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University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ) exchange is open to students accepted as majors into the UNC School of Media and Journalism (MEJO). Students must have completed MEJO 153: Newswriting to participate in the exchange.
UQ is located in Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city with a population of 2 million. The main UQ campus is located in the area of St.Lucia, four miles from the city's heart along the Brisbane River. Brisbane is a thriving city that was rated as the 16th most livable city in the world by The Economist.
UQ has more than 40,000 students, 29,000 of whom are undergraduates. Ranked as the 43rd best university in the world, UQ has a proud tradition of research, teaching and community involvement. The St.Lucia campus features many sports fields, cycle paths, gardens and lakes. There are two bus stations and a river transport wharf on campus, allowing easy access to downtown Brisbane.
The UQ School of Journalism and Communication (SJC) opened in 1921 as Australia’s first school of journalism. During that time the SJC has been considered one of the premier communication schools in Australia. In recent years the SJC has moved into new, purpose-built premises, welcomed the transfer of public relations and advertising courses from the School of Social Sciences to the SJC, and redesigned the curriculum to better equip students for a career in the communication industries of the 21st century.
The UQ campus is located four miles from Brisbane’s central business district. It is widely considered to be the most beautiful in Australia and has everything students need: many places to eat, drink, relax and meet friends, clubs and societies for all interests, sporting facilities and support services such as a health center. There are many options for public transportation in Brisbane allowing students to easily get around the city. The UQ campus is also connected to the city center by a river ferry and there are bike and walking paths along the river.
The UQ exchange is open to all accepted JOMC majors who have completed JOMC 153: Newswriting. While at UQ, students take four courses per semester, at least two of which must be offered by the SJC. Each course is the equivalent of 4 UNC credit hours. A full load of courses equals 16 UNC credits.
Students in any JOMC specialization can participate in this exchange. Many courses offered by the SJC will transfer into JOMC to fulfill specific requirements. Any courses taken outside of the SJC can be transferred back to UNC to be used as General Elective Credit or, through consultation with the UNC Study Abroad Office, to fulfill some General Education Requirements.
The SJC building includes classrooms, faculty offices, computer labs, a radio lab and a TV lab. There are also multimedia collaborative workspaces for students to use to complete group projects.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
While studying at UQ, students have the option to live in on-campus residential colleges, off-campus rental housing, or off-campus student housing. Exchange students are encouraged to pursue off-campus student housing which independent, commercial companies provide specifically for UQ students. This option combines the advantages of residing in a student community with the freedom of self-catered housing. Students have the choice of a studio or single bedroom apartment or a shared two- or three-bedroom unit. Some complexes include swimming pools, gyms, and communal recreational areas, while others provide more basic facilities suitable for students with tighter budgets.
Please note: Housing at UQ is limited and therefore can’t be guaranteed. To secure accommodation, early application is required. Off-campus student housing can be and should be booked early and in advance of the semester at UQ
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access