Studying at QUT: what to expect

Studying in Australia might be very different to studying in your home country. Here is what you can expect from study at QUT.


Lectures are large classes taught by usually one lecturer or professor. Class sizes for lectures, particularly for first-year or introductory units, can be very large. Lectures are a time for listening and taking notes.

Attendance may not affect your grade; in fact, many classes offer online alternatives for lectures and class materials. You can catch up at home if you miss a class, or you can print your class materials before the lecture and be prepared for class.

Lectures are scheduled between 8am and 10pm, Monday to Friday.

Our lecturers use a variety of learning technologies during our classes: interactive white boards, computers and projectors, and Powerpoint presentations.


Many classes also have tutorials, which are smaller group classes where you can study the course material in more depth, and also ask questions and discuss issues with your tutor. Tutorials are a great opportunity to get to know the people in your class.

Your tutor is the first person you should speak to if you do not understand something in the course material, or if you have a question about assessment.

Practical units

Some of our courses have practical units. Practical units let you get real, hands-on experience. They might be laboratory classes, practice times or workshop classes, depending on your course.


Assessment can be:

  • individual or group-based
  • written assignments or oral presentations
  • exams during or at the end of semester
  • practical tasks.

We have great libraries and access to online resources and databases to help you research your assessment properly.


Exams might be multiple choice, short answer, long essay or a combination of these. Exam content is based on classes and readings throughout the semester.

Our exams are held centrally, in large examination rooms often hosting exams for more than one class.

Not all classes have exams; some might just have assignments.

Study load

Most students study 4 units each semester. You will normally have around 3 contact hours per week for each subject, including lectures, tutorials and practical classes.

You can expect to spend 8-15 hours a week outside of class working on study, homework and assignments.

Support for students

Universities are big, busy places and most students need a little extra help some at one time or another. It is important that you take the initiative to ask questions or seek advice early, even if you are not really sure you need it.

We offer lots of support to help you with your studies, personal issues, financial concerns and health. Some faculties also have mentoring and buddy programs that are run by experienced students for students.

Most lecturers and tutors will have regular times set aside to talk to students about their studies each week. Other staff will be happy to help with any queries or will redirect you to someone who can help if they are not able to. Supervisors, lecturers and other academic staff are accessible by email or in person when you have questions or problems. Most of our students find that they get prompt support from their lecturers when they have a problem.

Learning spaces

Our library is not just for quiet study - it has social spaces and group study rooms so you can work together with your classmates and friends.

Libraries are open 7 days a week, and we have several 24-hour computer labs, meaning that you can get your study done at the most convenient time for you.

Get connected

Wireless internet (wifi) is available everywhere on both campuses, just log in to connect.

Other students

We have over 50,000 students including almost 8,000 international students here at QUT, so we have a diverse and interesting student population. You will have great opportunities to meet and connect with other students from Australia and all over the world.

It is not unusual to share your classes with people who are 10 or 20 years older or younger than you, as well as people who have different cultures, customs and beliefs. Our students are open and friendly, even if you have only just met them!

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