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Brisbane, Australia

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With a population of about 2 million, Brisbane is the largest city in the state of Queensland, and the 3rd largest city in Australia. It is considered to be a highly desirable place to live within Australia, and is ranked 16th best city in which to live in the world. Situated on the Brisbane River near beautiful Moreton Bay, Brisbane has something for everyone. The city has a vibrant cultural community, an interesting history easily explored on foot, and a perfect location for exploring some of Australia’s natural wonders. Brisbane hosts many annual events, such as the Royal Queensland Show, River Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, and the Medieval Fayre and Tournament, as well as some major international cultural and sporting events including the Commonwealth Games. Australia’s Gold Coast beaches are only an hour south of Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast’s national parks and rainforests are a short distance  to the north.


The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight schools and is ranked among the top 50 universities in the world.  The university has often won awards for excellence in teaching. UQ has approximately 38,000 students on its four campuses, of which about 20 percent are international. The magnificent main campus is at St. Lucia, less than 3 miles from downtown Brisbane. The Gatton campus houses the health sciences and veterinary sciences programs, and there is an internationally renowned marine and coral reef research station at Heron Island in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. UQ offers excellent programs in Management, Economics, Marine Biology and the Sciences, as well as the Arts and Humanities.


Students enroll in 4 courses across all disciplines. Instruction is based on the British academic system combining lectures and weekly discussion groups or “tutorials.” While not mandatory, students are encouraged to sign up for tutorials. The Australian system encourages students to work independently to prepare for an exam at the end of the semester rather than weekly assignments. Students are fully integrated with their Aussie counterparts in all aspects of university life.


O-week is the mandatory orientation program held the week before each semester that helps international students become familiar with the university’s facilities, meet other students, and learn about the logistics of settling in. In addition to the university’s orientation for all new international students, there will be an orientation for new Study Abroad and Exchange students to provide information about university services, meals, banking, course registration, and a variety of other topics.


Student Services at UQ offers help with various academic skills such as writing papers, studying, preparing for exams, and managing time. Faculty members and staff in residential colleges also do academic advising.


The university offers a variety of housing options including Residential Colleges. There are ten Colleges within an easy walk from the St. Lucia campus. The colleges provide single furnished rooms with private or shared bathrooms, study rooms, computer labs, recreational facilities, music rooms, and common areas.  All colleges provide three meals daily in a communal dining hall.  Places in colleges are competitive and require a separate application.  Off-campus housing is available in specific complexes or houses that can be pre-booked before your arrival, and the accommodations office provides lists of available housing as well as daily information sessions at the beginning of each semester.


The university has a wide variety of clubs, societies, and activities. UQ Sport offers almost 400 programs, and Buddy programs assist new international students to settle in.  The university sponsors events, and the clubs also organize activities through the semester.


UQ provides information about volunteer organizations that students might be interested in. Volunteering is an excellent way to become involved and to get to know something about the local community. International students are allowed to work or volunteer under the terms of the student visa; however, there is a small fee added to the cost of a student visa for the privilege.