•  Immerse yourself in a picturesque park-like campus by the water and join a community of 6,000 students at the ACU Brisbane campus, conveniently accessible via a free shuttle bus from the city. 

•  Explore diverse and cutting-edge academic offerings at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane including Criminology, Business, Education, Social Work, Health Sciences, and renowned programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Exercise Science, and Rehabilitation. 

•  Join a thriving student community at ACU with facilities such as a fully equipped gym and fitness classes, an art gallery focusing on religion and social justice issues, a medical center, indigenous student hub, and recreational spaces for social activities. 

•  Contribute to a greener future while studying at ACU, the #1 university in Australia for energy efficiency, where all seven campuses are fueled by 100% renewable energy. 


Embrace the laid-back river city lifestyle and vibrant arts scene with access to the world-famous beaches of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts. Immerse yourself in a city that celebrates both nature and culture, offering kilometers of scenic walking trails through green spaces and along the river, while being a hotspot for world-class shows, music festivals, and local talent. 


Experience the heart of Brisbane by living in a centrally located residence hall, just two blocks away from the river and botanical gardens, and within walking distance of the popular South Bank Parklands. Enjoy fully furnished single rooms and shared living spaces. 


Enjoy free to-go breakfasts on weekdays and cook with friends in shared en suite kitchens in your residence hall. With a grocery store one block away and the Riverside Sunday farmer's market across the street, you'll have easy access to ingredients for your culinary adventures. Explore Brisbane's vibrant street food and Asian cuisine scene and don't miss trying local favorites like Morton Bay Bugs (flat head lobster), Macadamia nuts, Australian Finger Lime, and Tamarind. Estimate spending around AUD 960 for meals per semester. 


Experience Brisbane like a local by biking along the scenic waterfront or hopping on the free shuttle bus that conveniently connects major city hubs to campus, making exploration a breeze. Feed your artistic soul with free visits to the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery or dive into the urban oasis of South Bank Parklands, featuring a large artificial lagoon with sandy beaches and palm trees. Thrill-seekers can climb Australia's longest bridge while foodies can savor global flavors at Eat Street Northshore or visit the tropical farmer’s market. Don't miss the chance to hike Mt Coot-tha for breathtaking views of the city and Sunshine Coast. 


Take an easy day trip to discover some of the world's most famous coastal stretches – the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast – for a day of surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and beach fun! Explore breathtaking World Heritage-listed national parks like Lamington National Park, Queen Mary Falls, or take a short ferry ride to Morton Island (Mulgumpin) to experience its natural beauty and pristine beaches. And when wanderlust calls, quick access to airports allows you to tick off your bucket list destinations like Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, or Melbourne. 


ACU offers a range of support services and resources to help you succeed. Enhance your academic skills through assistance programs, access free and confidential counseling, and join peer-assisted study sessions. Prioritize your well-being with ACU Active's fitness and wellbeing programs and benefit from dedicated support for students with disabilities and Autistic students, ensuring an inclusive and enriching university experience. 


The Community Engagement Program offers study abroad students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Australian society through a community placement and a 3-unit class. This experience goes beyond typical tourist activities, allowing students to gain real-world experience and is strongly encouraged for all study abroad participants. Please see additional details in the course description. 

What We Love About ACU and Brisbane

Brisbane offers a warm and tight-knit campus community with a focus on teaching and community engagement, while providing access to a vibrant and youthful city filled with endless opportunities for outdoor activities, arts, and culture.  With Brisbane as your base, you'll have an incredible launching pad for unforgettable weekend adventures, from lush rainforests to world-famous beaches and stunning reef lines, making this study abroad location truly special and unique. 

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses

Program Website

Course Description

Studying at ACU means students have essentially a full catalog of classes and programs available to help advance them through their degree requirements. Below is a chart of some of the more popular classes ISEP student have taken in the past to help get you started on your academic journey to Australia. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn up to 40 credit points per semester which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of up to approximately 15 U.S. Credit Hours. Each class is usually worth 10 credit points. (See "Other Academic Conditions" for more details.)

Participants in the Community Engagement Program receive a community placement and a class for 10 ACU points. Student can take this alongside the rest of their full-time study load. Your ACU Program Coordinator will work with you to suggest an academic unit that best matches your study plan. A list of current community engagement opportunities can be found on the ACU website.

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample classes available: 








Social Work 


Health Sciences 


Criminal Justice System and Policy 


International Business 


Literacy And Diversity Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 


Race And Identity: Anti-Racist Social Work Practice 


Exercise and Sports Science: Starting the Journey 


Juvenile Justice 


Social Entrepreneurship 


Early Years Curriculum and Play-Based Pedagogies 


Social Works Skills in Practice With Individuals 


Health and Exercise Psychology 


Introduction to Forensic Science and the Law 


Sustainable Human Resource Management and Global Stakeholders 


Effective Teaching 2: Curriculum Planning and Pedagogy 


Research In Social Work 




Criminal Law and Procedure 


Marketing Communications: Engaging Stakeholders 


Effective Teaching 3: Positive Environments to Engage Young Learners 


Social Work With Children, Youth and Families 


Indigenous Health and Culture 


Foundations Of Law and Legal Research 


Marketing Analytics 


Science And Technology 




Human Rights and Social Justice in Social Work and Human Services 


Health Care Ethics

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please click on the "other academic conditions" dropdown link below.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Amanda Ewert 703-504-9986 | Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Biology

  • Business Recommended!

  • Education Recommended!

  • Health Sciences: Recommended!

    Nursing Science Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Science

  • Human Services Recommended!

    Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice Recommended!


  • Sports Studies

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 79
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 22
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • IELTS Writing Score: 6
  • IELTS Reading Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Listening Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Speaking Score: 6

Special Application Instructions

Students wishing to take units within the Law, Nursing and Education programs may be required to have a higher level of English proficiency than what is listed on this page. Full entry requirements are listed in Schedule 3 of the ACU Handbook.

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

NOTE: Students taking the IELTS to provide proof of English proficiency for their visa must take the test IN PERSON. The Online test will NOT count for this requirement.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

A “course” is a program of study and a “subject” or “unit” is a class.  Classes are composed of both required “lectures” and required complementary “tutorials” or “seminars”, which are like discussion groups. Students can take up to the maximum full time study load per semester of 4 units (40 credit points). For reference, 1 ACU unit = 10 ACU credit points = 7.5 ECTS = 3-4 US credit hours.

This site operates on the Southern Hemisphere calendar. Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Southern Hemisphere SM1 is February to June; Southern Hemisphere SM2 is July to November. 

If you are planning to study for a full-year in Australia, you should consider starting your program at the beginning of ACU’s academic year in February. 

The ACU Study Abroad Program is very flexible and available in both undergraduate and postgraduate level for study abroad. You can take all your units (subjects) within your major or several across different faculties. However, when looking up units at Subject/Unit Search, be sure you are looking at classes available at the correct campus (Brisbane or "BRIS").

In addition to the TOEFL and IELTS, ACU accepts Cambridge Certificate of Advance English (CAE) or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with the following scores:


- Cambridge Certificate of Advance English (CAE): 169 Overall 

- 169 Writing and Speaking 

- 162 Listening and Reading 

- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 180 or Grade C1 


- Cambridge Certificate of Advance English (CAE): 176 Overall 

- 169 in All Sections

- CPE not accepted for Graduate studies

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