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Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Australian universities viewed well on resumes

What’s the best university name in the world to put on your resume?

Australian universities

You could have an Australian university on your resume!

You may have guessed the likes of Harvard or MIT—and you’re right, but there are Australian universities ranked very highly on that list as well!

The Graduate Employability Rankings, based on the views of 42,000 employers, shows the universities most likely to impress graduate recruiters. Produced by the QS group that also publishes the annual World University Rankings, this table demonstrates that students are considering future job prospects as well as academic achievement. While many of the world’s top universities produce high-achieving graduates every year, employers frequently express concerns that academic institutions aren’t doing enough to prepare their students for the world of work.

In the rankings survey, employers were asked where they recruit their most “competent, innovative and effective” graduates. The rankings also take into account employment statistics for former students, where graduates in top jobs studied and the range of partnerships between universities and employers.

The Aussie unis listed below are part of a wider trend which sees Australian universities perform particularly well for graduate employability.

Canadian and Australian universities in the top 100 for employability

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Think you might like to learn more about your study options? Come to one of our Study in Australia Fairs! OzTREKK and our Australian university partners are on tour across Canada, Sept. 17–28. Find out where we’ll be next by checking out our Events page!

Friday, September 14th, 2018

OzTREKK introduces new Australian university partnerships!

To best support OzTREKK’s mission to always put “Student First,” we are pleased to bring the best of Australia’s higher education sector to North American students. We are proud to offer our students as many study options as possible, and we now have two more Australian universities offering popular programs like medicine and physiotherapy!

OzTREKK introduces new partnerships

Meet Deakin and Flinders at the Study in Australia Fairs!

So, without further ado, we would like to formally announce our new partnerships with Deakin University and Flinders University.

Deakin University

Located on the outskirts of multicultural Melbourne, Deakin University aims to be Australia’s most progressive university—relevant, innovative and responsive in all its activities. Established in 1974, Deakin is also considered one of Australia’s fastest-growing research universities, and is rated #31 in the QS Top 50 Universities Under 50!

This young university is known for its exceptional student experience with the highest level of overall student satisfaction among universities in the state of Victoria for eight years in a row according to the Australian Graduate Survey (2010–15) and the Graduate Outcomes Survey, QILT (2016–17).

Interested in your study options at Deakin University? This uni offers world-class courses delivered from 14 schools, across four faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts and Education
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment.

OzTREKK students will be happy to learn that Deakin offers a cutting-edge Doctor of Medicine program!

Flinders University

Established in 1966, Flinders University’s main campus is settled in Adelaide, South Australia. In fact, Flinders is OzTREKK’s first Australian university partner located in the state of South Australia! Flinders’ international student services is ranked Australia’s best. They are dedicated to supporting you throughout your studies and beyond.

Flinders’ six colleges (faculties) encapsulate the university’s wide range of teaching and research expertise:

  • College of Business, Government and Law
  • College of Education, Psychology and Social Work
  • College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Medicine and Public Health
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering

At Flinders, OzTREKK students will have the option to study in-demand programs like medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and audiology!

Meet Representatives from Deakin and Flinders at our Study in Australia Fairs!

You can meet representatives from Deakin, Flinders, and most of our other Australian universities during our Study in Australia Fairs starting Monday, Sept. 17 at York University. Staff will be available to speak to you about your program of interest, the university, your accommodation options, and so much more!

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Find out more about our Australian university partnerships. See you at the fairs!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Make your career dreams reality! Learn how at an OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair

What’s your dream career? If you’ve applied to Canadian universities for your graduate degree, you know entry can be competitive and places can be limited.

Find out more about our study in Australia fairs

Find out how you can make your career dreams a reality!

You have options. You can study medicine, dentistrylaw and physiotherapy in incredible locations like Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. OzTREKK’s Australian university partners are world-ranking and hold places specifically for international students.

