Start online. Come when you can.

Don't put off one of the best decisions you'll ever make. Start your QUT course online in July 2021 without delaying your career plans.

With our extensive support services, online learning resources, and dedicated academic staff, you will be supported to excel in your studies, even if it's not exactly what you had planned. Engage in real-world learning at Australia's top young university.

Kickstart your studies in 2021 by starting online and coming to campus when you can.

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Are you ready to apply to study at QUT? Follow our step-by-step application guide.

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How does a virtual classroom work?

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Personalised support when you need it

Whether you are looking for a quick chat or need some assistance to plan your semester, QUT success coaches will work to help you set and achieve your goals and will follow up with you to ensure you are staying on track. You can attend a coaching session by email, phone or Zoom.

Learning online will be a different experience to learning on campus. At QUT, you can access free, professional and confidential wellbeing and career support.

Orientation will introduce you to study life at QUT and specialist learning advisors are ready to lend a hand.

One-on-one support to help you reach your goals.

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 does Semester 2, 2021 begin?

Semester 2, 2021 begins on 19 July 2021 with Orientation Week. Teaching begins on 26 July 2021. Your official start date will be listed on your QUT offer letter.

Please check the QUT College commencement dates for programs as they can be different to the start dates listed above.

Are there any courses I cannot commence from my home country in Semester 2, 2021?

Some courses will not be available to commence overseas in Semester 2, 2021. Other courses may also be impacted. See the 'Impacted courses' tab on this page for details.

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.

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?

Tutorials, lectures and workshops are held in Brisbane AEST. It is important to check the times relevant to your country's time zone.

You should aim to join the teaching live, but most lectures are recorded and can be accessed at alternative times. You should maintain close contact with your lecturers and tutors and seek help when required.

How much contact will I have compared to students on campus?

Studying online you can expect the same level of contact with our expert teachers as students participating in face to face classes - just in virtual mode using the latest learning technologies.

I might be eligible for advanced standing (credit). What units can I commence from my home country in Semester 2, 2021?

It may be possible for you to start online. Before applying to study and for advanced standing with QUT, contact us for information about your individual study plan.

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.

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What will happen if I commence my studies online but the Australian Government lifts travel restrictions during Semester 2, 2021?

If you have been studying online since the start of the semester, have a student visa to enter Australia, and the Australian border is reopened, you can travel to QUT and study on-campus.

Alternatively, you may choose to finish the semester online in your home country then plan to commence in person the following semester.

Will online learning impact on my ability to obtain a QUT qualification?

No, 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.

Schools and relevant course coordinators 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 in this regard so you may wish to consult your course coordinator.

Will I still be considered for QUT scholarships if I start online in Semester 2, 2021?

Yes, you will still be considered for scholarships if you start your studies online in Semester 2, 2021:

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

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.

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 is available to me while studying online?

In addition to the QUT-wide services listed above, support for your academic success is directly embedded in your QUT course and is also available outside the classroom. 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 via the Virtual Student Support desk.

If you study Law or Justice, you can access careers and employment experts that help you with applications for work placements, internships and graduate positions in legal and justice organisations. You'll gain a career edge with tailored advice on building resumes, interview techniques, employability, career planning and recruitment processes. Practical, interactive workshops and information sessions will help you get ahead of the pack, and you'll connect with legal and justice professionals at networking events.

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 at QUT?

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 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.


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.

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.

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 deadlines for acceptance on the QUT website or your offer letter.

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.

If you are currently onshore in Australia you may need to request an extension to your current Australian student visa application onshore. The on-time acceptance closing date for onshore applicants is 1 week prior to the start of classes.

Email all your acceptance documents to

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.

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.

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.

If you are studying a law or justice course, please seek confirmation by emailing

If you are studying a creative industries course, please seek confirmation by emailing

How many units should I study in Semester 2, 2021?

Students usually study 4 units each semester as this is the recommended full-time study load. It may be possible to study fewer units in Semester 2, 2021 if you are studying online and are not in Australia.

Depending on your course, you may not be able to study 4 units while studying offshore. We recommend you contact the relevant faculty student support team for information regarding your individual study plan before enrolling. Student support contact information will be available to you once you have a QUT offer.

If I don’t think I can manage a full-time study load. Can I study part-time?

QUT highly recommends you study 4 units each semester. If you wish to study fewer than 4 units, you should discuss this with the relevant student support team.

The faculty student support teams can provide you with personalised advice about how part-time study will affect your study plan. A reduced study load will likely result in an extension to your studies which may require you to apply for a new 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. Until then, you can get an introduction to the process by watching our Enrolment, registration and orientation video guide.

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 commence 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)


Unavailable courses

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

  • EN02 Diploma of Engineering
Impacted courses

The following courses will be impacted if commencing 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.)


Impacted courses

The following courses will be impacted if commencing 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 for an individualised study plan and advice on what units are available.


Unavailable courses

The following courses are not available to commence 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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