Central Queensland University, also known as CQUniversity (CQUni) is unlike any other university in Australia. CQUni has campuses across the country, each giving students a unique Australian experience. It is highly recommended by the Global Education Office and CQUni that students attend CQUni's primary campus in Rockhampton in regional Queensland
for the fullest study abroad experience.
Rockhampton, or Rocky as its affectionately known, is CQUniversity's headquarters. There are two campuses in Rocky, but most inbound students will be at the Rocky North campus which is huge and stunningly beautiful. If you want to watch kangaroos outside your dorm, enjoy fantastic sports facilities and have the widest range of course options, then Rocky is the place for you. It is also the beef capital of Australia. There is plenty to do if you enjoy outdoor pursuits. Nearby there is an enormous Capricorn caves network, the beautiful and unspoilt Great Keppel Island, and the Byfield National Park. You will have an unforgettable and truly Australian experience here.
Exchange students still have the opportunity to study abroad the following CQUni locations in addition to Rockhampton (please contact the Program Administrator listed on the contacts tab if you're strongly interested in one of these other locations):
*CQUni campus is located in the city's Central Business District
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
Click through the brochure tabs to learn more about this program.
- Brisbane CBD*, Queensland
- Next to the Anne Street Shopping precinct, town hall, and the main train station, you could not be more centrally and conveniently located. Brisbane is a smaller city combining the convenience of a major urban city with a slower pace of life with 300 days of sunshine a year.
- Bundaberg, Regional Queensland
- Bundaberg is a smaller regional city in the agricultural belt of Australia. It is one of the world's best places to study agribusiness and horticulture and CQUni has world-leading experts running courses from Bachelors through to Masters. Just a few minutes away is Mon Repos beach with the annual turtle hatching over the summer months while from June to November the bay becomes a breeding ground for migrating humpback whales. The UNESCO World Heritage site Fraser Island is only a couple of hours away. You can also access the southern Great Barrier Reef, from Bundaberg, one of the healthiest sections of the reef.
- Gladstone, Regional Queensland
- Situated in a unique location in the center of hard industry and engineering in Australia and on the edge of one of the most pristine sections of the Great Barrier Reef. If you are interested in industry, engineering, construction and the environment, Gladstone is the place to go. You could visit Rio Tinto one day and the Marine Park Authority the next and get an understanding of how these very different environments can coexist. CQUni offers courses of all levels.
- Mackay, Tropical North Queensland (on-campus housing available)
- This campus has amazing facilities for nursing, engineering and the trades in tropical Mackay, alongside Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM). This fantastic facility delivers a wide range of performing arts, digital media, and creative enterprise courses. You can live in student residencies and you're only an hour from some of Queensland's best beaches. The Whitsundays are also on your doorstep.
- Melbourne CBD*, Victoria
- Known as the sporting and cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is also becoming the social innovation hub of Australia with most international charities choosing at as their home. Melbourne is constantly voted among the world's most liveable cities and world's best student cities; it has a vibrant nightlife and an exciting laneway streetscape. This campus offers undergraduate programs, primarily in business and IT related disciplines. It gets very hot in summer, but the temperature drops in the winter when you can enjoy excellent skiing just a couple of hours from the city.
- Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
- This campus is situated on the edge of a UNESCO biosphere and close to the World Heritage site of Fraser Island. It has some of the most consistently good weather in Australia and is a thriving tourism hub. It is an excellent place to study conservation and the environment. CQUni also offers nursing, allied health and teaching courses in Noosa.
- Sydney CBD*, New South Wales
- Arguably the most beautiful setting for a city in the world and consistently voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Sydney has a lot more to offer than the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach. There is great bushwalking in the city limits and plenty of fantastic cultural events and activities. Sydney is the fastest paced city and business engine of Australia. CQUni offers a wide range of business and IT courses in Sydney, as well as chiropractic and other health courses.
In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.
Exchange students can choose courses from any subject area:
To see the available courses (called units), visit the online handbook
- Business, Accounting, and Law
- Creative, Performing, and Visual Arts
- Education and Humanities
- Engineering and Built Environment
- Information Technology and Digital Media
- Psychology, Social Work, and Community Services
- Science and Environment
- Service Industries (Hospitality and Tourism)
- Transport and Safety Sciences
. You must click on the unit description to see both the term and campus availability at the bottom of the page.
Please review the Overview tab for information about CQUni's various location options. See what subjects are taught at which campus:
Note: The handbook only shows units offered in current/past years so to see if a unit will be available in a future term, check to see if it was available in the same term the previous year (see the academic calendar section below to learn about the different terms at CQUni).
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at CQUni is quite different from Mason. Students have the option to study in in our spring semester, called Term 1 (mid-March to late June) or in our fall semester, called Term 2 (mid-July to late October).
If you wish to study abroad for the academic year at CQUni and would like to take courses in Term 3 (early November to mid-February) in addition to Term 1 and Term 2, please discuss this with the Program Administrator (listed on the contacts tab).
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at CQU. A full-time course load is typically 24 units of credit (usually four courses). A typical unit is 6 credits. Exchange students must enroll in a minimum of 18 credit points (3 courses)
- 6 CQU Credits = 4 Mason Credits
This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at CQU.
|High Distinction (HD)
|Conceded Pass (PC)
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Housing & Services
On-campus accommodation is available at the Rockhampton and Mackay campuses only
. These come with:
- Single room with shared bathroom and kitchenette
- Free Wi-Fi
- 24 hour on-site assistance and security
- Easy access to gym and sport facilities
- Organized activities each term
- Free weekly bus trips to Stockland shopping center
- Annual events including Color Run, College Ball, and Awards Night
- Included meals (for selected room types)
- Free laundry facilities
CQUni also runs a private homestay network in Rockhampton and has an agreement with the Australia Homestay Network for the metropolitan campuses.
If you wish to study at one of CQUni's metropolitan campuses and want to live in a student accommodation complex, there are many private providers to choose from. The following cities have private accommodation providers
: Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney. If the campus you're interested in was not listed, there are currently no student accommodation complexes in your city and you will need to search for private/share accommodation.
CQUni offers free airport pick up for all exchange students. The International Student Support Team will be in contact with you before your term starts to request your flight details.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
In addition to the program grant all students attending this program automatically receive, GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Late October-Early November*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Australia's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.