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Education Abroad Office

Queensland University of Technology

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Brisbane
Country: Australia
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Website: QUT Exchange Program

UofSC's exchange program in Australia is designed to help American students gain firsthand knowledge of Australian culture. This program is located in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland and the third largest and fastest growing city in Australia. Students will attend the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) campus in Brisbane along with approximately 40,000 students including 6,700 international students from over 90 countries.

Brisbane is within easy travel distance of Australia's other major cities and attractions with a domestic and international airport within 20 minutes of QUT's central city location. This city offers an affordable lifestyle where year-round weather is fabulous and outdoors living is healthy. People from many cultures enjoy a diverse range of dining alternatives as well as a thriving arts and cultural scene.

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: minimum 3.0 GPA

Brisbane is one of Australia's most affordable capital cities, catering for a diverse range of lifestyles and can easily be enjoyed even on a student budget. Living costs will vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose, the number of people you live with, and the area you live in.  QUT recommends budgeting approximately AUD$2,500 during your first few weeks to get yourself set up. After that, they recommend budgeting approximately $500 a week for rent, food, transport, utility bills and entertainment. You should estimate a minimum of AUD$6000 for essential living expenses per semester.

Students must enroll in a minimum of 48 credits (12 U.S. credits) per semester. Most courses are worth 12 credits. You can search QUT's website for subjects offered during your time abroad.  Semester 1 at QUT is the equivalent of UofSC's Spring semester, while Semester 2 is the equivalent of Fall semester.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

There are no excursions included in program. However, QUT Global Office may provide opportunities for excursions.

All students must purchase the Overseas Student Health Cover through QUT in order to meet the requirements for the Australian student visa. The cost of this insurance is approximately AUD$250 per semester.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Exchange students can live in on-campus or off-campus in private rentals or managed accommodation . ISS provides personal accommodation assistance to all international students. Check out Living in Brisbane to find out more about rental accommodation in Brisbane and the services available to international students, including arranging appointments and transport to inspect rental properties.  

The Australian academic calendar begins in February, with the first semester running from mid-February to late-June. The second semester commences in late-July and runs through the end of November. 

The orientation is required for international and study abroad students and takes place around a week prior to the start of classes. 

All students studying in Australia are required to have a valid Subclass 500 Australian Student Visa. The current cost of this visa is approximately AUD$710. Students are automatically granted permission to work up to 20-hours a week in Australia with this visa.


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