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Information for parents of prospective international students

Information for parents of prospective international students

Choosing the right university for your child is a big decision, especially if you're sending them overseas to study.

You want a university that's going to help them realise their potential. A university with an excellent reputation and highly awarded teachers who connect with students. They'll need 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. This includes 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. In fact, many of our students have spent a semester abroad with one of our partner institutions through study abroad and student exchanges. Students also have access to worldwide internship opportunities in diverse program areas, and field trips to destinations that range from tropical Heron Island in North Queensland to Hong Kong.

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

Cultural and religious diversity is highly valued at UQ, which creates 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.

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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 child 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 a huge range of 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 Industry; Economics and Public Policy; International Trade and Finance; Natural Resources and Environment; or Quantitative Methods

If your child would like to further diversify their studies, dual majors are also available. This allows them to complete two majors in their program.  

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 of their program's compulsory courses.

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

dual degree program at UQ allows students to undertake two bachelor degrees at once. These programs are completed in a shorter time period than if each degree was completed separately. This option gives students a competitive edge in the workplace because of the additional knowledge and skill acquired.

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 a huge variety of high-quality postgraduate coursework programs at many different levels, or undertake a higher degree by research.

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

Your child may enrol directly into the highest level of postgraduate study they are eligible for. If they are not eligible for their chosen program, the graduate certificate (if available) may be a suitable pathway to the higher level program. 

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

In Australia, an 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).

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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, 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

If your son or daughter doesn't 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:

Residential colleges: 

UQ offers 10 on-campus residential colleges. This is fully catered accommodation that can be arranged before your child departs for Brisbane. It's great for new students as they can easily meet new people and participate in social activities. Spaces are very limited and in high demand.

Learn more about on-campus accommodation

Off-campus student housing: 

If your child is looking for more independence, there are several off-campus student housing providers located throughout Brisbane. This is self-catered, furnished accommodation specifically designed for students that can be arranged before your child departs for Brisbane. 

Get started with our list of approved providers 

Off-campus property rentals:

Brisbane offers a diverse rental market, making it easy to arrange budget-friendly permanent accommodation. This includes share houses, flats, apartments and houses. We recommend arriving in Brisbane at least two to three weeks before the start of Orientation. This allows time to find a suitable place and get settled in.

Learn more about off-campus accommodation

UQ's Accommodation Services can provide assistance and ongoing support in finding the right place to live.

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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 costs, read the page on tuition fees.

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7. What kind of support is available? 

The University aims to help international students settle in to Australia as easily as possible so they can enjoy their UQ experience.

Pre-departure sessions are available at the beginning of every semester in several cities around the world to help students prepare for their departure and arrival in Australia. If a session is not available in a city near you and your child, we offer a pre-departure webinar.

UQ also offes a number of support services to international students, including:

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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.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to contact us.

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