Get ahead with QUT when you start online.

Studying online doesn't mean you have to compromise on your goals. We've adapted a range of courses so you can study anywhere, anytime.

With QUT's extensive support services, dedicated academic staff and online learning resources to keep you on track, you'll be well ahead and prepared for on-campus study when travel resumes.

Check out our frequently asked questions and hear from other international students about their experience studying online.

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Unavailable and impacted courses

The following QUT courses have limited online study availability or are unavailable to study online in 2022. An impacted course is offered both online and on campus but includes some units and/or placements that must be completed in-person on campus. All other courses are available to start online.

Want to know more about course availability? Ask us a question.

Business and Law

Unavailable courses

The following courses are unavailable to start online from overseas (in your home country) in 2022.

Undergraduate programs
Postgraduate programs

Impacted courses

The following courses are impacted if starting online from overseas (in your home country) in 2022.

Undergraduate programs
Undergraduate double degree programs
Postgraduate programs

The double degree programs listed here are from within the Faculty of Business and Law only. If you are interested in a cross-faculty double degree, check the list of all unavailable and impacted double degree programs.

Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice

Unavailable courses

The following courses are unavailable to start online from overseas (in your home country) in 2022.

Undergraduate programs
Undergraduate double degree programs
Postgraduate programs

Impacted courses

The following courses are impacted if starting online from overseas (in your home country) in 2022.

Undergraduate programs
Undergraduate double degree programs

The double degree programs listed here are from within the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice only. If you are interested in a cross-faculty double degree, check the list of unavailable and impacted double degree programs.

Engineering

Science

Unavailable courses

The following courses are unavailable to start online from overseas (in your home country) in 2022.

Undergraduate programs

Impacted courses

The following courses are impacted if starting online from overseas (in your home country) in 2022.

Undergraduate double degree programs

The double degree programs listed here are from within the Faculty of Science only. If you are interested in a cross-faculty double degree, check the list of unavailable and impacted double degree programs.

Health

Unavailable courses

The following courses are unavailable to start online from overseas (in your home country) in 2022.

Undergraduate programs
Postgraduate programs

Impacted courses

The following courses are impacted if starting online from overseas (in your home country) in 2022.

Undergraduate programs
Undergraduate double degree programs
Postgraduate programs

The double degree programs listed here are from within the Faculty of Health only. If you are interested in a cross-faculty double degree, check the list of unavailable and impacted double degree programs.

QUT College

Unavailable courses

The following courses are unavailable to start overseas (in your home country) in 2022.

Double degree programs

Unavailable courses

The following courses are unavailable to start online from overseas (in your home country) in 2022.

Undergraduate programs

Impacted courses

The following courses are impacted if starting online from overseas (in your home country) in 2022.

Undergraduate programs

We're here for you

As an international student, you will have full access to QUT’s free support services and resources throughout your online studies. This includes:

  • language and learning support
  • online learning resources and workbooks
  • access to dedicated teaching staff
  • lecture and tutorial recordings and much more.

While learning online will be a different experience to learning on-campus, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Learn more about support services

QUT’s Virtual Masterclass Series

Explore your study options at QUT on a deeper level, learn from industry leaders and hear from current international students about their online journey.

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How does a virtual classroom work?

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Frequently asked questions

Get answers to common questions about starting your degree online as an International student at QUT. Have a question that isn't covered below? Send us an enquiry and we will be happy to help further.

When can I start my online study?

The start date of your chosen QUT course is available on the course page or in your official QUT offer letter.

View the QUT Key Dates and Academic Calendar for more details. View the QUT College program dates for our English, Diploma and Foundation programs.

What courses are not available to study online?

There are some courses that are not available to study online or that may be impacted (only some units are available for online study). See the 'unavailable and impacted courses' list above.

What if I don't meet the entry requirements?

The QUT College offers a variety of pathway programs into QUT degrees for students who do not meet the English language or academic entry requirements. When you apply for a QUT course we will assess your eligibility, and if you require a pathway program we will create a packaged offer which will include the best pathway for you to achieve academic success.

What types of classes are there at QUT?

Lectures

Lectures are typically instructive, oral presentations delivered by teaching staff. They are related to the themes or concepts of the unit and may include guided interaction. Lectures delivered on-campus are recorded and available afterwards for download or online viewing via QUT Blackboard.

Tutorial

Tutorials support you to consolidate concepts and information that been presented in the lectures and/or through core learning materials (such as textbook readings or online learning modules). Tutorials are facilitated by teaching staff who engage you in activities such as analysis, problem solving, group work, debate, and discussion.

Workshop

Workshops are where you will engage in active learning approaches with guidance and support provided by teaching staff or other experts. These often involve working in groups.

Practicals

Practicals are activities or assessments designed to replicate real-world situations. Practicals are often necessary for professional standard requirements and are undertaken in authentic and often specialist learning environments (such as laboratories or computer labs) with an experienced supervisor who will provide you with constructive feedback.

Studios

Studios provide you with the opportunity to practise and demonstrate your understanding through the development of creative skills, problem solving, processes or works/artifacts specific to the discipline.

