With its laid-back yet cosmopolitan vibe, sub-tropical Brisbane is home to The University of Queensland (UQ). Ranked in the top 50 universities in the world, UQ offers students comprehensive programs in a wide range of subjects. TEAN students can take advantage of the city’s ideal location and climate. Outdoor activities, such as visits to pristine islands, golden sandy beaches, mountains, and rainforests, are from one hour’s drive away. With an on-site Resident Director, optional excursions to Thailand or the iconic Great Barrier Reef, and a lively and liveable city to call home, studying abroad at UQ gives students the full package. 


Ranked in the top 50 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings, UQ is one of Australia’s leading universities

Live in Brisbane, known for its subtropical climate, friendly locals and cosmopolitan vibe

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive five-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning

Live in comfortable students apartments with other TEAN and international students in the riverside suburb of South Bank that’s known for its proximity to Brisbane’s urban playground

Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand excursion

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Brisbane-based Resident Advisor and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester

Explore Australia

UQ offers many courses with field trips that get you out into Australia’s beautiful natural environment. Consider ‘‘Australia’s Terrestrial Environment’ that covers the unique flora and fauna found in Australia and has native animals making frequent appearances in class! The class includes a field trip to Fraser Island, led by professors clearly passionate about their field of study.

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Students Say
"I took four courses in biological sciences and marine sciences at UQ. All of my courses had professors and TA’s who were more than willing to make sure I succeeded. My academic experience with UQ was wonderful."
Kathryn Church, Western Washington University

Program Overview


TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.

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Students attending the University of Queensland live in fun and friendly, purpose-built student accommodation in the city, close to all the action, and commute by ferry or bus (25 minutes) to campus.

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Australia, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Brisbane Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

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About The University of Queensland

  • Founded in 1909, UQ has a prestigious reputation for academic excellence and breakthrough research. It is one of three Australian members of the Universitas 21, a select international network of comprehensive, research-intensive universities.
  • UQ is ranked in the top 50 universities in the world, and top 30 in 9 subject areas: Sports-Related Subjects, Engineering – Mineral and Mining, Environmental Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, Education, Nursing, Psychology, Hospitality and Leisure Management and Sociology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020). The Business School is AACSB accredited.
  • As a leading research university, UQ’s innovations change lives around the world. Breakthroughs from UQ professors include Dr. Ian Frazer’s research and development of the Gardasil® cervical cancer vaccine.
  • With a focus on teaching excellence, UQ has won more Australian Teaching and Learning Council Awards for Teaching Excellence than any other university in the country
  • The University of Queensland (UQ) has more than 50,000 students spread over its four campuses at St. Lucia, Herston, Ipswich and Gatton.
  • UQ’s main campus, St Lucia, is where TEAN students are based. It is situated less than five miles from Brisbane City centre. A city within a city, it has its own postcode, and is a peninsula hugged by the Brisbane River. The campus is easy to access using public transport, with two bus stations, and the City Cat river ferry, where you can enjoy a scenic ride along the river.
  • The UQ St Lucia campus is known for being one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. Its mix of heritage sandstone buildings, modern architecture, sprawling parklands and lakes, and abundant wildlife, make for an unforgettable student experience.
  • UQ is home to exceptional sporting facilities, with almost 40 sporting clubs on campus, expansive sporting fields, cardio and weights gyms, and 50-metre and 25-metre swimming pools.
  • Students have access to more than 220 Clubs and Society’s through the University of Queensland Union (UQU), with over 35,000 students taking advantage of the chance to learn new skills and hang out with like-minded people. The most popular group amongst international students is the The Queensland University Exchange Student Society (QUEST), who provide events for international students wanting to meet new mates and experience Queensland.


The University of Queensland is a traditional campus located in St. Lucia, less than five miles outside the Brisbane Central Business District. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructionsStudents enroll in 3 – 4 subjects per semester (between 6 and 8 UQ credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Find Courses 

Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Queensland are divided into ten academic divisions: Agriculture, Animals & Food; Business, Economics & Law; Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology; Environment & Planning; Health & Sports Science; Humanities; Indigenous Studies; Medicine; Science & Mathematics; and Social Sciences & Communication.

