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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 21|
|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: $13,350*
- Housing (on/off campus): $5,750 – $6,550
- Tuition and services: $13,350*
- Housing (on/off campus): $5,750 – $6,550
*Students have the option of taking 3 courses (opposed to 4) for a discount of up to $1,875 – 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 ($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, 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 inspired you to teach abroad in Thailand?
As I was about to graduate from school I knew that I wanted to work in International Education. I spoke with the study abroad office at my school to ask them for advice and they encouraged me to pursue more international experience. I knew I wanted to be challenged everyday and to go someplace very different from my current environment.
What did you learn about yourself living abroad?
Everyday I experienced something new. At first, I found that by not speaking the language I struggled to make new friends, but it pushed me outside of my comfort zone. It was hard for me to feel like myself, but through that I learned that it is okay to feel uncomfortable. I continued to work at making my new city home and eventually, I made some really great friends, developed my own community, and was able to enjoy my new city. When I left Bangkok it was as difficult (if not more difficult then when I left Chicago). Even years later I miss my neighborhood, my friends, and the food almost on a daily basis. I was able to make a home for myself in a completely different place than where I grew up and I learned I am lot more confident than I had given myself credit for.
What advice would you give to someone looking to break into the field of International Education?
I have found that there are so many people in International Education who are willing to sit down and have a talk with you and give advice. When I decided in college that I wanted to go into the field I met with the Provost of International Programs. Then when I came back from Thailand I met with some people at the University of Minnesota to ask them about their work on a daily basis and they sent me to go and meet with someone who worked at AFS-USA to gather a different perspective. Pretty much everyone that I asked to meet with me not only made the time to talk with me they also introduced me to someone else to speak with. It is from talking with people that I learned about SIT Graduate Institute and decided to apply for their Master’s program in International Education. It was a great environment to meet others who were passionate about the field of International Education and we all came from very different backgrounds which surprised me. So in general my advice is to talk to as many people as you can! While the industry can seem very small, I have found it to be a very friendly and welcoming place – so just do your research and ask someone to coffee.
What destination is next on your travel bucket list?
After working at TEAN, I want to see New Zealand next. I have learned so much about this country from working at TEAN. I am not sure if I would ever have enough courage to do the Nevis Bungee in Queenstown, but I am looking forward to the hikes, views, food, sheep, and wine tasting.