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  • not an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia.
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Undergraduate

Ready to start on the path to your future? You'll need to apply through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can apply to start in Semester 1 for all undergraduate programs. Some programs also start in Semester 2. Check the program page for details.

Apply through QTAC

You need to apply online through QTAC for all undergraduate programs.

Apply through QTAC

Important dates

These dates apply to most programs. To see all application dates, check QTAC's key dates.

For Semester 1, 2021

  • QTAC applications open: 4 August 2020
  • QTAC applications close for major offer round: 11 December 2020
  • Offers released: between 1 October 2020 and 18 February 2021
  • Major offer round: 14 January 2021
  • Classes start: 22 February 2021

Ordering your preferences

To give yourself the best chance of getting an offer for your preferred program, think carefully about how you choose and order your preferences.

You can list up to 6 preferences. You can only receive 1 offer per offer round – for your highest eligible preference.

Here's how to order your preferences to make the most of your QTAC application:

  • 1 and 2: Dream programs – The top 2 programs you dream of studying – even if you're not sure you'll get the entry score you need.
  • 3 and 4: Back-up programs – The 2 programs you'd most like to study if you don't get into your dream programs.
  • 5 and 6: Pathway programs – 2 programs you could use as a pathway into one of your preferred programs.

Once you've decided on your 6 programs, you can refine the order by thinking about:

  • entry score threshold: list programs with higher entry score thresholds first
  • offer round dates: list programs in order of when offers are made.

If you change your mind or don't get the entry score you expected, you can change your preferences.

QTAC's advice on ordering your preferences

Pathway options

Offers

We make offers through QTAC. If you're offered a place in a UQ program, QTAC will contact you with details and instructions for responding to the offer.

For Semester 1, 2021 we'll make offers between 1 October 2020 and 18 February 2021.

You may not get an offer at the same time as people you know, but that doesn't necessarily mean you've missed out. Different universities may make offers on different dates, and not all programs are offered in the same offer round. You can check offer round dates on the QTAC site.

QTAC offer dates

Applicants with the same entry score

There may be more applicants with the same ATAR or selection rank than there are places available in a program.

In these circumstances, we choose between applicants by using more detailed measures within each ATAR or selection rank. These measures might include:

  • the aggregate of the first 4 section scores in the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) (for entry into certain programs)
  • Section 5 and section 1 UCAT scores (where applicants have the same UCAT aggregate score)
  • further breakdown of an applicant's GPA (for selection ranks based on tertiary study)
  • applicants who achieve an ATAR or selection rank of 99.00 or above without adjustments will be considered before applicants who achieve a selection rank of 99.00 or above after adjustments are added.

Ready to apply? How to submit your application depends on what type of applicant you are.

You can apply to start in Semester 1 for all undergraduate programs. Some programs also start in Semester 2. Check the program page for details.

Your senior schooling is from Australia

If you're currently completing senior schooling from Australia, submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). This applies if you're currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 – either in Australia or overseas, or
  • the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia.

You need to apply through QTAC even if you're using an approved UQ agent in your country.

Check QTAC's key dates and fees for application dates and fees.

Apply through QTAC

If you don't expect to achieve 4 semesters of Sound Achievement in Queensland Year 12 English (or equivalent), contact us for advice.

Changing your preferences

To change your preferences, email applicationstatus@uq.edu.au and include your:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • QTAC application number or student ID (if you know it).

Updating your contact details

Before results are released in December, you should update your contact details through QTAC.

After results are released, email your updated contact details to yr12international@uq.edu.au and include your:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • QTAC application number or student ID (if you know it).

Enquiries

If you have questions about your application, email applicationstatus@uq.edu.au and include your:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • QTAC application number or student ID (if you know it).

How we assess applications

We assess each application on a case-by-case basis. Our International Admissions team will review your qualification to check that it meets the requirements of the program you're interested in.

We also refer to the reputation or ranking of your institution and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) Qualifications Recognition Service. This ensures your academic background meets Australian standards as well as the subject or discipline requirements of a UQ program.

All UQ qualifications are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework.

All other international applicants

If you're not currently completing senior schooling from Australia (Year 12 or International Baccalaureate), submit an application directly to UQ.

You can complete the application yourself or apply through an approved UQ agent in your country. Applicants from certain countries must apply through an agent – our online application system will let you know if you need to do this.

We recommend applying early. We can consider applications up to 2 years in advance, and some programs have limited places. You must leave enough time for UQ to process your application and issue an offer, and for you to organise your student visa. 

Step 1: Create an account

Create an account in UQ Online Applications.

If you can't access UQ Online Applications, email applicationstatus@uq.edu.au to request a hard-copy form. We charge a non-refundable fee of A$150 if you use a hard-copy form.

Step 2: Complete your application

Complete all details on the application form and include all required documents. You can save an incomplete form and return later.

On your application, let us know if:

You will need to provide:

  • a complete academic transcript and/or testamurs for any non-UQ studies
  • a copy of your passport or national ID card
  • evidence that you meet our English language requirements.

Upload documents as PDFs to reduce their file size.

Academic transcripts

Your academic transcript should detail:

  • all of the courses you studied
  • any degrees or diplomas you were awarded.

You only need to submit an academic transcript for non-UQ programs.

Provide a certified copy of your transcript as soon as it is available. Transcripts can be certified at a Student Centre, by an approved UQ agent, or by other appropriate parties. 

Don't send original documents. We're not able to return them.

If you're waiting to complete your studies

If you're waiting for a transcript or your current results, you can submit your application with a note stating when your transcript is likely to be available. Forward a certified copy of your transcript as soon as you receive it.

When you forward your transcript, you need to clearly:

  • mark it with your UQ student number (if you know it), family name, first name, date of birth, and the UQ program you have applied for
  • state that you have already submitted an application.

Step 3: Submit your application

When you're satisfied your application is complete, submit it.

You'll need to pay a A$100 fee for each application you submit. This fee can't be refunded.

Closing dates

Make sure you submit your application by the closing date:

  • Semester 1: 30 November of the previous year
  • Semester 2: 31 May of the same year.

Some programs have different closing dates – these will be listed on the program page.

We may consider late applications, but this can't be guaranteed.

Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education courses

For all ICTE courses, including the Bridging English (BE) program, the deadline to apply, accept your offer and pay tuition fees, is 4 weeks before the course start date. ICTE cannot guarantee that places will be available after the deadline. Late applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Step 4: Manage your application

UQ International Admissions will assess your application. They will contact you through UQ Online Applications with any updates or requests for additional information.

If you didn't apply through UQ Online Applications, UQ International Admissions will contact you by email.

After you've submitted your application, you can log in to My Applications to:

  • access your application
  • upload documentation
  • provide referee details
  • withdraw your application
  • accept, decline or defer an offer
  • pay all or part of your fees
  • view your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
  • ask a question using the messaging function.

To change your preferences or update your details, use the messaging function.

Enquiries

If you have any questions about applying or would like help with your application, you can contact UQ or an approved UQ agent in your country.

For enquiries about the status of a submitted application, email applicationstatus@uq.edu.au and include your:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • student number (if you know it).

How we assess applications

We assess each application on a case-by-case basis. Our International Admissions team will review your qualification to check that it meets the requirements of the program you're interested in.

We also refer to the reputation or ranking of your institution and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) Qualifications Recognition Service. This ensures your academic background meets Australian standards as well as the subject or discipline requirements of a UQ program.

All UQ qualifications are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework.