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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/20/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Exact dates are TBD, but the program will begin in early July and end in mid November. DO NOT BOOK TRAVEL until you are in Step 3 and have been fully admitted by ISA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: 2.5
Disciplines offered: Accounting (ACCT), Marketing (MKTG), School of Business, Undergraduate Accomodations: Shared apartments off-campus
Class Standing: Must have completed 45 units Program Advisor: Brittany Williams-
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: No Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:




Queensland University of Technology 

Fall/Spring Semester 


*Program offered in conjunction with USD affiliate partner, ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Program Dates Fall: early July to mid November / Spring: early February to late June
*official dates are not confirmed until after the application deadline, unless otherwise indicated on ISA’s website:
Course Offerings Released Varies
GPA Requirement Minimum 2.5
Application USD application and ISA application
Visa Requirements Yes. ALL students studying for a semester will need a visa. Students will be emailed instructions after the application deadline for their visa by their Study Abroad Advisor, but general information can be found below:
Australian Government Visa Requirements
ISA’s website Consulate locator:
Language of Instruction English
Academic Structure QUT courses are 4 USD credits each, so students should take 3-4 classes for 12-16 units. Students are encouraged to register for 4 classes with the option to drop in their first week of study
Internships Consult the Study Abroad Advisor
Working in Australia Students studying abroad in Australia are permitted given the conditions of their student visas to work up to 40 hours per fortnight (20 hours/week). QUT has put together a number of available employment opportunities on their website:
Class Size With local and other international students
Class Schedule Confirmed Varies
Housing Pre-arranged off-campus student housing by ISA partner (cost included in program fee). Students attending QUT and electing ISA housing will live in co-ed apartments with local and other international students. Placements will be in a twin shared (same gender) bedroom with ensuite bathroom in a 16 person, co-ed flat. Kitchen and living room spaces are shared between flatmates. Linens, kitchenware and an Internet package are included; however, meals are not included. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available within the residential complex. The apartment is easily located within walking distance of the QUT campus.
See the ISA Brisbane Google Map for a visual on the location of this housing option.
Exam Type Consult Study Abroad Advisor
Transcripts Received from QUT 1-2 months month after the program ends
PROGRAM LOCATION: Queensland and Brisbane

With an average of 261 days of sunshine each year, Queensland is Australia's sunshine state. There are beautiful national parks, hundreds of kilometres of beaches, tropical rainforests, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, has a population of 2.3 million people. It’s a green city with a subtropical climate and diverse population. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia and is known for its vibrant urban precincts, outdoor lifestyle and friendly locals. An hour south of Brisbane is the famous Gold Coast with amazing beaches, amusement parks, and shopping. North of Brisbane are the beautiful, quiet beaches of the Sunshine Coast.

There are endless things to explore in Queensland. Visit Queensland.

This program is offered in collaboration with the affiliate provider International Studies Abroad (ISA). Students will complete a USD application as well as an ISA application to participate in the program. ISA offers an additional level of support including on-site orientation activities, onsite resident staff, and visa application support, and as a resource to students. To visit the ISA program page for QUT, click here.

Gardens Point Campus
Gardens Point campus occupies a prime location in Brisbane’s city centre, nestled beside the Brisbane River, City Botanic Gardens and Parliament House—a position that reinforces QUT’s links with business, industry and government.

