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University of Queensland

Program Overview 

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Culture: Collaborative, student-centric, active
Neighborhood: Surrounded by nature, cosmopolitan
Housing: Off-campus apartment
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

Consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world, the University of Queensland (UQ) has a strong focus on educational support and providing learning outcomes for students. Passion and academic excellence are visible in the classrooms, with the university having received more national teaching awards than any other Australian university. 

Residing alongside the Brisbane River, the 114 hectare campus is home to three lakes, tennis courts, an aquatic centre, and the Schonell Theatre. Many students take part in the numerous extra-curricular activities that span sports to the performing arts.

Named the 8th Most Beautiful City in the World” by Rough Guides, Brisbane offers students the ability to enjoy rainforests, mountain ranges, and outstanding beaches. Diversity exists throughout the city, with residents from more than 200 nationalities, who speak more than 220 different languages.

Student Profile

SAF Scholars seeking an academic experience in a large and international environment would be well-suited at UQ. Students would enjoy a warm climate with an average of 300 days of sunshine each year. With so many options at UQ, students who value an independent lifestyle are well-suited for this program.

Other Programs at University

University of Queensland- Language
University of Queensland- Internship

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall/Semester 2 (July - November)
Spring/Semester 1 (February - June)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

Two progression options are available: 10 weeks (Spring start) or 15 weeks (Fall start). Students will need to pass their English courses in order to successfully progress to take academic courses the next term.

Program Strengths

SAF Scholars can join a growing and innovative community that is ideally situated within a diverse and world-renowned city.

# of Credits (per term)

Students will take a minimum of 8 units per term (approximately 4 classes). The maximum course load possible is 10 units/5 classes.

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

SAF Scholars will need to register for courses prior to their arrival in Australia. To be considered a full-time student at the University of Queensland, an individual must take 8 units of classes (approximately 4 courses) each semester. Scholars may not take more than 10 units (5 courses) per semester.

Course/Departmental Restrictions

Graduate courses in Chinese translating are not available to SAF Scholars.

Graduate Courses



Housing Type

Off-campus apartment


Meals will be self-catered. SAF Scholar apartments have kitchens so they will be able to cook for themselves. Meal plans for on-campus dining can be purchased at the scholar’s own expense.

Type of Room

Guaranteed, varies
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars have the opportunity to participate in numerous clubs and societies. With over 220 organizations, there is something to interest every student. The options range from the Harry Potter Alliance to the Comedy & Improve Club to the Taiko Drumming Team. Music and cultural events are commonplace, with the UQ Union organizing music festivals throughout the year.

Life on Campus

With over 50,000 students and numerous cafes, shops and ongoing events, UQ can feel like its own city. While there is plenty to do on campus, students often take advantage of the close proximity to the city of Brisbane. The center of the city is less than 15 minutes away, making it easy to access all the amenities the large city provides.

Last Updated: 1/9/19