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ISEP Exchange - University of Southern Queensland
Toowoomba, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Full Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Program Cost Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Best Fit Majors: Accounting, Anthropology, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Creative Arts, Criminology, Design Studies, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Elementary Education, English, Environmental & Energy Resources Management, Environmental & Natural Resources Economics, Environmental Geoscience, Environmental Protection, Finance, General Business, Global Supply Chain Management, History, Industrial Engineering, International Studies, Journalism, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Music, Nursing, Physical Education Teacher Education, Physics, Psychology, Public Relations, Resource Management, Sport Management, Theatre, World Languages, Literature, & Linguistics Language of Instruction: English
Program Options: Exchange Credits Earned: 12+
Program Description:
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University of Southern Queensland

Program Snapshot

The University of Southern Queensland has built a reputation for offering quality academic programs including Engineering and Surveying, Education and Business degrees, that are recognised worldwide by other higher education institutions, employers and internationally accredited professional bodies. USQ focuses on giving you the best opportunity to succeed at tertiary study by providing support designed to enhance your university experience regardless of how you choose to study.

The Toowoomba campus is located 90 minutes west of Brisbane and approximately two hours west of the world famous Gold Coast. The city offers a unique urban-rural lifestyle in a secure and stimulating environment. The city is popular with international students because it offers a relatively lower cost of living in Australia and boasts excellent sporting, cultural, social and commercial facilities in a clean, unpolluted environment. Opportunities abound to explore Australia's bushland interior and coastal rainforests, wine-tasting and surfing. Toowoomba has a moderate climate.

The Fraser Coast campus is located at Hervey Bay, a half-hour flight or three and a half hours drive north of Brisbane. The Bay is a great location for international students, with a superb climate, calm waters, pristine beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Bordered by 40 kilometres of beautiful, calm beaches, the Fraser Coast region has a population of approximately 95,000. Hervey Bay's population of 52,000 is increasing rapidly as people continually move to the region. Just off-shore lies the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, which is the largest sand island in the world. A unique natural environment, Fraser Island has unspoiled beaches, rainforests and fresh water lakes - all attractions for eco-tourists from around the globe. Hervey Bay has become known as the whale-watching capital of the world. Humpback whales and their calves rest and play in the Bays sheltered waters between August and November. Hervey Bay's esplanade is lined with a range of street cafes, fine dining restaurants and clubs. You can enjoy barbecues on the impressive foreshore or hire bicycles, jet skis and canoes, while swimming in the safe protected waters of the Bay. The campus is within walking distance to shops, sporting facilities and the calm bay waters, which are perfect for diving, swimming, snorkelling, boating and fishing.

ISEP Exchange: Semester placements only (Toowoomba only)
ISEP Direct: Academic year or semester placements

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Program Dates
Academic year: February to November; Semester 1: February to June; Semester 2: July to November. For students in the hard sciences, preference is given to exchanges running February to June. Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. If you want to study for a full-year in the southern hemisphere, consider starting your program at the beginning of their academic year in February. Some institutions offer annual rather than semester courses.

For more information go to ISEP Direct Fee page.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
U.S. Full Year 13-14: $28,350
U.S. Semester 1 13-14: $15,150
U.S. Semester 2 13-14: $15,950

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: April 15, 2013
SM2: November 15, 2013

Fast Facts
Toowoomba/Hervey Bay, Australia (pop. 163,936/76,403)
Student Enrollment: 52,000
Language of instruction: English
University Home Page
Programs & Courses
Course Handbook
Past Courses Taken at USQ

Arts (anthropology & society, Asian studies, communications, drama, humanities, journalism, language & literature, media studies, music, public relations, theatre, visual arts); Business (business information technology, economics, government, human resource management, information systems, information technology, logistics & operations management, international business, management, marketing, mathematics, operations management); Commerce (accounting, commerce, finance); Education (early childhood, further education & training, primary, secondary, special education, teaching second languages); Engineering and Surveying (agricultural, civil, electrical & electronic, environmental, mechanical, mechatronic, mining, surveying, technology); Sciences(applied, biology, biomedical, health, information technology, mathematics, nursing, psychology, statistics).

Arts (Human Services- Counselling); Business/Commerce (Accounting, Business Law, Commerce, Marketing); Education (Early childhood, Primary Teaching, Secondary Teaching, Learning and teaching); Sciences (Nursing).

