Studying overseas

Studying overseas is a great way to make new friends, travel the world and go on an adventure whilst receiving credit towards your degree. Not only will you grow as a person, but you will also increase your career prospects as employers value evidence of independence, adaptability and willingness to take on a challenge. 

How does it work?

There are two ways to study overseas:

Exchange 

The Exchange Program allows USQ students to study at a foreign university with one of our Exchange Partner Universities (PDF 465KB) for one or two semesters. Exchange students:

  • remain enrolled at USQ while attending a foreign university
  • do not receive an award from their host university
  • receive credit for their USQ degree upon successful completion of their studies at a foreign university
  • pay tuition fees to USQ, not to the host institution.

Study abroad 

The Study Abroad Program allows USQ students to study at a foreign institution for one or two semesters. USQ Study Abroad students:

  • enrol directly with a foreign university
  • do not receive an award from the host university
  • receive credit for their USQ degree upon successful completion of their studies at a foreign university
  • pay tuition fees directly to the host university for their semester(s) abroad and take a leave of absence from studies at USQ.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the Study Abroad and Exchange Program you must:

  • have completed at least one year of full-time academic study (i.e completed at least six courses)
  • have at least one course left to complete upon your return to USQ
  • be in good academic standing: a GPA of 4.5 or above (5.0 for UVM nursing exchange program)
  • meet all pre-requisites and other course requirements for the subjects selected.

If you are studying in a country where English is not the first language, you may be required to show proof of language proficiency. For example, if you are studying subjects in Germany in the German language, you are required to sit a German language proficiency test or show proof of your language skills.

However, most of USQ's exchange partners offer a variety of courses delivered in the English language.

Where can I go?

All USQ Exchange partners (PDF 465KB) have courses available in English so you do not need to speak any other languages to participate. Please contact studyabroad@usq.edu.au for advice if you are unsure of which university will be the best fit for your overseas study experience.

When should I go?

It’s recommended that you plan your overseas study during your second year at USQ, so that you still have a range of courses to choose from when making your overseas study plan. However, it may be possible to study overseas in your third year, depending on your program.

How do I choose courses to study overseas?

You will be seeking credit for the courses that you study overseas when you come back to USQ so it's important to choose electives in an area of interest or courses similar in content to those in your USQ program.

I am an International student interested in studying in Australia

Visit our International Study Abroad and Exchange page.

Returning to USQ

When you have completed your studies overseas, your host university provides the Student Mobility Officer with your academic transcript. The transcript is required to claim credit transfer for your successful studies.

You need to take the following to Student Support for processing:

Exchange partner universities

Find out where you can go.