Below are steps you need to complete before you can prepare to go. 

1. Prepare a study plan

As a part of the application process you need to create a study plan to help you determine which courses you can complete while overseas. Your study plan is the most time consuming part of your application so please ensure that you leave sufficient time to research courses at your host university and, if necessary, seek advice from your faculty. Please note that you are only required to complete a study plan for your first preference institution.  A guide to completing your study plan is below:

Complete a graduation check

You will need to complete a Graduation Check to find out what courses are remaining to meet degree program requirements. This form is available on your Faculty’s website or at your Faculty’s reception desk. Once you have identified the courses you can take on exchange, research appropriate courses available at your preferred host institution

If you need help to determine which courses you can take on exchange you should consult your school or faculty.

Study Plan Tip #1

Save your electives or courses towards your major/s to take overseas as these courses will be the easiest to get approved by your Faculty and will provide the most flexibility when it comes time to enrol in courses at your host university.

Research courses offered by your host university

You will need to research courses offered by your host university, determine how many courses you must complete to fill the full-time study load, and select those courses you believe will meet your program requirements.

You can find an overview of courses offered by on your host university’s webpage or on your host university's website. You may like to search for courses with similar descriptions and titles to your UQ courses, or for elective courses. Under Additional Information you will be able to research what courses are available in your semester. If the course descriptions aren’t available yet, look at the courses that were offered the year before for the semester in which you will be studying.

Please note that you will need to refer to the host university’s catalogue at regular intervals to ensure that your courses are still available, and to check if any new courses have been added.

Study Plan Tip #2

Use the UQ Credit Precedent Database to research courses at your host university that may previously have been approved for credit at UQ.

The UQ credit precedent database is to be used as a GUIDE ONLY in preparing your study plan for exchange. The database shows courses at UQ and overseas institutions that have been approved for previous students on exchange, yet they may no longer be available at your host university, nor offerred in the correct semester for your exchange.  Please always confirm your course choices by visiting the HOST UNIVERSITY COURSE CATALOGUE directly, which you can find on each university's page here.

If you do not find the course you are looking for/any courses for the university you are interested in, please refer to the individual course catalogues on the host university pages here.

Study Plan Tip #3

Read the host university’s course list carefully and make sure:

  • you are looking at courses offered in the same time of year that you are planning on going on exchange; 
  • the courses you select are offered either in English or in the foreign language in which you are proficient;
  • the courses you select are for the correct level (eg, undergraduate);
  • the courses you select are not on a list of restricted disciplines.

Download descriptions of the courses you would like to take and attach this information to the study plan

If you are seeking approval for elective UQ courses, attach a short course description, an indication of the level of the course (Introductory or Advanced) and the host university credit value for the course.  Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences students, please see instructions here

If you are seeking approval for non-elective UQ courses attach a course description that includes the aims and objectives of the course, the number of contact hours per week, reference material, assessment and credit value.

If you are having difficulty obtaining the information you need on your selected courses, please contact your UQ Abroad Exchange Advisor for help. Please do not contact your host university directly as all enquires must be made through UQ Abroad until you are formally accepted.

Before submitting your study plan, you may wish to discuss your selected courses with an Academic Advisor within your UQ Faculty.