You can start your career. Find out how you can study in Australia—and then take your degree home to practice in Canada. We know the ins and outs of international study and the process of returning to Canada with your degree!

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs

In just a few weeks, we will be hosting our yearly Fall Study in Australia Fairs. Come chat with OzTREKK and our Australian universities!

If you haven’t considered studying in Australia, let us show you why you should. Studying abroad is a big step, and many students can feel overwhelmed with their options. Discover the educational opportunities available in Australia and find out how to make it all work for you!

York University
Venue: University Centre, Food Court
Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Toronto
Venue: Hart House, Music Room (2nd floor)
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Queen’s University
Venue: Athletics & Rec Centre, Food Court
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Guelph
Venue: University Centre, Courtyard
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

McMaster University
Venue: MUSC, Marketplace
Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Toronto Extravaganza!
Along with our Study in Australia Fair, we’ll be hosting breakout info sessions: Med Licensing, Financing, Parents’ Network, and an FAQ with law alumni!
Venue: Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

University of Calgary
Venue: MacEwan Centre, Food Court
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Alberta
Venue: Students’ Union Building, Food Court
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of British Columbia
Venue: AMS Nest, Lower Level
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Simon Fraser University
Venue: North Quad, near Renaissance Coffee
Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Staff will be available to speak to you about your program of interest, the university, your accommodation options, and so much more!

BTW, OzTREKK is old hat at this: we’ve helped send thousands of Canadian students to Australia for professional degrees. We are funded by our Australian universities, and our services are free. We assist you at every stage—from application to arrival—so nothing is forgotten.

Everyone is welcome to attend! Find out how you can make your career dreams a reality.

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If you have any questions about these upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, July 20th, 2018

How to prepare for your University of Sydney medicine or dentistry interview

It’s that time of year again!

This August, the University of Sydney medicine and dentistry applicants will be undertaking multi-mini interviews via Skype for admission into the DMD and MD programs for the 2019 intake.

Sydney Medical School and Sydney Dental School interviews

No stress. You got this!

As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students, but they don’t have to be! To help you out, we have compiled some interview tips from former OzTREKK students, and from our own little knowledge bank we’ve stocked over the years.

Multiple Mini Interview

International applicants who qualify for an interview will be interviewed via an online link using Skype. When making an interview booking, applicants will be required to enter their Skype user name and phone  number (including the country code and area code, in case that there is any problem during their interview).

The interview process is known as the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). The actual MMI is expected to last approximately 45 minutes; however, the entire process including registrations may take up to 2 hours, although this is rare. They are looking for

  • good communication skills;
  • your sense of caring, empathy and sensitivity;
  • your ability to make effective decisions;
  • your ability to contribute as a member of a team;
  • your appreciation of the place of medicine/dentistry in the wider context of healing; and
  • your sense of vocation, motivation and commitment within the context of medicine/dentistry

Who are the interviewers?

All MMI interviewers are volunteers who have completed a training program and observed the MMI process. They will be friendly and professional and want to see you succeed. No one will try to trick you!

  • Academic, clinical academic, and staff of the university
  • Graduates from medicine and dentistry
  • Persons drawn from the wider community

Get ready

On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. If you can’t attend your interview at the specified time, you must contact the Admissions Office as a matter of urgency. The Admissions Office will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

What to expect

The multi-mini interview (MMI) is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes, designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the University of Sydney considers important in entry-level students, as well as your values and commitment.

The assessment is conducted through a range of different authentic scenarios that test specific characteristics. There are usually five stations of seven minutes each, with a turnaround time of two minutes. Each station samples different aspects of professionalism according to a carefully designed framework.

At the commencement of the interview, the first interviewer will appear on the screen. This is your chance to say hello! Once the bell rings, you will be sent the first scenario via instant message on Skype. Read the first sentence of the scenario aloud to the interviewer.

Former OzTREKK students’ tips… and things to get you thinking!

