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Education Abroad Office

Queensland University of Technology

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Brisbane
Country: Australia
Term: Spring
Website: QUT Exchange Program

This exchange is only for International Business students in the Darla Moore School of Business.

USC'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, which is also 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.

Students can explore south east Queensland's beaches, bays, and beautiful hinterland located within an hour from campus. Also, 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.

The program at QUT offers a full curriculum. Students take classes with Australian and other international students. Classes are taught in English. 

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

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 that students prepare to budget approximately $2,500AUD during the first weeks in Brisbane to get set-up in accommodation, stock up on food and organise transport card. After that, students can budget for approximately $500 a week for rent, food, transport, utility bills and entertainment. Remember that the cost of living in Australia may be higher than SC, so utilize online cost comparison tools like Numbeo to estimate the average cost of goods. 

Students must enroll in a minimum of 48 credits (12 U.S. credits) per semester. Most courses are worth 12 credits. Check the subjects offered on QUT course selection page. Pay special attention to which semester the course is offered during. "Semester 1" is the U.S. version of Spring semester, while "Semester 2" is the U.S. version of Fall semester.

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

For information, tips, and advice from students about life in Brisbane and preparing for QUT, we recommend joining the #CountdowntoQUT Facebook group. To find out what’s happening on campus and to get involved in events and activities, we recommend that you like the QUT Students Facebook page. You can also visit Student Life for more information about QUT events and activities, including clubs, social activities, sport, leadership and development, LGBTQIA+, and personal communities.

All students must purchase the Overseas Student Health Cover through QUT or independently. The cost of this insurance is approximately AUD$250 per semester. In addition, students are required to enroll in CISI health insurance through UofSC. The cost of roughly $31/month will be assessed to your student account.

Global QUT provides personal accommodation assistance to all international students. Students can utilize QUT Accommodation Services, or go through a private accommodation provider.

 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 Study Abroad Orientation session is compulsory for Study Abroad students and a specific orientation for Study Abroad and Inbound Exchange students takes place one week prior to the commencement of classes. During O week, QUT's campuses are buzzing with student clubs, food stalls, lice entertainment, social activities, and development opportunities. In addition, QUT Global hosts a Welcome Party for all international students.

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


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