Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane

Undergraduate Global Immersion in Australia


Semester 2 (Fall Semester): July 13 - October 23, 2015

Semester 1 (Spring Semester): February 22 - late July

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

QUT, Australia

Student outside QUT

Student outside QUT

QUT Study Space

QUT Study Space

Students outside QUT

Students outside QUT



Brisbane at Night

Brisbane at Night

View of Brisbane and QUT

View of Brisbane and QUT



This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.
Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. (Listed under "Program Type" on page.)

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply
  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

Location details

Australia has long been a center of culture and business in the Asia-Pacific region and continues to expand within the global context of business. With a newly signed free trade agreement with the United States in 2005, the two countries continue to develop their partnership for realizing economic growth and innovation.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT), based in Brisbane in northeast Australia, is a top Australian university with global connections and a reputation for quality academic programs, a wide range of opportunities, and applied research best suited to the needs of industry and the community. The university is one of the largest in the country, enrolling over 40,000 students, more than 10% of which come from overseas.

Housing options for students include student apartments, shared houses, apartments, and home stay for those who prefer to live in a family environment. It is suggested that exchange students seek furnished housing to avoid incurring additional set-up expenses. QUT will offer recommendations on appropriate housing for exchange students and assist during the process.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.​

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Academics and credits

Students are enrolled in 16 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for a semester at QUT and take a total of 4 subjects at QUT in order to meet the minimum requirements.

Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.

Carlson School students primarily select courses from the Business Faculty at QUT, though you'll also have access to courses in the departments of Creative Industries, Information Technology, Education, and other areas. QUT offers courses from all of its business majors listed below.

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Banking & Finance
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • E-business
  • Business Skills & Communication
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site) $2200
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization) $600
Books and Materials $300
Australian required insurance$300
Room and/or Board $5000
Essential Daily Living Expenses$2000
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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