Now, we don’t guarantee that you’ll be asked about your shortcomings, but it is recommended to have an overall sense of “who you are” and a level of comfort with yourself and your knowledge before heading to an interview. Here is a list of tips from former OzTREKK students, and other things to get you thinking about the types of questions they may ask to help get you prepared:

Before your interview

  • Get ready for scenarios! Read and discuss. Read about what is happening around you and find someone to discuss it with. Present your views and listen to their views. This is a great way to actually hear different sides of the same story.
  • Practice formulating a position, practice speaking, and practice expressing your opinion! Avoid confrontation.
  • Stations may be loosely categorised into ethical-dilemma situations, teamwork-based situations, professionalism situations, differing-opinion situations, etc.
  • What makes a good or bad doctor?
  • If you are invited to ask questions, have some! Be prepared to speak about yourself and your interests outside of dentistry or medicine.
  • Do you have weaknesses? What are they? How are you working on them?
  • Know the profession—its past, its present, its future. This shows you would like to invest your life in the profession.
  • Think about alternative medicine and dentistry. Is it valuable? Is it comparable to Western medicine?
  • Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20 years from now?

During your interview

  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • There won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water on hand should you need it.
  • The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for medicine or dentistry, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality.
  • Figure out what kind of general situation you are in and then present not only how you view the situation, but also from the viewpoint of bystanders and/or the opposing party. Think outside the box, but tread lightly!
  • If an interviewer interrupts at any point, stop and listen carefully to what he/she has to say. They are doing this in your favour, as you are likely veering off course in your discussion.
  • Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible.

We know it’s difficult, but try not to stress. We often hear from OzTREKK students, “I didn’t need to be as stressed as I was.” The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you.

Best of luck!

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If you have any questions regarding your Sydney Dental School or Sydney Medical School interview, please contact your OzTREKK admissions officer at kaylee@oztrekk.com or alexa@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Graduating from an Australian law school and the NCA assessment process

What is the NCA assessment process after you’ve graduated from an Australian law school?

If you’re considering studying law, you know it can be extremely competitive to get into a Canadian law school—and there are very few places available. Not being offered a coveted place often forces some students to rethink their career goals. For others, it just makes them more determined: they begin to look at other options, like studying law abroad.

Graduating from an Australian law school and the NCA assessment process

Are you getting ready to study for the NCA challenge exams?

Graduate qualifications from an Australian law school are recognized internationally. Canadian students who wish to practice as lawyers upon their return to Canada are required to apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) for assessment as the first step in the accreditation process.

Understanding the process to become a lawyer

The NCA evaluates the credentials of foreign lawyers or Canadians with a foreign law degree who wish to be admitted as a lawyer in Canada. There is a five-step process involved in each NCA assessment and each application is assessed on an individual basis. The basic process when returning to Canada and meeting the requirements to practice as a lawyer are as follows:

  • NCA – Assessment and challenge examination
  • Articling (or a Law Practice Program – LPP)
  • Barrister & Solicitor Exam
  • Being “called to the Bar”

When students graduate from an Australian law school, they must first apply to have their credentials assessed by the NCA. All applications are assessed by the NCA on a case-by-case basis, because everyone’s application is usually very unique and different based on their own personal experiences and academic history.

NCA assessments focus on the core common law subjects in which you will demonstrate competence, including five Canadian subjects which are mandatory for all applicants. Most Australian law school graduates who apply through the NCA would be asked to complete challenge exams in the following five areas:

  1. Principles of Canadian Administrative Law
  2. Canadian Constitutional Law
  3. Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure
  4. Foundations of Canadian Law
  5. Canadian Professional Responsibility

Exams are graded on a pass/fail basis (50% is considered a pass). Results are released approximately 10–12 weeks from the date of the last scheduled exam of each session.

