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The University of Southern Queensland

USQ International - Become more


The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a dynamic university dedicated to providing quality on-campus and online study programs for students of all study levels from over 110 countries. USQ has, over the last 50 years, developed into a renowned research and teaching institution. The university offers students an excellent education across three campuses in Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich, an outreach hub in Stanthorpe, and online in collaboration with accredited education partners.

USQ is renowned for academic excellence and is recognised as a proven leader in its key fields of research, specifically engineering and the built environment, agriculture, health, and astrophysics. The research carried out at USQ is relevant to industry and benefits communities and the world. In the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 rankings, USQ achieved ratings of ‘well above standard’ for 18 fields and ‘at or above world standard’ for 12 fields.

Around 26,000 students from across Australia and the world study at USQ and are enrolled in quality academic programs and world-class research. USQ also offers students practical exposure to high-profile industries, giving them opportunities to work with an aviation simulator, television and radio broadcast facilities, a midwifery simulation centre and well-equipped engineering and health laboratories. Supplementary lectures, tutorials, practical placements and Meet Up learning sessions are offered for study programs.

USQ was first established in 1967 on the foundation of strong community support. Today it maintains a strong commitment to supporting its students by providing programs that equip graduates with the skills to succeed in their careers and excel in a globally competitive job market.

CRICOS: QLD 00244B | NSW 02225M | TEQSA PRV12081

What's new

A significant portion of modern life is conducted online. This now necessitates the ongoing protection of personal and corporate data. The Master of Cyber Securityat USQ is designed to provide students the skills and exposure needed to pursue a career in this emerging industry.

More and more corporations looking to gain a competitive edge in their industries focus on developments in information technology to drive efficiency and performance. USQ’s practical Master of IT Innovation is designed to produce professionals with the required skills to make a difference in their chosen industry. USQ’s Information Technology study field provides students with recognised qualifications from the Seoul Accord and is highly rated in terms of full-time employment for its graduates.

In alignment with the growing agricultural industry, USQ has also instituted a Master of Science (Agricultural Science) to help students understand and explore national and international challenges of agricultural production.

Other newly introduced programs include:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)

The university aims to design their degrees based on industry requirements and standards. Students are encouraged to check the university website to ascertain what new degrees are on offer at the university.


USQ Toowoomba

USQ&rsquos main campus is in Toowoomba. Located around a couple of hours away from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba offers a relaxed lifestyle, affordable living costs and access to public transport.

The campus is well-equipped with essential support services, accommodation and recreational amenities, and is ideal for those wanting to escape big city life whilst still pursuing their career goals.

USQ Springfield

Springfield is a dynamic urban growth area equipped with a range of shopping and dining options located in close driving and public transport proximity to the city of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

USQ Springfield offers students practical exposure to certain niche industries. USQ Springfield contains a world-class aviation flight simulator, modern television and radio broadcast facilities and engineering laboratory, creating a conducive environment for exploring practical work opportunities.

USQ Ipswich

The historic city of Ipswich, located less than an hour&rsquos drive from Brisbane city, is home to numerous parks and offers scope for a range of outdoor activities.

USQ Ipswich offers a variety of Nursing and Allied Health programs, supplemented by custom-built paramedical training facilities, nursing laboratories, a midwifery simulation centre and much more. The campus also houses a stunning library with a living rainforest.

USQ Hub@Stanthorpe

The AUD 8.5 million Queensland College of Wine Tourism was developed as a joint venture between USQ and the Department of Education, Training and Employment to develop curricula and programs in collaboration with the wine tourism industry. It also provides student support services, workshops and study spaces.

USQ Online Study

Complementing its wonderful campus experience, USQ also provides a supportive online experience. Online students can access their study materials and online forums to learn and connect and with fellow students.

Students can also take a 360-degree virtual campus tour.

Program Delivery

USQ offers a wide range of programs at its campuses and online at the undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels, across the following fields:

  • Agriculture & Environment
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Aviation
  • Business & Management
  • Media & Communication
  • Education & Teaching
  • Information Technology
  • Law & Criminology
  • Nursing & Allied Health
  • Psychology & Human Services
  • Science & Engineering
  • Surveying & Built Environment
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Research
  • English Language & Pathway Programs

Teaching quality

USQ academics demonstrate quality teaching of the latest content and industry practices to develop students and graduates with key professional competencies. Innovation in the overall learning experience is carefully nurtured and celebrated at the university.

