CSE: Engineering Exchange in Australia

  1. Program Details

    Take classes in engineering and related fields with Australian and international students at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), an innovative school in the coastal city of Brisbane.

    This program is administered by College of Science & Engineering. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.

    Location Brisbane, Australia
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Apartment
    Credit Type Transfer Credit
    Sponsor College of Science & Engineering

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.8
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About CSE: Engineering Exchange in Australia

    Take classes in engineering and related fields with Australian and international students at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), an innovative school in the coastal city of Brisbane. The core related fields at QUT are: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. Coursework is also available in a range of scientific fields, health sciences, and business. 

    QUT semester dates do not match the UofM, so careful planning is necessary. At QUT, semester one runs from mid-February to late June, and semester two runs from mid-July to mid-November.

    You receive transfer credit for the courses you take. Your grades do not factor into your University of Minnesota GPA. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies for more information.

    Application Deadline

    Open to sophomores and above with a 2.8 GPA. Students earning a degree in the College of Science and Engineering will be given priority on this exchange. Application deadline April 1 for QUT’s Semester II and November 1 for QUT’s Semester 1. You must apply through the College of Science & Engineering.


    After determining if this campus is a good fit for your degree, you will design a program of study in consultation with College of Science and Engineering faculty. You must be enrolled full-time, which means you will need to study at least 36 credit points per semester. Thirty six credit points is usually three subjects (classes). Four subjects a semester is considered a standard work load.

    You can find more information on the QUT coursework advice pages.

    This program awards transfer credit. Participants must earn passing grades in order to transfer credit, but the grades are not factored into their UofM GPA. 

    After you've chosen a program and identified the courses you want to take, departmental and college advisers can evaluate whether or not the course work can be used toward your major or to meet other requirements.

    It's important to be somewhat flexible in planning your courses. Sometimes course information isn't immediately available, so you may need to correspond directly with the host university.

    Program Fee

    Program fees include tuition, fees, study abroad processing, and international health insurance. Housing, meals, airfare, and personal expenses are additional. Use the budget estimate for this program to help plan for the estimated cost of the program. Participating students receive updated cost information as soon as it is available.

    Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

    Academic Year 2020/21

    More Information

    For more information on this program, contact CSE International Programs.

  3. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    It is your responsibility to apply directly to the College of Science & Engineering and your host institution. Be sure to work with CSE to give yourself enough time to prepare the required documents. Once you have been accepted by CSE and your host institution, you may proceed with the LAC online application process. Please contact CSE International Programs with questions about applying for this CSE exchange.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Snapshot page for term options
    Program Name CSE: Engineering Exchange in Australia
    Track Name CSE: Engineering Exchange in Australia
    Country Australia


    Once the college/department has nominated you for the program, you will receive a link to the Learning Abroad Center's application system by email. You must complete this application to enter yourself in the Learning Abroad Center's system. This ensures that you retain your U of M student status while abroad, as well as access to financial aid, international insurance, etc.


    Once you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received and that you are now in the Learning Abroad Center's system. Once you are accepted to your host university, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which will include the following items:

    • First Step
    • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
    • Health Information Form
    • University of Minnesota Release and Waiver

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the confirmation checklist assigned to you. You should also continue working with CSE and your host institution for pre-departure considerations.

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.