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|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Type:||Study Abroad (semester)|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Prerequisite:||No|
|Program Features:||Academic Study||Degree Level:||3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior|
|Time Away:||Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester||Housing options:||Apartment (Shared), Dormitory|
|Program Group:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Adviser:||Jordan Zilla|
The UniversityEstablished in 1910, the University of Queensland (UQ) was the first university in the State of Queensland. The University is a member of the elite Group of Eight, which collectively enrolls a third of all university students and conducts 70% of all university research in Australia. There are 38,000 students among UQ’s three campuses.
The SettingThe St. Lucia campus, where Princeton students take classes, is a beautiful site in a park-like setting with impressive sandstone buildings. The campus itself offers excellent sporting venues, a post office, cinema, theater, restaurants, and cafeterias. The St. Lucia campus is located fewer than three miles from the city of Brisbane, the capital of the “Sunshine State.” The University is conveniently linked to the downtown by the CityCat ferry, which travels along the Brisbane River. Brisbane is a fast-growing urban center and home to 1.7 million people. Galleries, museums, cinemas, gardens, restaurants, and cafes abound in the downtown area. The State of Queensland attracts more than 50% of all international tourists to Australia. They come to see Queensland’s many natural attractions: rainforests, mountains, coral islands, and beautiful beaches.
AcademicsUQ offers courses in practically every department found at Princeton. As is true at Princeton, the faculty at UQ are engaged in both teaching and research. Princeton students from a wide range of departments have studied at UQ. Of particular note are offerings in psychology, engineering, environmental and marine science, and the humanities.
Courses:Psychology Study Abroad Program
Students enrolling in the Psychology Study Abroad Program at the University of Queensland must enroll in 10 units comprised of the following:
- 2 units- PSYC3992 Research Practicum
- 4 units- PSYC or approved equivalent psychology courses
- The remaining 4 units may be taken outside of the School of Psychology; however, one course (2 units) must relate to Australian society/culture.
- Students must also attend a weekly workshop/seminar series on applied and professional issues that will be graded on a pass/fail basis (this is part of the research practicum).
- As part of the program, you work closely with a member of our faculty on your JP thesis. You can click here to see a complete list of our academic staff; Areas of expertise include: Applied/Professional, Biological, Cognition, Developmental, and Social Psychology.
Applicants must have a B average in the fall and spring preceding the semester abroad (Princeton requirement) and a cumulative B average (UQ requirement).
Grading & Credits:At the end of the semester or year abroad, students will be issued an official transcript from UQ, which will be reviewed by the Office of International Programs for credit. Students must earn the equivalent of a C or above in courses taken abroad in order to receive Princeton University credit. Credit is not given for courses taken on a pass/fail basis.
The official UQ transcript becomes a part of the returning student's permanent file. A copy of the transcript will be sent to the student's academic department at Princeton. Courses but not grades from UQ will appear on the Princeton transcript. Grades for junior independent work completed abroad are recorded on the Princeton transcript.
For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.
The standard for grading at UQ is as follows:
High Distinction... (A+)
Conceded, Conditional or Compensatory Pass...(D)
Fall semester typically runs from late July to mid November
Spring semester typically runs from late February to late June
You can view exact program dates on the university’s academic calendar
HousingStudents at the St. Lucia campus can choose from on-campus residential colleges, off-campus student housing, and rental housing and units.
Residential colleges usually provide single rooms, meals, laundry facilities, and common social spaces. The colleges are a close-knit community, and students who live in the colleges are expected to participate and contribute to the life of the college. Because there is high demand for spaces in the residential colleges, students should apply as early as possible.
Off-campus student housing is designed for students but is not a facility that belongs to UQ. Some function like residential colleges; others are more like houses or apartment units, but they are run by private concerns. This is self-catered, furnished accommodation designed for students that can be booked online from overseas. Preferred providers are listed on the University of Queensland website.
Shared rental houses and apartments are the most common form of student housing, allowing students to save on costs and develop friendships with housemates. Houses are usually shared by three or more students with weekly rent ranging from about AUD $80 to AUD$130 per person. Apartments are usually smaller and shared by fewer people and range from AUD$100 to AUD$150. Students interested in rental housing should either arrive early to look for housing in Brisbane or book accommodations through a provider prior to arrival. For a list of providers and other information about housing, please see the accommodations website.
UQ provides temporary accommodation while students hunt for apartments.
Student LifeThe UQ Union is the hub of student life at UQ. As a student of UQ you are automatically a member of the Union and it's free. UQ Union provides funding for a wide range of (more than 120) clubs and societies and offers extensive services including legal advice, education, advocacy, welfare rights support, employment, queer rights, environmental initiatives, women's rights and indigenous student support.
St. Lucia campus recreation facilities include the UQ Aquatic Centre, Athletics Centre, Sport & Fitness Centre and Tennis Centre. Students are also encouraged to compete in your favorite sport in a social atmosphere with UQ Sport's variety of social sport competitions.
Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.
Passport and Visa
Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program. For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.
Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website.
Students must have a student visa issued before going to Australia. The cost for a visa is US $550. Information on Australian student visas can be found at http://www.immi.gov.au/students/students/chooser/index.htm
Application ProcessStudents wishing to apply to the University of Queensland must first be nominated by their study abroad advisor in the Office of International Programs. Once nominated, students can begin the application process and can access the Queensland application on the UQ website. Applications and supporting materials, including an official transcript, should be submitted online directly to UQ by their deadline.
In addition to the UQ application, students must also complete the Princeton Study Abroad Course Approval Form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.
Application deadlines: Check the University of Queensland website for their application deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines may be significantly different than the Princeton approval deadlines.
Students approved to study abroad must secure a student visa to study in Australia. Once students accept their offer of admission, they should apply for a student visa.
ResourcesStart planning your study abroad experience!
- Make an appointment with a study abroad adviser
- Contact a Global Ambassador
- Attend an OIP event or info session
Testimonials:"I would absolutely recommend studying abroad! It was a great experience to get out of the Bubble and learn about life in a different country. Brisbane was a wonderful city to live and study in for the semester and I'm looking forward to visiting again soon!" -Morgan Celistan '16
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