Leticia Gonçalez Francio - Study Abroad Student
Brazil

I’ve always wanted to visit Australia because of the amazing pictures and videos I’ve seen throughout my life.

I really enjoy the possibility of joining a club/society at UQ because they’ve been giving me great opportunities of making new friends.

I love the culture and the freedom of Australia. I love the fact that you can express yourself (the way people dress) in any way and not feel judged for it.

One of my goals is to come back to Australia to finish my studies.

Studying in Australia will boost my career because the opportunity to have an experience like this, to improve my English in an academic level, is unique!

Watch the video of Leticia sharing her experiences of life and study at UQ.

Kaitlyn Hajdarovic - Study Abroad Student
USA 

My UQ study experience has been nothing short of extraordinary. I have had amazing, dedicated professors, and taken extremely interesting courses.

I chose UQ for the large university experience that I did not get from my home Uni. I was impressed by the interesting and varied courses offered in the sciences, and knew I would be able to take worthwhile and interesting courses while abroad.

I picked Australia because I was interested in staying in a place that would be difficult to see on my own.

The program I am enrolled in (Dickinson College Study Abroad) arranged for me to stay in one of the colleges on campus.

So far, this has been one of the highlights of my time abroad, and has allowed me to become involved in the social aspects of university life. I got to participate in O Week which was hugely fun, and a really great way to make new friends.

Studying at UQ has helped me make great progress toward my academic goals and helped me discover that I am more independent than I thought. I have also discovered that I am capable of self-directed learning, something I never really learned how to do in the US education system.

I was awarded a Summer Research Scholarship from The Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB). My experience as an undergraduate lab assistant has been absolutely amazing. I am getting personalized hands on training that I would never get in a classroom setting.

This experience makes me a competitive candidate for graduate programs stateside, and is a wonderful addition to my regular coursework. In addition, by working at IMB I am allowed to attend lectures and seminars given throughout the week, keeping me up to date on progress made in the scientific community.

I hope to obtain my PhD and continue doing research. My experience working at IMB is preparing me for a career in research, and makes me a stronger applicant for the competitive graduate degree programs that I hope to apply to. I am already more comfortable in a professional lab setting, and what I am learning can be applied to many areas of research.

I would advise others to meet as many Australians as possible and to branch out and make new friends. I also think it’s a good idea to make the most of your time abroad and learn how to travel on your own.

Daniel Stasin - Study Exchange Student
South Africa

Training three times a week as well as competing at track meets allowed me to take my athletics performance to another level. That would not have been possible without the UQ facilities and sports staff.

I went on exchange at The University of Queensland in semester 2, 2010. It was the best term of my university career.

As well as taking psychology, economics and poetry courses, I made extensive use of the wonderful athletics track from the first week of my arrival.

My lectures and lecturers were dynamic and I found the lecture content of my courses often stimulated me to study beyond the course requirements.

At UQ I developed on so many levels. I would recommend the experience to anyone contemplating a semester abroad. 

Isaac Freeman - Study Abroad Student
USA

There are so many wonderful things about UQ. But, if I had to pick only three, I would say that the people, the location, and the educational experience are what really make it stand out.

A school is no better than the people that comprise it, and UQ excels in this regard. Almost everyone I have met, students, faculty, and staff, have been incredibly welcoming, helpful, and friendly.

The location is equally fantastic. UQ has a wonderful ‘campus feel', with beautiful green lawns and great facilities. And because it is the educational experience that truly defines a university, it’s worth mentioning that UQ excels here as well. All of my professors are extremely knowledgeable and seem genuinely interested in their fields of study. These things make for a truly fantastic university experience.

Jade Hall - Exchange Student
United Kingdom

My time at The University of Queensland has been amazing and an incredible experience.

Through studying abroad, I have had the chance to make friends with people from all over the world and learn about different cultures and ways of life. The opportunity to travel around Australia has been one which I have embraced, and has made my exchange experience all the more enjoyable. The chance to see Australia’s diverse landscape and the opportunity to go diving in the Great Barrier Reef has been amazing.

Studying at The University of Queensland has also been incredible. It is situated on such a beautiful campus and the different methods of teaching have been really rewarding, and I feel that I have learnt a lot. I also participated in one of the volunteering opportunities promoted by UQ Bridge, and got involved with QPASTT which helps children from a refugee background with their school work. This was really fun, and added a different dimension to my exchange experience.

I would really recommend studying abroad to everyone. At times it can be difficult and a challenge, however, it has been the best experience of my life. The challenging aspect of studying abroad makes it all the more rewarding. I feel like I have achieved a lot independently, grown a lot as a person, made so many new friends, and experienced so much. Studying in Australia has been an amazing experience and I will look back at my time here with many fond memories.

Mairead Mackinnon - Exchange Student
Canada

I chose UQ because I had heard so many good things about Brisbane! It has a warmer climate than Sydney or Melbourne, and is so close to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

UQ has enabled me to take journalism courses, which my host university does not have, and I am hoping to come back for my Masters next year.

I am taking Gothic Literature at the moment, which is unlike any other English class I have ever taken. We are reading everything from Dracula to Twilight. The themes are really dark and mysterious. There is a lot of student participation and discussion in the tutorial, which definitely makes the course more interesting!

I lived at Union College last semester, which was the best decision! I absolutely loved it. I instantly made friends, and there were always social events going on.

I wanted to spend my semester abroad in Australia because I have always been fascinated and impressed with this country.

Covered with deserts, small mountains, salt-water lakes, coastal landscapes, beautiful beaches and coral reefs- there is everything you can imagine.

The St. Lucia Campus is very beautiful with all its lakes, animals and green areas. Furthermore, UQ offers a huge spectrum of different courses from different areas. Especially the course Australia’s Marine Environment (MARS2005) is very interesting for exchange students because you learn a lot about Australian animals. Moreover, the course takes you to beautiful places like Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef.

There was a “Mount Everest Simulation” from the course “Introduction to Management” (MGTS1301). In this simulation students participated in a 3 hour computer simulation, which required them to work in teams to climb to the top of Mount Everest. Each team member had a particular role and had to make a few decisions which were sometimes in conflict to the best team decision. The ability of sophisticated decision-making was improved by this practical simulation.

I would advise study abroad and incoming exchange students to take some interesting courses (even if they are not included in your program), stay as long as you can, travel as much as possible and enjoy the “Aussie Life”!

What were your most memorable experiences at UQ?

During my time studying abroad at The University Of Queensland, I carried out a personal project of filming one second everyday. Please see my video below.

Studying at UQ allowed me to find an internship with a local company, start a blog which went viral (“Brisbane on a Budget“) and of course – travel extensively.

The year included trips to New Zealand, the Australian East Coast and South East Asia. Moving over to Australia with around 15 students from my home university, we made the most of the International Student society (QUEST), with trips to the Girraween National Park and Moreton Island. Brisbane was a brilliant city to live in, which offered so much to do.

I hope you enjoy the video, and have at least half as much fun as we all did!

Steven Oishi - Exchange Student
Canada

With my courses at UQ, I got to travel to so many place like Heron Island, Moreton, Straddie, and lots of National Parks. It’s the BEST way to learn about Australia because it was very hands-on.

For our assignments and labs we would actually travel to places where we could do practical learning of the subject. For example in Marine Biology, my class went to a research station in Moreton Island (right on the water!). My group collected crabs from the beach and we tested their aggressiveness in 1vs1 arena battles. Fun and learning all in one.

There’s always something happening on campus… Wednesday markets, live music, parties at Red Room (campus bar), frequent BBQs, club events, sports.

The QUEST club at UQ was the easiest and best way to meet international people, and some locals! I made loads of awesome friends from countries all over the world and we went on heaps of trips to places like Byron Bay, Gold Coast Hinterlands, camping at Giraween. All of my travel buddies are now lifelong friends.

Quest also holds lots of social events (movie nights on campus, lawn bowls, boat party and more). They’re the best club at UQ (really, they have the award to prove it. Not joining QUEST shouldn’t even be an option for international students!!!!

I choose to study in Australia because it has lots of great universities that offer courses I can’t take at my home university like Music, Australia’s Terrestrial Environment, Marine Biology, etc. Brisbane is also great because it’s just a train ride away from the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

I would advise other students waiting to come to UQ to stay for two semesters because everyone that has come for one wishes they could have stayed for longer.

Steven was the winner of the 2011 'Discover Your Future Unlimited' video competition organised by Austrade North America. 

Thomas Hering – Study Abroad
Germany

When I first came to UQ I was really impressed by the huge variety of small restaurants, shops and other services.

Whether you want to buy a bike, books, taste Asian food or just reheat your precooked meal in one of the free microwaves, you'll find everything you need. Personally, I love having a coffee from one of the many coffee shops on campus every now and then.

UQ offers a broad range of helpful facilities and services. All my courses use the "Blackboard" learning platform, which stores recorded lessons, course profiles and other learning resources. Blackboard is often used by students for discussion purposes too. There is wireless Internet connection in every lecture theatre on campus as well as in the Great Court.

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