Speech Pathology

OverviewStudying speech pathology

Speech pathology is a health profession that falls under the area of human communication sciences. Speech pathology, also referred to as speech therapy, is the diagnosis, management and treatment of individuals who are unable to communicate effectively or who have difficulty with feeding and swallowing.

With few speech pathology programs offered by Canadian universities and since admission into these programs are increasingly competitive, graduate-entry speech pathology programs in Australia are a top choice for Canadians seeking to gain qualifications as a speech pathologist.

Australian universities offer undergraduate and graduate-entry professional certification programs in speech pathology, as well as a wide range of postgraduate options in specialized areas. Speech pathology programs in Australia aim to equip students with the theoretical knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary for a career in speech pathology.

There are a limited number of places available in speech pathology programs in Australia for international students, and program start dates, admissions requirements, and application deadlines vary among universities. All programs require a student to have completed a bachelor’s degree and specific undergraduate subjects. These undergraduate prerequisites vary among Australian speech pathology programs.

Licensing Practicing in Canada

Upon graduation, you are eligible to apply to become a speech pathologist in Canada. For a detailed overview of the certification process, please visit Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) website.

It is imperative that you understand the requirements and procedures associated with entering the speech and language pathology profession in Canada. It is your responsibility to meet the necessary requirements to become a member of the regulatory body in your province, if necessary. Currently in Canada, eight provinces require mandatory registration with a regulatory body.

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“They have a lot of resources and help for international students”

I like that they have tailored particular parts of the program to the Canadian students as we are the majority of our program. They have a lot of resources and help for international students at UQ. There are 'heaps' of other Canadians at UQ, especially in the health care professions.

Angela R
Master of Speech Pathology Studies
The University of Queensland, 2019

“Not only is the teaching staff great, but I have also found that the campus life at UQ is outstanding.”

I chose The University of Queensland to pursue my education because I have always wanted to study abroad and experience Australian culture in a fun and positive way. The University of Queensland stood out to me after I learned about the comprehensive content of my degree as well as the exciting campus life. I learned that UQ has a reputation built on research, and evidence-based-practice is something that is very meaningful to me. UQ pretty much checked off all the boxes in ter... Read More

Sarah R
Master of Speech Pathology Studies
The University of Queensland, 2019

“… the coordinators have been very accommodating for helping Canadian students”

UQ is beautiful, the teachers have been amazing, the curriculum is interesting, and the coordinators have been very accommodating for helping Canadian students keep on top of our placement hours. It's an AMAZING experience, I'm having a great time the school is better than I imagined and I felt comfortable right away, the transition was much easier than I had expected.

Lauren U
Master of Speech Pathology Studies
The University of Queensland, 2012

“UQ is a highly regarded university that has many international students”

UQ is a highly regarded university that has many international students. The professors are very accommodating and take all students opinions into consideration.  University life is much more pleasant and enjoyable in Australia. People are very friendly, which makes moving to Australia quite easy, being away from home!

Lidia H
Master of Speech Pathology Studies
The University of Queensland, 2012

“The professors at UQ in the Speech Pathology program are wonderful”

I really like UQ's campus. It is absolutely beautiful and there's plenty of green space where you can sit and hang out. The professors at UQ in the Speech Pathology program are wonderful and most of them take an interest in you as a student. The University of Queensland is a wonderful university with a beautiful campus and is extremely advanced in terms of its use of technology (ie. Apple Computers in all the libraries and study rooms!). The program is really small, with a clas... Read More

Saira B
Master of Speech Pathology Studies
The University of Queensland, 2012

“… hey help with hours for Canadian students”

Beautiful campus, great classmates, lovely how they help with hours for Canadian students!  It's a great opportunity to study speech abroad and experience life in a new place. 

Tran N
Master of Speech Pathology Studies
The University of Queensland, 2012

“… it’s a great learning experience and I’m so glad I’m here!”

I love how diverse it is and I find my program very interesting. I am not a fan of the humidity.... UQ is a beautiful campus, and it's huge! My program is very interesting, but pretty intense. All in all, it's a great learning experience and I'm so glad I'm here!

Miriam P
Master of Speech Pathology Studies
The University of Queensland, 2012