UMD: A Globally Connected University

ENGR Exchange: University of Queensland (Australia)

Brisbane, Australia
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
EA Advisor: 

University of Queensland

Host Institution
The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s top teaching and research institutions.  Founded in 1910, the University is internationally renowned for its highly awarded teaching staff, world-class facilities and superior campus environment and consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of world university rankings. As a member of Universitas 21 (U21), the leading global network of research intensive universities working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning and student mobility, it maintains intensive contact with other leading research universities around the world. The 285-acre campus hosts 45,500 students, including 11,300 international students from 134 countries. UQ’s main campus is located in the picturesque inner-city suburb of St Lucia. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and a short distance from the Brisbane city center, the campus provides students with the perfect study, research and living environment. Each campus of the St. Lucia, Ipswich and Gatton campuses have Student Centres which provide information and student support services. The UQ Union is the student representation body that coordinates various student services and activities, including over 190 affiliated clubs and societies. 
 

Host City
The University of Queensland is located in Brisbane, Australia, the capital city of Queensland and the third largest city in Australia. The environment is safe, friendly, and multicultural to make for an excellent location for exchange students.  The inner city features the Brisbane River, parklands, museums, art galleries, a casino, shopping districts, and a host of cosmopolitan restaurants and cafés.  Students tend to enjoy the sub-tropical climate all year round and the city is conveniently located just one hour away from the golden beaches of the Gold Coast and the national park rainforests of the hinterland. 

Universitas 21
The University of Queensland and the University of Maryland are both members in Universitas 21 (U21). U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities; working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization. 

Learn more about Universitas 21 and it's programs and mission on the U21 website.


Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be an ENGR major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.


  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  6. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Course offerings are available on the university's website. Scroll down to "Bachelor Honours Programs" -> Click "View All Majors" under "Engineering Honours"  (Course offerings can be viewed for each major listed).

Disciplines Available:
Chemical Engineering
Materials Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Bioengineering
Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering

Credit

All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:

University of Queensland Credit UMD Credit
UQ x 2 credit One credit

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on June 5, 2014.

Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit. The minimum passing grade at UQ is 4/P.

FOR ENGR: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the UMD Registrar’s transfer credit equivalency database page for this university. You can also refer to the full list of ENGR course equivalencies.To view previously approved study abroad courses by engineering department, view the Engineering Study Abroad Course Guide.

FOR UMD: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the UMD Registrar’s transfer credit equivalency database page for this university.

FOR BMGT: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents by viewing the BMGT course list for this university.


UQ will offer guaranteed accommodation at one of their approved accommodation providers to individual international students who have accepted their UQ offer and are commencing their first semester at UQ St Lucia or UQ Herston. 

Students can choose their  accommodation provider on StudentHub and, if eligible will receive an accommodation offer within five days of application. 

There are 10 on-campus halls of residence. Students can download an application from the Accommodation website. On-campus housing is fully catered and includes three meals a day.  Please see the following website for more information on both options: www.uq.edu.au/student-services/accommodation.

Off-campus halls of residence, apartments and share-housing are also available.


UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:


Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017 07/22/2017 11/29/2017
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans
Year (Fall-Spring) 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017