Studios typically simulate authentic, real-world environments and/or outcomes.

Guided self-paced learning

In guided self-paced learning activities, teaching staff will guide and support your learning through:

  • moderating discussion forums
  • giving feedback on reflective activities
  • guiding team activities.
  • You'll receive feedback from the teaching staff and/or your classmates.

Guided self-paced learning provides you with the opportunity to discuss, debate, collaborate and reflect on your learning primarily online and in your own time.

How does online learning work at QUT?

Lectures through Echo360

Your lectures are where you will be taught the course content and will be live-streamed and recorded through Echo360. Choose to join live or watch the recording after. You can even re-watch your lectures at you own pace to pick up on anything you may have missed. Your readings will be accessible online and you may receive a work book to help you from your home.

Tutorials and workshops through Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Tune in to your tutorials live at Brisbane time to discuss content with your teachers and peers and to ask questions about the course content. You can also watch and re-watch the recording later on. Zoom sessions (replacing on-campus face-to-face workshops or student consultations) are often available or may be arranged.

Study through Blackboard and the QUT Library

Blackboard is your go-to for course materials, assessment information, discussion boards, required readings and contact information for your teachers. You can access journals and tips for researching and referencing through the QUT Library.

How do I join classes from a different time zone?

All classes are held during Brisbane time (AEST). It is important to check the times relevant to your country's time zone.

You should aim to join your classes live, but most classes are recorded and can be accessed at a time that suits you. You should maintain close contact with your lecturers and tutors to seek help when required.

If I have credit from prior study, what units can I study from my home country?

It may be possible to start online from your home country even if you have been awarded advanced standing (credit for prior learning). You can contact your faculty student support team for advice on your individual study plan once you have accepted your offer and been admitted to QUT. For more information, please contact us.

Will I be able to access online learning from China?

Yes. To improve remote access to learning resources QUT has established a dedicated VPN connection.

QUT为中国大陆境内学生开通全新VPN,顺畅加载QUT学习资源 (qutchina.cn).

What happens if I start my course online but then travel restrictions are lifted?

If you start your study online, have a student visa to enter Australia and travel restrictions are lifted, you can travel to QUT and study on-campus.

Alternatively, you may choose to finish the semester online in your home country and then plan to start your study on-campus in the following semester.

Will studying online impact my QUT qualification?

Studying online will not impact your QUT qualification. QUT has enhanced its online delivery and our academic staff will provide you with dedicated support while you're studying in your home country.

Our dedicated staff closely monitor the impact of the amount of online study on professional recognition. For students studying courses within the Faculty of Health, online study for one semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic and border closures is not likely to affect the professional recognition for most disciplines. Professional bodies vary on their requirements so you may wish to consult your course coordinator.

Will studying online impact my eligibility for a scholarship?

No, studying online will not impact your eligibility for a scholarship.

You will automatically be considered for these scholarships when you apply. For more information, visit the scholarship page.

Should I attend Orientation?

Yes, you should attend the scheduled Orientation session. This will be held online in the week before classes begin and is your opportunity to learn important information, ask questions, and meet new people. We will send you details about Orientation and the link to register for the event via email.

The QUT College has its own Orientation for English and Diploma programs which QUT College students should attend.

What resources are available to support my online study?

We have many resources available to students to support online learning including coaching sessions, one-on-one consultations, academic workshops and self-help resources.

Live workshops

You will receive invitations to participate in online social and professional development events. You will enjoy the same contact hours, curriculum, assessment and support as if you were on campus.

Coaching sessions

In these sessions, the coach works one-on-one with you to develop a personalised learning plan that will meet your needs. This includes helping you to address any challenges you are facing and making sure that you are aware of the online support available.

One-on-one consultations

Our specialists are available for one-on-one consultations with students who would like some more in-depth study, language, career or learning support. They are available to assist you online or over the phone.

Self-help resources

We have a dedicated resource page to help you best use the learning resources and technologies for your online class activities. There are several self-help resources to help you keep on top of your work, stay connected to your teachers and peers, and to maintain your study-life balance.

You can read more about the available support for students.

What academic support can I access while studying online?

Support for your academic success is directly embedded in your QUT course. From getting advice on assessment to practising your presentation skills and learning how to better manage your time, you will have free access to language, learning and study support - even while outside of Australia.

If you study Business, Student Learning Advisors (SLAs) are experienced students who offer peer support. They can help you with your course, assignment or exam preparation questions. As the SLAs are business students they will understand your concerns and questions.

SLAs are available via email, phone or by booking an online appointment to chat with a support officer.

Student support for your business degree or double degree

Student support for your law degree or double degree

QUT College online classrooms use advanced digital learning technologies to optimise your learning experience. This includes interactive live video lectures where you can participate, ask your teacher questions, or chat with your classmates in group projects. You can also participate in one-on-one online meetings with your teacher for extra English language or academic support and use your own virtual space to collaborate with your classmates.

Read more about support for QUT College students.

What personal support can I access while studying online?

