Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is Australia's third largest city. Lying at the heart of the most diverse and popular vacation region in Australia, Brisbane has a desirable subtropical climate with moderate winters and pleasant summers. The city's imposing skyline rises above the Brisbane River to reveal a vibrant cosmopolitan center. The city caters to all tastes with its buzzing cultural and social scene, and outdoor lifestyle centered on scenic river walks, gardens and wildlife parks. Excellent public transportation allows students to explore nearby cities, beaches and islands.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) consists of seven campuses spread out across the country. The Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) has more than 5,200 students, including over 400 international students. ACU is Australia's leading Catholic university and is supported by more than 2,000 years of Catholic intellectual tradition. As a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, ACU is devoted to communicating truth in every field of knowledge through teaching and research, as well as promoting the dignity of all people and the common good.
Students will have a comprehensive orientation upon arrival at ACU. Information regarding course registration, student safety, sports clubs and societies, student health, library services, etc. will be provided. Students will also be given a city and campus tour.
Nursing students studying at ACU Brisbane will be abroad from February-July. All Nursing School students attending the ACU Brisbane program will be enrolling in the following four courses:
- NRSG 258 Acute Care Nursing I
- NRSG 261 Clinical Integration: Acute Care
- HLSC 122 Inquiry in Health Care
- HLSC 120 Society, Culture and Health
Each of these courses will carry four (4) US credits, with the total number of credits earned for a semester being sixteen (16).
Medical-surgical theory and clinical will be part of the required curriculum in Brisbane. In addition, students complete an online module and a competency test, and continue in the traditional nursing progression with some minor curricular adjustments.
Students who participate on this program will receive a Fairfield transcript and letter grades upon successful completion from their semester abroad.
All students will need to wear ACU prac uniforms. They are expected to bring their own navy trousers (not scrubs) and dark flat enclosed shoes. They will then be required to have an ACU shirt. Depending on their size, ACU may be able to loan them a used shirt or two from their clinical office and if a student's size isn’t available, then they will need to purchase a new one that will cost approximately 65.00 AUD.
ACU has a variety of community engagement and service opportunities for students while they are abroad. Click here to view: Community + Service Engagement
Students will live in fully furnished apartments located 45-50 minute train ride from campus . The apartment complex, Urbanest, accommodates four to six students per apartment. Students will each have a private bedroom and bathroom with shared common and kitchen space. Students may request to be placed with one other student on the Fairfield program and will be placed with other students living in the facility. Urbanest will provide students with Wi-Fi, cooking utensils, crockery, linens, a pillow and towel upon arrival. Urbanest also has laundry machines in the complex, fully equipped gym, game room, and more!
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ACU has a variety of student support services available to students. Please view their website here: ACU Student Support
United States citizens studying abroad in Australia are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival in country. Visas must be obtained online through the Australia governments website found here: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/500-
ALL nursing students are required to have a health examination in order to qualify for their visa.
The medical examinations must be conducted by a panel physician. The Australian government has approved a select number of physicians in the United States who are qualified to conduct the exam. Students may need to travel some distance to visit a physician. All students requiring a health examination must schedule the examination as soon as possible to be sure to have an appointment in time to apply for the Australian visa.
Students may find detailed information regarding this Health Requirement by visiting the following Australian immigration website
Detailed information on how to apply will be found in students studioabroad accounts after they have been approved to study abroad. Students are responsible for obtaining all necessary documentation and for applying for their own visa.
Application Procedures and Deadlines
In order to participate in this program, each student must complete the following steps (preferably in this order):
- Attend information session (required)
- Meet with academic advisor
- Meet with study abroad advisor
- Attend accepted students’ meeting (required)
- Meet with academic advisor again
- Attend course approval clinics
- Attend pre-departure meeting (required)
After the initial application has been processed by the Study Abroad Office, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps.
Fall/ Year: December 15
Spring: May 1
Students applying to study abroad at ACU must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 as well as meet the remaining Fairfield University study abroad approval requirements
. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
Program Fees and Cancellation
All students will be charged Fairfield University tuition, room and board. For questions regarding billing, please contact the Fairfield University Bursar’s Office.
Semester program cost includes
• Airport pick-up and transfer
• Comprehensive orientation
• Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency assistance
• Cultural excursions
• Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation
Students are required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 deposit for their program after committing to going abroad for a semester or summer, and are subject to a cancellation fee if they withdraw from the program after the deposit deadline. The deposit is part of the students overall tuition and will be reflected on their invoice.The Deposit Deadline is as follows:
Fall/Year: March 1
Spring: October 1
The amount of the cancellation fee will be determined by the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad after a review is conducted of the non-refundable expenses that have already been incurred. These direct non-refundable expenses will begin to incur as soon as commitment is made to the study abroad program; they may include tuition, housing, and orientation fees. The cancellation fee may be as high as $12,000 or more.
Please see additional program cancellation policy information.
All participating students are automatically enrolled in Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) health insurance for the duration of their study abroad program. This insurance is included in the program fee, and there is no additional cost to the student. This coverage should not replace your primary insurance.
Fairfield University requires that all travel done independently from the program be registered with CISI for emergency purposes. Independent travel can be registered by logging into individual CISI accounts. Students will be able to log-in once insurance cards are issued (within a month of departure).
To view detailed information regarding the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad program agreement with CISI, please see the following CISI website
If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact our office.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.