Brisbane – University of Queensland

Reasons people went to this university/place

  • As I already knew the American and the British culture, I wanted to see something completely different. Also, I really liked the courses that were offered by the University of Queensland and I had the feeling that I could personally as well as academically profit from the course contents.

Recommended semester to go there

  • I think both semesters are great. If you choose to go during the winter term, you’ll arrive in Australian winter (which is really not like Austrian winters, though) and you will see Australian spring and summer. If you choose the summer term, as I did, you will arrive in late summer and you will see Australian fall and the beginning of winter. So I think both terms are recommendable.

Before going there

Accommodation experiences

  • Student dorm “Urbanest”: I can warmly recommend Urbanest, as you live next to the city center and close to Southbank, the most beautiful place in Brisbane. However, it is pretty expensive – I paid about 260$/week. Since it is a student dorm hosting students from all over the world, you meet people from different countries and cultures, and you’ll never be lonely – I promise!

Special items to pack

  • Adapters, insect repellent, sun blocker!!! (Australian sun is just sick!)

How people who went there handled their finances

  • It is very easy to open a bank account in Australia. I can really recommend “Commonwealth Bank”, which is also situated at UQ campus. Opening and closing the bank account took like 20 minutes. Make sure you save enough money before starting your semester abroad!! Australia is VERY expensive and if you want to travel on weekends, you will need to spend a huge amount of money. As soon as I was accepted at UQ, I started working in Vienna to save money.

University Information

Rough semester schedule

  • Summer: From March to the end of June – just like in Vienna.

Holidays during the semester

  • Summer: We had Easter Break, which was just a week.

Number of ECTS the university expected former exchange students to do

  • I attended 4 courses (which is the maximum you are allowed to take), and each course was worth 2 credits (not ECTS credits, though. They have a different system). The University of Vienna translated the 8 credits into 24 ECTS credits.

Course restrictions and when the university informed students about those

  • As far as I know, there are no limitations.

Did the university actually offer the classes students originally planned to do?

  • Yes.

Recommended courses/modules

  • I think it really depends on what you are interested in. I took the following courses:
    • ABTS1000 – Indigenous Australian Issues
    • AUST2000 – Australian Popular Culture
    • ENGL2100 – Australian Literature
    • LING2000 – Linguistics Semantics.

I really loved all of the courses and if I could, I would take them all again. If you are interested in Literature, though, you should take the Literature course with David Carter – he is just the BEST!

Exam period

  • At the very end of the semester

How exams look like

  • Open book exams, take home exams, papers/essays

Important deadlines

  • Depends on the courses you want to take

Other information

Recommended restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping centers, etc.

  • “The Brew” in Brisbane is one of the sweetest cafes. Also check out “Redroom”, a restaurant on Campus, Queen Street, Brisbane’s shopping street, and all the different markets around the city!

Recommended secret spots in the city/town

  • Kangoroo point
  • Southbank – literally the best place to be in Brisbane
  • Mount Coot-tha
  • Botanical Gardens

Recommended day trips

  • Surfers Paradise
  • Coolangatta
  • Springbrook National Park
  • Moreton Island!
  • Australia Zoo
  • Stradbroke Island
  • Noosa

Recommended places or events to meet new people/make new friends

  • QUEST – a society at UQ. Join them and you will have the best time of your life – at least I did 🙂

Public transport offered in the city/area of the University

  • There are buses running to different parts of the city, so it’s really not difficult to get around. As a student, you’ll get the “GoCard” and you will pay a reduced price for public transport (it’s still expensive, unfortunately).

Other recommendations

  • Choose the University of Queensland and live in one of the most beautiful cities on this planet – I promise that you will not regret your choice!!

Is this University the right place for me?

You should spend your semester/year abroad at this university or place

  • If you want to get to know Australian culture and lifestyle
  • If you want to study at one of the best universities in Australia and worldwide
  • If you want to meet people from all over the world
  • If you are not afraid of spiders and snakes (yes, there are heaps of them!)
  • If you love living in a warm country
  • If you want to acquire an Australian accent

You should not spend your semester/year abroad at this university or place

  • No ifs – I think everyone loves it!

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