Student experience

USQ enhances the student learning experience by providing professional experts on-campus and online. Peer connections are also nurtured through events, clubs, sport and forums.

As an institution founded on the basis of strong community support, the inclusive atmosphere at USQ translates into a whole host of student support services, including:

  • Student Relationship Officers, for dedicated support throughout the study journey
  • complimentary airport reception and accommodation transfer for new international students
  • accommodation via residential colleges, or advice on off-campus accommodation options
  • student welfare, health, counselling and wellbeing
  • student events and activities via Student Life
  • career development disability resources
  • multi-faith support
  • library resources, including study support

Students also have access to USQ’s mentoring program, which matches students with USQ alumni for mentoring in preparation for the transition from university life to a professional career.


USQ takes pride in conducting academically relevant research and contributing to innovations that benefit the world. USQ’s research culture revolves around engaging, collaborating with, and understanding stakeholders and industry to explore and arrive at world-changing solutions.

A wide range of research programs are carried out across multiple disciplines within USQ’s three research institutes, nine centres and schools. The vibrant and conducive research environment is a key contributor to research excellence as measured by the Government's Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) ratings.

USQ’s research capability and expertise span the following areas:

  • Agriculture and agribusiness
  • Astrophysics
  • Cultural heritage and archaeology
  • Digital life
  • Environmental sciences
  • Health and behavioural sciences
  • Mathematical sciences and hypersonics
  • Materials engineering and engineering technology
  • Regional community and economic development


Well Above World Standard

  • Numerical and Computational Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences
  • Astronomical and Space Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Microbiology
  • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
  • Crop and Pasture Production
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Psychology

Above World Standard

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

At World Standard

  • Biological Sciences
  • Information and Computing Sciences
  • Information Systems
  • Civil Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Historical Studies

With evident research strength, the emphasis in all of the research program areas is to produce pioneering research with global impact.

How to apply

To apply to study at the University of Southern Queensland, students need to go through the following steps:

  1. Choose a degree
  2. Check the entry requirements, both academic and English &ndash undergraduate, postgraduate or research.
  3. Collect certified supporting documentation
  4. Submit an application via a selected education agent

Students should be mindful of:

  • There is no application or assessment fee
  • Students must ensure all certified supporting documentation is attached
  • Students must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria outlined in the Department of Home Affairs Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)
  • Students must provide proof of English language proficiency, financial capacity, and intention to comply with visa conditions.
  • Students who have studied or worked prior to applying may be eligible for credit
  • There are a range of scholarships that students from all backgrounds can apply for

Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 2, 2019 - 15 July 2019
  • Semester 3, 2019 - 18 November 2019
  • Semester 1, 2020 - 24 February 2020
  • Semester 2, 2020 - 13 July 2020
  • Semester 3, 2020 - 16 November 2020

It is important to apply early, to make sure you secure a place and to allow time for you to make your necessary study arrangements (e.g. visa, organise family and work commitments).

Graduate Outcomes

A USQ qualification ensures that students develop professional competencies to launch a successful career. With a wide range of professional accreditation, USQ graduates make their way into the workforce armed with excellent communication skills, self-motivation and a deep-rooted initiative to go on to further accolades in their chosen industry.

USQ’s commitment to student employability is evident throughout a well-structured learning journey via program design, industry relevant exposure and professional placement opportunities. USQ boasts the highest graduate starting salary among universities in Australia. The university ranks number one for full-time employment for engineering in Australia, and first within the State of Queensland for law. USQ is No. 1 in Queensland for graduate starting salary for Business, Computing and Information System, Engineering, Nursing and Science and Mathematics. The university has also received 5 stars for student support in business, computing and Information System, Law, Psychology and Science and mathematics.*

*Good Universities Guide, 2020


USQ’s alumni are a thriving and diverse group of achievers, from actors and award-winning journalists to international business leaders, politicians, educators, engineers, IT application developers and much more.

Membership of the Alumni Network is automatic for USQ graduates and comes with a range of associated benefits, including personal and professional development. Students can also make new contacts, attend organised networking events, and contribute to the development of current and future students.

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