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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.

USQ has three campuses within the Southern Queensland region in Australia, of which one is open to ISEP students. Toowoomba's campus is located within 2 hours drive of Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland. The campus offers a unique and diverse student culture, small class sizes, easy access to support and a safe and friendly atmosphere to experience the laid-back Australian way of life.
USQ Toowoomba is a fun, vibrant campus, and you’ll find plenty of ways to unwind on-campus and around town. There are cafes and eateries, events, shopping centres, and a huge range of sports and social clubs just waiting for you to join. By studying on-campus at USQ Toowoomba you will have access to advanced facilities, including contemporary lecture theatres, performing arts theatre, science and engineering laboratories, the Japanese gardens, the Indigenous Gumbi Gumbi gardens, and various sporting facilities, just to name a few.

ISEP Exchange: Semester placements 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.

Chance of Placement
Excellent chance of placement on ISEP Direct.
Very Limited chance of placement on ISEP Exchange. To increase your chance of placement on Exchange, ISEP recommends listing this site as your first choice. Also consider the Direct option.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

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 (Single) and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
U.S. Full Year 16-17: $26,500
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $13,950
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $14,200

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, 2016
SM2: November 15, 2016

Fast Facts
Toowoomba, Australia (pop. 163,936)
Student Enrollment: 27,000
Language of instruction: English
University Home Page
Programs & Courses
Course Handbook
Past Courses Taken at USQ

Arts (anthropology & society, Australian studies, Asian studies, communications, film, television, & radio, humanities, indigenous studies, international relations, journalism, language & literature, media studies, music, public relations, theatre, visual arts); Business (business information technology, economics, human resource management, information systems, information technology, logistics & operations management, international business, management, marketing, operations management); Commerce (accounting, commerce, finance); Education (early childhood, primary, secondary, special education, sport, health & physical education); Engineering and Surveying (agricultural, civil, electrical & electronic, environmental, mechanical, mechatronic, mining, surveying, technology); Sciences(applied, biology, biomedical, health, human services & counselling, information technology, laboratory medicine, mathematics, nursing, psychology, sport & exercise, statistics); Law

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.

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.

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. By clicking on the 'Course Specifications' link down the left side of the page, you can search for individual courses offered each year. Course outlines for each course can be found here too

You may also browse all courses alphabetically. For a course description, just click on the name of the desired course.

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 4 - 5 bedroom townhouses located nearby to campus. Laundry and cooking facilities are provided. ISEP Direct students do not receive meal benefits.

USQ does not offer family housing for any students. In addition, all students will be required to purchase/bring a set of sheets/pillow case and towel. This is not provided as part of the housing 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.

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

Student Activities
University isn't just about studying! Phoenix Central creates student programs and events that enrich the university experience of students outside the classroom. By providing opportunities for students to engage in university life, Phoenix Central hopes to help you make new friends, reach your personal goals, develop your graduate skills, establish social networks, connect with the local community and most importantly, enjoy your time at university. Whether you are looking to join a social sporting team, get involved in a student club or even develop your leadership skills, Phoenix Central provides you with lots of great opportunities. So why not get involved!

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has a unique culture that focuses on support, flexibility and quality education. When you commence your studies with USQ you will join a vibrant, multicultural and engaging community of students committed to creating bright futures.In less than fifty years we have become a prominent multi-campus teaching and research institution providing education worldwide. Over 27, 000 students from around 116 countries take advantage of our flexible learning options.