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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The UQ credit precedent database is to be used as a GUIDE ONLY in preparing your study plan for exchange. The database shows courses at UQ and overseas institutions that have been approved for previous students on exchange, yet they may no longer be available at your host university, nor offerred in the correct semester for your exchange.

Click HERE to access the Credit Precedent Database.

NB: Credit is awarded in accordance with university policies 3.50.03 Credit for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning. The amount of credit awarded depends on the recency of the studies and equivalence to current courses at UQ, and is subject to limits specified in the University’s General Award Rules and program rules.

Please always confirm your course choices by visiting the HOST UNIVERSITY COURSE CATALOGUE directly, which you can find on each university's page here.

If you do not find the course you are looking for/any courses for the university you are interested in, please contact UQ Abroad here.

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. These requirements should be met by the end of the semester in which you apply to UQ Abroad (See application deadlines).

Undergraduate students
To be eligible to participate in UQ Abroad’s Student Exchange Program, you must:

  • Be enrolled and taking classes in a UQ degree program in the semester of application
  • Have completed, or be about to complete, at least one year of study and at least 12 units in your current UQ program in the semester of application. Please note: students must have completed one full year of study (16#) before beginning their exchange semester. Please note: student must complete 16 units to be considered for an OS-HELP loan.
  • Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 in your current degree program. GPA is calculated from the grades in all courses undertaken in your current program plus the grades in other UQ courses that have been credited towards your current program. Please note: Students who have an academic warning or who have been required to show cause in their most recent #16 of enrolment at UQ may not be approved to go on exchange, even when their GPA is 4.5 or above.
  • Have achieved a 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. Check with your UQ Faculty and School to see if there are any special requirements regarding going on exchange in your currently enrolled program.
  • 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.
     
  • In the case of limited exchange places at host universities, students who have not previously participated in the UQ Abroad Exchange Program will be given priority. If you are applying for your second/third exchange, you may not gain a place at one of your preferred universities (even if you have a higher GPA than first time applicants); however, we will work with you to try and find a suitable alternative.
     
  • B. Engineering students must also have declared a major and completed all foundation courses for that major in their first year.
  • BExSS (Hons) & BHSPE (Hons) students may apply to participate in the exchange program in their first semester at UQ. To be eligible to go on exchange, students :
    • must be about to complete at least one semester of study and at least 8 units in your current UQ program in the semester of application.
    • Must have achieved a minimum GPA of 5 in thei first semester.
    • Must successfully complete at least 14 units at the end of their year of study (Please note: student must complete 16 units to be considered for an OS-HELP loan)

 

The eligibility criteria against which applications for exchange will be assessed are provided below. These requirements should be met by the end of the semester in which you apply to UQ Abroad (See application deadlines).

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.

The eligibility criteria against which applications for exchange will be assessed are provided below. These requirements should be met by the end of the semester in which you apply to UQ Abroad (See application deadlines).

Coursework Master’s students

To be eligible to participate in UQ Abroad’s Student Exchange Program, you must:
• Be enrolled and taking classes in a UQ degree program in the semester of application. (MBA and M. Architecture – see variations below)
• Have completed, or be about to complete, at least one semester of study and at least 6 units in your current UQ program in the semester of application. (MBA – see variation below)
• Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 in your current degree program. Please note: Students who have an academic warning or who have been required to show cause in their most recent #16 of enrolment at UQ may not be approved to go on exchange, even when their GPA is 4.5 or above.
• Have achieved a GPA of at least 4.5 in the semester of application.
• 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.
• 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. Check with your UQ Faculty and School to see if there are any special requirements regarding going on exchange in your currently enrolled program.
• 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

 

The MBA program has approved eligibility variations as follows:

MBA: Students in the MBA program are not required to be enrolled in the semester of application (to UQ Abroad).

MBA: MBA students are required to have completed or about to complete a minimum of 4 units (4#) at the end of the semester of application.

The eligibility criteria against which applications for exchange will be assessed are provided below. These requirements should be met by the end of the semester in which you apply to UQ Abroad (See application deadlines).

International students, please also 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.

Special considerations

  • If you do not satisfy the above published criteria, you will need to include a statement and supporting documents (e.g. medical certificate) with your application form justifying why UQ Abroad should vary the rules in your case. These documents should be uploaded as a "supporting document" to your online application form. 

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.
 

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