• Arriving at the St Lucia campus. Photo credit: The University of QueenslandArriving at the St Lucia campus. Photo credit: The University of Queensland
  • UQ students in the Global Change Institute. Photo credit: The University of QueenslandUQ students in the Global Change Institute. Photo credit: The University of Queensland
  • University of Queensland students. Photo credit: UQUniversity of Queensland students. Photo credit: UQ
  • Heron Island - a UQ research station. Photo credit: UQHeron Island - a UQ research station. Photo credit: UQ
  • Forgan Smith building at the University of Queensland. Photo credit: UQForgan Smith building at the University of Queensland. Photo credit: UQ

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia's finest higher education institutions, consistently ranked in the world’s top universities.* UQ has:

  • More awards for teaching excellence than any other Australian university
  • Exceptional programme choice across a wide range of study areas at undergraduate, postgraduate and research higher degree levels
  • Opportunities for students to gain practical experience and make valuable connections with prospective employers through internships and work placements
  • A network of highly ranked partner institutions worldwide, giving students the chance to study part of their degree overseas.

With campuses based in and around Brisbane, you will be part of a diverse community of over 51,000 students, including over 13,300 international students from 140 different countries worldwide.

UQ's outstanding 244,000-plus alumni include a Nobel Laureate, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, an Academy Award winner, and leaders in government, science, law, public service and the arts.

UQ is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a leading group of Australian universities, which conducts a significant portion of all university research undertaken in Australia.

UQ is also one of only three Australian members of Universitas 21, a global alliance that allows UQ to offer its students unique opportunities to participate in student exchanges and events all over the world.

*UQ consistently ranks in the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings, including the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (43), QS World University Rankings (51), the US News Best Global Universities Rankings (52), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (60). Excluding the award component, UQ is now ranked 45th in the world in the ARWU, and is one of only two Australian universities to be included in the global top 50

What can I study?

UQ has eight world-class research institutes and researchers whose work is having a global impact. Their innovations include the creation of a cervical cancer vaccine, protection of the world's food supply, and the installation of the largest photovoltaic solar panel in the southern hemisphere. As a UQ student you'll have the chance to be taught by and to work alongside these researchers.

According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, UQ ranks at number one in Australia in both environmental sciences and agriculture and forestry. Six UQ subjects rank at number two in Australia including mineral and mining engineering, sports-related subjects, biological sciences, materials science, communication and media studies and hospitality and leisure management.

Globally, UQ is in the world’s top 20 universities in six subjects among them: mineral and mining engineering (3 globally), sports-related subjects (3), environmental sciences (12), hospitality and leisure management (12), education (14) and agriculture and forestry (19).

UQ students enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities during their studies. There are exchange opportunities to study at one of more than 185 partner institutions in 40 different countries as well as access to over 200 student clubs and societies, as well as sports and cultural facilities, on and around the three campuses.

The UQ Employability Award

The UQ Employability Award program encourages undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students to further develop their skills beyond the classroom by participating in a broad range of activities in areas of volunteering and work experience to produce well-rounded, highly sought-after graduates.

Where is UQ?

UQ has three main campuses in and around Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland. Brisbane is Australia's third largest city, after Sydney and Melbourne, and has a multicultural population of around 2.2 million people.

Brisbane enjoys all the advantages of a large modern city, yet it retains the friendliness of a small regional town. In 2015, Brisbane was named the eighth most beautiful city in the world by travel guide Rough Guides.

Just an hour's drive south of the city lie the golden beaches and theme parks of the Gold Coast. If you travel north you will find the beaches, national parks and rainforests of the Sunshine Coast, while just off the coast Iie pristine Stradbroke and Moreton Islands, both popular day-trip and holiday destinations for locals and visitors alike.

Brisbane has hosted many large-scale cultural and sporting events, including the 2014 G20 Leaders' Summit, the Rugby World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

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