Central Queensland University (CQU) is a popular choice for students seeking a traditional campus experience in a unique Australian setting. While CQU has many campuses throughout Australia, Endicott students will study at their residential campus in Rockhampton. The campus has lush gardens and lots of greenery, providing a tranquil and picturesque environment to study in. With flexible learning and enrollment modes, distance education, high graduate starting salaries and outcomes, industry engagement and a practical teaching approach, CQU is committed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge to ensure you are work-ready.
The city lies on the Tropic of Capricorn, 700km north along National Highway 1 from the Queensland State capital, Brisbane. Principal rail and air routes, developed to support Central Queensland's agricultural and mining exports, make Rockhampton readily accessible from within Australia and from Asia. Rockhampton has a resident population of 70,000 and is compact and easy to get around, but has the businesses and services to supply the region's 180,000 people. Nearby beach communities at Yeppoon and Emu Park, a short drive away by car or public bus service, are popular with commuters and students. The nearby islands of the Great Barrier Reef, and a sub-tropical climate with summer rains and mild sunny winters, attract tourists from Europe, Asia and southern Australia.
Students will choose courses from Central Queensland University's extensive course catalog, and will enroll in a total of four courses, that are worth 4 (four) Endicott College credits each. For information on courses, please refer to the CQU Course Catalog.
Please note that students should search for classes offered at the Rockhampton campus only (ROK); this can be found by doing the following:
1. Select the appropriate term from the drop-down menu. The Fall semester is titled Term 2 and the Spring semester is titled Term 1. Select Search. This will reload the course list.
2. Click on the title of the course you wish to take.
3. Select General Information. Scroll down to locate Offerings.
4. Rockhampton should be in the list under offerings. If it is not listed, this course is not offered on campus during the semester. Students must select courses that are offered on campus.
5. Courses listed as DISTANCE indicates the course is taught online or on the Rockhampton campus. However, if taught at Rockhampton, it is conducted via video with a professor located at a different CQU campus location. Students who select these courses must be mindful that the learning style is remote, without an in-person professor.
Students will select 8 courses, all of which have been approved by the Dean of the student's school, during the CQU online application process. Once approved by the CQU faculty, students will receive their approved course schedule along with their visa documents. Students who elect to do an add/drop on their schedule will be able to do so once they arrive on campus, and must base their changes on the list of pre-approved courses.
Students will be enrolled in courses that are taught in one of two ways: 1) In the classroom with an in-person professor, or 2) In the classroom with a remote professor (a Distance course, explained above in #5). This professor will be located at another CQU campus, and will call in to the classroom via video (Skype or another similar form of communication) to interact with students. Students who wish to learn in advance if their course will be taught via video may reach out to Endicott's Office of International Education, who will in turn reach out to CQU.
Please note that CQU follows a different academic calendar. The fall semester will run July through October, and the spring semester will run late February through June. Exact dates will be listed below as they become available.
The Fall 2017 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: July 1 or 2, 2017 (Departure from the U.S. to Rockhampton is 2 days prior to your arrival date)
- Orientation: July 3-7, 2017
- Classes Start: July 10, 2017
- Classes End: October 6, 2017
- Final Exams: October 12-20, 2017
- Departure Date: October 21, 2017
The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: TBA
- Orientation: TBA
- Classes Start: TBA
- Mid-Term Exams: TBA
- Classes End: TBA
- Final Exams: TBA
- Departure Date: TBA
Housing & Meals
Rockhampton Student Residence provides individual bedrooms on campus for students. Supervision and counselling by resident staff ensure a safe, secure environment in which to study. Residences include a single bed, desk, wardrobe, shared bathrooms and laundry. Students will receive a bedding package that includes bed sheets, a pillow & pillow case, a blanket and a towel. Students who wish to have additional bedding may purchase them at the local shopping center.
Students may learn more about CQU Student Residences, Sports Centre and read the Student Residence Handbook here. Student must complete the online housing application through CQU, also found through this link.
Students are enrolled in a full meal plan, served at the on-campus dining hall. The dining hall is open until approximately 10:30pm daily for students to socialize, however, there are set hours for food service. Breakfast is served from 7-9am, lunch is served from 12-2pm, and dinner is served from 5-7pm. Students should seek out hours of operation on holidays & breaks when CQU is closed.
Rate information for housing and meals is provided on the Budget Sheets (see above). Students pay Endicott directly for room and board fees.
In the close residential community on campus, students will spend time with peers exploring Australia and the "uni" lifestyle. Beyond the outdoor friendly Australian ways, students will be encouraged to engage in the community activities in and outside of the classroom. The Residential Life Team provides a wide variety of sporting activities, social functions and services for residents to better ensure that life is fun, diverse and full of opportunities. Activities include sporting competitions, dances, video nights, hiking, organized student trips and much more!
Some of the amenities available at Rockhampton Student Residence include:
-Junior Common Room
-Beach volleyball courts
Students who wish to venture off campus can head to the Stocklands, a shopping center located approximately 5 miles from campus. CQU offers a bus for students on Thursdays and Saturdays from campus, and should a student opt not to travel on one of those days, they can take public transportation and arrive within 20 minutes. Students will find a movie theatre, restaurants, shopping and a grocery store there. Students may also choose to walk to a nearby smaller shopping center, which is approximately 15 minutes away, where they will find a grocery store and a small selection of restaurants.
All students studying abroad in Australia must obtain a student visa prior to traveling. You will receive a Certificate of Enrollment (CoE) from CQU once you have met the financial and academic requirements required by the Australian Government. The CoE is a letter from CQU authorizing the Australian Government to grant you a student visa. It confirms that you are officially enrolled in a full time course of study at CQU for the dates listed. The CoE includes a special number assigned specifically to you. You will use this number when applying for your visa online.
The student visa application for Australia is found here. Please select Individuals and Travelers- Studying in Australia- Non-Award Sector Visa to arrive at the correct application process. We encourage students to view the Document Checklist on the Australian Embassy website, which will provide information what was is needed with further explanation.
The visa process is completed online with the Australian Embassy, and can take four to six weeks to be granted. We encourage all students to complete this process as soon as allowable, and to be aware of any communication to them through their visa portal (IMMI portal). Once granted, the student visa will be electronically attached to the student's passport and students should print out all email communication verifying receipt of their visa.
This student visa costs $550 USD and can be paid by credit card.