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University of Queensland
With its relaxed vibe and a meandering river, Brisbane is home to the University of Queensland. Known for its high academic standards and research-based courses, UQ is ranked in the top 50 universities in the world and offers students comprehensive programs in a wide range of subjects. Along with comprehensive courses, TEAN students can take advantage of the city’s ideal location and outdoor pursuits, such as weekend trips to North Stradbroke Island or Fraser Island. With an on-site Resident Director, optional excursions to exotic Thailand or the stunning Great Barrier Reef and a lovely city to call home, studying abroad at UQ provides students with the full package.
Ranked in the top 50 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings, UQ is one of Australia’s leading universities
Live in Brisbane, known for its subtropical climate, friendly locals and cosmopolitan vibe
Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive six-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning
Live in TEAN-managed apartments just a 5-10 minute walk from the UQ campus or in the city in student accommodation
Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand excursion
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Brisbane-based Resident Advisor and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester
TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.
Students attending the University of Queensland have the option to live in TEAN apartments located just a 5 – 10 minute walk away from campus. These quality apartments are integrated in the local community and shared with other TEAN students. Alternatively, students can live in purpose-built student accommodation in the city, close to all the action, and commute by ferry or bus to campus.
Throughout your semester you will meet with the Brisbane Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social or cultural issues that you may face during your time abroad.
About The University of Queensland
- Founded in 1909, UQ has a prestigious reputation for academic excellence and breakthrough research. It is one of three Australian members of the Universitas 21, a select international network of comprehensive, research-intensive universities.
- As a leading research university, UQ’s innovations continue to change lives. Recent breakthroughs from University of Queensland professors include Dr. Ian Frazer’s research and development of the cervical cancer vaccine. Dr. Frazer was also named the 2006 Australian of the Year.
- The school is ranked in the top 50 universities in the world, and top 50 in ten subjects areas: architecture, chemical engineering, agriculture, biological science, environmental science, business and management, communication and media, psychology, vet science and education (QS World University rankings). The Business program is AACSB accredited.
- With a focus on teaching excellence, UQ has won more Australian Teaching and Learning Council Awards for Teaching Excellence than any other university in the country
- The University of Queensland is a founding member of the Group of Eight leading research institutions in Australia.
- The University of Queensland (UQ) has approximately 40,000 students spread over its four campuses at St. Lucia, Herston, Ipswich and Gatton. UQ St. Lucia – the university’s largest campus – where TEAN students are based is situated less than five miles outside the Brisbane Central Business District and bordered on three sides by the Brisbane River. The campus has easy access to the city via frequent buses and the City Cat river ferry.
- The UQ St. Lucia campus’ majestic sandstone buildings give the campus an intellectual feel while its sprawling parklands, abundant wildlife and multiple sporting fields offer reprieve from the rigors of academia.
Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Queensland are divided into six academic divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law; Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology; Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences; Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Faculty of Science.
Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3 – 4 subjects per semester (between 6 and 10 UQ credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 3.0 GPA. Students with a 2.8-3.0 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.
Events & Excursions
Activities / Immersion
Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Brisbane-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.
In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Brisbane. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.
Learn to Surf
You can’t come to Australia and not hit the surf! We get the experts to teach you. After the lesson, Cheyne Horan – ex-world surfing champ and current Australian SLS champion – takes you to the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) to meet some locals, introduce you to the SLSC culture in Australia and explain why it is so important to Australians.
Aussie Rules football game
Come and cheer for the home team – the Brisbane Lions. You have to catch this game and see this professional Australian sport in all its glory! Don’t worry – our staff will explain the rules.
Brisbanites enjoy their fabulous coffee al fresco at the many hip cafes. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your Resident Director and other students to swap stories.
During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad. South Island, New Zealand New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion. Thailand Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed. Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.
During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.
South Island, New Zealand
New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion.
Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed.
Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 18|
|Fall Deadline||April 21|
|Application Deadline||Nov 18|
|Date of Departure||Feb 5|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 7||Feb 12|
|University Orientation||Feb 20||Feb 24|
|Classes Begin||Feb 27|
|Semester Break||April 14||April 21|
|Classes End||June 3|
|Study Period||June 5||June 9|
|Exam Period||June 10||June 24|
|Program Ends||June 25|
|Date of Departure||July 10|
|TEAN Orientation||July 12||July 17|
|Housing Move-In||July 17|
|University Orientation||July 18|
|Classes Begin||July 25|
|Semester Break||Sept 26||Oct 3|
|Classes End||Oct 28|
|Study Period||Oct 31||Nov 4|
|Exam Period||Nov 5||Nov 19|
|Program Ends||Nov 20|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition and services: $14,780
- Housing (on/off campus): $5,750 – $6,550
- Full tuition
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged, off-campus housing (on-campus housing also an option in some cases)
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Services of local Resident Directors
- Six-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
- Wireless internet access in all housing
- Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
- Access to unique and exciting optional excursions which may include New Zealand, Thailand and other places
- Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries
- Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pickup and reception in Brisbane
- Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
- Brisbane Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
- Host university orientation
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,800)
- Domestic airfare in US ($500)
- Student visa ($475)
- Books ($365)
- Meals during the semester ($2,000)
- Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.
In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, the University of Queensland provides an additional AU$1,000 per semester in scholarship funding. Any TEAN UQ students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for this UQ specific scholarship.
"I couldn’t be more thankful that I spent my semester abroad on this gorgeous campus."
"I had many questions before departing and TEAN made sure that all was taken care of."
We Love UQ
Eat Street Markets in Northshore Hamilton is Brisbane’s best “foodie” night market that offers dozens of vendors with a very diverse range of foods from around the world. The night atmosphere is lively and typically offers live music for guests to enjoy as they indulge in their delicious foods (and massive desserts). They are open every Friday and Saturday night from 4-10 PM.
Where did you study abroad?
I studied on the Gold Coast of Australia with TEAN at Bond University. I have loved going from participant to now advising on the program. Think beaches, outdoor restaurants, sunshine and sunscreen and it has my name written all over it.
What do you think makes TEAN unique?
Hands down, our staff. The TEAN staff really pours their hearts and souls into our students to make their experience (before, during, after) legendary. It’s a pretty great crew we’ve got here and I’m so happy others recognize us as dedicated to student success.
How do you advise a student who wants to go to New Zealand?
When speaking with new applicants, I ask why they chose a particular program. The reasons will always vary but in that conversation, I’m listening for quite a few things: interests, typical activities they’re looking to do abroad, personality, to name a few. If a student comes to me completely unguided, I ask what they envision for studying abroad. Are they in a city? A mountain? A beach? Campus setting? From there, I take them on a little imaginative day in a respective city and see how they fare with that. Internally, I use a barometer of city life — Auckland to Wellington to Dunedin. I throw in Christchurch and Palmerston North when I know their keen on a city like those. If that fails (or they want wherever), I go into campus settings. New Zealand has a nice divide of city campuses and traditional settings.
What advice would you give to students applying for scholarships?
Aside from following all the directions, work to make yourself stand out. I’ve read probably close to 500 scholarship applications and I still remember a good number of the winners because their stories, experiences, credentials have stuck with me. The scholarship committee will read close to 100 applications on certain application cycles, so we are looking for students who have excelled outside of the classroom and within experiences. Everyone has an experience that has shaped why they want to go abroad but the really good scholarship applicants have applied that experience to their everyday life and told us about that, not the experience itself.
What is your favorite travel or study abroad quote?
“Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.” I love this quote because sometimes I’m guilty of thinking travel isn’t top priority and I should save my money towards tangible investments. The little reminder of, “Don’t be sorry” propels me to book that plane ticket.
Resident Assistant - Brisbane
Riverside, near Eagle Street Pier, is a fantastic place to go for a stroll or bike ride along the Brisbane River. You can enjoy it’s shops and cafes during the day or marvel at the Story Bridge as it and the rest of the city’s lights dazzle around you at night. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the evening with picturesque views of the city, river, and Story Bridge.
From the Blog
#11. The sun is a lot stronger. Consider this your warning, and don’t think you can get away with SPF 8 like you can on the Jersey Shore. I learned the hard way.