The AIM Overseas Understanding the Middle East program aims to enable students to achieve a clear understanding of the main issues that have shaped and are characterising the politics of the region, its role in contemporary international politics, as well as the strategies employed by the main international actors towards it.

The program also aims to investigate the usefulness and the shortcomings of (‘Western’) international relations and political science approaches and concepts to the region, highlighting both the differences and similarities between the Middle East and other political areas.

Fields of study

  • International relations
  • Political Science
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • Sociology
  • Criminology

You can contact the Global Experiences team for course syllabi or AIM Overseas for specific information on your program of interest. Find more information regarding specific courses on the AIM Overseas website.

Credit Equivalent

7.5 ECTS = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units upon successful completion of 7.5 ECTS (pending UQ faculty approval).

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact AIM Overseas for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard Global Experiences Student Eligibility Criteria and any additional eligibility criteria set by AIM overseas.

AIM Overseas programs are highly competitive and fill up fast so be sure to get your application in as early as possible.

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The program fee is approximately $4,890 AUD. More information regarding program fees can be found on the AIM Overseas website.

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the AIM Overseas website.

Lachlan - 2019


There were a few reasons for why I decided to complete the short term experience 'Understanding the Middle East.' Perhaps most importantly, I thought that by studying overseas and immersing myself in a foreign culture I would benefit greatly as both a student and a person generally. I was not wrong. Moreover, the topic I studied has long been of interest to me but is unfortunately not available at UQ, so this enabled me to pursue it.

Read more of Lachlan's story here




Emily - 2017

After returning from exchange in 2016, I understand the incredible value of studying abroad and wanted to have another opportunity to do so. Learning about politics in the Middle East was a really interesting subject to me and something that will benefit my development in the future. Staying in Italy was amazing, I made great friends, ate lots of pasta and had the chance to travel every weekend. I also went to Morocco before returning to Australia which was amazing and I also learnt a lot from this experience. I would definitely recommend a study abroad program with UQ.

Read more of Emily's story here. 


Key Dates

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program have now closed.

Program Dates

Start: 04 January 2020
End: 25 January 2020

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Milan, Italy
Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate*

*Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​