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UQ Medical School orientation with OzTREKK

The UQ Medical School commences its program much earlier than any other Australian medical school. In fact, from Jan. 3 – Jan 14, 2013, OzTREKK was ready to meet the new students—right there on Aussie soil!

Because the largest number of Canadians studying medicine in Australia study at the UQ Medical School, the OzTREKK Orientation at UQ runs for more than a week. This gives the new UQ medical students extra time to adjust to their new surroundings and prepare for the incredible life journey ahead.

The UQ Medical School Orientation began with a delicious lunch at Bangkok Delight, a local Thai restaurant that’s just a short walk from the picturesque St Lucia campus. All the new incoming Canadian medical students where welcomed by 32ºC weather and beautiful bright blue skies. Quite the acclimatization from negative temperatures in Canada!

Just prior to the OzTREKK Welcome Lunch, UQ hosted its mandatory Getting Started session, “International Student Orientation and Official Welcome,” along with an accommodation seminar for those still looking for accommodation. The Getting Started session outlines everything you need to know about UQ and offers ideas for things to do and see around Brisbane. Topics include visa compliance, overseas health coverage, studying at UQ, and living in Australia.

Once the OzTREKK lunch was completed it was time to start the OzTREKK Shuttle. We introduced the OzTREKK Shuttle a few years ago to help new students organize and establish themselves before classes begin. The OzTREKK Shuttle is always popular, with countless trips to IKEA, local grocery stores and shopping malls, Officeworks to get printers, computers and stationery, and for just touring around beautiful Brisbane and the Brisbane River.

We were also able to get in a sneaky trip down to the Gold Coast for a number of the lucky students, just to take a bit of a break and breather prior to the commencement of their studies.

Wish you were here!

New UQ Medical School students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

UQ Med students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

New UQ Medical School students shop 'til they drop

UQ Med students experience the mall

UQ Medical School students stock up at IKEA

UQ Medical School students stock up at IKEA

UQ med students make good use of the OzTREKK Shuttle

Pack the OzTREKK Shuttle!

OzTREKK Shuttle makes stops at Officeworks

OzTREKK Shuttle makes stops at Officeworks!

Enjoying Brisbane's sights In the OzTREKK Shuttle

In the OzTREKK Shuttle enjoying Brisbane

About the Medical Program at UQ Medical School

The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program

Offers will be made to eligible applicants on a “rolling admissions,” first-come, first-served basis.

  • Completed degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
  • GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ’s 7.0 scale
  • MCAT score (minimum 8/8/M/8) or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)
  • Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ Medical School


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