University Experience for Secondary Students

University Experience for Secondary Students at The University of Queensland

Discover future studies abroad and experience a top-ranked global university in one of Australia’s safest and most beautiful university campuses

The program is designed to give high school students an authentic university experience and an opportunity to explore various fields of study they may not have encountered as part of their school curriculum. Students will experience The University of Queensland’s (UQ) world-class campus, and gain invaluable first-hand insight into classes and activities undertaken by current students.

Students will sample academic classes and workshops, and enjoy experiential learning outside of the classroom with a multitude of social, sporting and cultural activities such as excursions to iconic landmarks in and around the welcoming and friendly city of Brisbane.

About ICTE

The University of Queensland’s Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE) has almost 40 years of experience developing high quality programs specifically designed for international students. Through innovative courses and the latest technology, ICTE students learn in a fun and supportive environment. Each year ICTE welcomes over 9000 participants and students from more than 100 countries into its programs.



Program benefits

The program will allow students to:

  • engage with leading academics from UQ faculties and schools
  • become more globally aware and gain a deeper understanding of Australia
  • explore a world-class campus and its multicultural society
  • build confidence and refine presentation skills
  • gain valuable insights into study options available at a comprehensive and research-intensive university
  • improve academic English proficiency and preparation for university
  • obtain a certificate of completion at a graduation ceremony.

Program information

This program is available to international senior high school students currently 15 years or older. The program requires a minimum of 14 participants, and a maximum of 18 participants per class. Program length is flexible and ranges from one to four weeks, and discipline-specific modules can be tailored to suit a particular school’s requirements. This all-inclusive program covers tuition, program coordination, housing, meals, transportation, and all activities and excursions.


Homestay accommodation can be arranged by ICTE with selected families and includes lodging, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekends. Alternatively, ICTE can provide accommodation at one of UQ’s residential colleges (subject to availability) or help make arrangements at one of its preferred private accommodation partners.

Program modules

The program modules have been adapted from UQ’s undergraduate programs to provide students with the opportunity to prepare for future academic studies. UQ faculty members are carefully selected to ensure that students experience the highest quality of teaching, and are able to gain valuable insights into topics as wide-ranging as engineering, humanities, the sciences, and law. 

Sample program




Welcome and Orientation to UQ
Getting to Know You
City Walking Tour


UQ Info Session: Creating Change
Integrated Communication Skills
Faculty Module Option I


Visit to Local QLD High school
UQ Student Life: Clubs and Societies
Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


Faculty Module Option II
Integrated Communication Skills
Team Sports with UQ Student Buddies


Faculty Module Option III
Presentation Day
Certificate Ceremony


Full day trip to North Stradbroke Island


Planning your arrival 

Participants are advised to plan to arrive the Sunday before the program commences and to depart on the Saturday following completion of the program. Participants are advised to arrive during office hours to ensure a smooth transition into homestay accommodation.      

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