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Study Abroad and

Exchange Guide


I am very pleased to introduce you to QUT. Ideally located in the vibrant city of Brisbane and recognised for our ‘real

world’ courses, QUT is a leading Australian university with a global profile.

Strong links with industry enhance students’ learning and ensure you graduate with the latest knowledge and professional

skills. Our outstanding facilities include a new A$230 million Science and Engineering Centre which is due for completion

in late 2012. State-of-the-art lecture theatres, 24-hour computer labs, modern student lounges and studios provide you

with a dynamic environment for your study.

Our Study Abroad and Exchange team offers specialised support including

a comprehensive orientation program which provides students with the

opportunity to meet people from around the world.

In addition, international students have access to support services that include

pre-arrival information and seminars, airport reception, accommodation

assistance, and academic and personal counselling.

I look forward to welcoming you to QUT in the future.

Professor Peter Coaldrake AO

Vice-Chancellor, QUT

The information contained in this brochure is correct at the time of publication (July 2012); however, details are subject to change.

QUT reserves the right to amend details at any time. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the QUT Study Abroad website

QUT has 40,000

students, including 6,800

international students from

more than 100 countries

First business school

in Australia to secure

the prestigious

‘triple crown’ of

international accreditation

Connect with local

students through QUT’s

buddy program





Only university in

Queensland with two

inner-city Brisbane


Largest university

career mentor scheme

in Australia, including

partnerships with

hundreds of companies


A dedicated

accommodation support

team on both campuses


2 QUT campuses

6 Study areas

10 Real support

4 Living in Brisbane

8 Eligibility

12 While you’re here

4 Accommodation

9 How to apply

13 What’s on in Brisbane


Gardens Point campus

Gardens Point campus

is located next to the

Brisbane River and

the Botanic Gardens

in Brisbane’s central

business district. Public

transport, accommodation,

shopping and dining

options are all within

walking distance.

Study areas at Gardens Point:

• Building and planning

• Business

• Information technology

• Law and justice

• Science and engineering

Facilities and services:

• Cafes

• Student centres, counselling and

health services

• 24-hour computing labs

• Libraries

• Wireless internet zones

• Bookshops

• Automatic teller machines (ATMs)

• Licensed Student Guild bars

• Fitness centres and sporting


• Prayer rooms/chapel

Travel between


QUT offers a free intercampus bus

service that connects our Gardens

Point and Kelvin Grove campuses.

This service takes approximately 10

minutes. Both campuses are close to

public transport. See



Kelvin Grove campus

Kelvin Grove campus

is an award-winning

development, located only

two kilometres north of the

Brisbane city-centre. The

campus is part of the Kelvin

Grove Urban Village, which

includes student apartment

complexes, a supermarket,

shops and restaurants.

Study areas at Kelvin Grove:

• Creative industries

• Education

• Health

• English language

– Foundation

– Diploma

– University Certificate in Tertiary

Preparation (QUT International


Facilities and services:

• Cafes

• Student centres, counselling and

health services

• Wireless internet zones

• Arts studios and theatres

• Child care

• 24-hour computing labs

• Libraries

• Bookshops

• Automatic teller machines (ATMs)

• Licensed Student Guild bars

• Fitness centres and sporting


• Prayer rooms/chapel


Living in Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital

city of Queensland and is

a vibrant, friendly place.

Brisbane is renowned

for fabulous year-round

weather and a great

outdoor lifestyle. The city

is home to people from

many cultures, with a

thriving art, cultural and

dining scene.

Brisbane is also a perfect stepping

stone to the wonders of Queensland

and is only an hour away from South-

East Queensland’s beaches, bays and

beautiful hinterland.


Brisbane offers a wide range of

accommodation options including:

• homestay

• student hostels

• student apartment complexes

• boarding houses

• share houses/units/apartments

It can be difficult to organise

accommodation before you arrive,

which is why we have a dedicated

Accommodation Services team

on campus to help you arrange

temporary and permanent

accommodation that suits you.

The staff help with choosing the

best location, finding a room, renting

advice and much more. Visit www.

We recommend you arrive with

plenty of time to organise your

accommodation, classes and get to

know your away around Brisbane.

Two weeks is ideal.

Working while

studying in Australia

The current student visa entitles

students to limited working hours a

week during semester and full time

during vacations.

You should not rely on part-time

work to cover your expenses while

studying. International Student

Services can assist you with

information and advice on finding

part-time work. Visit www.student.


