The University of Queensland

Brisbane, Queensland

Details

University Location Brisbane, Queensland
Address Brisbane St Lucia, QLD 4072 Australia
Main Campus St Lucia
City Population 2.3 million
Student Population 52,350
Int'l Student Population 18,000
Semester 1 Start February
Semester 2 Start July

Overview

Ranked in the top 50* universities in the world, The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s finest higher-education institutions with

  • more national awards for teaching excellence than any other Australian university;
  • exceptional program choice across a wide range of study areas at undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree by research levels;
  • opportunities for students to gain practical experience and make valuable connections with prospective employers through internships and work placements; and
  • the chance to study part of their degree overseas at one of the University’s many highly ranked partner institutions.

With campuses based in and around the city of Brisbane, you will enjoy a diverse community of  more than 52,000 students, including over 15,400 international students from 135 countries.

The University of Queensland’s outstanding 250,000-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.

UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21; a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities; a member of Universities Australia; and one of only two Australian charter members of the prestigious edX consortium, the world’s leading not-for-profit consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

The University has eight world-class research institutes and more than 100 research centres, attracting researchers whose innovations are having a global impact. Research highlights include Gardasil®, the cervical cancer vaccine; Triple P – Positive Parenting Program; world-leading MRI technology; discovering the new disease HBSL; and developing microalgae as a green-power biofuel.

According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, UQ ranks number one in Australia in both environmental sciences and chemical engineering and number three in the world in sports-related subjects.  Five UQ subjects rank at number two in Australia including agriculture and forestry, biological sciences, hospitality and leisure management, materials science and sports-related subjects. Globally, UQ ranks top 30 in the world in 10 subjects.

Why Study Here?

As a UQ student you will benefit from the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities during your studies. The UQ Employability Award program offers you the opportunity to further your skills beyond the classroom by participating in a broad range of activities in areas of volunteering and work experience to lay a foundation for success far beyond graduation. There are also exchange opportunities to more than 180 partner institutions in 41 countries and access to more than 200 clubs and societies.

UQ Rankings
*UQ ranks among the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings, including the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (41), QS World University Rankings (48), the U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings (45), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (65).

According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, UQ ranks in the top 50 in the world in 24 subjects, with two subjects in the world’s top 5 and nine in the world’s top 30, including sports-related subjects (2), mineral and mining engineering (5), environmental sciences (11), agriculture and forestry (17), education (19), nursing (21), Psychology (23), hospitality and leisure management (27) and sociology (29).

*UQ ranks among the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings, including the CWTS Leiden Ranking (32)*, Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (41), QS World University Rankings (48), the U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings (45), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (65). *CWTS Leiden Ranking 2018 measured by the Impact indicator P (top 10%), ordered by P (top 10%) with fractional counting.

UQ offers opportunities for students to gain practical experience and make valuable connections with prospective employers through internships and work placements.

Popular University of Queensland programs for Canadian students include medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy, veterinary science, occupational therapy, speech pathology, audiology, teaching, and law.

Location Details

UQ Campuses
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 around 2.4 million people.

Brisbane has hosted many large-scale cultural and sporting events, including the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit, the Rugby World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. 

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!

Weather
Summer maximum average temperatures hover around 29°C 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°C and minimum averages around 9°C.

 

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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

“I liked how the classes are smaller and every course also has a practical class”

I wanted the opportunity to study abroad and UQ has a really good reputation it also helps that the campus is gorgeous! The GEMS physio program is two intense years, but through those two years you make some really good friends... I liked how the classes are smaller and every course also has a practical class, meaning you get to take what you learned in the lecture and try them out yourself.  When they recommend you brush up on your anatomy, it really does help! Also you really... Read More

Julia P
Master of Physiotherapy Studies
The University of Queensland, 2019

“There’s certainly a lot of support though with fellow class mates and the small group tutors if you need it.”

I love the university and program. The university has a lot of events and things on campus to help you destress during exam time. It's also very beautiful with lots of cute coffee shops to do homework at. The one awful thing about UQ is how unbelievably crowded it is. Finding a place on campus to study can be impossible and the place for medical students on the main st. Lucia campus is too small and almost always full to capacity. This is my own big problem with the university.... Read More

Katherine H.
Medicine
The University of Queensland, 2018

“I have found the peer tutorials at UQ valuable part of my learning.”

The program always teaches me something new everyday. I enjoy hearing from doctors in various disciplines. I have found it valuable to learn about epidemiology and Australian healthcare system. I have found the peer tutorials at UQ valuable part of my learning. I wish there was more teaching done in anatomy practicals rather than self-learning. Also more time in anatomy facility would be awesome.

