Frequently asked questions

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How do I apply to study in Queensland?
How can I find the right course for me?
Do I need a visa to study in Queensland?
How much does it cost to live and study in Queensland?
Are there any scholarships available to study in Queensland?
What is vocational education and training?
How do Queensland institutions compare internationally?
What level of English do I need to study in Queensland?
Can I work in Queensland while I am studying?
Can I combine my study with a professional internship with a Queensland company?
What is the weather like in Queensland?
Does Queensland have any special services for international students?
What can I do in my free time?
Where can I find more information?


How do I apply to study in Queensland?

First, find the right course for your needs. Use the course finder on the right-hand side of this page to find the course or institution you are looking for. Once you have found the right course of study or training, you will need to contact that institution to apply for that particular course. Once you have been accepted into a course of study or training, the institution will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) document. You will need this COE document to apply for your student visa at your local Australian Consulate or Embassy.

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How can I find the right course for me?

Use the course finder on the right-hand side of this page to find the course or institution you are looking for. The course finder lets you search by course, institution or area of study.

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Do I need a visa to study in Queensland?

In most cases you will need a visa to study in Queensland.

For more information on visas visit the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

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How much does it cost to live and study in Queensland?


Queensland offers international students great value for money – we have a very high standard of living and our institutions offer world class education and training. Yet our living and study costs are often less expensive than the United States and the United Kingdom.

Tuition fees will vary depending on the course or institution and your living costs will depend on your location, course and lifestyle. Most international students have a budget of US$20,000 – $25,000 per year for living and study costs in Queensland.

For more information about living in Queensland, visit the Live section of this website.

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Are there any scholarships available to study in Queensland?


Yes, there are some scholarships available for international students to study in Queensland.

As a dynamic state that invests heavily in research and development, most of these scholarships are offered for postgraduate study at universities. The majority of international students in Queensland are not awarded scholarships; however, each university and institution in Queensland will be able to give you more information on whether they offer scholarships to international students.

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What is vocational education and training?


Technical and vocational education and training in Queensland provides valuable and practical career skills in the areas of business studies, marketing, tourism and hospitality, design and computing, among other areas.

In your country, this type of training may be referred to as technical training or technical courses.

A good example of vocational education and training is a one-year diploma course that is offered at a Queensland government institution called TAFE (Technical and Further Education).

Many vocational education and training institutions will offer you the opportunity to progress to university studies or other higher level qualifications once you have completed your initial course of study or training. You will often receive credit and recognition for the study you have already completed.

For more information on what vocational education and training can offer you, visit the Study options section of this website.

To search for a vocational education or training course in Queensland, use the course finder on the right-hand side of this page.

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How do Queensland institutions compare internationally?


Queensland’s education and training institutions have a very strong international reputation and our qualifications are recognised globally.

All of Queensland’s institutions offer high quality courses that are part of a linked federal education and training system called the Australian Qualifications Framework. This national system was established by the Australian Government to link all courses and qualifications and to provide learning pathways for students.

The high quality of education and training in Queensland is recognised by employers, governments and other education systems globally and is evident in the quality and reputation of our graduates. For more information about the quality of education in Queensland, visit the Quality Education page.

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What level of English do I need to study in Queensland?


The level of English language proficiency you need will depend on the course you plan to study in Queensland.

If you plan to improve your English in Queensland, our institutions offer courses for beginners through to advanced level learners and customised courses for professionals and English language teachers who seek professional development.

If you want to study at university or at a vocational education and training institution in Queensland, you will need to have a reasonably high level of English language proficiency.

The Australian Government also has specific English language requirements which must be satisfied in order to apply for a student visa.

Your institution can give you further information on the level of English required and whether you will need to undertake a proficiency examination such as IELTS or TOEFL.

For more information on the English language levels needed to apply for a student visa in your country, please visit the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

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Can I work in Queensland while I am studying?


International students in Australia who hold a student visa can apply for permission to work up to 20 hours per week during their course and full-time during the vacation period.

For information on working in Queensland, visit the Work section of this website.

To find out how to apply for permission to work, please visit the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

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Can I combine my study with a professional internship with a Queensland company?


Yes, you can combine your study with a professional internship with a Queensland company.

Many international students are required to complete an international internship as part of their studies in their home country. There are a number of organisations in Queensland that will place students in an unpaid professional internship position with a company or government organisation in Queensland.

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What is the weather like in Queensland?

Queensland covers a very large geographic area. It has a land mass nearly six times the size of the United Kingdom, five times the size of Japan and the same size as the state of Texas.

The climate and environment vary from location to location in Queensland, but as an international student in Queensland you will almost always find sunshine and warm weather, wherever you are.

Like other states, Queensland does experience rare weather events such as floods and cyclones. However, Queensland is known as Australia’s Sunshine State – our cities and coastal areas are located in sub-tropical and tropical areas, and our central regions are of the most spectacular and vibrant colours and climates.

Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Queensland’s summer starts in December and ends in June.

The average temperatures in Queensland range from 25°C (77°F) in summer and 15°C (59°F) in winter.

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Does Queensland have any special services for international students?

Yes. Queensland’s education and training institutions offer high quality support services for international students ranging from airport pickup to assistance in finding accommodation and counselling and English language support services.

Queensland education and training providers are internationally renowned for the services they provide to international students. For more information, contact your education or training institution and ask them about the specific services they provide.

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What can I do in my free time?

There are endless things to do and explore in Queensland as an international student.

Queensland has a vibrant arts and cultural scene including pop and dance culture, theatre, opera, ballet. Arts and multicultural festivals will give you the chance to see the best of Queensland and international acts.

Our pristine and diverse natural landscape will allow you to explore heritage-listed natural wonders and an environment different to that of your home country. Queensland receives millions of international visitors each year who come to see its natural beauty and experience its beaches, reefs and outback.

If sport is your thing – we have that too. Queensland is home to many internationally renowned sporting teams and players, including cricket, rugby union, Australian Rules football and swimming. Many institutions have excellent sporting facilities and offer you the opportunity to join a vast array of team sports, cultural and other activities.

Queensland is an open and multicultural society and you will find places of worship for a diverse range of religions and faiths.

Local markets and supermarkets will meet your cooking needs and you can be sure to find a restaurant that will give you a taste of home.

For more information about living in Queensland, visit the Explore section of this website.

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Where can I find more information about studying in Queensland?

The Queensland and Australian Governments have an extensive network of offices located around the world.

Our government education advisors can help you to find the information you need on studying in Queensland and answer any questions you may have. Individual institutions will also be able to give you further information on the courses and programs they offer.

To find contact details on Queensland in your country, visit the Trade and Investment Queensland website.

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