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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

ISEP at CQ 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.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct-Enroll


Rockhampton, Australia

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

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

Fall 2018: July to October (tentative)

Spring 2019: February to June (tentative)

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


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 junior 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.

The chance of placement for Exchange is very limited for CQ University. The chance of placement for Direct is excellent.


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.


CQUniversity is a comprehensive university offering hundreds of programs and course options spanning many study areas. Our Rockhampton campus is located within close proximity to industry and UNESCO World Heritage landmarks. We are proud to be awarded a five-star rating by QS Stars University Ratings (2015) in the Internationalisation, Inclusiveness, and Online/Distance categories. This is a testament to our commitment and achievement in delivering accessible, quality education that is highly-regarded by industry and professional organizations both domestically and internationally. Our continual investment in online technologies and modern infrastructure provides an ideal learning environment, ensuring the academic success of our students.

Course Description

The Outdoor Pursuits course is a highly popular option as it offers you the chance to explore the Australian bush, spot Australian wildlife with professional guides, explore vast caves and visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. You may also undertake outdoor adventure activities such as scuba diving, and relevant qualifications provided that we receive advance notice. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that they have approval from their home institution that the courses applied for will be credited towards their degree.

Website for Course Availability

Fields of Study

  • Biology

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Psychology

    Forensic Psychology

  • Social Sciences


  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Digital Arts,  Drama and Theatre Arts,  Music Theory and Composition

  • Agriculture

    Agricultural Business Operations

  • Business:

    Accounting,  Business Management,  Finance,  Human Resources Management,  International Business/Trade/Commerce,  Labor and Industrial Relations,  Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management,  Management Information Systems,  Marketing,  Real Estate

  • Communication:

    Digital Communication and Media,  Journalism,  Public Relations,  Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences

    Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

  • Construction Trades:

    Aviation Science and Technology,  Building Construction Technology,  Construction Site Management,  Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

  • Education:

    Early Childhood Education ,  Elementary Education

  • Engineering:

    Civil Engineering,  Electrical and Electronics Engineering,  Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature


  • Health Sciences:

    Nursing Science,  Occupational Therapy,  Podiatry

  • History

    History, Other

  • Hospitality and Tourism

    Hospitality Management

  • Law/Criminal Justice

    Business Law

  • Sports Studies

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science


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.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:



ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp


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


Students may study at both the undergraduate and graduate level. 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.



To find courses offered by major: https://handbook.cqu.edu.au/courses/index 

To find courses offered by term/semester:


Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

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

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.  

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. For students that participate in ISEP Direct to CQU, the program fee includes housing and insurance, but no meals.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item





Lake Forest College Tuition



Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost



College Deposit (credit)



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College



ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application



College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)



ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated) Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP



Additional Meals



Estimated Airfare



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



Total 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 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

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.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

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