The Gardens Point campus contains the Gardens Cultural Precinct, QUT Art Museum, the William Robinson Gallery in historic Old Government House, and the Science and Engineering Centre, which brings together teaching and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. It also includes stimulating learning and research spaces, food and retail outlets, a fitness centre, and 50-metre swimming pool.
The campus is linked with South Bank Parklands by the Goodwill Bridge (a pedestrian and bicycle bridge).
Kelvin Grove campus
Kelvin Grove campus is located only 2km from Brisbane CBD. The campus is adjacent to the award-winning Kelvin Grove Urban Village, which includes student accommodation, markets, shopping and restaurants. The campus hosts the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, and the QUT Health Clinics, which provide practical clinical experience for students and free or low-cost healthcare to the community. Kelvin Grove is also home to the Creative Industries Precinct: Australia's first dedicated site for creative experimentation and commercial development in the creative industries.
There is a free shuttle bus between the Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses to assist students travelling between campuses.
A range of facilities are available on both campuses to enrich your university experience and make life easier:
  • 24-hour computing laboratories
  • automatic teller machines
  • bookshops
  • cafés and food outlets
  • campus shops
  • sporting facilities
  • student centres
  • childcare facilities
  • counselling and QUT medical centres
  • fitness centres
  • libraries
  • licensed Guild bars: Botanic Bar and The Grove
  • swimming pools.
QUT website, click here
QUT video (
QUT Study Abroad in the Creative Industries
QUT is on a semester system. USD students will be able to attend during QUT’s Fall and/or Spring semesters, although the start/end dates will be slightly different.
Semester 1, 2018 (USD’s spring semester)
Orientation: 12-16 February
Semester: 19 February – 1 June
Semester break: 31 March – 15 April
Exams: 7 – 22 June
Semester 2, 2019 (USD’s fall semester)
Orientation: 16 – 20 July
Semester: 23 July – 26 October
Semester holidays: 22 - 30 September
Exams: 1 – 16 November
For specific dates, visit the QUT Academic Calendar.
Australian universities have summer vacation in December and January.
Disciplines at the Gardens Point campus include: business, engineering, law and justice, and science and technology.
Disciplines at the Kelvin Grove campus include: creative industries (communication, performing arts, multimedia, fashion, film and television), education, health, and justice studies.
Select classes by comparing the host institution’s online course listings to the USD list of Pre-Approval Courses (PDF file). Links to both the course listings can be found in the “Courses” section of each USD program webpage (
  • Make sure that the courses you select will be offered during the term you will be in Australia. Since the countries are in the Southern Hemisphere the seasons are reversed; therefore, if you are applying for the Fall semester, you should select courses offered in the second half of the year or Spring term (S2); if you are applying for the Spring semester, you should select courses that are offered in the first half of the year or Autumn term (S1).
  • Students can take a maximum of 4 classes, most of which will transfer back as 4 units (check the Pre-Approved Course list to verify). It is very important to select at least 4 alternate choices so that in the event you are not approved to take a course or there is a schedule conflict, you have back up courses available.
  • In Australia courses will be called “units” or “subjects”
  • QUT also offers two subject each semester from its indigenous Oodgeroo Unit. The subjects draw on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems and perspectives while disrupting and critiquing existing systems of knowing and being. There is currently a field trip that sits in OUB100 Yatdjuligin: Cultural Safety in the Indigenous Australian context where students travel to the Cherbourg Aboriginal community.
QUT divides its subjects into two lists:
  • Units all students can study: All students can study these units, regardless of your USD major.
  • Approved study units: You can only enrol in these units if you meet the specified requirements and have significant background knowledge in the area of study. After you apply, QUT will assess the units and your background knowledge and let you know the outcome.
  1. Open the Institution’s course options for the term you wish to study: View QUT Course Catalog
  2. Compare the Institution’s course offerings to the USD Pre-Approved Course list:  QUT USD Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies
  3. Build a class schedule (4 classes, 4 backup classes) of courses on the QUT course catalog that match the Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies
  4. If there is a course offered on the Institution’s website that is NOT listed on the USD Pre-Approved Course Equivalency list that you would like to take, email your Study Abroad Coordinator to begin the transfer evaluation process
Students who choose courses which are NOT listed on USD’s Pre-Approved Course List are responsible for completing the transfer evaluation process prior to departure to ensure that credits will transfer back to USD. This process can take 3-5 weeks to complete and should be started immediately. Students should only submit courses once they have selected a university.
  1. Email the program advisor the course code and title for each desired course. It is also helpful if you indicate what type of credit you hope to receive (i.e. Literature Core requirement or MGMT 307)
  2. The advisor will submit the course to the appropriate department chair for approval.
  3. You will be notified once the course has been evaluated via email.
***Students are encouraged to meet with both their Academic and Study Abroad Advisor before the application deadline to ensure their class schedule abroad meets their academic needs at USD***
Students are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation in off-campus student apartments through the International Studies Abroad program provider (ISA). Housing costs are included in the program fee, which is paid to USD through the USD student account.
Students attending QUT and electing ISA housing will live in co-ed apartments with local and other international students. Placements will be in a twin shared (same gender) bedroom with ensuite bathroom in a 16 person, co-ed flat. Kitchen and living room spaces are shared between flatmates. Linens, kitchenware and an Internet package are included; however, meals are not included. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available within the residential complex. The apartment is easily located within walking distance of the QUT campus.

See the ISA Brisbane Google Map for a visual on the location of this housing option.
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost link in the box at the top of this webpage.
Students studying abroad in Australia are permitted given the conditions of their student visas to work up to 40 hours per fortnight (20 hours/week). However, it may not be as common to secure employment on campus, but rather a small job near or off campus. 

