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Brisbane, Australia - Non-Fairfield Students
Brisbane, Australia
Program Terms: Fall,
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Restrictions: Non-Fairfield applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartment
Minimum GPA: 2.80 Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Credit Type: Fairfield Credit External Students: Yes
Internships: Yes Service Learning: No
Academic Area: Art History, Asian Studies, Australian Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Drama, Economics, Education, English, History, Human Resource Management, Information Systems and Operations Management, International Business, Internship, Literature, Management, Marketing, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science, Visual Arts, Women's Studies Language Requirement: Any
Program Description:

Brisbane Brochure


Brisbane is the capital of the Sunshine State of Queensland and, with 1.1 million people, is Australia's third largest city. Lying at the heart of the most diverse and popular vacation region in Australia, Brisbane has a subtropical climate with average highs of 70 degrees in winter and 85 in summer. The city's imposing skyline rises above the Brisbane River, and its streets offer all the excitement of a modern cosmopolitan center: museums, cafes, shopping, and nightlife. While the city boasts ultra-modern high-rises, it has also preserved the charm of its 19th century architectural legacy. Brisbane is not only a vacation destination, it is a thriving commercial and cultural center. The city has so much to offer: beaches, river walks, gardens and wildlife parks with the country's larg­est population of koalas. Excellent public transportation makes popular recreational destinations easily accessible. Moreton Bay, nearby islands and surf beaches are all within a few minutes. The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts are easily reached, too. West of the city, you can explore rain forests, national parks, bush lands, and vast lakes.


Australian Catholic University (ACU) provides a low faculty-to-student ratio, unlike most large public Australian universities. You will be part of a friendly, small campus where you'll have access to excellent student support services. Though founded as a Catholic college, ACU is a public university open to all, providing quality education. The Brisbane cam­pus, located in the suburb of Banyo, is 50 minutes from the city center and easily reached by public transportation. The campus has quality teaching facilities and state-of-the-art computer labs. Students will be awarded Fairfield credit and grades for work com­pleted at ACU. Grades will be reported on your transcript and will be computed into your Fairfield GPA. You can take a full load of three courses plus an internship while at ACU, and will earn 16 Fairfield University credits. Or, if you wish, you may take a fourth course instead of the internship and still earn 16 Fairfield University credits. Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


Internships are available to all students. This opportunity provides hands-on work experience and an immersion into the Australian workplace. Sample placements have included: Nudgee Beach Environmental Center, the MS Society of Queensland, Wesley Hospital, Golf Management News, Basketball Queensland, as well as law, financial planning, and marketing firms. Once your placement has been assigned, you will work in collaboration with the internship coordinator, a faculty sponsor, and a workplace supervisor to ensure a meaningful, quality internship.


After arriving in Brisbane and getting settled in your housing, you will take part in a 10-day orientation program designed to introduce you to the ACU campus, the city of Brisbane, and Australian history and culture. You'll register for courses and interview for your intern­ship placement. There will be time to enjoy gardens, parks, museums, and beaches as you become acclimated to your surroundings. Also included is a two-night stay at a Gold Coast beachfront hotel (double-occupancy accommodations) and a bush walk. There will be free time so that you can explore on your own.


Students are housed in shared apartments in Brisbane's lively city center. Apartments are fully furnished and equipped with bedding, towels, cooking utensils, dishes, and everything you need to get started. ACU is 50 minutes away by city bus.


Brisbane is a lively city with lots to do. Since you'll be living right in the downtown area, everything you need will be nearby, and a commuter bus or train will bring you to your classes at ACU in 50 minutes. ACU offers a variety of clubs, sports, and activities you can take part in. This is a great way to meet Australians and expand your circle of friends in Brisbane.


 This program is open to all juniors or senior students who are in good aca­demic and social standing at their home institution, and who can certify a grade point average of at least 2.8 or more on a 4.0 scale. This program is competitive, and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.


  • 16 Fairfield University undergraduate credits and grades
  • Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency coverage
  • Pick up at airport nearest campus
  • Living accommodations in shared apartments with cooking facilities
  • Orientation program
  • Access to all student services and facilities
  • Study skills assistance/tutoring
  • Internship option
  • Access to Fairfield University library resources online
  • Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical evacuation insurance

The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2013-2014 03/20/2013 
03/22/2013 TBA TBA
Spring 2014 10/01/2013 
11/06/2013 02/06/2014 06/23/2014
Year 2014-2015 02/01/2014 
02/24/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 04/15/2014 
Rolling Admission 07/18/2014 11/23/2014
Spring 2015 10/01/2014 10/03/2014 02/06/2015 06/06/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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