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Arcadia: Brisbane, University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
View program dates and deadlines
Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Apartment, Dormitory
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Biology, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Management, Social Sciences/Sociology, Sociology
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment, Study Center
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:
Camel Ride on Brisbane Beach

Program Overview     

Brisbane is nestled in the southeast corner of the state of Queensland and has more than one million people living in the city region. The city is large enough to enjoy all the advantages of life in a big city but small enough to retain a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The Brisbane River winds through the city's heart, and mountains surround the suburbs on three sides. Famous surfing beaches of Surfers Paradise and Noosa are only an hour's drive away, and national parks and mountain resorts are the same distance to the west. Brisbane's subtropical climate of warm summers and mild winters is ideal for sporting activities. A system of water taxis (catamarans called "city cats") plies the river at regular times. An extensive bikeway system crisscrosses the city, and the rainforest areas close to the city provide perfect conditions for bush walking.

St. Lucia is the main campus of the University of Queensland and most participants on this program study there. The university is one of the largest and most diverse in Australia. The St. Lucia campus is located seven kilometers from Brisbane's city center on a magnificent site in a bend of the Brisbane River.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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Education Abroad Credits

University of Queensland, Brisbane, AustraliaYou will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

The University of Queensland offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in marine biology, natural sciences, psychology, engineering, computer science, agriculture, education, liberal arts, and health and human development. Use the on-site course catalog to find more information about specific courses. You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements of prerequisites. You must take the equivalent of 15 Penn State credits per the requirements of Arcadia University; this will be roughly a full-time load at the host institution.

Academic Terms in Australia and the United States

When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the Australian academic terms are different than what is used in the United States.

Academic Terms Used in the United States and Australia
Australian Term
United States Term
School or College
Subject, Unit or Paper
Course outline
Semester 1
Spring semester
Semester 2
Fall semester

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Arcadia Brisbane Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad.  To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Students must have completed at least one year before they can apply to the University of Queensland. If applying for admission for first semester of sophomore year, students will be required to submit a transcript to the University of Queensland at the end of second semester freshman year before the University will make an unconditional offer of admission.

Housing and Meals

You will live either in residential colleges (availability limited) or in rental housing operated by Arcadia University. Independent living is also an option. In each case, you will be responsible for providing your own meals. For more information, please visit the University of Queensland accommodation webpage of the Arcadia website.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Brisbane River at NightPenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Final acceptance decisions for this program must be made by the host institution/program director rather than by Penn State. As such, students should expect to be notified of final acceptance later than students who have applied for other programs. 

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.


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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 02/13/2015 06/28/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 07/11/2015 11/22/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 07/11/2015 06/26/2016
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Spring 2016 09/15/2015
Rolling Admission 02/12/2016 06/26/2016
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2016 03/01/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed