“I’ve accepted my offer… where is my COE?” Plus other questions answered.

CQUniversity Australia Brisbane campus

Note: The global COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent Australian travel ban, has meant some changes to international student applications and admissions. We are still accepting July (term 2) intake applications, so head to our coronavirus advice page for information on what this means for you” https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/coronavirus-advice/information-for-international-students

So you have found the perfect course at CQUniversity and are ready to apply!

Where to start? We have put together a list of FAQs to assist you.

I’m ready to apply.

Tell me about the application process, Confirmation of Enrolment (COE), processing times and scholarships.

Q: How can I receive my COE?

A: To receive your COE, ensure all conditions (if any) on your offer letter have been met before accepting and paying.

Q: When will I receive my COE?

A: After CQUniversity has received notice that you have accepted your offer, received documents to meet any conditions and processed your payment, we will issue an email a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) to you or your agent (if an authorised agent has assisted you with your application).

This usually takes 7–10 business days.

Q: What should I do after receiving my COE?

A: A COE is required for your application for a student visa to study and live in Australia legally.

Follow the instructions on how to apply for a student visa or contact your local Australian Government overseas office to find out how to apply, processing times and what documents you need to support your application.

The Document Checklist Tool is handy in letting you select your country of passport, education provider and processing times.

Q: What is Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) and why is this necessary?

A: All international students who wish to study in Australia must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria. 

CQUniversity is required to screen and determine if prospective students meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria as defined by the Department of Home Affairs.

Q: Are scholarships available to international students?

A: There are a range of scholarships available to international students. These are available from CQUniversity and external organisations such as the Australian Government.

The International Student Scholarship is a popular scholarship and is now open to students wishing to study a vocational, English (packaged with academic studies), undergraduate or postgraduate or research program on-campus who meet the academic criteria at CQUniversity. We also have a scholarship for those who want to study in a regional campus – International Student Scholarship – Regional.

You can indicate your interest in a scholarship when you apply for your course. These scholarships reward successful new applicants with a 20% reduction in tuition fees.


From term 2, 2020, these international scholarships will increase to a 25% reduction for new students only, subject to meeting terms and conditions.

Q: How do I apply?

A: Applying is easy and quick through our online application portal, iStart. You can also view additional FAQs on applying from our website.

We recommend applying well ahead of the term you wish to start. Refer to our key dates for more information.

Q: If my application has been rejected, can I reapply?

A: If your application has been rejected, you won’t be able to reapply, unless your circumstances have changed.

I’ve applied, what now?

Tell me about enrolment, orientation, support, campus life and how to prepare.

Q: When is the last day to enrol?

A: As a new international student, you will be required to visit your campus to complete your enrolment and to officially commence your studies at CQUniversity. We encourage you to enrol early so that you can settle in.

Study at a time that suits you with three terms each year. Find out more about enrolment and upcoming enrolment dates.

Q: What do I need to know about Orientation?

A: Attending Orientation is compulsory for international students. At Orientation, you will find out about the facilities, support staff, university systems and other information that is helpful to start your student journey.

Find out more about Orientation.

Q: Where can I study?

A: We have campuses throughout Australia so there is sure to be one that suits your needs and where your course is available. We show you each campus to make it easier for you to choose.

Q: Where can I live?

A: CQUniversity’s Student Success Teams can provide accommodation advice for international students moving to Australia.

If you are planning to study in Rockhampton or Mackay, the University offers accommodation on campus.

Find out more about the range of accommodation options.

Q: What type of support is there on-campus?

University study can be challenging and that’s why we have a wide range of student support services to assist you with your academic skills and studies. Read a current student’s personal management skills for success.

A service many of our international students find beneficial is the Academic Learning Centre. One-on-one appointments can be made with our dedicated and friendly team who will assist you with academic advice and guidance with your assignments and more.

Find out more about our extensive Student Support and take a look at our extensive range of clubs and societies that you can be involved with to balance your studies and make new friends.

CQUniversity is a vibrant and multicultural place to study with students from over 115 countries. Find out why we are the University of choice for many international students from all of the world.

Find out why other students have also chosen to study at CQUniversity.

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