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  • Locations: Brisbane, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UMASS BDL applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/29/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: English
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student Housing Options: Apartment (alone), Apartment (shared)
Areas of Study: Accounting/Finance, Art/Fine Arts, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Culture, Education, English, Exercise Science, Health Sciences/Public Health, History, Human Resources Management, Humanities, International Business, Liberal Arts, Management/Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Math/Statistics, Music, Other Language & Literature, Peace/Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Political Science/International Relations, Religion/Theology, Service Learning, Social Work, Sociology/Anthropology, Theatre Arts, Women's/Gender Studies Program Category: Service Learning, Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

** You can only apply to ACU as a direct enroll study abroad student. Learn what this means here. Students under the GI Bill or Chancellor's Scholarship cannot transfer those funds to this program. For questions, please email

UMass Boston     Brisbane, Australia - Australian Catholic University 

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Australian Catholic University (ACU)  has six campuses in five different locations, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, and Ballarat. ACU is a public university system and each campus offers students the opportunity to experience a different aspect of Australian culture and environment. ACU offers a unique range of high quality courses in Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Health Sciences for undergraduate and graduate students. The small sized classes facilitate concern for the welfare of individual students, and allow a choice of campuses across Australia. ACU has something for everyone. The Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) has more than 3200 students, including over 270 international students. The campus is 12km north of the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) and is close to the Brisbane International Airport.

For more information on this program, go here

To apply for the Direct Enroll Program: 

  1. Confirm that this program works for you both academically and financially. Check the courses offered and speak with your academic advisor on which courses you should try to take while abroad that will count towards your degree. If you are receiving financial aid or want to apply for financial aid for the study abroad program, contact so you know what you can expect in aid for the program. 
  2. Once you are sure this is the program for you, apply on this website for the program (click apply at the bottom). 
  3. You will also need to submit the direct enroll study abroad application through ACU:
If you are granted an exchange slot for this program, instead of the direct application you will need to fill out the exchange application on ACU's website after you are nominated by UMass Boston. 

For all of the steps and information on applying to study abroad through UMass Boston, download the checklist: Study Abroad Steps to Stay on Track 2020.pdf.

Find a list of undergraduate courses available to international students here
Please scroll down to "Course Transfers Reference Table" to see how courses from ACU transferred to UMB from past study abroad students (not a total list). 

Students must study full time at the home and host Institutions. With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer towards your degree at UMass Boston. This form can be obtained from the Study Abroad office.

Spring semester (Semester 1): First week in February - Third week in June
Fall semester (Semester 2): Second week in July - Second week in November

Undergraduate and graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 2.75 GPA) with no disciplinary problems. No language requirement is necessary. Students need to complete the ACU application form after being nominated by the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office.

UMass Boston’s Reciprocal Exchange programs are based off reciprocity with partner institutions, meaning exchange slots are limited and vary by semester. Please check with the Office of Global Programs in advance for additional information. 

See Budget sheet

Please note, the Office of Global Programs use estimated price values for our Umass Boston Reciprocal Exchange’ budget sheets. Actual prices may vary, please contact your program provider for more details. 

Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, prior to applying it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:


There are several options for student accommodations close to campus.



You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa before you travel. 

Students who are U.S. citizens must apply for a Student Visa (subclass 500). The application is available online through the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. Some visas can take several weeks to obtain. Make sure you understand the requirements for your specific visa.  

Be sure to check out the following Visa Process link provided by NAFSA for more information:

Download: Australia Country Information and Visas.pdf

Course Transfers Reference Table:
Course # abroad Course Title Credits abroad Course Transfer # Course Transfer Title Credits Transferred to UMB
BAFN200 Principles of Finance 10 AF 9000   3
BMSC206 Intro to Neuroscience 3 BIO 318 Neurobiology 3
PSYC210 Communication Skills 10 COMSTU   3
COMM102 Introduction to Communication 10 COMSTU 100   3
Econ 101 Microeconomics I 3 ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
EXSC199 Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity 10 EHS   3
EXCS290 The Marine Environment and the Outdoor Experience 10 EHS   3
EXSC 394 Exercise Health and Disease 3 EHS 370 Exercise Program Design 3
EXSC 189 Research and Ethics in Exercise Science 3 EHS 460 Research methods I 3
EXSC 187 Growth Motor Development 3 EHS 9000   3
HIST106 Australian Indigenous Peoples: Past and Present 10 HIST   3
MGMT205 Managerial Decision Making 10 MGT 9000   3
MKTG100 Principles of Marketing 10 MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3
MKTG200 Marketing Research 10 MKT 9000   3
MKT Marketing: Creating and Capturing Customer Value 3 MKT 9000   3
HLSC111 The Person, Health, and Wellbeing 10 NURSING 9000   3
  Introduction to Sociology 3 SOCIOL 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
PERF104 Introduction to Drama 10 THRART 9000   3


Pre-decision Phase Instructions: 
This is a UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange Program. There are two separate applications. First, students apply to the program by completing this online UMass Boston application. If eligible to study abroad, the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office nominates the student to the university abroad. The student is then informed with a letter or an email about next steps to complete the university's abroad application (online or hard copy forms). Please click here for application instructions.
Post-decision Phase Instructions: 
The final decision to accept a student is made by the university abroad and the student will be emailed. Once accepted by the university abroad, UMass Boston students must complete all the requirements indicated by the university abroad, in addition to completing all forms and submitting all the post-acceptance documents to UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Please click here for instructions and forms.

To download all of the forms needed for study abroad, go to the forms page of our website: