Nanzi Zhang,23 a student from China relaxes with her laptop on campus at the University of Queensland

Study Abroad and Exchange studies at UQ offer different perspectives on your field of study and create new career and academic possibilities.

Make the most of your time at UQ and start planning your semester before you leave for Australia. 

Moving to a different country is always a challenge, so make sure you attend orientation week before classes begin. 

Students at UQ have three main accommodation options: 

  1. If you want to arrange your accommodation ahead of time, have your meals catered for you and lots of support and activities at your fingertips, you should consider living in a Residential College. However, spaces at the Colleges are very limited and in high demand. You will need to apply early and are not guaranteed a place. If you want to enjoy the academic and social benefits of a residential college without living in one, however, you might like to think about the UQ Colleges Associate Membership Program.
     
  2. If you want to be a bit more independent (or are unsuccessful at securing a place in a College), but still want to have your accommodation arranged before you arrive, you should consider living in off-campus student housing. This is self-catered, furnished accommodation designed for students and can be booked online from overseas.
     
  3. The third option is to book temporary accommodation from the list here and wait until you arrive in Brisbane to secure permanent accommodation. If you choose this option, you should plan to arrive in Brisbane at least two to three weeks before the start of Orientation, as it can take some time to find a suitable place and get settled in. This option offers the widest variety of choices and prices. You can find more information on the Accommodation Services website. 

View the video below to hear from UQ students about the accommodation options you can choose from.

UQ International, Accommodation Services from UQ Journalism & Communication on Vimeo.

View the UQ Pre-Departure webinar for important information on preparing your arrival in Brisbane.

Plan your expenses

Before leaving to Australia, make sure you plan your expenses to cover tuition fees, visa fees, living expenses and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).


Organise your student visa

All international students applying to study in Australia must have a student visa that will remain valid for the duration of their studies. 

Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are eligible for Streamline Visa Processing (SVP).


Plan your arrival dates

All new international students are strongly advised to arrive at least one to two weeks before Orientation Week

You will need enough time to secure permanent accommodation if you haven't already done so, become acquainted with your new surroundings and attend the orientation programs before classes begin.


Book airport reception

UQ staff can meet you at the Brisbane airport and take you to your temporary or permanent accommodation for no additional cost. You can sign up via the Accommodation Services website

Accommodation services also has a list of temporary accommodation should you require it, and can help you find more permanent accommodation on arrival.

 

Attend orientation 

Orientation Week (O-Week) is a University-wide celebration for international and domestic students who are beginning their studies at UQ. 

Attending orientation is an important part of starting at a new university, so attendance is considered essential.


Complete your enrolment

Go to Starting at UQ for instructions on how to enrol online, sign on to classes, pay any remaining tuition fees (study abroad students) and get your student ID card. 


Organise permanent accommodation if you haven't already done so

UQ can help you find a suitable place to live, and give you ongoing accommodation advice and assistance. 

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