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. 

Overview

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 five-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

Explore Australia

UQ offers many courses with field trips that get you out into Australia’s beautiful natural environment. Consider ‘‘Australia’s Terrestrial Environment’ that covers the unique flora and fauna found in Australia and has native animals making frequent appearances in class! The class includes a field trip to Fraser Island, led by professors clearly passionate about their field of study.

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Students Say
"I took four courses in biological sciences and marine sciences at UQ. All of my courses had professors and TA’s who were more than willing to make sure I succeeded. My academic experience with UQ was wonderful."
Kathryn Church, Western Washington University

Program Overview

Orientation

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.

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Housing

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.


TEAN Staff

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.

University

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.

Courses

Courses

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 instructionsStudents enroll in 3 – 4 subjects per semester (between 6 and 10 UQ credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Find Courses 

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.

Discipline
Subject area
Business
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Agribusiness
  • Asian Business Studies
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Parks & Recreation Managment
  • Real Estate / Property
  • Sports Management
  • Tourism
Communications & Media
  • Cinematography
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film (Practical)
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Media/Multimedia
  • New Media
  • Public Relations
Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Music Education
  • Special Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Engineering, Aerospace
  • Engineering, Biomedical
  • Engineering, Chemical
  • Engineering, Civil
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering, Electrical
  • Engineering, Environmental
  • Engineering, Materials Science
  • Engineering, Mechanical
  • Engineering, Metallurgical
  • Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Engineering, Nano
Environment
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
Health
  • Disability Studies
  • Food Science
  • Health Administration
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Recreation Management
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • Development Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Museum Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies / Theology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
International Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • German Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian Language / Studies
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Russian Language / Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
Sciences
  • Agriculture
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Anatomy
  • Animal Science
  • Astronomy
  • Aviation
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Entomology
  • Forensic Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Horticulture
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Music
  • Music Management
  • Music Theory
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Performance
  • Theatre Studies
  • Vocal Performance
  • Web Design

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • 3.0 GPA. Students with a 2.8-3.0 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.

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.

Coffee Breaks

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.


Optional Excursions

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.

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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.

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Melbourne, Australia

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.

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Program Dates

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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

Spring 2018

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 2
Study Period June 3 June 8
Exam Period  June 9 June 23
Program Ends June 24

Fall 2017

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 2
Classes End  Oct 28
Study Period  Oct 30  Nov 3
Exam Period  Nov 4 Nov 18
Program Ends  Nov 19

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2018

  • Tuition and services: $15,420
  • Housing (on/off campus): $5,900 – $6,775

What’s Included

  • 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.

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

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.


UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

We Love UQ

Ericka Davis

Resident Assistant - Brisbane

Brisbane Tip
Riverside

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.

Kate McSurley

Senior Program Manager

Brisbane Tip
Night Markets

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.

Q&A

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.

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