The University of Queensland
Program Site: The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane. UQ’s main St. Lucia campus lies along the Brisbane River and is about five miles from downtown Brisbane.
Eligibility: Minimum USC cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. For the Psychology Research Track a major in Psychology, a minimum USC cumulative GPA of 3.75, and the completion of two years of university before the start of the program are required.
Description: Brisbane, capital of the state of Queensland, is the third-largest and fastest-growing city in Australia. Australia’s Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are just an hour away. UQ is one of Australia’s premier higher education institutions and has around 40,000 students. Study abroad students are directly enrolled in classes alongside Australian students.
Academics: Coursework is available in a wide range of fields, from Aboriginal Studies to Zoology. Human Biology majors may be interested in UQ’s Department of Human Movement Studies. All pre-health students would benefit from anatomy classes at UQ's state-of-the-art anatomy lab. Pre-vet students can take veterinary science courses. The Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies offers interesting courses in anthropology and sociology. Environmental studies, international relations, English, psychology and public policy are also strong at UQ. Many USC students in environmental studies take advantage of UQ's location for the study of marine sciences, marine biology, conservation biology, and environmental policy. UQ also offers a wide range of engineering courses, including aerospace and biomedical engineering.
Psychology Research Practicum: On this track USC Psychology majors take four UQ courses in psychology and other disciplines and for their fifth course they enroll in PSYC 3991, a Research Practicum in which they will be directly involved in research with a supervising faculty member and attend a weekly workshop series on applied and professional issues in the field of psychology. As a capstone to this course students write up their research and engage in guided reflection on the experience.
Course Load and Credit: Students take 4 courses and earn a maximum of 16 per semester. Students in the Psychology Research Track take 5 courses and earn a maximum of 20 units per semester. View course listings and descriptions on UQ's website.
Activities and Other Program Features: UQ has a wide range of student clubs and societies that USC students are encouraged to join. The sprawling campus has such amenities as a large student union, a movie theater, a travel agency, a gym and several sports fields.
Accommodations: Students are not guaranteed on-campus housing, which is in short supply. USC students may either apply to an on-campus residential college or seek off-campus housing with assistance from UQ Accommodation Services.
Dates: Fall, Spring or Year. UQ’s Semester 2 runs from mid-July to late November. UQ’s Semester 1 runs from mid-February to late June.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Please note that the Psychology Research Track students incur an extra tuition fee of $1,937.
If you plan to go abroad in the USC fall semester, please be aware that your financial aid will not be disbursed until 10 days before classes begin at your program and not before the end of July.
Cost Updated: 5/28/15
Text Updated: 8/26/15
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.