Information for parents of prospective international students

Information for parents of prospective international students

Choosing the right university for your son or daughter is a big decision, especially if you are sending them overseas to study.

You want a university that is going to help your son or daughter realise their potential. A university with an excellent reputation and highly awarded teachers who connect with students. A learning environment with a track record for graduating leaders, extracurricular opportunities that promote learning and personal growth outside the classroom, and a safe, welcoming and diverse campus. 

Is The University of Queensland (UQ) the right university for your son or daughter? 

That is an important question and we are here to answer it.

Top questions:

  1. What is the quality of higher education in Australia? 
  2. Why choose UQ for your son or daughter? 
  3. What are their study options?
  4. What are the entry requirements?
  5. What are the accommodation options?
  6. How much will it cost me?
  7. What kind of student support is available?

1. What is the quality of higher education in Australia?

Australia’s reputation as a safe, progressive and dynamic place to study is maintained by providing international students with quality education and consumer protection.

Education institutions offering programs to international students in Australia must be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

CRICOS registration guarantees that education institutions and the courses they offer in Australia meet the high-quality standards set out by the Australian Government.

UQ's CRICOS Provider Number: 00025B.

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2. Why choose UQ for my son or daughter? 

Ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide, UQ is one of the most highly ranked and awarded learning and research institutions in Australia. It is also the largest university in Queensland

UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21, a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities, and a member of Universities Australia.

Students at UQ learn from teachers who have won more teaching awards than teachers at any other Australian university. They also have the opportunity to be taught by and work alongside researchers whose innovations are having a global impact, including the creation of a cervical cancer vaccine, discovery of wild rice plants that are naturally more resilient in hotter, drier conditions, and the installation of the largest photovoltaic solar panel in the southern hemisphere.

UQ students can engage with the national and international community through worldwide internship opportunities in diverse program areas, field trips with destinations ranging from tropical Heron Island in North Queensland to Hong Kong, student exchanges, and study abroad opportunities. Since 2006, over 2500 UQ students have spent a semester abroad with one of our partner institutions.

UQ’s three main campuses at St Lucia, Herston and Gatton are a perfect place to study and make friends and are located in or around Brisbane, a city renowned for its enjoyable climate and its multicultural and safe environment.

Cultural and religious diversity is highly valued at UQ, which works to create a positive and respectful environment. University policy condemns racism, prejudice or vilification on the bases of race, religion, sexuality or ethnicity.

Prospective students can book a tour of the St Lucia campus to experience first-hand what the campus has to offer.

You and your family can also experience Brisbane by participating in a free tour of the city. Book your free tour today. 

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3. What are their study options at UQ? 

With the largest and most flexible range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Queensland, chances are your son or daughter will find their program of interest at UQ.

Prospective students are always welcome to register for an advisory session on campus, over the phone or via Skype. Alternatively they can complete our enquire online form to get in touch with a UQ International Advisor who will respond to them directly.

Undergraduate programs

At UQ, students can choose from over 60 high-quality undergraduate programs, many of which can be ‘customised’ by specialised fields of study (majors).

For example, if your son or daughter is enrolled in the Bachelor of Economics at UQ, they could choose to specialise (major) in: Business and IndustryEconomics and Public PolicyInternational Trade and FinanceNatural Resources and Environment; or Quantitative Methods.

Undergraduate students at UQ can also ‘mix and match’ their chosen programs with electives and dual degrees.

Electives are additional courses that students can choose from outside the compulsory courses for their program.

For example, an undergraduate student studying engineering and specialising in Chemical Engineering may choose from a wide range of electives including: Biomolecular EngineeringBiomaterials in Medicine; and Energy Systems in Sustainable Development.

dual degree program at UQ allows students to undertake two bachelor degrees at once, but in a shorter period of time than if they were completing the two separately. This option gives students a competitive edge in the workplace because of the additional knowledge and skills they have acquired.

If undertaking two degrees at the same time is not the right option for your son or daughter, they could still specialise in two fields (dual major) while enrolled in their bachelor degree at UQ.

For example, undergraduate engineering students at UQ can choose to specialise both in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering during their studies.

