University of Queensland Partnership
With more than 4,000 classes in 300 plus programs that range from computer science to communications, it’s easy to keep your major on track. On this self-contained campus, join an active student body and take advantage of athletic facilities and sunny weather. Explore friendly, laid-back Brisbane and the Gold Coast, one hour away. Bonus: The university owns Australia’s largest marine research station on the Great Barrier Reef.
Details at a Glance
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.
A full class load at University of Queensland is 8 credits for the semester (equivalent to 15-16 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) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.
An academic letter of recommendation and GPA statement are required for GPAs under 3.0.
Visa/Residence Permit Requirement
This program requires a visa for all students.
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 courses 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 examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.
- 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.
- Farewell Dinner: Savor the memories and experiences of your time in Australia during a final delicious dining experience with your IFSA family.
- Sunshine 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, a hike in Noosa National Park, a tour of a ginger factory, and a picturesque train ride.
- Bike Tour: Scheduled early in the semester, a bike tour is the perfect way to get orientated to downtown Brisbane, get your bearings, and explore your new city.
- 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
HousingApartment/Flat, Dormitory/Residence Hall
Most IFSA students live close to campus in apartment complexes operated by an independent student housing partner. Dorm-style rooms are also sometimes available on campus at the university’s International House.
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.
Take a look at 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.