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A&M AGLS Only Exchange: University of Queensland, Australia
Queensland, Australia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: 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
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** 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:
Agriculture and Life Sciences
Academic College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Department: Agribusiness, Agricultural Development, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Journalism, Agricultural Systems Management, Agriculture, Agriculture/Life Sciences, Agronomy, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Bioenvironmental Sciences, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Botany, Dairy Science, Ecological Restoration, Entomology, Environmental Studies, Floriculture, Food Science & Technology, Forestry, Genetics, Horticulture, Nutritional Sciences, Poultry Science, Rangeland Ecology & Management, Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences, Renewable Natural Resources, Soil Science, Spatial Sciences, University Studies Agriculture, Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Pre-requisites:
0
Language of instruction:
English
Program Advisor:
Cathryn Clement, Patrick Moore
Housing: Dormitory
Open to non-majors:
No
Classification: Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
University of Queensland
 
The University of Queensland, Australia (UQ) was established by an Act of State Parliament in 1909 as the first university in the state of Queensland. UQ is ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide, through various independent university rankings such as Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities. UQ focuses heavily on teaching excellence, and has won more Australian Teaching and Learning Council Awards for Teaching Excellence than any other higher education institution in Australia. Today, there are over 48,000 students enrolled at the University of Queensland, pursuing a wide range of degree options.


In 1990, the University of Queensland merged with the second oldest higher education institution in Australia, the Queensland Agricultural College, creating a plethora of degree programs in agribusiness, agriculture science, animal science in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, among others, and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI.) QAAFI is an institution well-known for its extensive research in agricultural sciences, and whose mission is to improve the productivity, competitiveness, and sustainability of tropical and subtropical food, fiber, and agribusiness industries. In 2013, QAAFI attracted more than $100 million dollars in research funding, and played a trivial role in assisting the Australian government to achieve its goal of doubling agriculture production by 2040.

 

Location

Queensland is a state occupying the northeastern corner of Australia, and the third most populous out of Australia’s six states. Queensland is home to numerous tourist destinations, including Cairns, a hospitable lagoon in close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Brisbane, the river-side capital that is known for its edgy style and urban villages, and portions of the Australian rainforest. The University of Queensland is located primarily in Brisbane along Queensland's Gold Coast.


The state of Queensland is nicknamed “The Sunshine State” and is said to be sunny for 300 days out of the year. Due to its rich history influenced by Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, Queensland is known to have vibrant and unique Aboriginal festivals throughout the year. The numerous zoos, safari trips, and diving/snorkeling trips make it easy for Queensland visitors to interact closely with the complex Australian wildlife. Bus services, scooters, and ferries are popular modes of travel in Queensland, allowing for more adventurous opportunities across the state.


Eligibility Requirements

  • This program is limited to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • 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 June)
  • Academic Year ( July to June)

Courses

The University of Queensland offers various practical study course options, such as lectures, tutorials, work groups, practical lab work, and field trips to all incoming exchange students through their extensive study abroad/incoming exchange program.  A list of all possible courses provided by UQ, and a search engine provided an easier method of finding courses that apply to your degree plan can be found at UQ’s incoming exchange course selection page.  A standard full-time course load at UQ is four courses per semester.

Housing

While attending UQ as an exchange student, there are three main accommodation options. The first is living in a Residential College, which is a residential community that offers a range of activities, accommodation, and support to assist the student. Meals at the residential colleges are catered, and the activities are close by. There are 10 residential colleges on the main campus of UQ in St. Lucia, though they are limited and in very high demand.  


A secondary option for those wanting to be more independent is off-campus student housing. Though these housing options are designed for students and are completely furnished, the students are generally independent and see to their own meals and activities.
 
Finally, students have the option to book temporary accommodation with UQ and wait until their arrival in Brisbane to secure permanent accommodation. However, this requires that the student arrive two to three weeks before their orientation, which occurs during the week before classes begin.

 

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 $5,000
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Additional Expenses  (pre-departure or on-site):
International Airfare $2,400
Accommodations $5,600
Meals $2,000
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $800
Personal Spending $1,450+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $17,450+
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
 
University of Queensland Homepage
UQ Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
UQ Course Selection Search Engine
UQ Orientation Week (O-Week) Information Page
UQ Campus Life
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Currency Converter

Aggies in Australia
 
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 exchange program at University of Queensland, students should contact Cathryn Clement in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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