The NCA exams are self-study, so you must obtain the material on your own. Many law graduates get their texts from law schools/libraries, and from searching on Google. Be sure to consult the syllabus before purchasing the materials as the textbooks used can change, and ensure you purchase the correct edition of all texts.

Once the applicant has successfully completed the assigned requirements, the NCA will issue a Certificate of Qualification. That certificate is required to apply to a Canadian law society in a common law jurisdiction. More info is available on the NCA website.

Which law programs do OzTREKK Australian law schools offer?

The following Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD and most offer an undergraduate-entry LLB:

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Would you like more information about law degrees offered in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Match rates for Canadian graduates of Australian medical schools

If you will be graduating from an Australian medical school, you will need to apply to CaRMS if you want a medical residency in Canada. Australian medical school graduates who have applied for a residency in the match have fared very well in the past.

Match rates for Canadians who have graduated from Australian medical schools

Learn more about studying at a medical school in Australia

So how good are the match rates for Canadians who have graduated from an Australian medical school you ask? According to CaRMS, Australia has the best matching success rate at 53% for any applicants applying outside of Canada. This is up from 46% in 2017.

What is the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)?

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is an impartial, not-for-profit organization that provides a fair and transparent online process to match medical students and residents with medical residency positions throughout Canada.

Using the Match Algorithm, CaRMS matches more than 3,500 applicants each year to postgraduate medical training programs in Canada through four residency matches.

The R-1 Main Residency Match (R-1 match) for entry-level postgraduate positions is CaRMS’ largest match. It is also open to graduates from international medical schools who meet the basic criteria and have no prior postgraduate training in Canada or the US.

Why do Canadian Australian medical graduates have such a high match rate?

  • Closest medical education system compared to Canada
  • Similar health care issues to Canada, reflected in their curriculum and training
  • Cultural alignment between our countries
  • Australian medical schools are world-class educational institutions

Every year, OzTREKK assists hundreds of Canadian students choose the right Australian medical school program. We understand admissions requirements and application procedures to Australian medical schools, and we can guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate-entry streams, and the considerations for practicing medicine following graduation.

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Do you need help with your medical school application? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Don’t miss the “Life After Bond Law School” webinar!

You’re invited to join us for the upcoming “Life After Bond Law” webinar on Monday, July 9. Meet former OzTREKK student and Bond Law School graduate Basil Bansal!

Find out what it’s like to study at Bond University in Australia, make your way through the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), articling, and bar processes.

Don't miss the Life After Bond Law School webinar!

Former OzTREKK student and Bond Law graduate Basil Bansal

Life After Bond webinar with Q & A

 Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
 Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

Please join us to learn more about Bond Law and to get the inside scoop about what it’s like to return to Canada after completing a law degree in Australia.

To register, please email molly@oztrekk.com.

See what life is really like studying law at Bond and living in the Gold Coast!

Study at Bond Law School

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates.

Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates. Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. There are currently more than 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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It’s not too late to apply for the September intake at Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Don’t miss the Bond Law info sessions beginning this weekend

Whether you’re considering studying law at Bond University, or you’ve already applied to Bond and you’re looking for extra information, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Bond Law info sessions! This is your chance to speak directly with Bond Law representatives and Bond alumni to get the the inside scoop about being an international student and about how you can come back to Canada to practice law.

Don't miss the Bond Law info sessions beginning this weekend

Find out how you can study at Bond Law School

Bond Law Information Sessions Across Canada

TORONTO 
Sunday, June 24, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

EDMONTON
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

CALGARY
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
7 – 9 p.m

VANCOUVER
Thursday, June 28, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

Study at Bond Law School

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates. The Bond JD’s combination of excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program differentiates Bond from other institutions. It provides an exciting learning experience that both challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Why Bond Law School?

Bond Law offers 3 intakes per year: September, January, and May. Bond’s 3-semesters-per-year academic calendar means you can graduate the 6-semester JD in just 2 years, a year ahead of the rest!

