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Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Originally the Brisbane School of Arts, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) boasts an impressive array of courses to choose from and emphasizes a practical, hands-on approach to courses in addition to a theoretical education. With leading programs for e business, education, communications and media, QUT’s graduate employment rates are among the best in the country. Students can also take advantage of the school’s unique position within this charming city and easily explore theaters, galleries, cafes and more along the riverfront.
Spend a semester at university focused on providing an education for the real world delivering relevant and practical courses leading to job-ready graduates
Experience living in Southbank, a vibrant cultural precinct, in student accommodation or in TEAN apartments in the leafy suburbs, both just short commutes from QUT
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 five-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning
Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand excursion
Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester
Take three courses instead of four to receive discounted tuition. (Three courses is equivalent to 9 – 12 U.S. credits depending on your home university’s credit transfer policy.)
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 QUT have the option to live in purpose-built student accommodation in vibrant Southbank, surrounded by cafes and the arts, and a short commute to campus by ferry, bus or train. Alternatively, students can live in TEAN apartments in the suburb of St. Lucia and commute by ferry or bus to campus. These quality apartments are integrated in the local community and shared with other TEAN students.
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.
- Known in Australia as a university for the ‘real world’ due to its links with industry, relevant teaching and applied research. Industry representatives and professionals contribute to the development of courses ensuring that students are gaining a practical perspective to their theoretical education.
- QUT’s business school was the first in Australia to achieve “triple crown” international accreditation (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA), held by less than 1% of business schools in the world.
- QUT’s communication and media, and education programs are both ranked in the top 50 in the world according to QS World University subject rankings.
- Links with international leaders such as Boeing, Microsoft and the United Nations ensure that courses respond to changing employer demands, and QUT’s graduate employment rates are among the best in Australia.
- QUT is the state’s largest university, with 45,000 students, of whom nearly 7,000 are international students from more than 100 countries.
- Study at one of two campuses – Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove – in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland.
- Gardens Point is the only university campus in Brisbane’s city center. Situated on the Brisbane River next to the City Botanic Gardens, the location reinforces QUT’s links with business and industry while creating a dynamic, beautiful environment for students.
- Known as QUT’s “hilltop” campus, Kelvin Grove is a little more than one mile from the city center and only a 10-minute bus drive from the Gardens Point campus via the free intercampus bus.
Courses (called subjects at QUT) 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 36 and 60 UQ credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.Find Courses
Academic Departments and Schools at QUT are divided into six academic divisions: Faculty of Business; Faculty of Science and Engineering; Faculty of Creative Industries; Faculty of Education; Faculty of Law and Faculty of Health.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts and Design||
- 2.5 GPA. Students with a 2.3-2.5 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
- Freshmen and/or students attending a two-year institution may be considered on a case by case basis.
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.
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 23|
|Date of Departure||Feb 2|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 4||Feb 8|
|University Orientation||Feb 12||Feb 16|
|Classes Begin||Feb 19|
|Semester Break||Mar 30||April 15|
|Classes End||June 1|
|Study Period||June 2||June 6|
|Exam Period||June 7||June 22|
|Program Ends||June 23|
|Date of Departure||July 10|
|TEAN Orientation||July 12||July 16|
|Housing Move-In||July 16|
|University Orientation||July 17||July 21|
|Classes Begin||July 24|
|Semester Break||Sept 23||Oct 1|
|Classes End||Oct 27|
|Study Period||Oct 30||Nov 1|
|Exam Period||Nov 2||Nov 17|
|Program Ends||Nov 18|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition and services: $13,800*
- Housing (on/off campus): $5,900 – $6,775
*Students have the option of taking 3 courses (opposed to 4) for a discount of up to $2,065 – pending approval from their home university.
- 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
- Five-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 ($450)
- 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, QUT University provides an additional AU$1,000 per semester in scholarship funding. Any TEAN QUT students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for this QUT specific scholarship.
"I was able to experience the great coffee culture of Australia by getting barista training and working part-time at a café."
“Brisbane has all of the amenities of a big city but with a laid back, casual feel of small town living.”
We Love QUT
Resident Assistant - Brisbane
Caxton Street is a lively street in Brisbane to bar hop and grab some great food. It is located right next to Suncorp Stadium and known for its atmospheric vibe (especially when the Brisbane Broncos are playing at the stadium). Most of the bars offer live music, including Lefty’s which has live music every night of the week.
Mount Coot-tha Lookout is a great place to see the city views of Brisbane and the way it’s river bends in and out of each suburb. It is surrounded by D’Aguilar National Park which is a great wilderness escape that offers a lot of great hiking trails and picnic sites. Brisbane Botanic Gardens is also a short walk away.
What is your favorite part of working with students?
For me, I love the first call with a student who has decided to take the leap and study abroad. They know they want to do it, but the idea of checking off all the steps is overwhelming, scary and seemingly impossible. When they realize we are committed to making this easy for them and I hear that sense of relief at the end of our chat, it always reminds me why I love what I do.
Why should students consider studying abroad in Australia?
Some students underestimate the complexity of Australia and don’t realize that it has vastly different locations and environments, similar to the unique cities and environments you can experience across the U.S. Even though the country may at first seem relatively similar to the U.S. compared to other study abroad destination, studying in Australia certainly doesn’t mean you up on the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cultural and outdoor experiences. Here students can access rainforests, reefs, deserts, wildlife, cities and dramatically different landscapes, all without having to cross international borders.
As a TEAN alum and now employee, what do you think makes TEAN unique?
Everyone at TEAN is completely committed to encouraging study abroad experiences. It really is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. As a student, I was taken aback by the level of support and service I received from TEAN staff. Now, I understand the sense of responsibility to ease the burden and shorten the hurdles for our students because there is so much value to studying abroad. We truly believe in what we do.
Where did you study abroad?
After first considering Melbourne for its prestigious reputation and quirky cafe culture, I switched to the University of Queensland in St. Lucia, right outside of Brisbane. I realized I might have a better chance of warm weather for my entire program if I headed for the Sunshine State. Now having traveled to both, I’m confident I would have been happy in either location, but UQ’s campus was the perfect escape from the harsh midwestern winters I was used to in Chicago. I really fell into the laidback Brisbane lifestyle more than anything and quickly understood it’s much more than just great weather. It’s a perfect city for international students because it has the right balance of culture, sport and access to adventure. The twisting Brisbane River gives you front door ferry service to very unique neighborhoods all with their own character and style. The ocean is within easy reach for a weekend jaunt (but spending a night at the manmade beaches of South Bank can be just as breathtaking). The views from Mt. Coot-tha are surreal, especially at sunset, and the city’s a great place for students who want to enjoy both city life and exploring the great outdoors. Brisbane lets you have it all.