Queensland University of Technology - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as AustraLearn, offers semester and year abroad programs at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Based in Brisbane, QUT is a highly successful Australian university with an excellent graduate employment rate, global connections and a world-class record in applied research.

QUT offers exceptional learning and research facilities, investing half a billion dollars in infrastructure over the past six years. The university has Brisbane’s only two inner city campuses. Brisbane is renowned for its vibrant and multicultural atmosphere, making it the perfect place to live and learn. QUT is a global education leader renowned for its real world courses with practical experience to prepare you for your career.

QUT’s strength lies in the quality of its teaching, the employability of its graduates and the application of research for the benefit of the community. The university has close ties with government, industry and professional associations, ensuring our courses are relevant to the real world.

The key aim of QUT is to produce job-ready graduates with the skills and abilities to work anywhere in the world. Reflecting our global outlook, QUT has a student population of 40,000 students, and nearly 6,800 of these are international students from more than 100 countries. This diversity supports QUT’s excellent international reputation in the design and delivery of its real world courses and research.

With more than 650 undergraduate and postgraduate options, QUT courses can be tailored to your specific personal or professional development needs. Choose from a large range of programs in building and planning, business, creative, design and performance, education, engineering, English language, health and community, information technology, law and justice, and science and mathematics.



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With nearly 1.8 million people, Brisbane is a vibrant and multicultural city offering a relaxed and outdoor lifestyle. There is plenty to do in and around the city, including sports, arts and entertainment, shopping, dining and nightlife.

The university’s Gardens Point campus is located on the riverfront in Brisbane’s Central Business District. The inner-city location reinforces our links with business and industry while creating a dynamic learning environment for students.

The Kelvin Grove campus is an award-winning urban development, located only two kilometres north of the Brisbane city centre. Students can easily walk to the city or university and benefit from purpose-built student accommodation and a range of facilities within a convenient village atmosphere.
A convenient and free campus shuttle bus for QUT students and staff connects both campuses.

Facilities across both campuses include libraries, computing laboratories and wireless internet zones, food retail outlets, cafes, student counselling and health services, a pool, fitness and cycle centre, squash/rebound volleyball courts, a pre-school and toddler centre, student administration services, optometrist, podiatry and human movement clinics, and dance, drama, music and visual arts studios and theatres.

Academic Highlights

QUT has performed strongly in the Australian Federal Government’s 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment round, with 95 per cent of the university’s research areas at the broad discipline level ranked world standard and above.
Our top-performing research areas include:
• Education
• Environmental Sciences
• Engineering
• Information Systems
• Language, Communication and Culture
• Law and Legal studies
• Mathematical Science
• Medical and Health Science
• Creative Arts and Writing

QUT Business School is Australia’s only triple accredited business school. A distinction held by less than one per cent of business schools worldwide.

QUT’s new $230 million Science and Engineering Centre and Community Hub is on Gardens Point campus. The Centre is set to transform QUT’s contribution to the needs of Australia’s emerging green workforce and lead research in climate change and global sustainability.

The Centre is home to QUT’s newest research institute, Institution for Future Environments, focusing on research themes around science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) disciplines.
Features of the Centre include:
• Stimulating work spaces for high impact research
• A multi-screen visualisation and simulation facility to interact with researchers, assist teaching and connect with the wider community
• Exciting food and retail spaces
• A 50-metre swimming pool and 1000 square metre gymnasium

The Centre is set to become one of the highest rated ‘green’ buildings in the Brisbane Central Business District. Visit www.qut.edu.au/sci-eng-centre

With more than 100 current collaborative research projects presently being undertaken in more than 50 countries, QUT has a strong track record in solving problems globally.

University Services

At QUT you can be sure you’ll receive personal attention and support from professionals. Services include:


  • academic and personal counseling
  • accommodation and employment assistance,
  • home stay
  • orientation
  • airport reception
  • language and learning advice

QUT International’s study abroad staff looks after the specific support needs of all study abroad students and is the first stop for enrolment, information, support and advice. From the time an application is submitted to the end of the semester, QUT International staff ensures you have all the assistance you need.

