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International Students
Applications from international students are assessed on the basis of the applicant's academic qualifications and proficiency in English.

Undergraduate entry is based on the satisfactory completion of the equivalent of twelve years of schooling at a comparable entry level to that applying to local Australian students. International students undertaking Australian Year 12 examinations should apply through the Tertiary Admissions Centre in the relevant state. All other applicants should apply direct to the University. Postgraduate entry is normally based on the satisfactory completion of a recognised degree or diploma of at least three years duration, comparable to an Australian degree or diploma.

Applicants who undertook study in a language other than English will be required to show proficiency in English. Normally an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall result of 6.0 or Testing of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (210 computer based score) is the minimum entry requirement to award courses.

Support services for International Students are provided through the International Education Officer and may include a two-week orientation program, airport reception, assistance with temporary accommodation arrangements, English language support during the year, and a variety of other support services.

Further information is available from the International Education website at http://www.acu.edu.au/student_life/international_students/index.cfm.

ASSESSMENT
Assessment at Australian Catholic University may include a range of methods such as formal end of semester examinations, continuous assessment throughout the semester, written assignments, essays and field trips/projects. Students will be advised at the commencement of their studies as to what methods will be used.


Libraries
The Library on each campus supports learning and research by providing:
- Information resources
- Computers with Microsoft Office and Internet access
- Study spaces
- Printing and copying facilities

The library collection includes books, journals and audiovisual recordings. Access to a large number of electronic databases and journals is available from home as well as on campus.

To enable you to make the most of its resources the library conducts Information Literacy classes and staff are always on duty at the Information Desk.

For further information about library facilities and their services visit our website at http://www.acu.edu.au/Library/
Student Representative Councils
Each campus has a Student Representative Council or a Student Union which represents the students in matters concerning the general welfare of the student body. This involves taking action on behalf of the student body, promoting student involvement in student activities and affairs, and providing student representatives to the various campus and University boards and committees. For details regarding ACUNSA, the Australian Catholic University National Student Association, please contact the Student Representative Council on campus.

Student Representative Councils
Each campus has a Student Representative Council or a Student Union which represents the students in matters concerning the general welfare of the student body. This involves taking action on behalf of the student body, promoting student involvement in student activities and affairs, and providing student representatives to the various campus and University boards and committees. For details regarding ACUNSA, the Australian Catholic University National Student Association, please contact the Student Representitive Council on campus.


Student Services

There is a senior officer, Dean of Students, with responsibility for Student Services; this position also provides liaison with student associations. There are, on each campus, services as listed below that help students in the achievement of their academic and personal goals.

Academic Study Skills
The Academic Skills Unit assists undergraduate and postgraduate students to develop independent learning strategies. Assistance is offered with transition to tertiary study, managing time, reading and note taking, researching, composing and presenting assignments as well as English as a second language. The service includes workshops and individual appointments. The ACU Study Guide is available on each campus.

Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry offers individual pastoral support for students and provides an environment where students can freely gather to share faith, respecting their own and other religious traditions. Campus Ministry also offers weekly liturgies, celebration of special occasions, spiritual mentoring, leadership development, retreats and reflections. Group activities are offered through encouraging an awareness of social justice issues and outreach to the community.

Counselling
Counselling services (free, voluntary, non-judgemental, and confidential) are available to assist students and staff with issues which include psychological problems, personal relationships and careers counselling.

Disability and Medical Conditions
The University seeks to provide appropriate support services for students with disabilities. The University can do this providing needs are made known in advance. Students who may require assistance or support during their studies because of a disability or medical condition are encouraged to make an early approach to a Disability Adviser or the relevant Course Co-ordinator; they are also requested to indicate such needs at enrolment. Students with temporary disabilities arising from accidents or illness experienced during the year should make known their needs if support services are required.

Those who have a disability or a chronic medical condition and who are considering applying to the University for the first time should contact the Disability Adviser at any time in the year before enrolment, to discuss disability related support and services.