Visiting research students

The University of Queensland provides opportunities for international research collaboration by inviting PhD students from other institutions to undertake research at UQ.

UQ Higher Degree by Research students seeking international opportunities should visit this page.

Research Exchange - visiting UQ

UQ actively supports international research training collaboration and mobility as an integral part of its global strategy. The Research Exchange Program is for PhD students from institutions with which UQ has a Research Exchange Agreement. This currently includes:

UQ actively supports international research training collaboration and mobility as an integral part of its global strategy.

Enrolment & Progression

  • Students remain enrolled at their home institution and thesis supervision will remain the principal responsibility of the home institution.
  • Where a student’s work is already subject to IP and/or confidentiality arrangements, it is necessary for these to be the subject of formal negotiation between UQ and partner university.
  • Students will have local supervision and, for the period of the visit, access to library, laboratory, coursework and other resources comparable to locally-enrolled students.
  • Students will participate in the activities as set out in the Exchange Agreement which can include further training activities in addition to general supervision. 

Scholarships & Fees

  • Unlike the standard Research Study Abroad model there are no tuition fees required by either students departing UQ to research overseas or students entering UQ to conduct research.

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. 

Research Study Abroad CRICOS course code: 089662D

Research study abroad - visiting UQ

Research Study Abroad was introduced to allow doctoral candidates at universities throughout the world to conduct research at UQ.  UQ actively supports international research training collaboration and mobility as an integral part of its global strategy. The program provides opportunities for outstanding research students from overseas to undertake part of their research training with leading researchers at UQ.


In order to be eligible for the program the applicant must:

  • be currently enrolled as a PhD student and provide official documentary evidence of this enrolment
  • have attained the equivalent of UQ’s confirmation milestone or have completed a minimum of one year study in the PhD program
  • be invited by one of UQ’s enrolling units to submit a research study abroad application
  • have a letter of approval/support from the supervisor at your home institution
  • have agreed upon a period of stay with the enrolling unit at UQ, the UQ advisor, and your home institution
  • meet UQ’s English language proficiency requirements.

Key details

Enrolment & Progression

  • You will be enrolled as a UQ student for the duration of the program.
  • Your study period should be for at least one research quarter and no longer than four research quarters. We recommend commencing within the first two weeks of the research quarter to maximise the benefit of your enrolment.
  • There will be no extension to the study period.
  • While UQ’s candidature milestone requirements are not suitable for short enrolment periods, the advisory team and enrolling unit are obliged to ensure that the intended research project or activities agreed upon can be completed within the period of the stay.
  • The student will be able to obtain an academic transcript at the end of the period but will not be awarded a degree by UQ.
  • Students will participate in the activities as set out in the application for research study abroad.

Scholarships & Fees

  • Tuition fees and OSHC will be charged for the duration of stay. If the duration is longer than one research quarter, a tuition fee deposit for one research quarter is required when accepting the offer.
  • UQ Graduate School scholarships are not available for research study abroad students.
  • The enrolling unit shall provide support to the research study abroad student as described in the Policy 4.60.02 Research Higher Candidature Charter for the period of enrolment.

How to apply

  1. You should contact a researcher/potential supervisor in the first instance to discuss your interest in visiting UQ as a research study abroad candidate.
  2. You may then be invited to apply, and will need to complete an Application for Research Study Abroad form and include all necessary documentation.
  3. Upon approval of the application, the UQ Graduate School will issue an offer letter and package.

We highly recommend international students read our International Student website to familiarise themselves with visas, health cover and other key information about living and studying in Australia.

Research Study Abroad CRICOS course code: 082504G

Joint degree / dual degree / cotutelle programs

UQ has a limited number of partners for joint degree programs. These include:

To establish a joint degree program at UQ you must be a UQ staff member and follow the UQ International Agreements Policy and Procedure. Please also consider the benefits of research exchange which is outlined below.

Students wishing to apply for a joint PhD at one of UQ’s partners should make their advisor and enrolling school/institute aware of this during the application process.

Coming to Brisbane

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.

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