IFSA-University of Queensland

Program Details

Program Location Brisbane, Australia
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34025
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Fall 2024 07/08/24 to 11/17/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 02/05/24 to 06/16/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, Australia’s “Smart State,” and is widely known as the country’s most livable city. It is also Australia’s fastest-growing capital with a population of more than 1.8 million and offers a safe, friendly, multicultural environment.

The inner city is characterized by the Brisbane River, park lands, convention facilities, museums, art galleries, a casino, malls, shopping districts and a host of cosmopolitan restaurants and cafés.  The golden beaches and fun parks of the Gold Coast are just an hour’s drive south. The beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches lie a short drive to the north, along with National Parks, rain forests, and attractions such as Australia Zoo.  

The University of Queensland was established in 1909 and was the first university in Queensland and the fifth in Australia. Its St. Lucia campus, located seven kilometers from the heart of Brisbane in a bend of the Brisbane River, is considered by many to be Australia's most attractive. 

UQ is a member of Australia's prestigious Group of Eight leading research universities.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.9 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture] [College of Engineering] [College of Liberal Arts] [College of Health and Human Sciences] [College of Science]
Specifically from: AAE, ABE, CHE, CE, ENE, IE, MSE & ME (ENGR) and HK, HSCI, PSY PUBH & SLHS (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

With more than 4,000 classes in 300 plus programs that range from computer science to communications, it’s easy to keep your major on track.

A full class load at University of Queensland is 8 credits for the semester (equivalent to 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours). The number of classes you must take depends on the credit value of the classes. Choose classes in any combination of credit values, as long as their total value equals a full class load.

Visit IFSA's website to learn more about class options.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program and are subject to change.


  • Indigenous Australians Dance Performance
  • Brisbane Festival
  • NACE Competencies Workshop
  • Theatre Performance
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Sunshine Hinterland Weekend
  • Bike Tour
  • Lone Pine Sanctuary Visit


Housing is arranged for you by IFSA. Most IFSA students live close to campus in apartment complexes operated by an independent student housing partner. Dorm-style rooms are also sometimes available on campus at the university’s International House. Meals are not included in the housing fee.

Keep in mind that some options have extra perks—like a meal plan—that carry additional costs.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.
The program fee includes tuition, orientation, a weekend trip, and some local activities.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $17,070.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $5,925.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,382.00
Local Transportation $353.00
Visa $464.00
Books and Supplies $49.00
Meals $1,824.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,924.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.