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A&M CARC Only Exchange: Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia
Queensland, Australia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 04/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Architecture
Academic College: College of Architecture Academic Department: Architecture, Building Construction, Building Design, College of Architecture, Construction Management, Construction Science, Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture, University Studies Architecture, Urban & Regional Planning, Urban & Regional Science, Visualization Sciences
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Pre-requisites:
0
Language of instruction:
English
Program Advisor:
Patrick Moore, Terry Larsen
Housing: Dormitory
Open to non-majors:
No
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
Queensland University of Technology

Starting as the Brisbane School of Arts in 1849, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has transformed into a highly successful university with an applied emphasis in courses and research. Ranking within the top 10 of Australian universities, QUT adds a practical perspective to theoretical education by allowing industry representatives and professionals to contribute to QUT's course development. Known as “a university for the real world,” QUT aims to provide outstanding learning environments and programs where courses, as well as graduating students, are in high demand. 

Specifically, Texas A&M students will take classes in QUT's Faculty of Creative Industries, which offers Aggies a wide range of courses in animation, entertainment industries, interactive and visual design and more. The Faculty Creative Industries has positioned itself as a leader in the development of creative industries in Queensland and nationally and aims to become an internationally-networked hub of creative enterprise. QUT has two campuses in Brisbane--Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove.  Each is a micro-community with on-campus academic, recreational and support facilities comprised of 40,000 students, including 6,000 students from overseas. Kelvin Grove hosts the Creative Industries Precinct where A&M Students will take most of their classes. 

 


Location

QUT is based in Brisbane, the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. Within Queensland, students will find many of the attractions Australia is famous for, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Gold Coast, the Outback and the Indigenous cultures of Australia. Brisbane is a cosmopolitan city complete with world-class art galleries, a booming live music scene and fabulous café culture. Check out this video on what life is like as a student in Brisbane!

Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is limited to students in the College of Architecture
  • Approval from Professor Terry Larsen, Undergraduate Program Coordinator in Visualization, or Shelley Holliday in the College of Architecture
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Obtain a student visa if needed
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester (July to November)
  • Spring Semester (February to July)
  • Academic year
Please keep in mind that the semesters at QUT are opposite to Texas A&M.
  • Semester 1 = Spring semester abroad from Texas A&M
  • Semester 2 = Fall semester abroad from Texas A&M
Correspondingly, if you are interested in taking classes that are normally only offered at Texas A&M during the spring semester, then you would need to study at QUT during Semester 2, which would be mean that you would need to study abroad during the Texas A&M fall semester.
 
Courses
 
As part of the exchange program at QUT and the fact that the university is based in a country whose official language is English, students have the practically the full curriculum available to them.  Due to this large selection of course offerings in the wide range of study areas at QUT, this exchange program will satisfy the academic needs of any Texas A&M College of Architecture student. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a minimum of 12 hours of A&M credit for each semester completed.
 
Courses are available in the following areas:
  • Creative Advertising
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Fashion
  • Creative Design and Performance
  • Information Technology
  • Landscape Design
  • Architectural Design
  • Business
  • Film and Television
  • Interactive, Visual and Animation Design
  • Journalism, Media, Communication, Sound and Music
Housing

QUT does not have on-campus housing.  Rather at QUT, students have a variety of accommodation options that are coordinated by private housing companies, QUT students looking for roommates, or host families. As a result, QUT recommends that students arrive at least two weeks prior to their on-site orientation to secure housing arrangements. However, past Texas A&M students who have studied at QUT recommend that students arrive 3-4 weeks as most international students arrive during that two week timeframe. QUT does offer counseling services for more information on housing contracts and finances for students.
 
Below are some tips and advice on accommodations from past Texas A&M exchange students at QUT:
  • Try to arrive several weeks before the semester begins so you can secure your accommodation.
  • Most people have their own room, although students can share some of the larger rooms if you wish. Exchange students might be roommates with other students from all over the world including America, Australia, Indonesia, Australia, United Kingdom and Germany.
  • Larger shared houses have two kitchens, several bathrooms, washers, mini refrigerator in private bedroom, and Wi-Fi internet.
  • Be aware that Australia has internet limits on most places so budget Wi-Fi internet usage at your apartment.
  • You have to provide bed linens, towels, etc. yourself.
  • Some rental companies require a housing deposit and rent is usually paid on a weekly basis
  • Everything is more expensive in Australia so it is highly recommend that student preparing their own meals when possible.

Costs
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
 
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition and Fees
$5,500
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Additional Expenses  (pre-departure or on-site):
Accommodations
$4,500
Meals
$2,000
International Airfare
$2,200
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies
$1,350
Personal Spending
$1,500+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST
$17,950+
Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost
$13,636+

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.

 
Helpful Links  
 
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
 
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
 
Contacts

For detailed information about the College of Architecture exchange to Queensland University of Technology, please contact Professor Terry Larsen or Shelley Holliday in the College of Architecture.

For more information, contact Patrick Moore
in the Study Abroad Programs Office.