Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is a high energy and lively city. It is a diverse, multi-cultural city where students have the opportunity to explore both inside and outside the classroom.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) consists of seven campuses spread out across the country. The North Sydney and Strathfield campuses together have more than 10,000 students, including over 1,400 international students. All classes will be held at the North Sydney Campus, which is conveniently located just across the harbor from Sydney's central business precinct.
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.
The expected arrival day for all students is the Friday before the week in which your class commences. International students arriving in Sydney will be collected from the airport and taken to their accommodation.
All students who are new to Sydney will be provided with a Welcome Pack containing essential information to help you get started, including maps of the university, campus and city, transport information and tourist guides on things to see/do around Sydney.
On the morning of your first class, there will be a welcome and orientation program. You will meet your ACU July School staff, and other July School students. ACU July School staff will travel with you to the North Sydney Campus and provide you with a tour of the campus facilities.
These units have been developed to enhance your own studies and provide a unique perspective on Australian and international society and culture. Each unit has at least 25 hours of face-to-face teaching over two weeks, and includes fieldwork, excursions and/or experiential learning.
Units to be offered in 2017 are:
Applied Positive Psychology - COUN109
Beaches and Coasts - GEOG202
Bodies, Thinking and Feeling - HUMA112
Entrepreneurial Business Field Experience - BUSN306
Migrants, Refugees and Religion: Global and Comparative Perspectives - THEL620
Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society - UNCC100
- Understanding Self and Society: Contemporary Perspectives - UNCC300
- Justice and Change in a Global World - UNCC300
Please note that units that do not attract sufficient enrollments will not be offered.
Unless you are intending to stay in Australia for more than 3 months, most students will require a visitor visa to enter Australia for the ACU July School. The Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa allows you to study and to stay for up to three months. Some passport holders from certain countries are eligible to apply for a visa online. In this case you will need to pay a service fee of AUD$20.
Students are responsible for obtaining all necessary documentation and for applying for their own visa.
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.
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.
Application Deadline: February 1
Program Balance: March 1
Program cost for the summer 2018 Fairfield program is $3,500. The entirety of this payment will be due to Fairfield by March 1. Payment instructions are listed in each application.
After the program balance deadline, students who withdraw are subject to a cancellation fee.
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 $5,000 or more.
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.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.
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.