Graduate Sooner

Bond’s Faculty of Law has the most extensive connections to Canada of any Australian school, offering all 5 of the required Canadian Law subjects according to the NCA syllabus, taught by Canadian professors to ensure you are best prepared to gain accreditation to practice law in Canada upon your return.

Canadian Content

Thousands of Canadians have studied law at Bond and are successfully practicing in Canada. Bond Canadian Law Students’ Association hosts NCA process seminars and provides information and support for Canadians wishing to return to Canada.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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It’s not too late to apply for the September intake at Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Bond Law Instagram live with OzTREKK’s Molly and Kati June 15

Do you have questions about studying at Bond Law School?

Bond Law Instagram live with OzTREKK's Molly and Kati June 15

Don’t miss the Bond Law Instagram live with Kati and Molly!

OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon and OzTREKK’s West Coast Territory Manager Kati Gorbachyova will be hosting our Bond Law Instagram live session tomorrow, June 15, where you can get the inside scoop!

Date: Friday, July 15
Time: 2 p.m.(ish!)
Follow OzTREKK: @oztrekk    Make sure you turn on your notifications!

Bond Law Instagram Live

  • Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws—which one is right for you?
  • What does it take to get in?
  • What is the admissions process?
  • How does OzTREKK help?
  • When is the best time to apply/accept?

If you’ve already applied and are planning to attend Bond Law for the September 2018 intake, Molly and Kati will also go over how to accept, the student visa process, and the OzTREKK Student Contact List!

What do OzTREKK students say about Bond Law?

I love the university and program! The teachers are very helpful and campus is beautiful! Australia is a very warm and welcoming place. Study in Australia! It is the chance of a lifetime and you will enjoy every minute of pure sunshine.” 

“I like how small the university feels, the professors know everyone by name. The University has a legal skills course for each class you take which is nice because you get the hands on experience you will need in the future. Bond Uni is awesome! So far I am really enjoying the program, it is a lot of work but it has been great so far.”

“The JD program at Bond caters to Canadian students and there is always mention of Canadian laws in class and even Canadian courses you can take to make the transition more smooth when going home.” 

Would you like to study law this September?

You can! With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Do you have any questions about how to apply to Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Don’t miss the upcoming UQ Medicine webinar tomorrow!

We’re pleased to announce the next webinar in our UQ Med Summer Series: Meet UQ Medicine Academic Lead Dr Tammy Smith! Please join us and Dr. Tammy Smith, clinical lead for Phase 1 of the UQ MD program.

Don't miss the upcoming UQ Medicine webinar tomorrow!

UQ Medicine Phase 1 Clinical Lead Dr Tammy Smith

Interactive Q & A throughout the webinar—get your questions answered!

  • Studying medicine at UQ
  • UQ Medicine pre-clinical years
  • What to expect and how to prepare

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 7 – 8 p.m. (EDT)

To register, please email kaylee@oztrekk.com!

About the UQ Medicine Phase 1

In the UQ Medicine program, years 1 and 2 combine biomedical sciences, public health, medical ethics and clinical skills training in a case-based learning context, focused around a series of patient-centred cases, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact, clinical reasoning and research training are embedded to develop advanced clinical skills and medical knowledge required for evidence-based clinical practice.

Phase 1 consists of the pre-clinical years, and Phase 2 comprises the clinical rotations. Each course is a separate entity with its own curriculum, assessment, and course coordinator. In between Years 1 and 2, there is an Observership conducted during the Summer Semester.

Here’s a list of what you will study during Phase 1 of the UQ MD:

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Clinical Science 1
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Ethics and Professional Practice 1
  • Health, Society & Research 1

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Clinical Science 2
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Ethics & Professional Practice 2
  • Health, Society & Research 2

Would you like to apply to UQ Medical School?

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment. This program can fill quickly!

Apply to the UQ School of Medicine!

Do you have any questions about the UQ Medicine Summer Series? Please email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com for details!