The University of Queensland (UQ) is in the top 100 universities worldwide, measured through a number of major independent university rankings: the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and, Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. UQ is also the largest university in Queensland. The UQ Advantage provides students with opportunities, choices and support that will enable them to achieve their individual aspirations, to become leaders in their chosen fields and to positively impact on the society in which they live. In addition to flexibility in program choice, student benefits include the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities during their studies. There are study abroad opportunities and access to more than 100 clubs and societies, as well as sports and cultural facilities.
UQ offers a wide range of world-class study options for Study Abroad and Exchange students. Courses may include lectures, tutorials, group work, practical lab or field work and industry placements. The practical study options you choose - field trips and industry placements included - will help you emerge from UQ with the skills and knowledge you need to boost your career and meet the demands of today's workplace. The University’s global research positioning was highlighted by the election of five UQ scientists to the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) in 2013 – one quarter of the 20 new Fellows and the most from any institution in the country. UQ is a founding member of the national Group of Eight (Go8) a coalition of leading Australian universities, intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education. Collectively, Group of Eight members account for 70 percent of all research income in Australia's university system, enroll more than half of all higher degree by research students, hold over 90 percent of US patents for inventions and generate 80 percent of spin-off companies created by Australian universities.
As well as being a highly regarded place to research and study, UQ is a great place to meet new people, enjoy a range of sporting and cultural activities and relax in a diverse and welcoming environment. Orientation Week (O-Week) is a program of social and academic activities designed to introduce you to life and study at UQ. O-Week offers you social, sporting, study and support sessions and events to help you get familiar with the campus, meet people, get prepared for study, find out who’s there to help and most importantly have fun! Immerse yourself in Australian culture through the many volunteering opportunities on offer to UQ students. Participate in a wide range of cultural activities or choose from over 150 clubs and societies. UQU provides you with access to a multitude of Clubs and Societies to help enhance your social life while studying at our wonderful campus. If you like sports, UQ Sport offers you a broad range of sporting and recreational activities as well as first-class sporting facilities. Mix study with travel and take advantage of Brisbane’s location as the gateway to some of the world’s most beautiful sandy white beaches, and natural attractions. We encourage you to join and start enjoying the plethora of social gatherings such as BBQs, Club Balls, Dinners, Movie nights, Pizza nights, Industry nights and Red Room Sessions that constitute a Clubs Social Calender. UQU is also proud to throw in over $150,000 to help make these events happen. Here at UQU we take your social well being seriously and we encourage you to be part of a club today. U will love it!
Living in Brisbane
Built on and around the hills overlooking the Brisbane River, Australia’s third largest city is characterised by a subtropical climate, safe relaxed outdoor lifestyle, unique “Queenslander” architecture, bustling restaurants and cafés, and thriving arts, sports and entertainment scenes. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, and it lies on the east coast of Australia, in Queensland’s South East corner. An hour’s drive south of the city are the golden beaches and theme parks of the Gold Coast. North from Brisbane are the Sunshine Coast beaches, national parks, rainforests and attractions like Australia Zoo. Just off the coast are the pristine Stradbroke and Moreton Islands, both popular day-trip or holiday destinations for locals and visitors alike. With a multicultural population of almost two million, Brisbane is large enough to offer all the advantages of a modern city but small enough to retain the country charm for which it is renowned. Visit the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the inner city beach at South Bank, and the newly refurbished state library. Watch a movie at the Brisbane Openair Cinema, enjoy live music and street performances, or simply enjoy a walk through kilometres of beautiful riverside parklands. Our lively festival scene, which includes the Brisbane International Film Festival, Brisbane Writers’ Festival and the Brisbane Festival, attracts celebrated national and international participants. Whether you’re watching or participating, Brisbane’s amazing weather, gorgeous parks, and huge range of sporting facilities make physical activity almost impossible to avoid. Kayak along the Brisbane river, rock climb your way to the top of the Kangaroo Point cliffs, ride along more than 20 kilometres of riverside pathways, join one of our many sporting clubs, or barrack like a local when you attend a rugby union, rugby league, cricket, “Aussie rules” or soccer match at one of our famous stadiums. With just under a third of Brisbane’s population born overseas, it makes sense that you will find cuisine from almost every culture in our thriving restaurant industry, so if you’re missing food from home or wanting to sample delights from other parts of the world, it’s likely that you’ll find what you’re hankering after. Attend one of our popular farmer’s markets every weekend for fresh produce, music and delicious meals outdoors. During the week, drink coffee at one of the many cafés that dot the city and suburbs.