1. Choose your non-award course

Non-award study is where you enrol in a course, but the units of study do not lead to the award of a qualification.

A great way to pursue a personal interest, develop professional competence in an area of specialisation, or simply "test the waters", non-award study allows you to attend lectures and tutorials, and be assessed and examined with other students, without the restriction of a degree.

Types of non-award study

At UQ international students can apply to undertake non-award study in one of two ways.

Non-award study program for international students

Our non-award ‘study program for international students’ is an upfront tuition fees program that allows international students to study individual courses without the restriction of a degree. It is available to students enrolling in a full-time study load and meets the requirements to obtain a student visa.

You may enrol in a maximum of four courses per semester, with a total limit of eight courses undertaken as non-award study.

If you’re an international student studying at an overseas university/institution, please refer to the Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange website.

Part-time non-award study

Part-time non-award study is for students who wish to take less than three courses per semester (i.e. less than the full-time study load). Students pay individual course fees and are not eligible for a student visa. Students who wish to study part-time must have an alternative valid Australian visa that enables them to study in this way.

Find a course

We offer a broad range of fields of study for you to choose from, with almost all UQ courses available for non-award enrolment.

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Non-Award entry into science-based disciplines is only approved in exceptional circumstances, with applications being assessed on a case-by-base basis.

The University's Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) also offers short term study programs in numerous discipline areas.

If you successfully complete a non-award course, you are not automatically qualified for admission to an award program at UQ. However, successfully completed non-award courses may be counted as credit towards a degree.

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