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About the University of Queensland

  • Founded in 1910, the University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia's premier learning and research institutions.
  • UQ is a member of the Group of 8, something like Australia’s “Ivy league”.  It is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities.
  • UQ is home to more than 38,000 students who are among the state's highest academic achievers.
  • Click here for a campus map

About the city

The main campus of UQ is located in St Lucia, a quiet, leafy suburb of Brisbane, a vibrant, international city with a population of around 1.7 million.  Brisbane offers all of the benefits of urban life without the crowding and long commutes of larger cities.


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  • Students may study abroad at UQ in their sophomore year.
  • Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program.  Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.


Finding courses

With the exception of health science courses, all subject areas are available to UR students, provided prerequisites are met. You can begin exploring UQ's course offerings at the website on Programs and Courses.

Classes available

UQ has over 60 departments and schools offering over 4,300 subjects.  As the university offers a very wide range of classes, it can serve UR students in nearly all majors.

The Australian academic year begins in February.  Students going there for UR's spring semester should look for classes offered in UQ's Semester One.  Students going there for UR's fall semester should look for classes offered in UQ's Semester Two.

The marine science program offers fieldtrips to its world-famous research stations on the Great Barrier Reef and Stradbroke Island (see Centre for Marine Studies).

An especially interesting option here is museum studies.  The campus features an art museum, antiquities museum, and an anthropological museum.  Students jobs are available at each of these facilities. 

Journalism is strong at UQ and internships are available to visiting students.

Students in Biology or the health sciences may be interested in knowing that anatomy students at UQ can work with cadavers as undergraduates; most other institutions reserve this level of experience for graduate students.

Business students:  UQ is approved as a destination for Robins School students.  The UQ Business School has AACSB and EQUIS accreditation.

Course load

The normal course load at UQ is 4 courses, each weighted at two UQ units. The minimum course load per semester is 6 UQ units; the maximum is 8 UQ units. The chart below shows how UQ units convert to Richmond units.

Queensland Richmond equivalent
one 2-unit course 1.2 units
four 2-unit courses 4.8 units

Credit conversion to units

Please see this page on the website of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is converted to UR units. 

Course level

Generally, the course level at Queensland is about one level higher than comparable courses at Richmond. This is because Australian students begin their major prior to entering the university. Therefore, a 200 level course at Queensland would be more like a 300 level course at Richmond.

Grade scale
U. of Queensland grade Richmond equivalent
7 A
6 A
5 B




D (no UR credit)


F (no UR credit)

P (non-graded Pass)
No UR credit


N (non-graded fail)

No UR credit


Richmond students arrange and pay for their own accommodations in Brisbane. Queensland has a comprehensive accommodations website. From this site, choose "International Students," then "St Lucia". You can arrange pre-booked housing in an on-campus residential college or in off-campus student housing. If you prefer to find your own housing after you arrive in Brisbane, you will need to arrive about one week before orientation to allow time to find permanent rental accommodations. The residential colleges offer a meal plan. Off-campus lodging is usually self-catering, meaning you prepare your own meals.  Click here to watch a video about housing options at UQ.

Homestays can be arranged for students who wish to be immersed in Australian culture.

Dates and Costs

Click here to read about Dates and Costs for Queensland.
Click here to read about scholarships for study abroad.
NOTE:  Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.

Immigration requirements

The government of Australia assigns different "Assessment Levels" to different countries, and requires visa applicants to follow specific procedures according to their countries of citizenship.
Citizens of the US, Canada, most of the European Union, and some other countries (Assessment Level 1) can usually apply for an Australian visa online, and the process takes less than a month. (Note: Even if you have permanent residency in the US but are not a citizen, you cannot follow the procedure for US citizens).
Citizens of other countries (Assessment Levels 2, 3 or 4) may need to have medical exams, submit test results showing English proficiency, and file their applications in person at an Australian embassy or consulate. The process involves substantial cost to the student (which cannot be reimbursed by UR) and may take three months.
For details, please read Australian Visa Information.



Contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.


Updated March 2017