UQ has agreements with 200+ universities in 41 countries around the world, so why not combine study and travel, discover a new culture, and establish a worldwide network of friends?

UQ Abroad nominates eligible students to study at partner universities around the world. While on exchange, you remain enrolled at UQ and continue to pay tuition fees to UQ or defer your HECS-HELP payments. No additional tuition fees are paid to the host university.

You can study overseas for either one semester or a full year (at selected partners). Depending on your field of study, you may be able to undertake multiple exchanges with different exchange partners over the course of your degree program.

You are required to be enrolled in a full time standard load (#8 units) while on exchange and must be able to receive credit for the courses you plan to take on exchange. Your faculty will approve your study plan as part of the application process.

The grades you receive while on exchange do not count towards your GPA for your UQ degree. If you successfully pass all of your pre-approved courses at the host university, you should receive credit towards your UQ degree. On completion of your exchange, you will receive a transcript from the host university to enable credit transfer towards your UQ degree.

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There are many benefits of going on exchange, and by participating in the UQ Abroad program you will be able to:

  • Become more independent, challenge yourself and explore the world
  • Broaden your degree and enrol in courses which are not offered at UQ
  • Discover new career opportunities and enhance your employability
  • Make new friends from all around the world
  • Live in another culture and improve your foreign language skills

UQ Abroad application deadlines are:

  • 31 May (11:59pm) for exchange in UQ's Semester 1 of the following year
  • 31 October (11:59pm) for exchange in UQ's Semester 2 of the following year

Late applications will not be accepted.





Host University: The partner institution where you will be studying on exchange.

Standard Full-Time Load: The equivalent of 8 units (#8) study at UQ per semester. For further information about the full-time load equivalent for partner institutions visit the Choose a University page.

Study Abroad or Free Mover: UQ students are able to study at a university that is not listed as one of UQ’s partner universities as a Study Abroad Student or Free Mover. In this scenario, you would need to organise your own global experience without the assistance of UQ Abroad, including application and enrolment in the host university, and you would need to pay tuition to that university rather than to UQ. While you can apply for credit for the courses completed at the host university, you would need to seek course approval directly from your faculty. As you would not be enrolled at UQ, you would not be eligible to receive Centrelink payments and would not be covered by UQ's travel and health insurance.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) report Gaining an Employment Edge: The Impact of Study Abroad on 21st Century Skills & Career Prospects was the basis for the article in The Australian below:

Career gains flow from foreign study
The Australian, Australia  by John Ross 04 Oct 2017
Higher Education - page 27 - 402 words - ID 854168617 - Photo: No - Type: News Item - Size: 163.00cm2  

New research has put meat on the bones of the rhetoric about the career benefits of foreign study, finding it leads directly to jobs.

A survey of more than 4500 US graduates has found that international education opens doors to careers, often in areas students have not even considered.

More than half the surveyed students said the experience had spawned job offers, particularly if they had been away for sustained stretches.

The report, released by the Washington-based Institute of International Education, also found that international study fostered most of the "soft" attributes favoured by employers.

The study crunched responses from 4565 graduates who had studied abroad since 1999, and 30 who agreed to follow-up interviews. About 43 per cent of participants who had studied overseas for less than two months, and 68 per cent of those who had been away for an academic year, said the experience had contributed to job offers.

Graduates of language, legal, business and education courses proved particularly likely to attract job offers.

People who had not been invited on to the payroll said the experiences had nonetheless proven useful to their careers, particularly once they reached management level, with study abroad cultivating more than language and intercultural skills.

About three-quarters of participants said the overseas experience had exerted a "significant" impact on their curiosity, confidence and flexibility, while more than half said it had fostered problem-solving, interpersonal skills and communication.

Foreign education had a relatively muted impact on leadership, work ethic and teamwork, with 30 per cent or fewer reporting a strong influence on these attributes.

But teamwork was more highly developed through well structured short-term programs rather than relatively independent longterm stints.

Of the 15 employment-related capabilities covered in the report, only technical and software skills failed to get a boost from study abroad, with graduates saying this area was mostly addressed on campus.

The report also found that science, technology, engineering and maths students gained more from international education focused outside their discipline areas. About 47 per cent of STEM graduates who had gone abroad for language or interdisciplinary reasons said they had received job offers, compared with 28 per cent of those who had concentrated on science.

Graduates who had studied in linguistically and culturally "different" countries reported the biggest impact on job-worthy skills. The report says universities should encourage students to push the envelope to maximise the career benefits of study abroad.

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