Establishment costs

Brisbane is an affordable city but you

still need to plan and budget carefully

to make sure you have enough money

for your living expenses. There are

one-off expenses when establishing a

home and other incidental expenses

(e.g. textbooks, medical, clothing,

recreation, entertainment) so it is

advisable to budget extra for these

costs. Some of these expenses will

vary depending on your priorities,

the lifestyle you choose and your

available budget. Of course you

will need some cash or travellers

cheques when you first arrive.

For more information on living costs,




Establishment costs for your first week

Temporary accommodation

Bond and rent for permanent accommodation

Connection to telephone, electricity and gas, internet plan

Basic furniture and homewares

Food and transport

Ongoing weekly expenses




Electricity, internet and telephone bills

Photocopying and stationery


All prices are to be used as a guide only and are accurate as at July 2012.







Hannah Schimmels (Exchange)

Germany I University Stuttgart

I wasn’t sure what to expect of the Australian

culture, I knew it would be completely different from

back home. I settled in to the Brisbane lifestyle

very quickly. The weather is good, the people are

very friendly and the atmosphere is so relaxed.

I found accommodation quickly in a beautiful

old ‘Queenslander’ (heritage, timber house) I’m

sharing with other students and it’s been the best

experience I’ve had yet.


Study areas

You can select any four units from across all our faculties.

This allows you to custom design your program to suit

your interests and meet the requirements of your home




QUT Business School is the

first business school in Australia

to secure the prestigious

‘triple crown’ of international

accreditation – US-based

AACSB International, Europeanbased

EQUIS and UK-based

Association of MBAs (AMBA).

This international recognition,

along with established links with

the business community and a

reputation for producing highly

employable graduates, has made

us one of the most respected

business schools in Australia.

Areas of study:

• Accountancy

• Advertising

• Economics

• Finance

• Human Resource Management

• International Business

• Management

• Marketing

• Public Relations


Creative Industries

The faculty is located within the

Creative Industries Precinct –

home to facilities where staff and

students collaborate with industry

in state-of-the-art performance

spaces, production studios,

editing suites and design studios.

Areas of study:

• Animation

• Architecture

• Creative Writing

• Dance

• Drama

• Entertainment Industries

• Fashion

• Film, TV and New Media


• Industrial Design

• Interactive Visual Design

• Interior Design

• Journalism

• Landscape Architecture

• Media Communication

• Music

• Technical Production

• Visual Arts


QUT is one of Australia’s largest

and most highly respected

education study providers. Field

experiences are an essential

part of your education units at

QUT, and working in classrooms

alongside practising educators

allows you to implement your

learning techniques and gain real


Areas of study:

• Early Childhood

• Field Studies

• Primary

• Secondary


QUT’s Faculty of Law is one

of Australia’s largest law

faculties, recognised for its

focus on advancing the law

and justice professions, and its

specialised academic expertise

and research. Students

benefit from award-winning,

custom-designed software and

online study facilities including

podcasts, cyber-tutorials,

online quizzes and chat rooms.

Areas of study:

• Law

• Justice


QUT’s Faculty of Health

offers a stimulating learning

environment and courses that

focus on improving the health

of communities both locally and

globally. QUT’s Health Clinics,

located on campus, offer training

with accredited clinicians using

industry-quality equipment

in areas such as optometry,

podiatry, psychology, counselling

and wound healing. Nursing

students also have access to

world-class laboratories and

clinical practice facilities in the

Clinical Simulation Learning


Areas of study:

• Human Movement Studies

• Medical Sciences

• Nursing and Midwifery

• Optometry

• Psychology and Counselling

• Public Health

• Social Work and Human


Science and


The Science and Engineering

Faculty delivers a range of

programs across information

technology, built environment and

the sciences. It has strong links

with global companies including

BMW, Microsoft, SAP and Oracle.

The faculty is based in the

new $230 million Science and

Engineering Centre, featuring

state-of-the-art laboratories,

modern teaching facilities and

social learning spaces.

Areas of study:

• Aerospace Avionics

• Cell and Molecular Biosciences

• Chemistry

• Civil Engineering and

Construction Management

• Computer Science

• Electrical Engineering

• Information Systems

• Information Technology

• Mathematical Sciences

• Mechanical Engineering

• Pharmacy

• Physics

• Property Economics

• Urban and Regional Planning

Consider research

QUT has a significant record of research expertise in all of the discipline areas of its faculties. Students may be

able to undertake one or two semesters of research with QUT, subject to eligibility and supervisor availability.

For more information contact



Study Abroad students

Students pay tuition fees to QUT to study for one or two semesters.

