|University of Queensland Quick Snap|
|Location:||Brisbane, Queensland Australia|
|Main Campus:||St. Lucia, Brisbane|
|City Population:||2.1 million|
|Semester 1 Starts:||
Mandatory Orientation: mid-February
Classes commence: late February/early March
|Semester 2 Starts:||
Mandatory Orientation: second week of July
Classes commence: third week of July
Business, Economics and Law (BEL)
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT)
Health and Behavioural Sciences (HABS)
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (MABS)
UQ is a founding member of the national Group of Eight (Go8), a leading group of Australian universities that conducts a significant portion of all university research in Australia, as well as one of only three Australian universities to be a member of the global Universitas 21, an alliance allowing UQ to offer students unique opportunities to participate in student exchanges and events throughout the world. Through this alliance, UQ students have participated in events such as the Summer School program in Mexico, Undergraduate Research Conference in Japan and the Social Entrepreneurship program in Guatemala.
The university has nine world-class research institutes, and researchers whose innovations are having a global impact, including the creation of a cervical cancer vaccine, protection of the world's food supply, and the installation of the largest photovoltaic solar panel in the southern hemisphere. As a UQ student you have the opportunity to be taught by and work alongside these researchers.
The university's outstanding 215,000-plus alumni include a Nobel laureate, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, an Academy Award winner, and leaders in government, law, science, public service and the arts.
In 2015, the University had 50,836 students including 12,664 international students from 141 nations. It has one of Australia's largest PhD enrolments, with more than 13,000 postgraduate students, and celebrated its 10,000th PhD graduation in 2012.
UQ consistently performs well in respected rankings of university academic and research performance. In 2015, the University ranked 46th in the world in a ranking compiled by the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2015/2016 .
In addition to flexibility in program choice, UQ students also benefit from the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities during their studies. There are exchange opportunities to more than 185 partner institutions in 41 countries and access to more than 190 clubs and societies, as well as sports and cultural facilities.
The UQ Advantage Award program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to realise their aspirations and enhance their research, leadership and cultural communication skills to ensure they are competitive in the employment market. It combines participation in a range of co-curricular activities across three core categories - Global and Cultural Engagement, Research and Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility and Leadership - and will give you access to a unique symposium series.
UQ offers opportunities for students to gain practical experience and make valuable connections with prospective employers through internships and work placements. The University enjoys a graduate employment rate 3.2 percentage points higher than the national average.
In late 2013, UQ joined edX – the world’s leading consortium of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), jointly founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
UQ is one of only two Australian universities included in the not-for-profit edX enterprise, and UQx represents this organisation on behalf of the university. UQx works with the university’s academic teaching staff to create and present a range of MOOCs through the edX platform.
UQx has delivered courses encompassing a diverse range of study areas. The UQ’s first free MOOC entitled ‘Think101x: The Science of Everyday Thinking’ received more than 92,000 enrolments from more than 60 countries. The enrolment for this single course was larger than the university’s entire student base for 2014, and hundreds of enrolments were made each day over the duration of the course.
Students choose from a comprehensive range of high-quality programs, with more than 375 programs and 4,000 courses available.
QS World University Rankings® 2015/16 ranked UQ as #46 in the world.
The QS World University Rankings 2016 by Subject:
UQ has three campuses in and around Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland. Brisbane is the third-largest city in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne, and it has a multicultural population of approximately 2 million. Brisbane’s lower cost of living (compared to cities such as Sydney and Melbourne) attracts new residents, as does the weather. The clear skies, warm, sunny days and mild nights promote an outdoor lifestyle, as does the 300-plus days of sunshine a year! Summer maximum average temperatures hover around 29 degrees Celsius and these months (December to February) do feature some hot and humid days. Winter months are mild and pleasant with average maximum temperatures of around 22 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature in winter averages around 9 degrees Celcius.
Brisbane has all the advantages of a large modern city, yet it retains the friendliness and charm of a small regional town. In the 2013 edition of the Lonely Planet Australia travel guidebook, Brisbane was named "Australia's coolest city."
An hour's drive south of the city, you will find the golden beaches and theme parks of the Gold Coast. North of Brisbane you will find the Sunshine Coast beaches, national parks, rainforests and attractions like Australia Zoo. Just off the coast you will find the pristine Stradbroke and Moreton islands, both popular day-trip and holiday destinations for locals and visitors alike.
Brisbane has hosted many large-scale cultural and sporting events, including the Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup and the 2014 G20 leaders' summit.
Key Advantages of Studying in Brisbane:
The University has teaching and research sites throughout Queensland. Its major campuses are at St Lucia, Gatton and Herston. Other UQ locations include teaching hospitals and health centres, veterinary science centres, agricultural science farms, marine research stations, physics research stations, seismograph stations and an underground mine.
UQ St Lucia
The university’s main campus at St Lucia is set on a magnificent 114-hectare site bounded on all sides by the Brisbane River, seven kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. The campus has expansive landscaped grounds, three lakes, an aquatic centre, tennis courts, eight athletics ovals with a 600-seat grandstand, and facilities for elite rowing. The campus fans out from a 1930s, heritage-listed sandstone Cloister enclosing the Great Court. Almost all OzTREKK students note that the St Lucia main campus at UQ is stunning. Students also enjoy easy access to the city from the campus via foot, bus, and City Cat river ferry.
Herston is UQ's core campus for clinical health teaching and research. UQ Herston is home to the School of Medicine, the School of Population Health, the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences office, the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) and the research activities of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
The campus is located alongside the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and is approximately three kilometres from the CBD. Its proximity to a major hospital benefits students and staff and demonstrates UQ’s commitment to working within a clinical academic environment to deliver innovative and contemporary research and education programs. Many UQ researchers work in specialised nodes located within the hospital complex, including at the state-of-the-art Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF) and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).
UQ Herston is also home to the Oral Health Centre (OHC), Australia’s largest and most advanced specialist oral health service. The OHC is a $104-million federally funded project that will bring together UQ’s School of Dentistry and parts of Queensland Health’s Oral Health Services.
UQ Gatton is a smaller campus located 90 km from central Brisbane. The Gatton campus is internationally recognised as Australia's leading education and research provider in the field of animals, agriculture, veterinary science, food and the environment.
The University of Queensland has an extensive list of programs to choose from. Listed below are some of the most popular.