7 top tips for studying in Australia


From vibrant cities and beaches to internationally-renowned universities, Australia has much to offer students looking to build an exciting and prosperous career.

Finding the perfect international university can be a life changing decision, placing you on a path to a successful and rewarding future. Your university years are also a formative period, so it’s important to consider the opportunities for social and personal development, in addition to a world class education.

Studying abroad can be a daunting experience, so here are a few tips to make the most of your time at an Australian university.

Choose the university that’s best for you

Finding the right Australian university is a big decision, but you can make this process easier by reading key university rankings, listed on ranking sites like CWUR, QS and NTU. Australia is home to some of the world’s best universities, including The University of Queensland (UQ), based in beautiful Brisbane. UQ is a top-50 globally ranked university and an international leader in scientific research and education.

Gain hands-on experience in incredible locations

Studying in Australia gives you access to some the most unique locations in the world. UQ students are frequently immersed in their research environments through field trips to stunning natural landscapes, including UQ’s own research stations on Heron Island and Moreton Bay, both boasting sandy beaches and an abundance of marine life.

UQ’s prominent St Lucia campus is only 7km from Brisbane’s city centre and offers state of the art laboratories and lecture theatres alongside heritage-listed spaces. Meanwhile, UQ’s rural campus at Gatton, 87km west of Brisbane, presents over 1000 hectares of agriculture and farming facilities to complement students’ learning and research.

Find teachers who inspire

Lecturers and tutors play a big role in your experience at university. An enthusiastic teacher can help you reach new heights in your education. UQ employs over 2800 highly qualified academic staff, many of whom are international leaders in their field. UQ’s teachers are recognised for excellence in higher education, with more teaching awards than any other Australian university. At UQ, student spaces are tailored to create a better learning environment to ensure you get the most from your degree.

Become part of the student community

University will be some of the best years of your life – you’ll want to make the most of the experience. Australian universities have a strong focus on enriching students’ time outside of the classroom through extracurricular activities. UQ Union is the official hub for all social events and student societies at UQ. Join faculty clubs, sporting teams, find a society for one of your hobbies, or try something totally new! UQ encourages its students to learn as much as they can, have fun and enjoy the journey towards their dream career.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Starting university can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when living away from your home country. At UQ, there are plenty of student support services available, such as International Student Advisors to provide academic and English support, the UQnav mobile app to find your way around campus, accommodation assistance, and on-campus counselling and health services.

UQ holds an Orientation Week (O Week) at the start of each semester for students to take campus tours, attend workshops, join social clubs, and find out everything they need to know about their upcoming semester.

Seek out scholarships

To attract the best and brightest students from around the world, universities offer scholarships and prizes. These are not only prestigious, but can make study at an Australian institution possible for many international students. UQ offers a range of scholarships tailored to international students, opening the doors to greater education.

Discover life in an exciting new city

Not only will studying in Australia give you an education from a world-class university, you will get to experience the famous Australian way of life. Studying at UQ will see Brisbane as your new home, with 300 days of sunshine each year. Here you can enjoy everything from a vibrant outdoor lifestyle, exciting arts and culture, fine dining and food delights, and thrilling sporting arenas. Plus, you’re never far from the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast, Fraser Island, or the Great Barrier Reef.

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