QUT has put together a number of available employment opportunities on their website, which students are able to utilize and consult when looking for part-time employment while abroad:
Students awarded financial aid packages through USD may be eligible to use their financial aid towards their first semester study abroad experience – please visit the USD Offices of Financial Aid to verify if your awards qualify.
Students entering their second semester of study abroad may NOT have their award packages applied – please verify with the Office of Financial Aid.
International Center Financing Study Abroad:
USD Office of Financial Aid:
Scholarships are a great way to help fund your study abroad program. ISA awards over $850,000 in grants and scholarships to participating students each year. In addition to those offered by ISA, scholarship opportunities are available through several host universities and outside organizations?.
For a full list of scholarships and contests offered by Diversity Abroad visit:
For a full list of scholarships and contests offered by ISA visit:
Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and Correspondent Internship Opportunity
• 12 x $2,000 for Fall Study
• 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Study
• 2 x $2,500 for Year (Fall start)
• 2 x $2,500 for Year (Spring start)
ISA Diversity Scholarship
• 2 x $1,000 for Summer Study
• 3 x $2,000 for Fall Study
• 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Study
Live Like Ally Memorial Scholarship
• 1 x $1,000 for Fall Study
• 1 x $1,000 for Spring Study
For a full list of scholarships and grants offered at the Institution visit:
All students studying in Australia for a semester WILL need a visa. The visa application process happens after acceptance to the program, and all visa application instructions are sent to students directly by the program provider International Studies Abroad.

Upon arrival in Australia, students will take part in a 3-4 day Bridging Cultures Orientation Program. This orientation will consist of cultural activities, as well as logistical information to prepare students for their semester abroad. To learn more about this program, click here

Visit Brisbane's islands! Queensland's coastline is dotted with idyllic islands. Moreton Island, just a 70 minute ferry ride from Brisbane, is the third largest sand island in the world. Moreton Island is also home to the famous Tangalooma Wrecks, popular for diving and snorkelling. North Stradbroke Island (known locally as “Straddie”) is another fantastic holiday destination and is just a 40 minute ferry ride from the bayside town of Cleveland. Great location for learning how to surf or explore the island by bicycle, stopping at Point Lookout to spot migrating whales between June and October.

Queensland also has five of Australia’s 11 UNESCO World Heritage areas. While you’re studying at QUT for the semester, make sure you try to visit as many of the following:  
  • The Great Barrier Reef was the first Queensland site to be recognised for its representation of major stages of the earth’s evolutionary history and as the largest coral reef system on the planet.
  • Gondwana Rainforests of Australia straddles Queensland’s southern border and encompasses LamingtonSpringbrookMt Barney and the Main Range National Parks. This area is the most extensive remaining area of sub-tropical rainforest and is home to nearly all of the world's Antarctic beech rainforest.
  • Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and is noted for its exceptional beauty, ever-evolving coastal sand dune formations and habitats, as well as 250km of sandy beaches.
  • A slightly prehistoric twist sees ancient Australian mammals preserved in limestone at the Riversleigh Fossil Mammal site in Outback Queensland on the list. Some fossil deposits date back 25 million years.
  • Extending from Cooktown to Townsville and including the Daintree Rainforest, the Wet Tropics of Queensland protects Australia’s largest remaining area of wet tropical rainforest with cultural significance for the Aboriginal people who have called this area home for thousands of years.

QUT also organises weekend trips to places like Springbrook National Park, Byron Bay and the beaches at the Sunshine and Gold Coasts.


QUT offers you an enriching study abroad experience. Whether you want to volunteer, get involved in campus culture, or develop your personal and professional skills, there is something for you. Participate in festivals, dance at the QUT Ball, row in the QUT Dragon Boat Regatta or just relax with new friends at one of the many cafes or bars on campus.

Sports @ QUT: Whether you're into social sports, club sports, recreational activities or competitive sport, QUT offer many possibilities to stay active and keep fit while studying abroad. Go to for more information.

Leadership, Development and Innovation program: this program will help you discover your strengths and leadership style and give you the practical skills and experience you'll need to be a leader in your work, social or personal life. Go to for more information.

Real World Placement Program: Gain real-world experience with industry partners and organisations through paid and volunteer opportunities

Join the QUT Buddy Club: Navigate Brisbane and make new friends! Search for QUTEB-QUT Exchange buddies on Facebook

Business Advantage Program (Business students only): help develop your social and professional skills through interaction with other students, business, and government, education and community leaders. The program features industry and community facilitators to network with and learn from, guest presentations from inspiring industry, community and university leaders, modules focused on specific social and professional skills and challenging activities aimed at developing skills through new experiences.

QUT’s campuses are easy to reach with public transport: you can travel by bus, train or ferry. The two campuses are also linked by a free inter-campus shuttle that runs frequently throughout the day. Gardens Point has its own ferry stop, and is only a short walk from central train stations, and close to all city bus services. Kelvin Grove is linked to the city and suburbs with a frequent, reliable bus network.

The Brisbane CBD is also serviced by a free CityHopper ferry and CityLoop bus that will connect you to multiple locations. 
All public transport in Southeast Queensland is run by Translink. They have detailed information on public transport, timetables and fares, and a journey planner.
As you will be a full-time student with a QUT ID card, you'll receive a 50% fare reduction.

Brisbane and QUT also provide dedicated bikeways, secure campus bike racks and showers for cyclists.

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Instagram: @qutlife or @qutstudents

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