Harsh D.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“UQ is rated one of the highest in Australia and I’m hoping to take a lot back home especially manual handling skills which is years ahead of Canada.”

I like that our class is of 38 which means we have greater exposure with professors and they teach us handling techniques themselves. UQ is rated one of the highest in Australia and I'm hoping to take a lot back home especially manual handling skills which is years ahead of Canada.

Tony K.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“In the 8 months I’ve studied here I feel like I have learned so much.”

I love UQ and this program. It’s intense but so fulfilling. In the 8 months I’ve studied here I feel like I have learned so much. The professors are awesome and you really feel as if you are getting the best most up to date evidence presented to you every day.

Joel T.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“I’m surprised at the resources UQ pours into its students.”

Everything is actually really really good. I'm surprised at the resources UQ pours into its students. Like, my old university was technically higher ranked on a lot of global indexes, but they didn't really care as much about students as they do here.

Paul C.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“The clinical coaches and tutors are all great.”

I like the way the program is set up, and the administration seems very open to feedback and suggestions. The clinical coaches and tutors are all great.

Justin Andrew T.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“The program takes student feedback regularly and seriously and is constantly making changes to accommodate our needs.”

Living in Australia is incredible and I’m so happy with my decision to move here. The warm weather, and great people, close friendships have all been worth it. The university of Queensland is a beautiful large campus. Very clean, lots of activity, and feels very vibrant. There’s lots to do on campus to get involved with events, food, etc. It’s a little quiet on late evenings/weekends. The program is great! It’s certainly challenging but very well organized. The program takes st... Read More

Mauricio M.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“We have amazing, top-class facilities with instructors who are always available to help.”

Studying dentistry at UQ has been such a rewarding experience. I have the pleasure of studying with classmates coming from so many diverse backgrounds. Because of strong emphasis on hands-on clinical activities here at UQ, we have learned to work as a team, with each of us precisely aware of our role, whether that may be assisting, operating, or being a patient. We have amazing, top-class facilities with instructors who are always available to help.... I look forward to spending the next 4–5 years with my amazing cohort.

Sean C.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“I like how it gets right into the pharmacy stuff, so you can experience what it will be like when you are done.”

I like how it gets right into the pharmacy stuff, so you can experience what it will be like when you are done. I dislike how we still have to do some courses which are very similar to the ones I did back home during my Bachelor of Sciences.

Kajal G.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“I also really like that we are a class of 35 students”

Occupational Therapy is all about bettering the lives of others through their daily occupations. I love that I will soon be qualified to help people who experience challenges in their every day life and I love that everyone in my class has the same mindset as me in that we are all very helpful towards each other. I also really like that we are a class of 35 students because in less than a month we are all friends with each other and kind of feel like a family.

Alina K
Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
The University of Queensland, 2017

“[I love] the amount of handling I get to do with animals”

[The amount of work] is as expected. [I love] the amount of handling I get to do with animals. The courses and practical aspects of the program is great. Just expect to be working with a lot of animals and be prepared to get your hands dirty! There's a lot of studying that is involved with the program but also a lot of hands on! It's quite a heavy load, but very rewarding when you get through a semester.

Jessica T
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
The University of Queensland, 2017

“The teachers are all professionals in the industry”

I love the quality of my program. The teachers are all professionals in the industry, we have a fully functioning dairy, piggery, poultry and equine unit on campus so all the resources we need to become the best vets are at our fingertips.

Lia B
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
The University of Queensland, 2017

“… you really get to know your profs and the upper years”

I love it. UQ is a great school, great location and a beautiful campus. My program is great because the size is so small, you really get to know your profs and the upper years. Everyone is very approachable and are happy to help. 

Marlee R
Master of Audiology Studies
The University of Queensland, 2015

“I chose The University of Queensland because of their excellent standing”

I chose The University of Queensland because of their excellent standing. At the Gatton campus, there are dedicated facilities on hand besides UQ Veterinary School’s small animal and equine hospitals.  The program so far has been more challenging than I expected. The hours are long and you have to give a 100% commitment. That being said, there is a great camaraderie and support from your course mates who are in every single class with you, and their high motivation pushes me to keep striving.

Nur S
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
The University of Queensland, 2014

“I like how much the professors at the vet school want us to succeed.”

The weather, the people and I am really loving my program. I like how much the professors at the vet school want us to succeed. I dislike not having a car and being on a fairly rural campus. But there are lots of events on campus to fill up your week. Friends always offer to take me into town, so I don't feel that isolated. 10 out of 10!

Julia C
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
The University of Queensland, 2014

“The people are so friendly and accommodating”

The people are so friendly and accommodating. The weather is AMAZING I am in love with my program.

Tyler H
Master of Audiology Studies
The University of Queensland, 2014

“… 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