Study Abroad at the University of Queensland with Arcadia University

University of Queensland
Preliminary Course Instructions

Course Load and Credits
Choosing Your Courses
Course Approval
Enrollment Process
Other Important Points

Course Load and Credits

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your semester at the University of Queensland (UQ). A full-time course load is defined by Arcadia University as 14-16 U.S. semester hours of credit; this is the equivalent of 8 units at the University of Queensland. Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your courses:

Australian University Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
2 4
4 8
6 12


Choosing Your Courses

You should include at least 8-10 courses on your Preliminary Course Form to allow for scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations. Your flexibility is very important to the process.

When selecting your courses from the university's website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology:

Australian Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty School or College
Course Degree
Subject Course
Course Outline Syllabus
Semester 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2 Fall Semester

Pre-Med Students: A list of course option is available here.

From the UQ website,

  • The link (above) will take you to the Course and Programs page for the University of Queensland.
  • Use the Search Toolbar to find courses (subjects) and programs (degree) in your area of interest. Click on 'Search' button.
  • For more information about each course, click on the course title or title. Here you can see which semester it is offered, the level of the course (undergraduate or graduate) and on which campus (St Lucia campus).
  • On the course description page you will find a short description of the course as well as a link to a detailed course profile (syllabus).
  • If the course is pre-approved for Study Abroad students, there will be a note in the sidebar on the left stating that "This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students." (This means that you don't need any special permission from UQ to enroll in the course. If you don't see this note, you can still apply for the course but will need to show that you have met the prerequisites.)
  • If you want to get back to your search results, use the 'back' button on your browser.
  • Once you have done a search, you can use the 'Refine your search' menu on the left to refine your search results to include only pre-approved courses, only courses offered in a particular semester, only undergraduate courses, etc. If you then do a new search, you will need to refine it again.


Course Approval

The University of Queensland will review your Preliminary Course form for approval and your Program Manager will email you UQ's Course Approvals Report.


Enrollment Process

At the same time that your Program Manager emails your Certificate of Enrollment (COE), you will also be given log on information and instructions to UQ's mySI-net where you will be able to enroll in your courses prior to departure. Your Program Manager will email your UQ sign in information, including your UQ student number, Username, Password and UQ email address. You may only enroll in courses listed at APPROVED on your UQ Course Approvals Report.

The Arcadia University Australia Centre requires that you enroll in only one 100-level type course for the semester. To enroll in additional 100-level courses, you must appeal your timetable with the Associate Director of Queensland during orientation.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school. Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Every effort will be made to place you in the courses you originally request. However, neither UQ nor The College of Global Studies can guarantee approval or placement in any course. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Alternate course approval and flexibility is extremely important.


Other Important Points

Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work (i.e. courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips). Please see our fee information online here.

In some cases, the University of Queensland will request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript. Please have this information available should we need to contact you for this material.

If you are interested in enrolling in studio art, graphic art, art media production, drama, dancing or music courses, you will need to submit a portfolio or audition tape to support your application. Because your work will be sent to the University of Queensland, we are unable to return the portfolio.

Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas. If you intend to enroll in a unit that is assessed pass/fail, please contact Arcadia University to discuss the procedures associated with the grade translation.