Exchange students

Students come from our exchange partner institutions and pay tuition fees

to their home university.

Entry requirements

• Minimum one year full-time study at a recognised university (this criteria

applies to the majority of applicants, however, high school graduates from

some countries may meet the entry requirements).

Exchange students need to make sure their home institution is on the list of

QUT partner universities at and will need a

letter from their home institution indicating that they have been nominated for

the exchange program at QUT.

• A GPA (grade point average) of 2.5 or better (on a 4-point scale) or equivalent.

• An English language proficiency level in accordance with QUT requirements

if English is not your first language. If you meet academic entry requirements

but do not meet English requirements please email for

possible alternative entry options.

Tuition fees

Current tuition fees for QUT Study

Abroad students are listed on the


The Study Abroad fee includes tuition,

student support services, and an

academic record of your studies.

It does not include accommodation,

living costs, travel, books, and


OSHC facts

The Australian Government requires

all international students and their

dependents who are undertaking

formal studies in Australia to maintain

Overseas Student Health Cover

(OSHC). OSHC is a health insurance

policy to cover medical and hospital

care costs that you may need while in


Students from Belgium, Norway and

Sweden may not need OSHC if they

have acceptable health cover offered

by those countries.

Students need to arrange suitable

OSHC before arriving in Australia so

that they are covered from the time

they arrive. QUT’s preferred provider

of OSHC is Medibank Private. Please

visit for


Further information about OSHC is

available at


How to apply

Step 1 – Select your unit preferences

Search pre-approved units as well as other units that have

pre-requisite requirements at

subjects. Ensure that the academic adviser at your home

institution approves your proposed study abroad program for

easy credit transfer.

Step 2 – Complete the application form

Complete the application form at

form and attach certified copies of:

• Your most recent official academic transcripts of your

university studies. Include an English translation if necessary.

• English language proficiency (if English is not your first


• Unit outlines of your current study, in English.

• A covering letter from your home institution indicating that you

have been nominated for the exchange program to QUT, if you

are applying to QUT for an exchange.

Step 3 – Submit your application

Send your application via email, post or fax to:

QUT Study Abroad and Exchange Office

GPO Box 2434

Brisbane Qld Australia 4001

Fax: +61 7 3138 1216


Start date/Semester Deadline for application

February–June/Semester 1 1 December each year

July–November/Semester 2 15 May each year

Step 4 – Accept the offer from QUT

To accept an offer, students must complete and send back the

Acceptance of Offer form and make an acceptance payment via


Step 5 – Confirmation of Enrolment and visa

Once you receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from

QUT you can apply for a student visa.

Need help with the application process?

QUT has representatives all over the world to help students apply to QUT.



Real support

The Study Abroad and

Exchange team can

help you with everything

from the application

process, enrolment,

class information, and

any support you may

need while you are here.

They will ensure that your

transition to life as a QUT

student is as smooth as



A specific orientation for Study Abroad

and Inbound Exchange students

takes place approximately two weeks

before classes and is compulsory for

all students.

This session includes topics such as

enrolment, computing access, faculty

information, immigration regulations,

health cover, QUT rules and

regulations, tuition fees and refunds,

and much more. Students will be able

to meet with faculty advisers who will

assist them in choosing and changing


Social events

The Study Abroad and Exchange

team also organise a weekend trip

to North Stradbroke Island and

a Brisbane River Cruise during

Orientation Week, followed by a

number of catch-up functions during

the semester.

Chung Yiu (right, with

Febs Ierome)

QUT Study Abroad and

Exchange Officer

We recognise that students

are excited about coming

to Brisbane, but also a little

nervous about organising

classes and meeting people.

You’ll hear from us via email

when you’re first preparing to

come and we’ll greet you as

soon as you arrive on campus.

We want to make sure you have

the experience of a lifetime while

you’re here, so you can come

by our office anytime you have

a question or just want to chat!


International Student Services

QUT’s International Student Services (ISS) team can provide you with valuable

help and support throughout your studies. Services include:

Airport reception

This free service is available to all Study Abroad and Exchange students

commencing study at QUT and who are going directly to their pre-arranged

accommodation in Brisbane.


ISS can help you arrange temporary accommodation before you arrive, as

well as find permanent accommodation once you’re here. They can also help

you liaise with landlords and real estate agents.

Language and learning

QUT has language and learning advisers who help students with

assessments and studying by providing services and workshops.


Professional counselling services are available to help you deal with issues

relating to stress, personal development, relationships, study effectiveness,

finances, courses and careers, and university procedures.

