Work with ACU to answer the big questions. Through the development of active international partnerships, we collaborate with our partners to find solutions for the good of all.

See what makes us a unique collaborator, explore our existing network of more than 200 partner institutions, and find out how to partner with us or request a visit to ACU

Where innovation meets tradition

ACU has a distinctive approach to higher education – one that stands out in Australia. As a young university that combines tradition with new ways of working, our teaching, research and focus on serving others reflect areas of strength, growth and the University’s mission. 

We know who we are and what we stand for, and remain open to partnering with like-minded universities and institutions around the world.

Collaboration that counts

When you partner with ACU, you become part of a global network of more than 200 universities across 40 countries. These relationships support education abroad, staff mobility, collaborative research, articulation and shared community engagement activities. 

We welcome over 250 international students from our partner universities every year, thanks to these connections. And more than 1000 of our own students engage in international learning experiences annually.

ACU also maintains strategic global partnerships to foster research and teaching cooperation, and provide opportunities for staff and students. 

Our key partnerships include:

  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
  • Tongji University, China
  • Binus University, Indonesia
  • Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy
  • Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan
  • Radboud University, Netherlands
  • Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
  • Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
  • Leeds Trinity University, UK
  • Fairfield University, USA
  • St John’s University, USA
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, USA

Explore ACU’s global network using our interactive map

Browse the full list of International Partners

Benefits of partnering with us

As Australia’s largest Catholic university, we provide our partners with access to an extensive network of industry and community connections. We have six campuses across Australia, and serve as a gateway to study and research collaborations in each region. 

Plus, we have developed innovative learning models and academic pathways that may benefit our partner institutions.

We continue to develop new, active partnerships with compatible international universities and institutions to:

  • enhance our international research collaboration
  • internationalise our curriculum
  • provide excellent international opportunities for students
  • develop transnational education
  • increase our international teaching collaboration
  • achieve sustainable growth in international student enrolments.

Partnership types

We are open to a range of partnerships and collaborations – from student exchanges to Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs). 

Key student-focused partnership types include: 

  • Student exchange: Our 80-plus student exchange partnerships with universities around the world give our students the life-changing experience to study overseas for their ACU degree, and vice versa. No fees are involved for the host institution.
  • Study abroad: Study abroad partnerships let international students study at ACU on a fee-paying basis. We welcome students from partner institutions each semester, and we also encourage students from non-partner institutions to apply. 
  • Student placement: We give students the opportunity to apply the theory and skills they’ve gained while studying through hands-on experience. The student placement partnerships we form with local and overseas institutions allow us to offer professional placements, clinical placements, community engagement, practicums and more.
  • Articulation: Our articulation links with universities, colleges and other institutions give students with prior study or qualifications the chance to have their past work recognised at ACU.
  • Study tours: We welcome study tour groups from partner institutions for short-term periods. Activities can involve English classes, academic topics, and tours designed around specific student interests and expertise.

View our full list of our partnership types

How to partner with us

You can establish a partnership with us on a formal or informal basis.

Formal partnerships

If you are a staff member at a university or institution seeking to establish a formal partnership with ACU, please download, complete and return our International Partnership Proposal Form.

Download the International Partnership Proposal Form (PDF, 375KB)

Return your completed form by email to

We establish international agreements, which formalise international partnerships, through a process of consultation and approval in accordance with ACU rules and procedures. 

Preparing and negotiating draft agreements can require extensive internal consultation, and our ACU International Relations team will be able to advise on approximate time-frames once we receive your proposal.  

Tailored partnerships

If you are seeking to establish a formal partnership with ACU but your proposal does not align with the partnership types listed above, a customised partnership model may be a further option. 

You can find out more by emailing the ACU International Relations team at

Informal partnerships

Many partnerships originate through informal contact between staff at two or more institutions who share similar interests.

For academic interactions of limited scope or duration, no formal agreements are necessary. However, if there are sufficient activities and support for long-term collaboration and broader institutional participation, then we recommend formal agreements.

Request a visit to ACU

We look forward to welcoming international visitors and delegations to our campuses. ACU is committed to providing courteous and professional support, and we will endeavour to accommodate all requests.

To request a visit to ACU, submit a visit request online. Upon receipt of the visit proposal, Global and Education Pathways will assess the request and get in touch regarding the progress and outcome.

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