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Master of Philosophy or a Doctor of Philosophy at UQ have the option of fast-tracking their careers by completing an undergraduate honours degree. Depending on the honours degree level, eligible students may progress from their undergraduate degree straight into a Doctor of Philosophy.

Postgraduate programs

Students at UQ can choose from over 200 high-quality postgraduate coursework programs in a wide range of fields and at many different levels or undertake a higher degree by research.

In Australia, a higher degree by research (HDR) is the academic entry qualification for most academic and professional research careers.

UQ offers two HDR programs: Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Postgraduate coursework programs at UQ include: graduate certificatesgraduate diplomascoursework master's and professional doctorates.

By undertaking a 32 unit (two-year) master's, students are able to incorporate additional independent research or a second specialisation to gain eligibility for a HDR program.

Your son or daughter may choose to do – if available – a graduate certificate and then study progressively to the higher level programs of graduate diploma, coursework master's, and 32 unit (two-year) master's; or, if they are eligible, they could just enrol in a higher level program from the start.

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4. What are the entry requirements at UQ?

International students at UQ must meet academic and English language proficiency requirements to be eligible for entry into an undergraduate or postgraduate program at UQ.

To be eligible for an undergraduate program at UQ, international students must satisfy pre-requisites, meet academic entry standards and have a specific level of English language skills

To study at postgraduate level at UQ, international students usually need an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or equivalent, and/or relevant work experience. They will also need to satisfy a specific level of English language proficiency

What if you son or daughter does not meet the academic or English language requirements? 

If they do not meet academic entry requirements, you may want to consider enrolling them in the IES Foundation Year offered by International Education Services (IES).

If they do not meet the English language requirements, they may be issued with a Package Offer consisting of a period of English language study at ICTE-UQ and their principal UQ program.

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5. What are the accommodation options at UQ?

UQ students have three main accommodation options:

  1. If your son or daughter wants to arrange their accommodation ahead of time, have their meals catered for them and participate in social activities, they should consider living in a Residential College. However, spaces at the Colleges are very limited and in high demand. They will need to apply early and are not guaranteed a place
  2. If your son or daughter want to be more independent (or are unsuccessful at securing a place in a College), but still want to have their accommodation arranged before they arrive, they 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. If your son or daughter is happy to wait until they have arrived in Brisbane to secure permanent accommodation, UQ Accommodation Servicescan help them find a suitable place to live and provide ongoing accommodation advice and assistance.

Students living off-campus can also benefit from the academic and social benefits of a residential college by applying for a college associate membership. Membership benefits vary between colleges, but members may have access to a range of college support networks, events and facilities. 

If they choose the third option, they 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.

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6. How much will it cost?

Tuition fees are based on the specific program your son or daughter undertakes.

To help you understand the likely tuition fees, please view the indicative full-time semester and annual fee for the first year of the program.

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7. What kind of support is available? 

The University of Queensland aims to help international students settle in to Australia as easily as possible so that they can enjoy the best possible study experience.

At the beginning of every semester, UQ organises pre-departure sessions in several cities around the world to prepare students before moving to Australia. If a session is not available in their city, students can always view the Pre-Departure webinar.

These are some of the student support programs available to international students:

  • Free learning support programs such as the Jump Start Academic Preparation Program (JSAPP) held at the St Lucia campus.
  • English language programs at no additional charge during each semester.
  • Study skills workshops throughout the academic year, including assignment writing, exam preparation, group work, presentation skills and more.
  • UQ has a focus on e-learning which includes lecture recordings and virtual classrooms to complement traditional learning environments and give students flexible revision options
  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions where high-achieving students who have already completed courses assist students currently studying.
  • UQ has over 190 social sport and academic clubs which every year organise many events that focus on cultural exchange and national solidarity.
  • The Mates@UQ program offers many social opportunities for International students to engage with Australian students outside the classroom with cooking classes, dinners, surfing lessons and more.
  • The Family Mates program connects UQ students with local residents to provide opportunities to experience the Australian way of life.
  • UQ Advantage Award and UQ Career Development Framework are unique programs designed to prepare students for the workplace by enhancing their research, communication and leadership skills. 

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We hope this information has made the process of choosing the right university for your son or daughter easier and we would be honoured for them to become part of the UQ community. Please contact us should you have any questions.



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