To be eligible to participate in the UQ Abroad program, you will need to meet a number of requirements by the end of the semester in which you apply. You will need to ensure that you:

  • are enrolled in a program that will allow you to go on exchange;
  • meet UQ Abroad’s eligibility criteria;
  • meet foreign language proficiency requirements to allow you to study in that language; and
  • meet any requirements as specified by your academic program. 

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Due to curriculum restrictions, there are a number of programs at UQ that are not suitable for participating in a student exchange program.

If you are enrolled in the following programs, you are not eligible to apply for an exchange through UQ Abroad:

Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Dental Science
  • Bachelor of Education - cannot go on exchange in the 4th year 
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS*)
  • Bachelor of Music (Music Performance or Composition) - Years One and Two cannot go on exchange
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science - cannot go on exchange in the 4th year
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Honours year - any program
  • Diploma of Arts
  • Master of Social Work Studies

If you are enrolled in one of these programs, you may still have an opportunity to participate in a range of other global experiences including, short term study programs, internships, volunteer placements or study tours. Please visit the UQ Advantage Office website for further information about global programs and funding support available to UQ students.

* MBBS students should contact the School of Medicine for further information about international opportunities.


Postgraduate

  • Graduate Certificate - any program
  • Graduate Diploma - any program


Research Higher Degree

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students are not eligible to apply for an exchange through UQ Abroad. For information about support available to you to participate in global programs, visit the UQ Graduate School website or speak with your advisor.

The eligibility criteria against which applications for exchange will be assessed are provided below.

You need to meet the following eligibility requirements by the end of the semester in which you apply to UQ Abroad (see application deadlines).

Undergraduate students must:

  • Be currently enrolled and taking classes in a UQ degree program;
     
  • Have completed, or be about to complete, at least one year of study and 12 units in your current UQ program. Please note: students must have completed one full year of study (16 units) before beginning their exchange semester.
     
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 as shown on your UQ studies report;
     
  • Have a term GPA of at least 4.5 in the semester of application.
     
  • Gain school and faculty approval in the form of a study plan to obtain full credit transfer from your exchange studies towards your UQ degree.*
     
  • Have sufficient time left in your degree to study a standard full-time load (8 units) while on exchange. Students may take the equivalent of 6 units while on exchange if approved by the Manager, UQ Abroad, or if going on exchange in their last semester of their degree with only 6 units left to complete. Please note: Going on exchange in your final semester will delay your graduation.
     
  • Agree to the program Terms and Conditions

*There may be additional eligibility requirements specific to degree programs that may limit access to the student exchange program: students are responsible for confirming whether this is the case with their Faculty or School. Also see "Program Requirements".

BExSS (Hons) & BHSPE (Hons) students may apply to participate in the exchange program in their first semester at UQ. 
To be eligible, students must:

  • be about to complete at least one semester of study and at least 8 units in their current UQ program in the semester of application.
  • have achieved a minimum GPA of 5 in their first semester.
  • successfully complete at least 14 units at the end of their year of study
  • gain school and faculty approval in the form of a study plan to obtain full credit transfer from your exchange studies towards your UQ degree.

The eligibility criteria against which applications for exchange will be assessed are provided below.

You need to meet the following eligibility requirements by the end of the semester in which you apply to UQ Abroad (see application deadlines).

Coursework Master’s students must:

  • Be currently enrolled and taking classes in a UQ degree program;
     
  • Have completed, or be about to complete, at least one year of study and at least 6 units in your current UQ program;
     
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 as shown on your UQ studies report;
     
  • Have a term GPA of at least 4.5 in the semester of application.
     
  • Gain school and faculty approval in the form of a study plan to obtain full credit transfer from your exchange studies towards your UQ degree.*
     
  • Have sufficient time left in your degree to study a standard full-time load (8 units) while on exchange. Students may take the equivalent of 6 units while on exchange if approved by the Manager, UQ Abroad, or if going on exchange in their last semester of their degree with only 6 units left to complete. Please note: Going on exchange in your final semester will delay your graduation.
     
