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AUSTRALIA - ISEP Central Queensland University

CQ University is one of Australia’s most comprehensive universities, offering hundreds of programs and courses, across many study areas. CQU prides itself on being one of Australia’s most accessible and inclusive universities, home to a diverse student cohort. With programs designed to enrich the learning journey, CQU provides a uniquely personal experience that will equip students with lifelong skills and a truly unforgettable journey of knowledge and self-discovery.

This program would be suitable for students that are ready to be abroad, but would still like some of the academic services that a U.S. college provides.  It is a good choice for someone that is a world traveler OR has never left their hometown.

Learn more about CQU here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have second-semester sophomore status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).


Experience real Australia in Rockhampton, where the outback meets the reef. Positioned on the Tropic of Capricorn, Rockhampton marks the start of the tropical north and is the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. As Australia’s beef capital, “Rocky” has held on to its roots as a true-blue Australian city with a quirky atmosphere and small town appeal. Rockhampton is the perfect location to discover Australia’s native wildlife and scenery with stunning beaches, botanic gardens, and animal habitats all within reach. The sub-tropical climate with summer rains and mild sunny winters, not to mention the large kangaroo population on campus, have made Rockhampton a popular destination with students from all over the world.

Learn more about CQU here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and cultu


CQUniversity is a comprehensive university offering hundreds of programs and course options spanning many study areas. As an ISEP student, you can build your own program by choosing your courses from a variety of fields.

Course Description

At CQU, fields of study are referred to as “courses,” and each class is a “unit.” To find units, go to CQU’s handbook page and search for a course you’re interested in. From there, click “course structure” and look through the units at each level to find what you need. Click on a unit title for a course description.

The Outdoor Pursuits course will not transfer for credit at Lake Forest College.

Website for Course Availability


Units (the equivalent of classes) are given credit points. These credit points are not equivalent to US credits and vary by institution. A normal course load for an Australian student is three to four units (classes) per semester. Many Australian schools provide an explanation of credits on the back of their transcripts. 

To Earn 4 Lake Forest Credits, students must take 24 credit points.

To Earn 3 Lake Forest Credits, students must take 18 credit points.  

The number of credits listed here is estimated, and GEO will work with you, your advisor, and the registrar to ensure you are earning enough credits to keep you on track for graduation.

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Students must study a full-time load; usually four subjects. Participants are eligible to enroll in any subject offered by CQUniversity, provided it is offered at the Rockhampton campus and the course prerequisites have been met.


Please review the ISEP country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.
Student Life

Orientation provides an excellent opportunity to meet other students, network with academic and support staff, and become familiar with the facilities and teaching spaces whilst learning all the essential information you need to be ready for your first term. Orientation activities and events occur the week prior to classes each term.

In most cases, the CQUniversity will arrange airport pick up for students. Full arrival details are sent to students after acceptance.


CQUniversity offers international students a number of extra-curricular activities and excursions. These include trips to local attractions such as a crocodile farm and Great Keppel Island. In addition, the Rockhampton campus has a number of clubs and societies available for sports, special interests and academics.

Housing and Meals

Students studying at CQUniversity stay on-campus at the Capricorn Residential College.

ISEP Exchange:

Each student is provided a single room with three meals included daily. On-site, facilities include common areas, sports fields, and study spaces. The Capricorn Residential College runs a number of activities and excursions each term. 

ISEP Direct: You will be provided a single room with a meal stipend.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to CQU includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  For students that participate in ISEP Direct, the program fee includes all of the above plus insurance. 

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world. Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. The program fee may be different than that of Exchange.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 programs:

Budget Item





Lake Forest College Tuition



Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost for Southern Hemisphere programs, as that starts a new academic year.



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College



ISEP Confirmation and Application Fees



ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated, $90/mo)

Note: Some countries require national insurance, which may be instead of, or in addition to, ISEP insurance. Check ISEP



Additional Meals



Estimated Airfare

*Students placed on ISEP Exchange may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award



Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)



Total Expected Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2019. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Deposits to other programs, if required, are paid by the student to the host program, and will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill from the College.


Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office

Program Dates

Semester 2 (Fall): July to October 

Semester 1 (Spring): February to June 

All dates are tentative and may change. ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

CQU observes the southern hemisphere calendar; our fall term coincides with their Semester 2.  Our spring term coincides with their Semester 1.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct-Enroll

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Very Limited.

ISEP Direct-Enroll chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent

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