Brisbane, Australia

University of Queensland Partnership

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Program Overview


Keep your major on track with more than 4,000 classes at a university known for award-winning teachers and strength in engineering, business, computer science, anatomy/physiology, psychology, sociology, marine science, and environmental science. Speaking of science, the university boasts over 100 research stations, including one at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. 

UQ’’s self-contained campus has all you need, from bike repair to fitness facilities to dental services. Explore friendly, laid-back Brisbane, a river city with tons of arts, culture, and opportunities for outdoor fun. Plus, Gold Coast beaches are just an hour away. 

Plentiful activities and memorable toursall includedhelp you explore the region’s rich biodiversity, explore the coast and rainforests, and connect with indigenous culture.  

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: April 1
Spring: Oct. 15

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


Visa required?

Yes. Learn more.

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CHART Your Course
Find the classes you need fast with CHART. Our easy-to-use tool shows you classes recently taken by IFSA students.

Open the University of Queensland online class catalog to explore the available class offerings. When searching, keep in mind the campus that the classes are offered on, as students must generally remain at the St. Lucia campus.

Credit Conversion
A full class load at University of Queensland is 8 credits for the semester (equivalent to 16 U.S. semester credit hours). The number of classes you must take depends on the credit value of the classes. Choose classes in any combination of credit values, as long as their total value equals a full class load.

1 UQ credit = 2 U.S. semester credit hours

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and class materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.


Australian Government | Department of Education | CRICOS: 00025B
Australian Government | Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency | TEQSA: PRV12080

You will have to fulfill any prerequisites listed in the class description. Generally, you must have some background in the subjects you wish to study at your host institution. On the class preference form, list only those classes for which you are academically prepared. Study abroad students can only take classes number 3999 and below. Study abroad students are not allowed to take classes above this level because they are graduate and honors classes.



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter
An academic letter of recommendation and GPA statement are required for GPAs under 3.0.


Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are a selection of activities and excursions from previous terms; options may vary for your program. Due to the seasonal nature of many of program activities, we cannot guarantee a specific activity or excursion will be available in a given term or program.


  • Indigenous Australians Dance Performance: Watch Bangarra, a company of professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary dancers, tell powerful stories through movement, dynamic design, poetry, and music.
  • Brisbane Festival: Held during September, this month-long festival includes large-scale art installations, live music, immersive theater, cabaret, comedy, and storytelling. With an introduction to the festival early in the month by IFSA team members, explore all the shows and programs through the rest of the month, many of which are free of charge.
  • NACE Competencies Workshop: Mastering the eight U.S. National Association of Colleges and Employers competencies is essential preparation for college graduates. This IFSA staff workshop helps you make meaningful links between your study abroad experience and career readiness.
  • Theatre Performance: Take in a performance at the Redland Performing Arts Centre in the beautiful Brisbane suburb of Cleveland. On the way to the show, stop by the Lighthouse at Cleveland Point to see the incredible lookout over the bay.
  • Celebration Dinner: Savor the memories and experiences of your time in Australia during a final delicious dining experience with your IFSA family.
  • Sunshine Coast & Hinterland Weekend: A chance to see Queensland’s biodiversity in all its richness, this weekend adventure features a visit to Mary Cairncross Rainforest Reserve, an aviary tour at Maleny Botanical Gardens, stops at Gerrard’s Lookout and Mapleton Falls Lookout, and a boat tour to explore the Noosa Everglades.
  • Lone Pine Sanctuary Visit: Lone Pine is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary and collaborates with universities, government, and students on hundreds of wildlife research projects. During the three-hour visit, see more than 130 koalas, hand feed kangaroos and emus, experience a sheep dog show, spy on a shy platypus swimming, and watch the birds of prey.

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option


Most Included;Self-Catering


Most IFSA students live close to campus in apartment complexes operated by an independent student housing partner.

Keep in mind that some options have extra perks—like a meal plan—that warrant higher costs. If you’re placed in more expensive housing, you will incur additional charges to cover these costs.   

Sample housing  

Explore Scape Tribune South Bank apartments to see what your Brisbane home might be like:  

  • Location: South Bank, Brisbane’s cultural precinct, 15 minutes from campus by bus, 30 minutes by ferry.    
  • Living space: Share a furnished, co-ed apartment with three, four, or five other students attending UQ or another Brisbane university. Each student has a single, private bedroom with a private bathroom. Each bedroom has a bed, desk, chair, and storage, plus a shower, toilet, and sink. Apartment mates share a fully equipped kitchen and lounge space. Complete bedding kit and towels and basic kitchen wares provided.   
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals, and often tell us cooking together is a fun, social part of the day. 
  • Other details: Internet included. Resident advisors on call 24 hours. Complex manager lives on site. AC. On-site gym. Large courtyard with barbecue. Indoor social spaces and study rooms, game room and movie room with big screen. Social events and activities.  
  • Nearby: Cafes, restaurants, shopping, museums, galleries. South Bank Parklands. Streets Beach. Queensland Performing Arts Center. Gallery of Modern Art. Brisbane central business district. Brisbane River.  

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Fall 2024
July 10, 2024
November 17, 2024
Spring 2025
Early Feb. 2025
Mid-June 2025
$22,995 (estimated)
Oct. 15, 2024
Fall 2025
Mid-July 2025
Mid-Nov. 2025
$22,995 (estimated)
April 1, 2025

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Emma Lynch

Emma Lynch

Student Engagement Manager