University of Arizona

Tuscon, Arizona
United States of America

Language of instruction

English

Establishing Arizona's first university in the middle of the Sonoran Desert was a bold move, but it hasn’t stopped the University of Arizona from becoming one of the Top 100 universities worldwide. UA has grown to cover a significant area in central Tucson, a rich breeding ground for discovery. Where else in the world can you find an astronomical observatory mirror lab under a football stadium? An entire ecosystem under a glass dome? Who else is bringing back samples from asteroids?

Tucson is surrounded by five mountain ranges and receives over 350 sunny days a year – perfect for outdoor activities.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–May
Semester 2 Fall Semester August–December

View UA's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

U.Arizona has online resources to help you get the most from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Undergraduate: 15 credits at UA is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Postgraduate: 12 credits at UA is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

Undergraduate: You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UA.

Postgraduate: You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at UA.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search UA's course catelogue and academic programs if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Aerospace engineering
Agriculture
Animal studies
Anthropology
Archaeology
Architecture
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Drama
Earth sciences
Electrical engineering
English
English literature
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
French
Geotechnical engineering
German
History and ancient history
Information technology
International relations
Italian
Japanese
Journalism
Linguistics
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Microbiology
Mining engineering
Music
Nutrition science
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Public policy
Religion
Russian
Sociology
Software engineering
Spanish
Writing
Postgraduate
Aerospace engineering
Agriculture
Animal studies
Anthropology
Archaeology
Architecture
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Drama
Earth sciences
Electrical engineering
English
English literature
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
French
Geotechnical engineering
German
History and ancient history
Information technology
International relations
Japanese
Journalism
Linguistics
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Microbiology
Mining engineering
Music
Nutrition science
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Public policy
Religion
Russian
Sociology
Software engineering
Spanish
Writing

Course restrictions

A full list of course restrictions at the University of Arizona can be found here.

Exchange students will register for classes during Orientation Week when they arrive in Tucson - therefore, it is recommended that you have several backup classes chosen or have maximum flexibility in the courses that you select.

Students will need to submit portfolios or complete auditions for the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Fine arts
  • Performing arts
  • Media arts
  • Music
  • Dance

Exchange students cannot study the following:

  • Business – finance, marketing, management, management information systems, accounting, entrepreneurship, economics, or retailing and consumer sciences
  • Visual communications – graphic design, illustration or typography
  • Pharmacy / Nursing

Postgraduate students are not permitted to focus on research while on exchange at UA. 

Exchange students cannot take courses in pharmacy or nursing.

Additional academic information

Course numbering at the University of Arizona:

  • 100-199:  Undergraduate primarily introductory and beginning courses.
  • 200-299:  Undergraduate intermediate-level courses.
  • 300-399:  Undergraduate advanced-intermediate-level courses.
  • 400-499:  Undergraduate advanced-level courses.
  • 500-699:  Graduate courses.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

UA has information for exchange students exploring their housing options. Students may apply to live on campus in UA's residence halls, however, spaces are limited and fill quickly.

If you choose to live off-campus, the University of Arizona has an off-campus housing department which offers free services for students.

Cost of living

The University of Arizona provides an outline of the estimated cost of attendance for exchange students living and studying in Tucson, Arizona.

Additional Mandatory Fee

University of Arizona has additional mandatory fees which are outlined on the cost of attendancepage. These fees cannot not be waived.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All exchange students are required to purchase the   UA-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. Exchange students are not eligible to waive this requirement.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

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

UA provides visa and immigration information for exchange students after their admission.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.