option on exchange programs unless offered by the host university. Once transcripts are received, the SCU Registrar will convert the host university’s credits and grades into the SCU equivalents.

Exchange students can take courses from any of the disciplines offered at ACU but keep in mind that not all disciplines may be available at your campus of choice. Students should not plan to take courses at more than one campus. Not all subjects are available in both semesters. A standard full-time study load is four units or courses (40 credit points).

Prior to nomination, students can contact studyabroad@scu.edu to request syllabi from ACU for evaluation. Please be sure to include the full name of the course and the course number. Be aware that host university syllabi formats may be very different from SCU and could require additional description or translation.

ACU is in the southern hemisphere so keep in mind that the Fall and Spring semester will look different than Santa Clara. *This may affect students who receive Financial Aid. Please talk to the Study Abroad team and Financial Aid for more information.*

Semester One (Spring semester)
Arrival Date: Mid-February
End of Exam Period: Late June

Semester Two (Fall semester)
Arrival Date: Mid-July
End of Exam Period: Late November

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Exchange programs are billed as a Cost Level A program. The basic SCU tuition will be the only amount charged to the student’s eCampus account for the semester abroad. All other required costs (housing, airfare, visas, optional language courses, country health insurance, etc.) will be paid directly by the student.

Exchange students are responsible for securing their own housing. They are encouraged to use the resources provided to them by the host university. Specific housing is not guaranteed nor automatically assigned on exchange programs so students must adhere to any housing deadlines set by the university or their housing providers. Housing fees and payments are made directly to the housing provider, not SCU.

Depending on the campus, students may find university accommodation, private rentals, or homestays.

Sydney, in particular, can often have housing challenges so it is important for students to begin their search early. ACU offers specific housing guides for each city and campus.

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All coursework is conducted in English.

It is the responsibility of the student to research and apply for their student visa in time for their departure. SCU Study Abroad cannot provide expert visa guidance, expedite visa processing times, or make appointments on students’ behalves. Begin the research process immediately as visas can be complicated and consulate appointments can be difficult to secure if not made on time. Be aware that requirements can vary between consulates and are subject to change with little notice so adhere to the instructions on the website of the specific consulate to which you are applying.