The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight schools and is ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. The university has often won awards for excellence in teaching. UQ has approximately 38,000 students on its four campuses, of which about 20 percent are international.
The magnificent main campus is at St. Lucia, fewer than three miles from downtown Brisbane. The Gatton campus houses the health sciences and veterinary sciences programs, and there is an internationally renowned marine and coral reef research station at Heron Island in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
UQ offers excellent programs in management, economics, marine biology and the sciences, as well as the arts and humanities.
Students enroll in four courses across all disciplines
. Instruction is based on the British academic system combining lectures and weekly discussion groups or “tutorials.” While not mandatory, students are encouraged to sign up for tutorials.
The Australian system encourages students to work independently to prepare for an exam at the end of the semester rather than weekly assignments. Students are fully integrated with their Aussie counterparts in all aspects of university life.
Study Abroad and Exchange Adviser
UQ Abroad, Room 220, Level 2
Student Union Complex, Building #21C
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD 4072 Australia
Academics & Support
Students should consult the acceptance materials that they received from the University of Queensland for the dates of the orientation
. Students should plan to stay until the last exam date; they must remain for all of their exams. The Study Abroad Office provides an orientation program for all study abroad and exchange students. The orientation covers general information about the local area and the university.
During the orientation participants will complete their course enrollment and meet their academic advisor. Students are advised not to take Australian classes that are designed for visiting students, but rather to take courses about aspects of Australian culture within the academic departments. Student Services
at UQ offers help with various academic skills such as writing papers, studying, preparing for exams, and managing time. Faculty members and staff in residential colleges also do academic advising.
O-week is the mandatory orientation program
held the week before each semester to help international students become familiar with the university’s facilities, meet other students, and learn about the logistics of settling in. In addition to the University’s orientation for all new international students, there will be an orientation for new study abroad and exchange students to provide information about university services, meals, banking, course registration, and a variety of other topics.
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- Fall Term: Starts in mid-July and ends in late November.
- Spring Term: Starts in late February and ends in late June.
There are 10 Residential Colleges
located on the grounds of the main St. Lucia campus. Living in a College provides students with a unique experience and opportunity to live with Australian and other international students. There are limited places for study abroad students and acceptance is quite competitive; however, St. Leo’s and Duchesne, the Catholic men’s and women’s Colleges, have a number of places for BC students.
International House is another College that BC students have enjoyed. Students who plan to apply to one of these Colleges should be sure to let their BC Program Manager know via email as soon as they decide.
Fall and Year students should apply on-line directly to the college for housing as soon as possible. Spring semester students should apply beginning around October 1. If a student decides to live off-campus
, the housing office provides support to students looking for off-campus accommodations as well as advising about renting or leasing. Daily information sessions offer advice about finding and leasing housing. Some private providers have developed apartment complexes or houses specifically for students and this can be pre-booked. You can find more information on the Accommodation Services
Regardless of the type of accommodations students choose, they should remember that they are responsible for paying housing fees directly to the provider.
Students should send their contact information abroad to OIP once they are settled in.
Australian universities do not have meal plans as universities do in the United States. There are a number of dining facilities on the main St. Lucia campus
, and students may dine on a pay-as-you-go basis. Students living at a Residential College have most of their meals included in the fees.
The university has a wide variety of clubs, societies, and activities
. UQ Sport offers almost 400 programs, and Buddy programs assist new international students to settle in. The university sponsors events, and the clubs also organize activities through the semester.
UQ provides information about volunteer organizations that students might be interested in. There are several volunteering opportunities
at UQ for students. Volunteering is an excellent way to become involved and to get to know something about the local community. International students are allowed to work or volunteer under the terms of the student visa; however, there is a small fee added to the cost of a student visa for the privilege.