Both of QUT’s campuses have wireless zones and boast multiple computer labs including 24 hour access computer labs. Medical health services are also available on both campuses and the Kelvin Grove campus features health clinics including counseling, nutrition and dietetics, podiatry and optometry that are open to students, staff and the general public.

QUT provides free advice on career planning and employment assistance and is the only university in Australia with an International Career Counselor that works exclusively with international students and employers.


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:
Pre-arranged accommodation without meals is available for study abroad students. All accommodations are modern, fully secure complexes and accessible to QUT campuses. The packages include furniture, furnished kitchen, linen pack, and electricity costs.

Brisbane is a great place to live, with plenty of affordable housing close to the city and QUT campuses. If you choose to locate your housing upon arrival QUT’s international office will assist you in finding permanent accommodation to suit your style and budget. The more popular types of accommodation for students include student apartments, shared houses and apartments, and home stay for those who prefer to live in a family environment.


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this QUT program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and professional. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program which is included in your program fees, QUT offers a university specific orientation. The Study Abroad Orientation session is compulsory for Study Abroad students and a specific orientation for Study Abroad and Inbound Exchange students takes place approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of classes.
This session includes topics such as enrolment, computing access, faculty information, immigration regulations, health cover, QUT rules and regulations, tuition fees and refunds and much more.
Students will be able to meet with faculty advisers who will assist them in choosing and changing subjects.

All study abroad students at QUT have the opportunity to participate in our optional orientation activities including our Brisbane River Cruise and Study Abroad Orientation Escape (see Special Programs/Excursions).

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, Queensland University of Technology supports GlobaLinks students with two $1,000 AUD awards each year.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

QUT Specific Special Programs

Study abroad students enrolled in at least one business subject have the opportunity to be involved in our innovative Business Advantage program offered through our AACSB-accredited Business School. Business Advantage is a voluntary co-curricular, non-award program aimed at developing business graduates who can contribute effectively as citizens, as leaders in the wider community, and as competent professionals within their chosen disciplines.

QUT Science and Technology offers a preparatory research program for study abroad students who have a passion for discovery and want to have a sound understanding of research methods and writing, literature analysis and problem identification. This unique program is also a pathway to the Doctor of Philosophy program at QUT.

Study Abroad students wishing to study Education can gain real world teaching experience through field studies, in an actual classroom, in a rural or remote location.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

The best part about studying abroad is experiencing a different culture, so QUT offers a range of recreational services to ensure students make the most of all aspects of campus life.

Why not join one of QUT’s many different clubs such as abseiling, diving, bushwalking, cycling, and rollerblading, just to name a few…or get involved in a rugby league or cricket team and learn more about the local sporting culture. Take full advantage of our on-campus facilities and swim in the indoor swimming pool, or use the squash and netball courts, gymnasiums, athletic fields, or health and fitness centres.

Brisbane is the ideal city to base yourself in order to discover all the wonders of the east coast of Queensland. Just an hour south of Brisbane is the world famous Gold Coast with its golden beaches, theme parks, shopping and dining. Head an hour and a half north of Brisbane to the Sunshine coast for a quieter pace. QUT’s International Student Services organises short trips and weekend activities for international students. Trips include surfing at Stradbroke Island, hiking in Lamington National Park and shopping in Noosa. All trips are made for the budget conscious student with prices set to cover the cost of running the trip.


Community Involvelment

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Australian culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Brisbane or discover your own upon arrival!

You can explore your volunteer efforts in the semester by signing up for the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Conservation Volunteer Weekend.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact studyabroad@globalinksabroad.org.


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Queensland University of Technology
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsN/A
Housing without MealsApproximately $6,900 - $7,400
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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Advice From The Program Team:
Past students have recommended the Caston Street Seafood and Wine Festival held in May as well as the River Festival (end of August/beginning of September).