Activities and trips

Explore Queensland through one of ISS’s budget-friendly short trips and

activities throughout the year.

For more information visit

Student clubs

Meet students by joining one of QUT’s

student clubs. There are more than 50

to choose from, including:

• sporting – soccer, rock-climbing,


• international

• political

• debating

• cultural and religious

The East West program also offers fun

activities, including:

• weekend trips

• cultural celebrations

• weekly café lunches

• soccer matches

• language exchange program

• buddy schemes for academic and

social support.

There is a club for everyone, or

you can always start your own.


Careers and


QUT Careers and Employment

Service can provide you with free

advice on career planning, as well as

resumé writing and job application

assistance. For more information visit

Disability assistance

QUT Disability Services can assist

students with a disability, injury

or health condition. See


While you’re here

Byron Bay





Hervey Bay


Hervey Bay

North Stradbroke Island

Sunshine Coast


Gold Coast

Stradbroke Island


Gold Coast

Sunshine Coast

Glasshouse Mountains

Byron Bay



Distance km, hrs fly/drive

80km (50 miles), 1hr drive

100km (62 miles), 1.5hr drive

70km (43.5 miles), 45 min drive

200km (124 miles), 2hr drive

793km (493 miles), 1.5 hr flight

1425km (885 miles), 2.5hr flight



Gold Coast

Just an hour south of Brisbane is

the world-famous Gold Coast. Learn

to surf at the beautiful beaches,

experience the thrills of the theme

parks, shop at the malls and outlets,

and much more.

Byron Bay

Gold Coast

The beachside town of Byron Bay

offers great surfing, snorkelling,

markets, local art and fashion, and an

all-round relaxed vibe. Sunset from

the lighthouse is not to be missed.

Sunshine Coast

Head an hour and a half north of

Brisbane and you can find more

outstanding beaches, with a quieter

pace than on the Gold Coast. As well

as adventure activities, the Sunshine

Coast is known for the Crocodile

Hunter’s Australia Zoo, the Eumundi

markets and the Glasshouse


Hervey Bay

Sunshine Coast

Hervey Bay is a three and a half hour

drive from Brisbane. During August

and September, this town turns

into the ‘whale watching capital of

the world’. A boat trip among the

humpback whales is an experience

of a lifetime.

North Stradbroke


North Stradbroke Island offers

challenges for both the beginner

and experienced surfer, as well as

beautiful scenery and a rich marine

life. Diving and fishing are popular,

and you may spot a dolphin or two.

During winter, you can enjoy lunch

at the Laughing Buddha Café while

watching the whales pass by on their

way to Hervey Bay.

Great Barrier Reef

and Whitsundays

There are 74 islands in the

Whitsunday region. The paradiselike

surroundings offer something

for everyone: snorkelling, scuba

diving, wind surfing, sailing, fishing,

bushwalking, para-sailing or just

sitting or lying under a palm tree.

Sailing the Whitsundays is probably

the best way to explore these waters

and take advantage of the range of

activities available.

What’s on in Brisbane

A sample of events held annually in and around Brisbane:




• Australia Day

• Big Day Out Music Festival

• Moonlight Cinema

• Chinese New Year

• Good Vibrations Festival

• Soundwave Music Festival

• Moonlight Cinema

• French Film Festival

• Rugby league season opens

• AFL season opens

• Brisbane Comedy Festival





• Byron Bay Bluesfest

• Paniyiri Greek Festival

• Noosa Food and Wine Festival

• Winter Racing Carnival

• Surfers Paradise Festival




• Splendour in the Grass

Music Festival

• Brisbane Food and

Wine Month

• Ekka – Royal Brisbane Show

• Brisbane International

Film Festival (BIFF)

• Brisbane Festival – Riverfire

• Rugby league and AFL finals

• Valley Fiesta




• Super GP Gold Coast

• Queensland Multicultural


• Oktoberfest

• Moonlight Cinema

• Gabba Test Cricket Match

• Moonlight Cinema

• Woodford Folk Festival

• Summer Racing Carnival

• New Year’s Eve fireworks

Please note these events may not occur every year and the date on which they occur may change.


Contact us

Study Abroad and Exchange

Phone +617 3138 4300

Fax +617 3138 1216



CRICOS No. 00213J

The information contained in this publication is correct at the time of printing

(July 2012) but is subject to change. For up-to-date course information visit

© QUT 2012 18810

© QUT 2011 Produced by QUT Publications 17650

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