Australian Catholic University

Rank 34
Location Ballarat
Established 1991
Famous For Theology, Divinity, Arts and Humanities


Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public research university having campuses in various locations in the country: Brisbane, North Sydney, Melbourne, Strathfield, Canberra, and Ballarat. A separate campus is also located in Rome, where students can pursue their education during the degree programs. It was founded in 1991 and has a strong focus on Catholic values and ethics. 

ACU offers various undergraduate and postgraduate courses across its four faculties: Education and Arts, Health Sciences, Law and Business, and Theology and Philosophy. It is also known for its research in theology and religious studies, education, health sciences, and social sciences. In addition to providing high-quality academic programs, ACU is committed to social justice and community engagement, which is achieved by offering a range of initiatives and programs to promote these values.

Services for International Students

ACU offers various services to make the stay of international students comfortable and secure. They can get Academic Skills Development, Career Development Services, Disability Support, Counseling Services, and much more. To fully experience university life, students can also choose to participate in the various Student Associations, Clubs and Societies, which can give them the opportunity to engage in creative and cultural activities, and also learn leadership skills. 


  • 251-300th in the World University Rankings by Times Higher Education in 2023
  • 801-850th globally in the QS World University Rankings of 2024
  • 301-500th in the Graduate Employability Rankings by QS World University Rankings
  • 416th in the Best Global Universities category by US News Rankings



The university offers on-campus accommodation options in various locations, including Sydney, Ballarat, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Rome. All the housing options have different settings ranging from residences to apartments with shared services. ACU also has accommodation scholarships to help students who might need them. 

About Location

As a multi-campus university, ACU gives the opportunity to study at different places to students. Most of the locations are in Australia in the cities of Ballarat, Blacktown, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, and Strathfield. The Catholic connections of the university also make it possible for students to spend time at the Rome campus. 

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