Eligibility criteria

To take part in a semester-based Exchange, you will need to meet certain eligibility criteria both before and after applying through the Global Experiences Team. 

1. General criteria

Full acceptance for an Exchange cannot be given until all components of Eligibility Criteria Parts 1 & 2 have been achieved.

Work your way through the Exchange Eligibility Checklist to make sure you have met all eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria: Part 1

Part 1 eligibility criteria will be assessed after the application deadline and the release of grades. At the time of assessing eligibility:

All students must:

  • have been enrolled and achieved a minimum GPA of 4.5 in a UQ degree program in the semester of application
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5
  • have completed a minimum number of units in your current program, of which 6 units must have been completed at UQ:
    • Undergraduate = 12 units
    • Postgraduate = 6 units
  • meet requirements set by host university (GPA, units completed, etc)
  • agree to UQ's Internships and Global Experiences Terms and Conditions

    Note: All UQ programs have rules about the maximum amount of credit you can transfer in from another institution. This transfer limit includes transfer credit from a global experience (exchange and short-term). Your faculty will confirm if you have exceeded the maximum amount of transfer credit allowable when they assess your study plan. If you have any concerns, please contact your faculty.

    BEL Faculty students need to consider the BEL Faculty Academic Considerations.

    Bachelor of Education dual degree and Bachelor of Music 
    Students in the Bachelor of Education dual degree and the Bachelor of Music must consult with their school and sign a waiver form. See more details on our submitting supporting documents page.

International students:

  • cannot go on exchange to the country/region of passport, if you hold a temporary residency visa for Australia (international student visa or provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188))
  • cannot go on exchange if you are a recipient of an Australia Award
    Note: If you are a sponsored student, contact your sponsor and the International Scholarships Unit at UQ to see whether you are able to participate in the student exchange program.
    Note: An exchange semester may impact your eligibility to meet the Australian study requirement for the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.

Eligibility Criteria: Part 2
Part 2 eligibility criteria will be assessed progressively in the months that follow the application deadline.

All students must:

  • meet criteria set by UQ Faculty for UQ program (contact your school/faculty for requirements specific to your program– e.g BEL Faculty Academic Considerations
  • receive approval for a study plan from the UQ School and Faculty
  • have at least #8 units* remaining in the UQ program to complete on exchange
  • have completed 16 units in current UQ program before commencing exchange (Undergraduates only)
  • maintain minimum of 4.5 cumulative GPA in the semester prior to exchange
  • maintain minimum requirements set by host university (GPA, units completed, etc)
  • have received a Host University acceptance letter
  • have completed the Travel Details (ISOS) form in Student Hub

*Students going in their final semester may be allowed to go with only #6 UQ units remaining. Please consider the risks and impact of taking an exchange in your final semester.

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