If you study at one of our exchange partner institutions, you can apply to complete one or two semesters at QUT as an exchange student.

You will continue to pay fees at your home institution, and you will get academic credit for the units you study at QUT.

If you do not attend one of our partner institutions, you can still come to QUT with our Study Abroad program.

How to apply

Step 1: Entry requirements

You must meet the academic and English language proficiency requirements to apply for our exchange program.

We don’t accept exchange applications from students who:

  • are under the age of 18
  • have Australian citizenship
  • have Australian permanent residency.

Academic requirements

You must:

  • be nominated by one of our partner institutions
  • have completed at least 1 year of full-time study at a recognised institution
  • have a minimum GPA (grade point average) of 2.5 on a 4-point scale, or equivalent.

English language proficiency requirements

You must meet our minimum English language requirements. Some units have higher English language requirements than others - we'll work with you to make sure you meet them.

You'll need to provide an English language test result if:

  • English is not your first language
  • you haven't taken a course taught entirely in English.

You must have taken your English language test within the last two years. We accept scores from the following tests.

TestScore required
IELTS (Academic) An overall score of 6.5, and no sub-score less than 6.0
TOEFL (Internet-based) An overall score of 79 (writing 21, reading 16, listening 16, speaking 18)
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) An overall score of 58, and no sub-score less than 50
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) An overall score of 176, and no sub-score less than 169
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Grade of C1

I need help to meet the entry requirements

If you do not meet the entry requirements for our exchange program, you can study English language programs at our QUT International College (QUTIC).

When you apply for our exchange program, select the 'English language program' option and we will contact you with details of the process you will need to follow. There are separate costs for exchange with English.

Step 2: Costs

Tuition fees

There are no tuition fees for our exchange program if you are coming to study with us from an exchange partner institution. You will continue paying tuition fees to your home university instead of paying them directly to QUT.

Exchange with English fees

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can apply for our study abroad with English program. There may be additional fees to study English prior to your exchange semester.

Health cover

You are required, as a condition of your visa, to maintain valid health insurance for the full length of your visa. This usually means organising Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). OSHC covers medical costs, hospital care costs, some prescription drugs, emergency ambulance service, and your family members and some pregnancy-related costs.

We will tell you how much your OSHC will cost when you receive your offer to study with us.

Students from Belgium, Norway and some students from Sweden who have health cover in their home countries may be exempt from OSHC. Find out more about which types of insurance are recognised for this exemption through the Department of Home Affairs website.

Your OSHC only covers you while you're in Australia, so you'll need to take out extra travel insurance if you'll be travelling overseas during or after your time at QUT.

Living costs

Brisbane is an affordable city, but you still need to plan to make sure you have enough money for your study and living expenses.

During your first few weeks you will need around $2,000 to get set up, including accommodation costs, money to set up your new home, food and transport. After this, you should budget around $500 a week for food, rent, transport, bills, study costs and entertainment.

Living in Brisbane

Step 3: Submit your application

Be nominated by your home institution

To begin your application, your home institution will nominate you via the QUT Global Portal.

To complete the online nomination, your home institution will need to submit the following documentation in English:

  • your current university academic record (grades)
  • evidence of your English proficiency, if required
  • bachelor and master degree transcripts if you're a research student.

If your home institution doesn't nominate you for exchange, don't worry. You can still study with us through our study abroad program.

Complete the application form

Once you have been nominated by your home institution and your nomination has been accepted, we will send you an email with a unique link to complete the online application form via the QUT Global Portal.

You will need to attach all the required documents, including a copy of your passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months after your exchange program finishes.

As part of the application, you will also need to list the units you wish to study at QUT

Choose your units

At QUT, full-time students usually study four units each semester. Your home university may refer to them as courses, subjects, modules, or something else.

Before you start your application, you should research which units you can study. We have a large number of approved units open to all students.

But if you are interested in more specialised or advanced topics, we also offer many units which require approval. This just means you need significant background knowledge to study the unit. When you apply, we will assess your previous relevant study, so make sure you include details of relevant unit outlines for study you have completed at your home university.

You must nominate at least 6 units in order of preference, in case we are unable approve some of your preferences.

You can explore all available units - filtering by school or discipline can help you find units you are interested in.

Or, if you know which faculty at QUT offers the units you want, you can explore units by faculty.

When should I apply?

Applications for Semester 1 (February-July) are due on 1 November each year.

Applications for Semester 2 (July-November) are due on 1 April each year.

What happens next?

If you're successful, we will email you an offer letter, which will tell you your next steps.

Step 4: Accept your offer

If your application is successful, we'll send you an offer letter.

To accept your offer, you must:

  • check that all your information is correct
  • complete your acceptance of offer form
  • pay any tuition fees and your health cover
  • upload your acceptance form and payment receipt to the QUT Global Portal.

When we receive your acceptance of offer form, we'll send you an electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE). Check that all the information on the eCoE is correct. You will need your eCoE to apply for your visa.

Step 5: Apply for your visa

Use your CoE to organise your Australian student visa online, either through your closest overseas Australian embassy or consulate.

It can take up to 8 weeks to be granted your student visa. Make sure you apply with enough time to process your visa application.

Working holiday visa

If you plan to study at QUT using a working holiday visa, we require a copy of your approved visa before we can process your acceptance. Not all students are eligible for a working holiday visa, so we recommend you apply for an Australian Student Visa.

Visa assessment

Your application for a visa will be assessed by the Department of Home Affairs. Find more information about visa assessment processes via the Department of Home Affairs website.

Step 6: Find accommodation

While you’re studying at QUT for 1 or 2 semesters, you’ll need a place to call home.

QUT accommodation service

We welcome thousands of new international students every year and the QUT accommodation service provides lots of information about places to stay.

The QUT accommodation team can help you find everything you need to know about moving to Brisbane and life in Australia.

Private accommodation providers

We do not offer on-campus residences, but there are plenty of student accommodation complexes near our Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses. Explore options for accommodation and find out more about living in Brisbane.

Semester in Australia

Semester in Australia (SiA) housing is specifically for study abroad and exchange students - they understand that you're only in Australia for a few short months, and you want to make the most of your time here. SiA have more than 25 years of experience supporting international students. With their support, you can live, study and travel with a ready-made peer network of other exchange students.

SiA provides fully furnished housing with utilities, bills and internet included, so you'll have nothing more to worry about. You will be placed with like-minded exchange students, and you'll be introduced to them before you arrive.

Get support from the on-site resident director, who will introduce you to the other SiA students, QUT, your local area and life in Brisbane. SiA will help you make the most of your time at QUT with on-going semester activities and travel options.

Real experience

'Semester in Australia was so supportive and accommodating from the application process to my arrival, and while I studied at QUT. SIA provides options to go on various trips throughout the semester. I've participated in a 4-day pre-trip to Sydney before the semester began, where I made tons of friends and already had a friendship group by the time I arrived in Brisbane.'

- Andy (Robert) Lawter, Spring/Semester 1, 2018

Want to know more?

Living in Brisbane

Find out more about life in the Sunshine State, including important information about health cover and accommodation.

Life in Brisbane

Student support

While you're studying, you can always access support services to help you with everything from language skills to health services.

We'll support you


Your offer letter includes information about the compulsory international orientation.

Orientation week is the perfect time for you to get to know the QUT campus, experience student life, and make important connections with support staff and your fellow students.

There'll be fun, games, travel experiences and heaps of opportunities to make new friends and get settled in Brisbane.

Find out more about orientation and the orientation schedule once you've accepted your offer.

Contact us

Contact our Study Abroad and Exchange team if you have any questions about the application process.