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Student at the Lakeside Cafe, St Lucia campus, The University of Queensland

Staying connected from home

Uni life
Published 18 Dec, 2020  ·  5 minutes

There’s no doubt that earning your degree is the most important aspect of going to university.

However, there is much more to your university experience than the qualification you receive once you’ve done the hard work.

At UQ, you will make connections that can last a lifetime and you’ll join an ever growing global network of more than 276,000 alumni. Connecting with your peers, making friends, forging professional contacts, and having fun are all important parts of your study experience.

You might think that you will miss out on all the extra stuff that makes university great if you study online via External delivery mode in Semester 1, 2021. Be assured that by joining UQ, you will be joining a community that is here to help you get the best university experience possible, wherever you are in the world.

Learn more about preparing for study in Semester 1, 2021

Your faculty is your foundation

Your faculty will facilitate contact with fellow peers in your program, and access to an interdisciplinary network of lecturers, tutors and researchers. Your online lectures and tutorials are interactive and immersive learning experiences, where you will be participating with your peers.

Depending on your program, your faculty will also provide extra support such as live chat or Zoom sessions with academic advisers, individual consultations, online community events, and careers advice.

Sripurna's experience

Sripurna from India likes that she can access her lectures online at any time and finds the small group Zoom tutorials very interactive and engaging:

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Advik's experience

Advik from Singapore says the finds UQ’s online delivery system very helpful and enjoys interacting with peers, tutors and lecturers via the chat functionality.

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It takes a village, people!

The UQLife Virtual Village is UQ’s community online, helping to bring students’ everyday connections into one platform.

The Village offers students the opportunity to connect with UQ groups, individuals and faculty members, attend student-led events and programs, have open discussions and unite over hobbies and interests.

The Village is constantly updated with new services, conversations and events daily. There are 2 ways that you can get involved: UQ Mates and UQ Chats.

Shilpi's experience

Shilpi is studying the Master of Public Health. Even though she is not on campus, she feels connected to fellow students and friends via UQ Student Hub and Virtual Village.

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Got big ideas? Join our entrepreneurial community

UQ Ventures is the heart of our entrepreneurial community. Through UQ Ventures, students are offered a range of entrepreneurship programs, events and competitions throughout the year. Join hackathons, industry get-togethers, workshops and mentoring opportunities – there’s even opportunities to win cash prizes to help fund your ideas.

All programs are fully online and there’s support at every stage of the Ventures journey – from idea generation through to market validation, to launching a startup or social enterprise.

Learn more about UQ Ventures

Find a mentor

It’s no surprise that many of the world’s most successful and influential people have mentors to guide them. UQ offers mentoring programs that provide leadership and guidance through all stages of student life at UQ and beyond. From supporting new students in the transition to university life, to making professional connections and gaining career experience, joining a mentoring program can open up many doors.

Learn more about mentoring at UQ

Build on your English language skills

If you want to build your confidence with your English-language skills, the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE) has a range of free online activities available. You can practice English, connect with other students at ICTE and UQ and learn more about Australian culture and history. It is a great way to diversify your social circle and meet other international students from around the world who may not be studying the same program as you.

Learn more about English language support

The best of on-campus life – online!

UQLife is the source for enriching, fun and entertaining events, on and off campus. They have a range of innovative experiences that you can participate in from home throughout the week and on weekends. If amping up is what you need, you can attend virtual festivals, live music gigs, movie nights and dance classes. Or if inner peace and calm is what you seek there are mindfulness sessions, art and craft classes, and live support chats covering a range of topics.

Learn more about online events with UQ Life

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