Student Services

Starting your university studies can be a big change. We can help you make the transition by supporting you with:

  • preparatory information
  • international orientation
  • adjusting and settling into your studies
  • advice and counselling
  • social events and networking opportunities

Email studentservices@qut.edu.au to see how we can help your international study journey.

If you’re struggling with any aspect of your life, our counsellors and welfare officers can provide you with free, professional and confidential services to support you while you’re studying.

HiQ

The main QUT Student Centre, known has HiQ, is the place to go for all general student services, technology support, library services and general enquiries.

QUT College support team

In addition to the above, QUT College students may access support for learning and personal wellbeing from our dedicated College support team.

How does QUT help me develop my career?

QUT can help you plan and manage your own career and help clarify your vision for the future through online resources and sessions. You can get assistance with job searching techniques, investigate career options and explore your employability through networking, resume writing and more.

Read more about the career and employability support for students.

If I am studying online, do I need to wait for my visa to enrol into classes?

You don't have to wait until you receive your student visa before enrolling into your online units. It is highly recommended you apply for your student visa as soon as possible so that you are ready to depart for Australia once the border restrictions are lifted and to ensure your online study can contribute to your eligibility for a Post Study Work Visa.

Refer to the Department of Home Affairs for information about visa processing times.

I am still making up my mind, what is the last date to accept my offer?

Refer to the QUT key dates for on-time acceptance dates.

If you are currently overseas, the on-time acceptance closing date is 1 week prior to the start of classes. This allows you time to access your online material and familiarise yourself with the QUT virtual learning platforms.

The on-time acceptance closing date for onshore applicants is 1 week prior to the start of classes.

Check your QUT offer for step-by-step instructions on how to accept your offer.

Does studying online affect my Confirmation of Enrolment or student visa?

Studying online will not affect your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) or student visa so long as you remain enrolled internally as a full-time student.

What happens if I am unsuccessful with my student visa application, and I have commenced studying online from outside Australia?

If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a student visa after you have commenced studying online from outside Australia, you will need to consider your options depending on the course you are studying:

  • If your course has an exit point and you have met the criteria, you can apply to be assessed for award eligibility.
  • If your course cannot be completed online, you will need to cancel your enrolment at the end of the teaching period and withdraw from the course. You can apply for an academic transcript for studies undertaken.

Do I enrol as an external or internal student?

Most students should enrol as an internal student. While you may begin your study off-campus, you are still considered an internal QUT student and will resume face to face studies when appropriate.

You will receive further information on how to enrol once you have accepted your offer to study at QUT.

How many units should I study in a semester?

Students usually study 4 units each semester as this is the recommended full-time study load. It may be possible to study fewer units if you are studying online and are not in Australia, depending on your chosen QUT course.

Some units within our impacted courses may not be available to study online. This means, you may need to enrol in a reduced study load while studying online. Once you have accepted your QUT offer and been admitted to QUT, you will be able to contact your faculty for advice on which units are available to you to study online.

Can I study part time?

If your chosen QUT course is available to study online, then it is recommended you study a full-time load (4 units per semester). However, if you are struggling and need to reduce your study load, contact your faculty for advice. A reduced study load may impact your course progression, CoE and student visa in the future.

How do I enrol into my units at QUT?

You will receive step-by-step instructions on how to enrol once you have accepted your QUT offer.

Get answers to common questions about starting your degree online as an International student at QUT. Have a question that isn't covered below? Send us an enquiry and we will be happy to help further.

Not all courses are available to start in July (Semester 2). Check the relevant course page for available course start dates.

Creative industries

Unavailable courses

The following courses are not available to start offshore (in your home country) in Semester 2, 2021:

  • KC40 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
  • KC40 Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication)
  • KK34 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing)
  • KK34 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama)

Engineering

Unavailable courses

The following courses are not available to start offshore (in your home country) in June 2021:

  • EN02 Diploma of Engineering
Impacted courses

The following courses will be impacted if starting offshore (in your home country) in Semester 2, 2021:

  • EN01 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • UD01 Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours)
  • DE43 Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
  • DE43 Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture)
  • DE43 Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture)
  • DE80 Master of Architecture
  • EN50 Master of Engineering
  • EN55 Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical majors)

Students may not be able to enrol with a full-time load as some units may not be available. In addition, students may choose to commence their studies by undertaking eligible minor units. (Engineering units with hands-on practicals are only offered on campus.)

Health

Impacted courses

The following courses will be impacted if starting offshore (in your home country) in Semester 2, 2021:

  • CS44 Bachelor of Podiatry - Graduate Entry
  • NS42 Bachelor of Nursing
  • NS42 Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Entry

As per the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) requirements, study outside of Australia within an accredited Bachelor of Nursing is limited to one semester of study. Students who are not able to enter Australia for Semester 2, 2021 are advised to email nursing@qut.edu.au for an individualised study plan and advice on what units are available.

Science

Unavailable courses

The following courses are not available to starting offshore (in your home country) in Semester 2, 2021:

  • ST01 Bachelor of Science
  • ST10 Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Double degrees

Unavailable and impacted courses

Any double degree courses which include unavailable or impacted courses from the lists above are also impacted. Submit an enquiry for further information regarding these courses.

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