Academic Notes
Toowoomba Campus: Applied science, arts (including creative arts), business studies, computer science, education, and engineering are suggested as appropriate fields for ISEP students.

Fraser Coast Campus: Applied science, arts, business studies, and education are suggested as appropriate fields for ISEP students. Just over 700 students are enrolled at Fraser Coast, catering to small class sizes. The campus prides itself on personal face-to-face teaching.

USQ uses a letter grading scale ranging from HD (High Distinction) to F (Fail). A transcript evaluation guideline will be provided for grades to be transferred back to the home institution. A typical courseload is three to four courses per term, which each term lasting 15 weeks.

Transcripts are issued approximately two weeks after the end of the semester. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
TOEFL: 80 iBT/ 550 PBT/ 213 CBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
IELTS: 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5
Other tests accepted: Pearson (PTE Academic), Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
Additional comments: Approved English language tests must have been completed within the previous two years. Students who have successfully completed two years of either secondary school/college equivalent, ‘A’ level, or any post-secondary program, in English, are eligible. Please see here for more information.

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Creative Arts programs require an audition tape or portfolio.

The Fraser Coast campus is available only on ISEP Direct; students should be sure to download and submit the correct application labeled ISEP Exchange or Direct.

Hints for Researching Courses
REMEMBER that this site operates on the Southern Hemisphere calendar! Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Southern hemisphere SM1 (NH SM2) is February – July; Southern hemisphere SM2 (NH SM1) is July – November.

From the Program and Course page, you may either use the “Program (degree) Search” at the top of the page to search for your specific degree program OR you can “Refine your Search” by choosing the correct semester, program, mode of study, and campus parameters. From here you can choose the program you are searching for. This will take you to more detailed information for your program.

You may also browse all courses alphabetically. For a course description, click on the Toowoomba link and then click “Synopsis.”
Housing and Meals
ISEP Exchange students are housed in fully furnished private rooms in one of the three university residences on campus. Each residence has a dining hall and common living rooms with pool tables, televisions, and laundry facilities. ISEP Exchange students receive a meal stipend to be used in the cafeteria.
ISEP Direct students on the Toowoomba Campus are housed in fully furnished 3-bedroom villas or 4-5 bedroom townhouses in the Student Village complex. Laundry and cooking facilities are provided. Students on the Fraser Coast campus are housed in shared apartments near campus. ISEP Direct students do not receive meal benefits.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainments, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses are estimated at: AU $80 per week for miscellaneous and entertainment expenses, as well as public transport. AU $500 should be budgeted for a one-time purchase of books. ISEP Direct students should budget AU $400/month for meals.

Attendance is compulsory for all international students. The objectives of the week are to provide students with all the necessary advice regarding the Australian education system, coping with new living and learning surroundings, Australian customs, being independent etc. Various sessions include a talk regarding banking, police regulations, accommodations, tours of the city and campus, study skills and careers, to name a few. Various social activities are included throughout the week. Students have found the program to be a fantastic way to start friendships while providing a wonderful introduction to the university and Australian life. It is also a time when the Study Abroad Coordinator can meet you, verify your contact and course information and give you additional information about living in Australia. The Study Abroad & Exchange Club also runs events in the Orientation period on Toowoomba campus.

Free airport pickup is provided. Students should contact the ISEP Coordinator at USQ for more information.

Student Activities
To learn about USQ's Student Guild and its activities check out the Student Guild website
USQ's Multicultural Centre hosts a range of activities through the year to promote multiculturalism within the University and the local community. Click here for more information!

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has forged a reputation as one of Australia's leading providers of on-campus and distance education programs in Australia. With more than 75 percent of students studying via distance or online, our delivery of external education resources continues to lead the way. USQ is a dynamic flexible university located in three unique regional locations across Southern Queensland, Australia: Toowoomba Campus, Fraser Coast Campus, and Springfield Campus. USQ has a diverse student population, and welcomes international students from more than 100 countries each year.

From Arts, Business and Law, to Education, Sciences, Engineering and Surveying, the University continues to develop programs and courses that reflect the changing needs of society. The University is also home to a number of leading Australian research centres including the Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments (ACSC), the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA), The Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (CEEFC) and the Australian Digital Futures Institute (ADFI).



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Full Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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