Queensland University of Technology was established in the Brisbane School of Arts in 1849. In 1989, when the then Queensland Institute of technology was merged with North Brisbane College of Advanced Education, QUT was established as a public research university. The university is located in the urban town of Brisbane, with three different campuses in and around the city of Brisbane. Providing world-class education the university has been consistently ranked amongst the top 3% of universities globally.
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As with any urban setting, the Gardens Point campus offers students a combination of world-class education with the benefits of city life. The Kelvin Grove campus is situated in Kelvin Grove and connected to a global village with residences, shops and health services. The Caboolture campus is situated about 45 km from Brisbane. The location of the Caboolture campus midway between Brisbane and the Sunshine coast is a convenient location for residents living in that stretch.
QUT is a research university with tie ups with various industries and government organizations. The Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation as well as Institute for Future Environment are present on campus. Research in the fields of business, creative industries, education as well as law and justice are conducted in conjunction with various organizations.
The QUT library system consists of four libraries, one on each campus and the Law Library. The libraries are home to thousands of books and journals and have the third largest collection of e-books in Australia and New Zealand.
External housing providers such as Ignu and Unilodge operate buildings specifically for QUT students in Kelvin Grove and Brisbane City campuses. QUT has partnered with residential colleges such as Cromwell College, St. Leo’s College, St. Margaret’s College and Union College to provide housing. Students wishing to live off campus in rental housing can use the university’s real estate agents or agent operated student accommodation websites to find rooms.
Summers in Brisbane tend to be hot and humid, while winters tend to be dry and slightly warm. Brisbane’s location by the Coral Sea gives it the warm ocean current that makes the weather more or less warm throughout the year. Rainfall is minimal and the wettest months are usually January or February.
All of QUT’s courses (undergraduate, postgraduate, masters and Ph.D.) fall under five fields:
Scholarships are available for undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. International students can apply for the Australia award or various QUT scholarships (Triple Crown Scholarship (business), International Merit Scholarship (Science and Engineering), Creative Industries International Scholarship and the Faculty of Education International Scholarship), specifically aimed at helping international students manage their college fees. Certain countries, including China, Chile and Malaysia also offer scholarships to students at QUT.
QUT Careers and Employment Centre is present on campus to help students prepare for their professional lives. Students can meet with career counselors to get advise about their study program, how to apply for jobs or how to go about the process of looking for jobs. Assistance is also available for writing resumes, cover letter and preparing for job interviews. The Real World Placement program combined with Work Integrated Learning programs in classroom help students get non paid, voluntary or paid placement positions to get an idea of a professional workplace while studying at QUT. As an international student, you will have the added hurdle of visas and permits, so whenever you are applying for a job or internship, make sure you have all your relevant paperwork ready and in hand.
Life at QUT is fast paced and exciting, with various different types of study programs and faculties available in the three different campuses. The urban location of Brisbane offers wonderful opportunities for students to explore life in the city as well as employment opportunities available to students studying t the Garden Park campus. The two other campuses are located slightly away from Brisbane; therefore you might not necessarily get your choice of program at the Brisbane location. While applying, keep in mind that there are three locations each with different courses.
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