UQ offers the opportunity for current students to study overseas and gain credit towards their program. Students may go on exchange for 1 or 2 semesters via the student exchange program.

Preparation

1. Check your eligibility

In addition to the UQ Abroad requirements:

  • BIntSt students must have completed POLS2703
  • DipLang students must complete 4 units at UQ prior to going on exchange. OS-Help loans are not available to DipLang students during their exchange.

2. Attend a UQ Abroad information session

3. Complete a progression check.

Application

 

  1. Research and choose your three Host University preferences

  2. Research and choose courses from your ‘first preference’ Host University website
    Take note of the course code as well as the name.

  3. Ensure your preferred courses fit into your outstanding program requirements as per your progression check
    To make sure they help you complete your degree.

  4. Ensure your preferred courses meet the full-time load of your Host University
    Your Host University may have different load requirements to UQ so make sure to double check.

    1. Complete and submit a study plan to UQ Abroad by:

      31 May for exchange in Semester 1 of the following year, or

      31 Oct for exchange in Semester 2 of the following year.
  5. Retain a copy of your study plan for your records

Further information about applying for exchange, fees and associated costs, insurance, scholarships and exchange destinations can be found on the UQ Abroad website.

Timing

If you’re planning to go on exchange, you need to consider these steps approximately 18 months in advance.  When you submit your Study Plan, it will be processed in the semester prior to your proposed semester of exchange.

Matching Courses

To help you through the process it is useful to understand how best to match compulsory and advanced level courses, as well as your electives.

Matching compulsory courses

Compulsory courses in your program/major/extended major are required to match substantially. As such, the Faculty does not recommend that you undertake compulsory courses whilst on exchange. If you find a course at your Host University that you believe matches a compulsory course you must:

  1. Obtain and print the course profile as evidence
  2. Submit the course profile with your application and study plan to UQ Abroad, so that it can be sent to Course Coordinator for assessment.

Psychology courses: All Psychology courses must be approved by the School of Psychology prior to enrolment as selection may impact accreditation requirements for the Australian Psychological Society (APS). If you do not have approval the course/s may not contribute to your Psychology major/extended major.

Matching advanced level courses

These courses appear in the middle of your major or extended major, and are not compulsory. Often you will be required to complete 6, 10 or 12 units from the list of available courses in this section.

At this point in your studies, you should have a good idea of what type of courses appear in your majors or extended major. When selecting courses at the Host University, please ensure:

  • The Host University course is at advanced level
  • The course is related to your major or extended major

It is your responsibility to ensure the course is at advanced level - please note:

  • These types of courses will often have prerequisites, and
  • Will be studied at level 2 or 3, or completed towards the end of a program
  • The content must be compatible with your major or extended major
  • Psychology courses: All Psychology courses must be approved by the School of Psychology prior to enrolment, as selection may impact accreditation requirements for the Australian Psychological Society (APS). If you do not have approval, the course/s may not contribute to your Psychology major/extended major.

For example:  A student is doing a major in English Literature at UQ.  A course in Scottish Literature is offered at the Host University. Scottish Literature is not offered at UQ; however, this course would be credited towards your program at UQ as it is literature based, providing it was also at advanced level.

As mentioned above, advanced level courses are not required to identically match courses within your UQ major or extended major.

Please ensure:

  • The course you are selecting is at advanced level
  • You read the course profile and ensure it is compatible with the other UQ courses in the relevant major or extended major
  • You submit a copy of the course profile with your application/study plan in the event the Faculty needs evidence of the courses suitability in terms of level and content
  • Psychology courses: All Psychology courses must be approved by the School of Psychology prior to enrolment as selection may impact accreditation requirements for the Australian Psychological Society (APS). If you do not have approval the course/s may not contribute to your Psychology major/extended major.

**Please note** The Faculty does not grant specific course credit for these courses.

Matching electives

Introductory electives can be any course you choose at Bachelor degree level that does not contribute to the completion of your major/extended major. Elective courses do not need to match courses at UQ.

**Please note** Not all of your electives can be at introductory level.

Advanced electives can be any course you choose at Bachelor degree level that does not contribute to the completion of your major; however, these courses must be at advanced level.

Advanced level courses will often:

  • Have prerequisites
  • Be at level 2 or 3
  • Be completed towards the end of a program

If the advanced status of the course is not clear by the title, print the course profile and submit it with your application/study plan.
 
BA list electives are undertaken by dual degree students completing an extended major.  If you are matching BA list electives at your Host University:

  • They can be advanced or introductory
  • The content must be consistent with courses within the Bachelor of Arts
  • The courses must be Bachelor degree level
  • Please read the course content and ensure the course is related to majors within the BA

On exchange

Due to changes in course offering, timetable clashes and availability at your Host University, you may need to choose new courses once you arrive. UQ Abroad has developed some trouble shooting tips to help you through this.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are undertaking exchange courses that can be credited toward your outstanding program requirements. It also important that you select courses equivalent to a full time load at your Host University.

View standard, full-time study loads by country/region

Psychology courses: All Psychology courses must be approved by the School of Psychology prior to enrolment as selection may impact accreditation requirements for the Australian Psychological Society (APS). If you do not have approval the course/s may not contribute to your Psychology major/extended major.

Returning from exchange

Upon your return from exchange, credit will be posted to your program once your transcript is received by UQ Abroad. Credit may take up to four weeks to process once the Faculty has received your transcript. To ensure that your credit is processed quickly and accurately make sure the Faculty has been sent any approval emails you received from Major Convenors/Program Directors whilst on exchange. You can send these to: exchange@hass.uq.edu.au.

**Please note** The Faculty relies on information from your Host University. Some Host Universities take several months to send the original transcripts. For students graduating this may delay your graduation.