Subject area
  • Accounting 
  • Agribusiness 
  • Business Administration/Management 
  • Economics 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Event Management 
  • Finance 
  • Hospitality 
  • Human Resources Management 
  • International Business 
  • Leadership 
  • Management 
  • Management Information Systems 
  • Marketing 
  • Sports Management 
  • Tourism 
Communications & Media
  • Communication Studies 
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing 
  • Film (Practical) 
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory) 
  • Mass Communication 
  • Media Studies 
  • Media/Multimedia 
  • New Media 
  • Public Relations 
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Music Education
  • Engineering, Aerospace 
  • Engineering, Biomedical 
  • Engineering, Chemical 
  • Engineering, Civil 
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering 
  • Engineering, Electrical 
  • Engineering, Environmental 
  • Engineering, Materials Science 
  • Engineering, Mechanical 
  • Engineering, Metallurgical 
  • Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics 
  • Engineering, Nano 
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Food Science 
  • Health Administration 
  • Health Science (General) 
  • Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement 
  • Nutrition 
  • Pharmacology 
  • Public Health 
  • Speech Pathology 
  • Sport and Leisure Studies 
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal Studies 
  • Anthropology 
  • Archeology 
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice 
  • Development Studies 
  • Gender Studies 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Linguistics 
  • Literature 
  • Peace and Conflict Studies 
  • Philosophy 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology 
  • Public Policy 
  • Religious Studies / Theology 
  • Sociology 
  • Urban Planning 
International Studies
  • Australian Studies 
  • Chinese Language / Studies 
  • French Language / Studies 
  • German Language / Studies 
  • Indonesian Language / Studies 
  • International Relations 
  • Italian Language / Studies 
  • Japanese Language / Studies 
  • Korean Language / Studies 
  • Latin Language / Studies 
  • Russian Language / Studies 
  • Spanish Language / Studies 
  • Agriculture 
  • Agronomy and Crop Science 
  • Anatomy 
  • Animal Science 
  • Astronomy 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Biology 
  • Biomedical Science 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Botany/Plant Biology 
  • Cell Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer and Information Science 
  • Entomology 
  • Genetics 
  • Geography 
  • Horticulture 
  • Information Technology 
  • Mathematics 
  • Microbiology 
  • Molecular Biology 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Oceanography 
  • Physics 
  • Statistics 
  • Zoology 
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Architecture 
  • Art History 
  • Music 
  • Music Management 
  • Music Theory 
  • Theatre 
  • Theatre Performance 
  • Theatre Studies 
  • Web Design 



  • 3.0 GPA. Students with a 2.8-3.0 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Brisbane-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Brisbane. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.

Brisbane River Kayaking

Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced paddler, kayaking on Brisbane’s beautiful river is the perfect way to discover the city. Friendly instructors will help guide you as you maneuver your kayaks down the river.

Aussie Rules Football Game

Come and cheer for the home team – the Brisbane Lions. You have to catch this game and see this professional Australian sport in all its glory! Don’t worry – our staff will explain the rules.

Australia Zoo Visit

Home of The Crocodile Hunter, the Australia Zoo is known as one of the world’s largest and best wildlife conservation facilities. Exploring the zoo and getting to know its special wildlife is an incredible, must-do experience while in Australia.


During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know New Zealand better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.


New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won’t be disappointed or bored!

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Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates


TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 1
Fall Deadline April 1


Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here

Spring Payment Deadline Nov 15
Fall Payment Deadline April 15

Spring 2023

Depart the US Feb 4
Arrive in Australia Feb 6
TEAN Orientation Feb 6-10
University Orientation Feb 13
Classes Begin Feb 20
Semester Break April 9-16
Classes End May 27
Study Period May 29 – June 2
Exams End June 17
Program Ends June 18

Fall 2023

Depart the US TBD
Arrive in Australia Mid July
TEAN Orientation TBD
University Orientation TBD
Classes Begin TBD
Semester Break TBD
Classes End TBD
Study Period TBD
Exams End TBD
Program Ends Late Nov

Fees & Inclusions

spring 2023

  • Tuition and program fees: $16,250
  • Housing (on/off campus): $5,875 – $6,175

fall 2023

  • Tuition and program fees: TBD
  • Housing (on/off campus): TBD

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses)
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged, off-campus housing (on-campus housing also an option in some cases)
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Five-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Wireless internet access in all housing
  • Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
  • Access to unique and exciting optional excursions which may include New Zealand, Thailand and other places
  • Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Brisbane
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Brisbane Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($450)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,500)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
  • Travel insurance ($350)
  • Travel and personal expenses ($1,500 – 2,500+)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

University Scholarships

In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, the University of Queensland provides two AU$5,000 scholarships to participants of this program, available for both Fall and Spring semesters. Students who apply for the TEAN semester scholarships will automatically be considered for this award.

We Love UQ

Kate McSurley

Assistant Director - Health & Safety

Brisbane Tip
Night Markets

Eat Street Markets in Northshore Hamilton is Brisbane’s best “foodie” night market that offers dozens of vendors with a very diverse range of foods from around the world. The night atmosphere is lively and typically offers live music for guests to enjoy as they indulge in their delicious foods (and massive desserts). They are open every Friday and Saturday night from 4-10 PM.


