UQ-Vienna Research Exchange for University of Vienna students

The University of Queensland and University of Vienna, Austria, have established a research exchange program for PhD students. As highly ranked institutions, and research partners, the exchange program aims to strengthen research linkages and provide opportunities for PhD students from each university to extend and enhance their graduate research work.

Key Program Details

  • Doctoral candidates participating in the research exchange will be enrolled at UQ for stays of 3 - 12 months. 
  • Research exchange students are not charged tuition fees, however other administrative fees may apply.
  • Exchange candidates will have supervision at UQ and, for the period of the visit, access to the library, laboratory, and other resources comparable to locally-enrolled doctoral candidates.
  • Exchange candidate's progression, thesis supervision and examination will remain the principal responsibility of the home institution.
  • At the completion of the exchange program, exchange candidates will be provided with a joint University of Vienna-UQ certificate confirming their participation in the research exchange program, but will not be awarded a joint/double degree or academic transcript. 


The University of Vienna-UQ Research Exchange is open to University of Vienna doctoral candidates from all disciplines. In order to be eligible for the program the applicant must: 

  • have the approval/support from the University of Vienna supervisor
  • have found a supervisor at UQ 
  • have attained the equivalent of UQ’s confirmation milestone (at least 12 months in to the program)
  • meet UQ’s English language proficiency requirements. If you are unable to provide test results please contact the research exchange representative listed below.

How to apply

  1. You should contact one of UQ's Schools/Institutes to discuss your interest in visiting UQ as a research exchange candidate and determine if there is a suitable advisor for you.
  2. Once the School/Institute invites you to apply, you will need to complete an Application for Research Study Exchange form and write a motivation letter, as well as include all necessary supporting documentation.
    • Send this form to your research exchange representative.
  3. Upon approval of the application, the UQ Graduate School will issue an offer letter and package.
Application Deadline

There are two preferred intakes each year in January and July:

  • The deadline to apply for a January start date will be 1st September.
  • The deadline to apply for a July start date is 1st of March. 

Training requirements

Upon arrival you will be provided with a local health and safety orientation. This will include some face to face and some online modules (such as fire training).   At this induction any additional training will be identified. This may include training such as:

  • Animal Ethics online training. Students will also be provided with hands on training in the procedures they will be using by relevant experienced staff before proceeding with animal work.
  • Online Biological Safety training
  • Chemical Safety online training

Other types of training may also be required and will be discussed with you by your host supervisor. 

Getting to Brisbane and settling in

We highly recommend you read our International Student Guide to familiarise yourself with visas, health insurance and other key information about living and studying in Australia. A short guide with general information about arriving in Brisbane is also available for your review. 

Airport Transfers

Once enrolled you can use the UQ system to book an airport transfer. Alternative ways to get to and from the airport are also available. 


You can find information on accommodation options at UQ through our Accommodation website. Some providers we recommend are listed below. To assess the travel distance from campus you can use the Brisbane Translink website.

Company Website
Unilodge https://unilodge.com.au/ 
The PAD http://www.padrooms.com.au/ 
Student One http://studentone.com/
Urbanest http://urbanest.com.au/ 
Iglu http://www.iglu.com.au/