The University of Queensland

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Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world* UQ is one of the finest higher education institutions in Australia. The University has:

  • More awards for teaching excellence than any other Australian university
  • Exceptional programme choice across a wide range of study areas at undergraduate, postgraduate and research higher degree levels
  • Opportunities for students to gain practical experience and make valuable connections with prospective employers through internships and work placements
  • A network of highly ranked partner institutions worldwide, giving students the chance to study part of their degree overseas

With campuses based in and around Brisbane, you will enjoy a diverse community of over 50,000 students, including over 11,000 international students from 140 different countries worldwide.

UQ’s outstanding 215,000-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 a founding member of the national Group of Eight, a leading group of Australian universities that conducts a significant portion of all university research in Australia. The University is also one of only three Australian members of Universitas 21, a global alliance that allows UQ to offer its students unique opportunities to participate in student exchanges and events all over the world. Through this international alliance, UQ students have taken part in events such as the Summer School programme in Mexico, the Undergraduate Research Conference in Japan and the Social Entrepreneurship programme in Guatemala.

*2015-2016; 46 QS World University Rankings|52 US News and World Report Best Global Universities | 60 Times Higher Education Rankings | 77 Academic Ranking of World Universities

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  • An aerial view of the St Lucia campus. Photo credit: UQ

    An aerial view of the St Lucia campus. Photo credit: UQ

  • Students on the grass in the Great Court. Photo credit: UQ

    Students on the grass in the Great Court. Photo credit: UQ

  • Institute of Molecular Biology. Photo credit: UQ

    Institute of Molecular Biology. Photo credit: UQ

  • University of Queensland students. Photo credit: UQ

    University of Queensland students. Photo credit: UQ

What can I study?

UQ has nine world class research institutes and researchers whose work is having a global impact. Their innovations include the creation of a cervical cancer vaccine, protection of the world’s food supply, and the installation of the largest photovoltaic solar panel in the southern hemisphere. As a UQ student you’ll have the chance to be taught by and to work alongside these researchers.

The 2015 QS World University Rankings By Subject rank three of UQ’s subject disciplines in the top 20 in the world – environmental sciences (11) agriculture and forestry (15) and psychology (18). A further 19 disciplines are among the world’s top 50. These are: Development studies (21); education (21); chemical engineering (23); sociology (25); communication and media studies (26); accounting and finance (28); geography and area studies (35); architecture and built environment (37); biological sciences (37); English language and literature (43); chemistry (48); business and management studies (48); law (49); computer science and information systems (49); medicine (49) and linguistics (50).

UQ students enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities during their studies. There are exchange opportunities to more than 185 partner institutions in 41 countries and access to more than 190 student clubs and societies, as well as sports and cultural facilities.

The UQ Advantage Award Programme

The UQ Advantage Award programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to realise their aspirations and enhance their research, leadership and cultural communication skills to ensure that they are competitive in the employment market. It combines a range of co-curricular activities across three core categories – Global and Cultural Engagement, Research and Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility and Leadership – and gives you access to a unique symposium series.

Where is UQ?

UQ has three main campuses in and around Brisbane, Queensland’s capital. Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne, and has a multicultural population of around two million.

Brisbane has all the advantages of a large modern city, yet it retains the friendliness of a small regional town. The 2013 edition of the Lonely Planet Australia travel guide named it ‘Australia’s coolest city.’

Just an hour’s drive south of the city are the golden beaches and theme parks of the Gold Coast. North you will find the Sunshine Coast beaches, national parks and rainforests while just off the coast lie pristine Stradbroke and Moreton Islands, both popular day trip and holiday destinations for locals and visitors alike.

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

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