BRISBANE: University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

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  • Fall Semester - Mid July - Mid November
  • Spring Semester - Mid February - Late June

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - *Please note earlier deadline.* February 25
  • Spring Semester - *Please note earlier deadline.* September 25


Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

Ranked among the top 100* universities in the world, The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia's finest higher education institutions with:

  • more awards for teaching excellence than any other Australian university
  • exceptional program choice across a wide range of study areas at undergraduate, postgraduate and research higher degree levels
  • opportunities for students to gain practical experience and make valuable connections with prospective employers through internships and work placements
  • the chance to study part of their degree overseas at one of the University’s many highly ranked partner institutions

With campuses based in and around the city of Brisbane, you will enjoy a diverse community of over 48,800 students, including over 11,500 international students from 142 different countries across the globe.

The University’s outstanding 215,000-plus alumni include a Nobel laureate, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, an Academy Award winner, and leaders in government, law, science, public service and the arts.

For more information please visit UQ's website for international students.

*2014-2015; 43 QS World University Rankings|47 US News and World Report Best Global Universities | 65 Times Higher Education Rankings | 85 Academic Ranking of World Universities

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Students may select 4 courses from most of the disciplines UQ offers.  A full list of available courses can be found by going to UQ’s Courses and Programs website for study abroad students.  Note that most Health Science courses (Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Occupational and Speech Therapy and Vet Science courses) are not available for exchange students.

To search for courses: enter a search term (you can search by keyword, course code or area of interest), then select “Courses” from the drop-down menu and click on “Search”.  Once the search results have appeared, click on “Study Abroad” under “Refine your search”, which is located to the left of your screen. You will then need to click on “Show only pre-approved courses for Study Abroad students”. This will show you all the courses in your area of interest that do not require approval from UQ.

Need inspiration? Check out these courses especially selected for exchange students:

If students want to take a course that requires approval (eg. higher level courses or Law courses) the UQ Exchange Advisor will forward the student’s application to the appropriate faculty.  Please note that students must provide correct current course codes on the application form for the courses they wish to study.

UQ has three main campuses - St. Lucia, Herston and Gatton. Most exchange students complete their courses at either the St Lucia or Gatton campus.  Students should try not to timetable courses taught at two different campuses on the same day. If the majority of a student’s courses are taught on one campus (e.g. Gatton), the student should make accommodation arrangements close to that campus.

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Host University

UQ is a founding member of the national Group of Eight, a leading group of Australian universities that conducts a significant portion of all university research in Australia, as well as one of only three Australian universities to be a member of the global Universitas 21, an alliance allowing UQ to offer students unique opportunities to participate in student exchanges and events throughout the world. Through this alliance, UQ students have participated in events such as the Summer School program in Mexico, Undergraduate Research Conference in Japan and the Social Entrepreneurship program in Guatemala.

The University has nine world class research institutes, and researchers whose innovations are having a global impact, including the creation of a cervical cancer vaccine, protection of the world’s food supply, and the installation of the largest photovoltaic solar panel in the southern hemisphere.  As a UQ student you have the opportunity to be taught by and work alongside these researchers.

According to the QS World University Subject Rankings 2014, six of UQ’s subject disciplines are ranked in the world’s top 20 – education (10), environmental sciences (11), psychology (14), agriculture and forestry (18), English language and literature (20) and chemical engineering (20). A further four disciplines are included in the world’s top 50. These include biological sciences (21), sociology (22), geography  (26), and materials science (41).

In addition to flexibility in program choice, UQ students also benefit from the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities during their studies. There are exchange opportunities to more than 185 partner institutions in 41 countries and access to more than 190 clubs and societies, as well as sports and cultural facilities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed OISP online application

    Please submit the following directly to OISP (either electronically or in paper):

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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Students have three main accommodation options:

  1. If you want to arrange your accommodation ahead of time, have your meals catered for you and lots of support and activities at your fingertips, you should consider living in a Residential College. However, spaces at the Colleges are very limited and in high demand. You will need to apply early and are not guaranteed a place.
  2. If you want to be a little more independent (or are unsuccessful at securing a place in a College) but still want to have your accommodation arranged before you arrive, you should consider living in off-campus student housing. This is self-catered, furnished accommodation designed for students and can be booked online from overseas.
  3. The third option is to book temporary accommodation and wait until you arrive in Brisbane to secure permanent accommodation. If you choose this option, you should plan to arrive in Brisbane at least two to three weeks before the start of Orientation as it can take some time to find a suitable place and get settled in. This option offers the widest variety of choices and prices.

For more information, please see UQ's study abroad page on housing.


UQ has three campuses in and around Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland. Brisbane 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. In the 2013 edition of the Lonely Planet Australia travel guidebook, Brisbane was named “Australia’s coolest city”.

An hour’s drive south of the city, you will find the golden beaches and theme parks of the Gold Coast. North of Brisbane you will find the Sunshine Coast beaches, national parks, rainforests and attractions like Australia Zoo. 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 the 2014 G20 leaders’ summit.