University of Queensland

Cheer on the Queensland Maroons at the annual "State of Origin" rugby league series against Brisbane's rival state, New South Wales.

Known as "the River City" Brisbane is inland from the coast, hugging the shores of the windy Brisbane River. St. Lucia Campus, located 7km from the city centre, is the main campus for most fields of study. The capital city of Queensland, Brisbane is one of Australia's more affordable cities. Nature lovers can also spend some koala-ty time checking out Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world's largest sanctuary for this unique marsupial.

Key information




Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status


2020-21 applications

Deadline passed

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Please note: space is very limited at UQ, so make sure to apply for 2 universities as a back-up with your priority deadline application!

2021-22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020


Program details

Areas of Study: 
UQ offers a wide variety of programs, including Aboriginal Studies, Agricultural Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Development Studies, Drama, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Engineering (Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Software), English, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Film & Television Studies, Food Science, Geography, Geology, Health Sciences, History, Human Movement, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Marine Science, Math, Microbiology, Music, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Sport Studies, Women's Studies, Zoology and more.

They also offer some courses with research components as well. See the list from 2018.

Law students will take courses at the Masters level.

Course Requirements:
Course credits at UQ are called "units". Exchange students are expected to take 8 units (typically 4 courses) per semester, which is equivalent to 5 UCalgary HCEs (or 15 UCalgary units). Undergrad courses are numbered 1000-3999 (courses labelled 4000-6000 are not available to exchange students) - course restrictions to exchange students are noted with restrictions on the course description. 

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters:

  • Semester 1 runs from late February to late June
  • Semester 2 runs from mid-July to late November

Due to limited space in this program, students are not eligible for full-year studies. 


Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

It is recommended that students budget around AUS$9000 per semester ($2000/month) to pay for accommodation and living expenses. Cost of living estimates can be found online

Here's an example of typical monthly costs at UQ:

Expense On-campus Colleges Off-campus Sharehouse Off-campus UQ Rental/Student Housing Provider 2 adult, 1 child family Flat
Accommodation 2065-2780 AUD 520-930 AUD 710-1900 AUD 1510-2580 AUD
Food Included 80-280 AUD 80-280 AUD 160-560 AUD
Gas/Electricity Included 35-140 AUD 35-140 AUD 70-280 AUD
Phone/Internet 20-55 AUD 20-55 AUD 20-55 AUD 40-110 AUD
Public Transit 15-55 AUD 15-55 AUD 15-55 AUD 30-110 AUD
Photocopying 8-13 AUD 8-13 AUD 8-13 AUD 8-13 AUD
Recreation 20-40 AUD 20-40 AUD 20-40 AUD 40-80 AUD
Clothing/Personal 40-60 AUD 40-60 AUD 40-60 AUD 80-150 AUD
TOTAL ESTIMATE: 2168-3003 AUD 738-1573 AUD 928-2543 AUD 1938-3883 AUD


Additionally, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is mandatory for all students studying in Australia and will be applied for at the time of application to your host university. You will be required to provide evidence of OSHC for the duration of your Student Visa at the time of your visa application. Also, don't forget to include things like flights, visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.

Brisbane cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Accommodation Website for UQ

Exchange students to UQ are now guaranteed housing at either the Residential colleges on-campus or with one of UQ's approved accommodation providers: 

  1. The university has a limited amount of space in their residential colleges, where students receive a private room, private or shared bathroom, and a fully-catered meal plan. 
  2. Students can also seek housing off-campus; including off-campus privatized student housing through UQ Rentals or Approved Providers. The university lists several recommended housing providers who offer complexes with self-contained units (each holding multiple bedrooms, private or shared bathrooms, and a shared kitchen) that are typically rented out to multiple students. See online for more details.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

What resources are available for new students?

UQ organizes an orientation O-Week prior to the semester start with a variety of informative and social events that international students can attend to help their transition to Australia. Some sessions during O-Week may be compulsory for incoming students, so check the online timetables before your arrival.

UQ also provides complimentary airport reception to transport international students from the terminal to their pre-arranged housing. 

The City of Brisbane also runs a free "Brisbane Greeters" program providing free walking tours and custom orientations to the city, led by local volunteers. 

What supports or services are available at UQ?

UQ's Disability Program provides comprehensive support for students with disabilities.

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.