University of Queensland - Semester or Year Abroad


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

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at the University of Queensland through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about the University of Queensland and all other Australia program options.   


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this University of Queensland 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 career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as AustraLearn, offers semester and year abroad programs at The University of Queensland (UQ).

By selecting UQ for your Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange experience you can be confident that you have chosen well.  As one of only four Australian universities consistently ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide, UQ has a strong global reputation for educating aspiring leaders who succeed on a world stage and is located in a region famous for its subtropical climate, relaxed lifestyle and easy access to famous natural attractions.

The UQ Study Abroad program is available to students currently studying at an accredited institution outside of Australia. As a Study Abroad student, you can study at UQ for one or two semesters and are enrolled as a non-award student. Credit for courses that you successfully complete is normally transferable towards your home institution degree.

UQ offers one of Australia’s most comprehensive ranges of study courses, many of which include lectures and tutorials, group work, practical lab or field work, and industry placements. Many courses include field trips, which are popular with Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students, because UQ’s location offers opportunities to study outback, tropical and marine environments, as well as Australia’s unique flora and fauna.

While studying at UQ you will get the chance to enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities. Accessing sport facilities and more than 190 UQ clubs and societies, some which offer travel experiences, are just some of the advantages that UQ has to offer.

For more information please download a copy of the 2014 Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange guide.



Learn More About the University of Queensland:


About Brisbane

UQ has four campuses in an around Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland. It is the third largest city in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne and it has a multicultural population of around two million.

It has all the advantages of a large modern city yet it retains the friendliness and charm of a small regional town. The cost of living in Brisbane is considered more affordable than living in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth according to the 2012 Mercer Worldwide Cost of Living Survey.

An hour’s drive south of the city, you will find the golden beaches and theme parks of the Gold Coast. North from Brisbane you will find the Sunshine Coast beaches, national parks, rainforests and attractions like the Australia Zoo. And just off the coast you will find the pristine Stradbroke and Moreton Islands, both popular day-trip and holiday destinations for locals and visitors alike.

Brisbane has hosted many large scale cultural and sporting events including the Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup and in 2014 it will host the G20 summit. 

Around the University

The majority of Study Abroad students study at UQ’s St Lucia campus located approximately seven kilometers from Brisbane’s central business district. Many students choose to live in the suburb of St Lucia for the convenience of being close to the University. St Lucia, and surrounding suburbs are beautiful, quiet and leafy communities with an eclectic mix of families and students. There is no train station located in St Lucia; however there are buses that connect to the train station in nearby Toowong. Two large shopping centers, supermarkets, cinemas, a variety of restaurant and some popular student bars, are all located within a five kilometer radius of the campus. The campus has easy access to and from the city via frequent buses and the City Cat river ferry. 

Academic Highlights

UQ has more than 4,000 high-quality courses with many offering theoretical or practical components that are unique to UQ. Many courses focus on Australian topics or offer field trips to unique locations in South-east Queensland, while other courses promote group project work or research opportunities. Many of our programs are accredited and highly ranked by university discipline rankings.

For example, our business programs are accredited both by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), our programs in Veterinary Science are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), our tourism programs are accredited by UNWTO.TedQual and our Bachelor of Engineering is accredited by Engineers Australia. Engineers Australia is a signatory to the Washington Accord, an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programs.

Our MBA is ranked number one in Australia and the Asia Pacific and number two outside Europe and North America by the Economist’s 2012 rankings.

In the 2012 QS Rankings by subject, UQ ranked top 20 in Environmental Sciences and Ecology, Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy and Pharmacology and top 50 in Biological Sciences, Medicine and Politics and International studies.

A sample of courses popular with Study Abroad students are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Perspectives
  • Contemporary Australia
  • Introduction to Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Australia’s Terrestrial Environment
  • International Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Australia’s Marine Environment
  • Rainforest Ecology Field Studies
  • Blues, Beatles and Beyond
  • From Elvis to Madonna
  • Introduction to Peace and Conflict Analysis
  • Terrorism & Insurgency in World Politics
  • Psychological Problems of Adolescence
  • Advances in Criminological Theory

University Services

UQ offers first-class facilities and services, with students benefiting from excellent academic and support services (including free academic and communication preparation programs, international student advisors, airport reception, and assistance with finding temporary and longer-term accommodation), fully-equipped and IT-enabled libraries, and up-to-date IT facilities.


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:

The University of Queensland offers accommodation in fully catered residential colleges to students studying at the St. Lucia campus. This housing option offers single bedrooms in co-ed or single-gender living environments. Students also have the option to live in pre-arranged self-catered, single or share bedroom apartments located near the university.


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program which is included in your AustraLearn program fees, each semester UQ hosts special orientation sessions for Study Abroad students. Topics include academic advising, enrollment, health cover issues, student support services, and issues relating to living, studying, and traveling in Australia.

Other orientation activities for all new students include campus and library tours, sport and accommodation information sessions and a Market Day featuring food and entertainment as well as opportunities to sign up for any of more than 170 clubs and societies at UQ, including The Queensland University Exchange Student Society (QUEST) which organises a range of events and activities throughout the year to ensure that you have the best possible exchange experience. 

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, University of Queensland provides GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students two awards annually for 1/2 of tuition amount.

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>

The Mates@UQ program encourages social and academic networks between Australian and international students. It provides students with the opportunity to meet new people from many different countries, take part in a range of social and learning activities, and to improve English conversation skills. UQ students also have the opportunity to join a variety of clubs and societies who organize a variety of activities and excursions.

The UQ Colleges Associate Membership Program allows students to enjoy the academic and social benefits of a residential college, without living on campus.

Membership benefits vary between colleges but you may have access to a range of college support networks, events and facilities including:
• college tutorial, mentoring and pastoral care programs
• meals on tutorial nights and/or academic dinners
• sporting facilities
• community service programs
• college cultural and social events

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

There is a huge variety of extracurricular activities to do at UQ. Students can participate in a variety of sporting activities on all campuses, including tennis, swimming, athletics and gym. A range of cultural activities are also available on campus, with music concerts, various museum collections, art galleries, theatre, dances, debates, barbeques, Market Days and more than 150 student clubs and societies offered to help students enjoy campus life. UQ’s residential colleges also offer a range of social activities for their student residents.


Community Involvement

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  

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University of Queensland
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsApproximately $9,300 - $9,900
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: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
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Advice From The Program Team:
The St. Lucia campus is very beautiful and has a great feel. Students seem to really like Brisbane because of its location and the numerous activities within reach.