What is your favorite part of working with students?
For me, I love the first call with a student who has decided to take the leap and study abroad. They know they want to do it, but the idea of checking off all the steps is overwhelming, scary and seemingly impossible. When they realize we are committed to making this easy for them and I hear that sense of relief at the end of our chat, it always reminds me why I love what I do.

Why should students consider studying abroad in Australia?
Some students underestimate the complexity of Australia and don’t realize that it has vastly different locations and environments, similar to the unique cities and environments you can experience across the U.S. Even though the country may at first seem relatively similar to the U.S. compared to other study abroad destination, studying in Australia certainly doesn’t mean you up on the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cultural and outdoor experiences. Here students can access rainforests, reefs, deserts, wildlife, cities and dramatically different landscapes, all without having to cross international borders.

As a TEAN alum and now employee, what do you think makes TEAN unique?
Everyone at TEAN is completely committed to encouraging study abroad experiences. It really is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. As a student, I was taken aback by the level of support and service I received from TEAN staff. Now, I understand the sense of responsibility to ease the burden and shorten the hurdles for our students because there is so much value to studying abroad. We truly believe in what we do.

Where did you study abroad?
After first considering Melbourne for its prestigious reputation and quirky cafe culture, I switched to the University of Queensland in St. Lucia, right outside of Brisbane. I realized I might have a better chance of warm weather for my entire program if I headed for the Sunshine State. Now having traveled to both, I’m confident I would have been happy in either location, but UQ’s campus was the perfect escape from the harsh midwestern winters I was used to in Chicago. I really fell into the laidback Brisbane lifestyle more than anything and quickly understood it’s much more than just great weather. It’s a perfect city for international students because it has the right balance of culture, sport and access to adventure. The twisting Brisbane River gives you front door ferry service to very unique neighborhoods all with their own character and style. The ocean is within easy reach for a weekend jaunt (but spending a night at the manmade beaches of South Bank can be just as breathtaking). The views from Mt. Coot-tha are surreal, especially at sunset, and the city’s a great place for students who want to enjoy both city life and exploring the great outdoors. Brisbane lets you have it all.

Brynne Shannon

Program Manager

Brisbane Tip

Riverside, near Eagle Street Pier, is a fantastic place to go for a stroll or bike ride along the Brisbane River. You can enjoy its shops and cafes during the day or marvel at the Story Bridge as it and the rest of the city’s lights dazzle around you at night. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the evening with picturesque views of the city, river, and Story Bridge.


Where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with TEAN. I wanted to go as far away as I could and experience something totally different than what I had grown up with. I had always been drawn to Asia, and after some research I decided that Thailand was the perfect place for me. I also lived in Lampang, Thailand upon graduating and I’ve traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia.

What inspired you to teach abroad?
I came back from my semester abroad feeling like my time in Thailand wasn’t finished. I knew I wanted to go back to Thailand after I graduated and the more I spoke to people who had taught English abroad the more I knew it was a good fit for me. I wanted to challenge myself and have an even more culturally immersive experience the second go around, and I also wanted to give something back to a country I fell in love with while studying abroad since it had given so much to me.

What makes Thailand a great place to study abroad?
Thailand is great because it forces students to step out of their comfort zone and learn more about the world and themselves as individuals. Not only are you experiencing a new culture, but you’re learning a new language, alphabet, cuisine, social norms, interactions, ways of life, etc. It seriously puts things into perspective. Thai people are some of the kindest and welcoming people you will ever meet – hands down. They make the experience so special and you can learn so much from them. Living in Thailand teaches you to slow down and enjoy what’s happening in the now and be thankful for what you have and who’s around you.

What should be on every student’s bucket list for a study abroad semester in Thailand?
A hike up to Wat Palad. This temple is on the way to the more famous Wat Doi Suthep, which sits on top of a mountain, but Wat Palad is tucked away in the forest surrounded by trees and a rushing waterfall during the rainy season. Students can hike up to the temple from their housing or hire a songteow to take them up the mountain. It is one of my favorite places in the world because of how quiet and serene it is. To me, it captures the essence of what Buddhism is all about. You can sit on the rocks and dip your toes in the waterfall while looking out at the spectacular view of the city that peeks out between the trees.

What is your favorite travel quote?
It’s not necessarily a travel quote, but one of my favorite Thai expressions I learned was “mai long, mai rue” which means “If you never try, you never know”. It inspired me to just say yes to everything and go for things even if I didn’t know what the outcome would be.

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