Is this program right for you?
As a top ranked university, the University of Queensland offers students a strong academic program on a large park-like campus five miles from downtown Brisbane. This program is right for students who wish to experience the Australian education system first hand by directly enrolling in courses alongside local students. Students who choose to study at the University of Queensland want an immersive Australian experience, the relaxed pace of Brisbane and the independent nature of a direct enrollment program.
The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia's premier learning and research institutions and is renowned internationally for its highly-awarded teaching staff, world-class facilities and superior campus environment. More than 50,000 students, including 13,000 international students from more than 140 countries, study at University of Queensland.
Study Abroad and Exchange students can choose from more than 4000 courses across UQ’s six faculties covering disciplines as diverse as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, religious studies and zoology. Many of these courses focus on Australian topics or offer field-trips to unique locations in Southeast Queensland. Students will have a great range of options and flexibility in their selection.
View and search for subjects on offer at the University of Queensland. To see courses that have been preapproved for study abroad students at UQ, be sure to click the “study abroad” option on the bottom left of your search. Also note that courses from February – June will be marked as “Semester 1” and from July – November will be marked as "Semester 2."
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Students should be prepared to directly enroll in the Australian education system which is based on the British model of education. The student's academic schedule fluctuates between lectures, tutorials (small group sessions), laboratory work, seminars, and library study. For the class grade students may be expected to concentrate their academic efforts in library research and writing, and it is not uncommon to have a large percentage of the grade based upon only 1 to 2 exams. The tutorials may require students to prepare materials, present a paper, read articles, or participate in group discussion. Australian students generally concentrate on their major in the first year since there is not a "general education" requirement like most US four year institutions, and therefore introductory subjects may be more difficult than at AU.
UQ is in Southeast Queensland on Australia’s eastern coast. UQ St Lucia – the University’s largest campus – is located in Brisbane, a dynamic capital city with a population of approximately 2 million people. Built on and around the hills overlooking the Brisbane River, Australia’s third-largest city is characterized by a subtropical, sunny climate and a safe relaxed outdoor lifestyle. Brisbane is fast becoming an economic hub in the Asia Pacific for business, investment, major events and education.
As well as being a highly regarded place to research and study, UQ is a great place to meet new people, enjoy a range of sporting and cultural activities and relax in a diverse and welcoming environment. Take a look at the St Lucia campus by watching this video.
The golden beaches and fun parks of the Gold Coast are just to the south. The beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches lie a short drive to the north, along with national parks, rainforests and attractions.
Housing & Meals
Students attending UQ St Lucia can choose from on-campus residential colleges, off-campus student housing or rental houses and units. For more information about what options are available, please see the accommodation website on UQ international, which includes a helpful video, see the UQ accommodation website, and read below.
Off-campus student housing
More than 90 percent of UQ students live off-campus. Independent providers (not part of UQ) offer a variety of housing custom-built for students. Some follow a residential, college-style arrangement, while self-catering houses and unit complexes are also available. Applications for this style of housing should be submitted online directly to the provider.
On-campus residential colleges
More than 3000 students live on-campus in 10 residential colleges at UQ St Lucia. Colleges generally provide individual bedrooms (usually with shared bathrooms), meals, laundry facilities, and common social and recreation spaces. They may also offer academic tutorials, pastoral care and religious observance (in those founded by churches).
Students are part of a close-knit community and are encouraged to experience the range of cultural, social and sporting activities that are part of college life. All colleges accept applications regardless of students’ religious affiliations or views, although some give priority to students committed to the college ethos.
AU students are responsible for researching what they need to do to legally study in Australia. Please visit the Australian Embassy website and read the information provided to you by UQ in order to figure out what you need to do to legally be a student in Australia.