Australia Study Abroad Program at University of Queensland
About University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia
- Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- Application deadlines: November 15 for semester 1 (Feb-June)
November 15 for calendar year (Feb-Nov)
March 15 for semester 2 (July-Nov)
March 15 for academic year (July-June)
- Program advisor: Hannah Sutton
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We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the University of Queensland as your destination. Brisbane is located in Queensland, the sunshine capital of Australia! We're sure you're going to love studying there!
There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.
What Queensland has to offer
- A large, comprehensive, research-intensive institution of international standing
- A member of Australia's prestigious Group of Eight leading research universities
- Ranked #85 among universities worldwide by the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities
- More than 4,000 courses in 375 programs of study
- Magnificent main campus at St. Lucia, less than three miles from the city center and served by excellent public transportation
- Students may also study at UQ's Gatton Campus
- World-class teaching and research facilities
- More than 120 student clubs and societies, sporting venues, a shopping arcade, banks, post office, cinema, theatre and restaurants
- Amazing athletic facilities, including a pool, sauna and spa, tennis and squash courts, gym, playing fields and sports medicine center; plus great rowing, biking, and running along the riverside paths
- More than 40 specialist teaching and research centers, including Australia's largest university marine research station on the Great Barrier Reef
- Housing is in a shared apartment in Urbanest, a student accommodation center located in South Bank, 20 minutes from campus
- Students may also apply to live in one of two residential colleges (with meal plans) near campus
- Students living at Urbanest prepare their own meals
- Great range of courses and flexibility in selection
- Students take three to four courses per semester
- AACSB International accredited business school
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Open the University of Queensland online course catalog
When selecting courses please make sure to consider the following:
- The campus on which the course is offered: You will be attending the main campus, St. Lucia. You may not take courses at other University of Queensland campuses without permission.
- The semester(s) in which the course is offered: Search for courses in the appropriate semester (semester 1 = February to June, semester 2 = July to November).
- Courses numbered 3999 and below: Study abroad students are not allowed to take courses above this level because they are graduate or honors courses.
What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
- When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the Australian academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
- First-year 1000 courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
- Second-year 2000 courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Third-year 3000 courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
- Fourth-year 4000 courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.
For those looking for a more rural experience, the University of Queensland Gatton Campus is internationally recognized as Australia's leading education and research provider in subjects related to animal science, agriculture, veterinary science, food science/nutrition and the environment. The campus is located on farmland about an hour's drive west of Brisbane.
The Gatton Campus includes a School of Veterinary Science with a vet medical center and teaching laboratories. A Native Wildlife Teaching and Research Facility has been purpose built to house native endangered species, and a number of nursery and glasshouse facilities conduct research and industry development.
Students who chose the Gatton Campus must be very independent, as the campus is located in a quiet, rural area about an hour from Brisbane. Public transportation to Brisbane is available but infrequent.
Please note that you will have to fulfill any prerequisites listed in the course description. Generally, you must have some background in the subjects you wish to study at your host institution. On the course preference form, list only those courses for which you are academically prepared.
Study abroad students can only take classes number 3999 and below. Study abroad students are not allowed to take ourses above this level because they are graduate and honors courses.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. A full course load at University of Queensland is 8 credits for the semester (equivalent to 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours) and 16 credits for the year (equivalent to 30-32 U.S. semester credit hours). The number of courses you must take depends on the credit value of the courses. Choose courses in any combination of credit values, as long as their total value equals a full course load. For information on the credit weight, please consult the infomration below.
1 UQ credit = 2 U.S. semester credit hours
2 UQ credits = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
3 UQ credits = 6 U.S. semester credit hours
4 UQ credits = 8 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of Queensland course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.
What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to the program dates to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade query or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Queensland. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
Housing OptionsWhat are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad.
Urbanest student apartments are located in South Bank, Brisbane's cultural suburb and just a 15 minute commute by bus or ferry from the University of Queensland campus.
Each student will have his/her own bedroom and share the apartment with other IFSA-Butler students or international and domestic students studying at the University of Queensland or other surrounding universities. Each apartment is fully furnished and includes air conditioning and internet service. Bedrooms are singles with a private bathroom attached. Urbanest is a self-catering residence, and there are no meal plans available. Each apartment has a fully furnished kitchen, so students have the opportunity to prepare their own meals. Nearby local restaurants, bars, cafe's are also available. Bedding, cookware and utensils are provided.
There are a limited number of spaces in University of Queensland Residential Colleges.
If you wish to live in a residential college, you will need to submit an application as soon as possible.
- Emmanuel College
Emmanuel is a large community of more than 300 local and international students. College facilities (including its own gym, squash courts, laundry and computer labs) and services are extensive and of a very high standard. The college provides each student with a single-study bedroom, communal bathroom facilities on a single gender hall, and 21 meals per week and one formal dinner a week. The College is located within a five-minute walk of the university academic buildings and the campus bus stop to downtown Brisbane and local shopping malls.
- St. John's College
St. John's caters for 290 students. A large number of residents are domestic students, giving IFSA-Butler students the opportunity to integrate with Australians. Facilities include a chapel, drama theatre, music room, a gymnasium, squash court, billiard room, biomedical studies room, law library and general library facilities. Bedrooms are single rooms with shared facilities on single gender floors. Twenty-one meals per week are provided along with several formal dinners that uphold the tradition of the college. St. John's is less than a five-minute walk to campus facilities and local transport.
Residential College applicants, please note: If you are placed in a residential college, you will incur a supplemental charge six to eight weeks after you have arrived; this charge is in addition to your IFSA-Butler housing fee and varies from college to college. Please see the Dates & Fees tab for more information on the supplemental fees for the Residential Colleges.
Students attending Queenland's Gatton Campus have the opportunity to live on campus in halls of residence or off-campus in homestays or student apartments.
Students placed in residential colleges will have a meal plan (which incurs a supplemental fee). Students placed at Urbanest will be responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals. See the Housing Options tab for more information.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for any commuting costs you may incur. Australian university housing requires students to move out during breaks between semesters. If you are studying abroad for a year and wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during these breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Australia for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Location InfoLiving and Studying Abroad in Brisbane, AustraliaAbout Brisbane
Population: 1.8 million
Location: State of QueenslandCity features
- The state capital of Queensland
- A multicultural city of tropical charm with a laid-back outdoor lifestyle
- Australia's greenest city
- The region's unique plants and animals are a common sight throughout the city
- A great nightlife with a casino, clubs and activities
- Travel west from Brisbane to national parks of subtropical rainforests and mountains
- Head north to visit Sunshine Coast beaches, rainforests, tourist attractions and wildlife parks
- Head south to the Gold Coast-"surfers' paradise"-and its miles of beaches, outdoor activities, theme parks, nightlife and shopping
- Explore the largest sand dunes in the world at Stradbroke, Moreton and Fraser islands
- Visit the Great Barrier Reef, the largest World Heritage area with 1,500 species of fish and 350 types of coral
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Dates & Fees
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Independent travelers must arrive at the Sydney Harbour YHA Hostel by 11 a.m. on the mandatory arrival date listed above.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
All program support services end on the “Program Ends” date.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Australia exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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What's included in our Australia program fees
Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name.
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the University of Queensland program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the University of Queensland program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to the University of Queensland for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the University of Queensland program, you can check the status of your application using the student portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Australia:
Program Advisor Hannah Sutton assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Hannah graduated from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. During her junior year, Hannah spent a semester in Dublin on the IFSA-Butler Ireland program. Her experience led her to develop a passion for study abroad and education and she joined the IFSA-Butler team to help guide other students to their own study abroad adventures. Hannah currently advises students planning to study in Australia and England and can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 4266.
Student Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-3077.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our student services coordinator Anne-Marie Dangerfield. Click here to read more about Anne-Marie.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Paige Ward processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Paige graduated from Butler University, and she studied abroad for a semester in Paris, Belfast, London and the English Lake District. Studying abroad for Paige was an eye-opening and knowledge-gaining experience, and she is excited to work with students who are looking for the same. Paige can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4254.