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University Overview

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 level, opportunities for students to gain practical experience and make valuable connections with prospective employers through internships and work placements, and the chance to study part of their degree overseas at one of the University's many highly-ranked partner institutions.

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 affiliated clubs and societies, as well as sports and cultural facilities.

The UQ Advantage Award program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to realise their aspirations and enhance their research, leadership and cultural communication skills to ensure they are competitive in the employment market. It combines participation in a range of co-curricular activities across three core categories - Global and Cultural Engagement, Research and Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility and Leadership - and will give you access to a unique symposium series.


The learning experience of students at UQ is enriched by first class services and facilities, an excellent reputation for teaching quality and exciting research and international study opportunities. UQ is a large university where students can choose from the largest high-qualtiy range of undergraduate programs in Queensland 400 undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.


UQ's postgraduate programs provide graduate students with specialized knowledge and an advantage in the employment market. Postgraduate studies,enables students to upgrade qualifications, keep abreast of modern work developments, change careers or enhance promotion potential. The university also offers different study options such as full time, part time (only available to domestic students) or external education.

Students can choose from a wide array of study areas either through coursework or research. Agribusiness, agriculture, environment and science, business, economics and law, engineering, architecture and planning, and information technology, health, humanities, education, psychology and music are some examples of study areas. Research degrees at UQ include the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

Study Online

UQ offers distance education courses are to students. External students can enroll in undergraduate and postgraduate programs in many study areas including agribusiness, agriculture, environment and science, business, economics and law, engineering, architecture and planning, and information technology, health, humanities, education, psychology and music.

The bulk of material provided to off-campus students is print-based, utilizing the Blackboard Learning system, the internet, with some material available on CD-ROM, DVD and video. The Blackboard Learning system allows students to receive course content, participate in online discussions and forums, take examinations, submit assignments and receive grades and comments.

International Students

The University of Queensland has comprehensive support programs for overseas students. Even before students come to Australia, the University already offers a pre-departure webinar discussing things such as organizing passport, visa, health insurance, plane tickets and airport pickup and planning accommodation and finances. To make the transition to a new country and culture easier, UQ can meet new students at the Brisbane domestic or international airports and take them to their temporary or permanent accommodation.

To prepare students with university life, the UQ offers orientations and briefings. English language support, international student activities and mentoring programs are also offered. UQ also has dedicated support volunteers, available to discuss with students the working conditions in Australia, the requirements to bring their families and other concerns and queries.

Tuition Fees

University of Queensland tuition fees vary depending on student status and the course being undertaken. International students are generally required to pay the full fee for undergraduate study while both local and undergraduate students can be required to pay the full fee for postgraduate study.

The average annual undergraduate tuition fee for UQ is AUD$28,590

The average annual postgraduate tuition fee for UQ is AUD$31,210

Check with the University directly for the cost of study of the courses in which you have an interest.


UQ has a wide variety of scholarships available for every student. Undergraduate, postgraduate and research by higher degree scholarships are available in different areas of study so students can choose which best suits them. UQ awards these scholarships based on academic merit, sports involvement, economic status and extracurricular activities.

The university also offers scholarships for international students who want to study undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at UQ. Most international scholarships are given to students on the basis of academic performance. External scholarships sponsored by the Australian government, private organizations and different industries are as well available at the university.

University Life

UQ university life is filled with fun student activities and programs. There is an enormous range of things to do around the university. There are many clubs and societies to join, concerts, ceremonies and public lectures to attend, libraries and museums, research and art collections to visit, places to worship and numerous sporting activities to join.

UQ has a wide range of food and retail outlets, cafes and bookshops on campus where students can shop, relax and chat with friends. School facilities like the student centre and sporting and recreational centres are always available for student use. Student services staff also helps students and staff manage personal, career, welfare and learning issues.

Student Reviews

A significant feature of the UQ student reviews are the comments on the university's friendly and easy-going campus. Students say that the relaxed atmosphere makes them feel at ease and enables them to concentrate more while studying.

Many comments from the student reviews reveal the appreciation that students have of UQ's beautiful campus and modern facilities. Students particularly mention the huge library and the study areas which are situated in the entire campus.

The student reviews also uncover some positive comments about the university lecturers and tutors. Students say that the teaching staff gives them the assistance and attention they need, most specially in difficult assignments and examination periods.

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