  • Agree to the program Terms and Conditions

Please note: Not all partner universities will accept coursework Master’s students. Master’s students considering going on exchange must discuss this option with a UQ Abroad Advisor.

*There may be additional eligibility requirements specific to degree programs that may limit access to the student exchange program: students are responsible for confirming whether this is the case with their Faculty or School.

MBA eligibility variations:

  • Students in the MBA program are not required to be enrolled in the semester of application (to UQ Abroad).
  • MBA students are required to have completed or about to complete a minimum of 4 units  at the end of the semester of application.

Transfer students

Students who have transferred from another tertiary institution after at least a semester of study at that institution, and who have been granted at least 6 units of transfer credit at The University of Queensland, must be in the process of completing at least one semester at UQ (completion of at least 6 units) before being eligible to apply for the exchange program.

All other undergraduate eligibility requirements apply.

Transfer students must include an official copy of their transcript from their previous studies with their UQ Abroad application.

International students, please note the following:

  • Students studying at UQ on an international student visa are not permitted to study on exchange in their country of citizenship.
  • International students studying at UQ receiving funding through the Australia Awards are unable to participate in UQ Abroad. International students sponsored by their government should check with their sponsor to see whether they are able to participate in the student exchange program.
  • International students from Singapore undertaking a Bachelor of Laws degree are unable to participate in UQ Abroad due to the regulations set by the Board of Legal Education.
  • Post-study Work Rights (Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa: The current eligibility requirements stipulate that students “cannot count any studies outside Australia towards the Australian study requirement. The only courses you can count towards the Australian study requirement are those that are completed in Australia.” Therefore, if you are enrolled in a 4-semester postgraduate degree at UQ and wish to study overseas for one semester, you will not meet the eligibility requirements for a Post-Study Work Rights visa. Further information on eligibility requirements for the Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa is available on the Department’s website.

To determine host university allocation, eligible students will be ranked according to:

  • Academic merit (cumulative GPA as shown on your studies report)
  • Previous participation in UQ’s student exchange program
  • Other criteria relevant to specific exchange partners (eg, discipline restrictions, GPA)

If your first preference host university is not available, you will be nominated for your second preference and asked to submit a new study plan. If your second preference is not available, you will be contacted to discuss further options.

Final host university allocation rests with UQ Abroad.

While a large number of partner universities teach in English, or offer courses taught in English, some universities in Latin America, Europe and Asia teach predominatly in the local language.

If you would like to study at a university which does not teach in English, you will need to demonstrate that you are proficient in the language of instruction before your application can be approved.

If you plan to study in a foreign language on exchange, complete an Assessment of Language Proficiency form and submit it with your application.

In order to have sufficient language skills to study in a foreign language, you need to have achieved a minimum level of B2 on this chart. Even with the level of B2 you are strongly recommended to take an intensive language course for 2-4 weeks before beginning your studies in a foreign language.  You can see an explanation of the levels here.

To complete the Assessment of Language Proficiency form:

  • If you are currently studying the foreign language at UQ, take the form to your lecturer to complete.
  • If you are not studying the foreign language at UQ, you may be required to take a standardised test in the foreign language to determine your level of proficiency. The Institute of Modern Languages (IML) at UQ may be able to provide information on standardised tests in some foreign languages.

Most UQ programs have specific requirements that you will need to meet before going on exchange.

Contact your Faculty or School for further information relating to approved partners, course choice, subject approvals, length of stay, and available scholarships. 

Law students - please see here for more information.

B. Engineering students must also have declared a major and completed all foundation courses for that major in their first year.

If you plan to apply for exchange during the Clearing Round, please note that the assessment of your eligibility will be based on results achieved at the end of Semester 1, 2017 for an exchange in semester 1, 2018. 

All other eligibility criteria, as per the standard application deadline, apply - see "Eligibility criteria for Undergraduate Students" or "Eligibility criteria for Coursework Masters Students" above.

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