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Whether you’re focused on a specific discipline or open to exploring all opportunities available to you, the first step in the application process is finding a program that’s right for you.

Get started by searching for a program or browsing our study areas. Here you’ll find the essential information you need to choose the right degree that will connect your passions, your talents, and your career.

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 Applying for Doctor of Medicine

There is a different application process for those applying for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, please refer to Applying for the Doctor of Medicine (MD).

 Applying for a one-year honours degree

To apply for a UQ one-year honours degree, please refer to Applying for honours study.

Program snapshot

It's important you not only find a program you'll be good at and will enjoy, but you meet all academic and other entry requirements, and are aware of specific program deadlines. See below for a snapshot of how we present our undergraduate program information and what you should take note of before applying.

If you’re not sure about something, or you just want some advice and more information to help you decide what to study, contact us or a UQ representative in your country.

If you’re an international student studying at an overseas university/institution, please refer to the Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange website.

A UQ degree shows you have achieved a standard of excellence at one of the world’s most respected universities.

Our entry requirements for undergraduate study reflect this, with applicants needing to meet minimum entry requirements to be considered for admission. This may include:

If you have not met the minimum requirements to be considered for admission, you might want to consider a pathway or prerequisite course.

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent Australian or international studies

Queensland Year 12 studies or equivalent Australian or international studies are considered necessary for applicants to qualify for entry into most undergraduate programs.

Entry scores

If you have completed Queensland Year 12 or equivalent Australian or international studies, you must also have a sufficient entry score to gain admission.

Entry scores for each program ensure applicants with different qualifications, from different countries, meet the same equivalent standard for entry to a particular program.

Queensland Year 12 or interstate equivalent studies

If you are currently studying Year 12 in Australia, you must achieve the overall position (OP) or ATAR equivalent for UQ undergraduate programs.

International equivalent Year 12 studies

If you are currently studying Year 12 equivalent studies abroad, you must achieve the minimum international entry scores for UQ undergraduate programs.

Non-school leavers

If you are not a current school leaver, your application will be considered on an individual basis. Study you have completed after secondary or high school can be considered for entry. If you meet the equivalent entry score for your program and are eligible for entry, you may also be able to apply for admission with credit.

A small number of programs have limited places available, with competition for admission high. It is therefore possible to meet the minimum entry requirements, but not be offered a place. 

Subject prerequisites

Subject prerequisites are specific Queensland Year 12, interstate or international equivalent subjects considered necessary to undertake a program successfully.

You need to have successfully completed a program’s subject prerequisites to be considered for admission.

If you're interested in completing a dual degree program, you must satisfy the subject prerequisites for both programs.

If you are not currently studying Year 12 or equivalent studies in your home country, UQ International Admissions will assess your application on a case-by-case basis and see if you have successfully studied subjects, after leaving school, which are the equivalent to the prerequisites.

Some programs also have recommended non-compulsory study suggestions that will ensure you have a better understanding of program material.

English language proficiency requirements

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UQ. As an international student you will need to demonstrate your English language proficiency ability to be eligible for the UQ program of your choice. This may include:

Other equivalent tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic may be accepted, with other qualifications and experience also be considered.

Some programs have higher English proficiency requirements; see individual program requirements.

Full details are given in UQ's Policy and Procedures Library (PPL).

Learn more about our English language requirements

Program specific application requirements

For entry to some of our programs, we consider more than entry scores and subject prerequisites. In these cases we need to know more about you and may ask you to, for example, visit UQ for an audition (Bachelor of Music) or complete a specific admission test (e.g. ISAT for entry to the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)).

For specific entry requirement information, please see the academic program you are interested in studying.

We want students who work hard. That’s why we try and reward your hard work by boosting, or in some cases, guaranteeing your chances of securing a place at UQ. 

Special entry programs are only available for international students studying Year 12 in Australia. All other applicants should refer to pathways and subject prerequisites if you're looking to improve your entry score or satisfy any prerequisites.

UQ Bonus Rank Scheme 

The UQ Bonus Rank Scheme offers a chance to improve your competitiveness for entry to your preferred program, providing up to five bonus points towards your entry rank.

Find out how to qualify for the UQ Bonus Rank Scheme

OP Guarantee Scheme

If you achieve an OP1-5 (or entry rank equivalent), you are guaranteed entry into your highest eligible preference in the January offer round for the majority of UQ’s undergraduate programs, regardless of program cut-offs.

Learn how the OP Guarantee Scheme works

Educational Access Scheme (EAS) 

If you’ve experienced difficult circumstances that have negatively impacted your studies, and are not eligible for any of the schemes listed above, you can apply for special consideration through EAS, managed by QTAC.

See if you're eligible for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS)

We recognise not everyone takes the same path to undergraduate study. For some it’s a relatively simple progression after completing a school-leaver qualification in Australia or your home country. For others, a level of preparation or support is required to transition and bridge the gap between your qualifications and minimum university standards and subject prerequisites.

We're here to help you find the best pathway to suit your requirements.


English language pathways

To succeed at UQ, you will need excellent English language skills. If you meet all the academic entry requirements for your preferred UQ program, but need further English language training, you can apply to follow one of our English language pathways through the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ).

Learn more about English language pathways

UQ Foundation Year

The UQ Foundation Year, offered by International Education Services (IES), provides a bridge between your secondary and undergraduate studies.

Appropriate for students looking to satisfy UQ's minimum entry requirements – including equivalent Queensland Year 12 studies, minimum entry score and subject prerequisites – graduates from Foundation Year will receive a Certificate IV in University Preparation and, contingent on studying your preferred undergraduate program’s Foundation Year entry requirement subjects, are guaranteed* an offer into UQ.

If you do not meet the academic requirements for UQ entry, you may be eligible to apply for UQ's Foundation Year pathway. Package programs that include ICTE-UQ English language and Foundation Year studies are available for students who do not meet the Foundation Year Program English language entry requirements.

With a strong record of ongoing undergraduate performance, the Foundation Year has been the perfect starting-point for more than 4000 international students.

*Entry is not guaranteed for competitive programs where quotas may apply.

Learn more about Foundation Year

UQ College

UQ College offers an alternative entry for international students wishing to study business. Designed for business leaders and managers of the future, the Associate Degree in Business (AssocDBus) is a 16-month (four trimesters) UQ-accredited program that will give you a strong stand-alone qualification.

If you complete the AssocDBus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4 (on a 7-point scale), you will be eligible to apply for UQ’s Bachelor of Business Management (BBusMan) and receive 24 units of credit (three semesters full-time), leaving you three semesters to complete the undergraduate program.

Learn more about UQ College


If you’re not offered a place in your preferred program and want to improve your entry score or meet subject prerequisites, you can accept an offer in a less competitive program with fewer prerequisites and try to improve your entry score. This is called "upgrading".

We recommend you complete the equivalent of at least one full year (16 units at UQ) of bachelor degree study with suitable results to improve your entry rank. The better your results, the greater chance you have of admission to your preferred program.

Once you have completed a full year of tertiary study, you can then request a program change into your preferred degree of choice, if you have met the requisite GPA for entry to that program. Keep in mind once you have attempted a full-time year of tertiary study, we use this to assess whether you meet our requirements for your program choice. We will no longer use your Australian Year 12 or equivalent school results for entry. Note also that if your preferred degree of choice is a quota program, places are limited and entry competitive.

Contact UQ International for more information. 

Prerequisite courses

If you are onshore in Australia or willing to study externally from home, a few options are available if you need to satisfy a subject prerequisite for your preferred program.

Learn more about prerequisite courses

For more information about pathways and prerequisite courses, contact us or a UQ representative in your country.