Student community

Our international student community

Each year ICTE welcomes more than 3000 students from over 50 countries into our English language courses.  Many more international visitors also study with us through our study tours, international development courses, and internship programs.  

In total, 6,000 people from 100+ countries join us here in the ICTE every year for learning experiences to advance their careers, organisations or communities.

Our community is part of The University of Queensland, home to 13,000 international students from 140 countries, and 50,000 students in total.

Class community

Learning together

You will be in a small class, with a maximum of 18 students, from all over the world.

From your first day, your teacher will get you working in pairs and groups on interesting topics and real-world uses of English language.

Your teacher will encourage you to speak up and give you personal feedback.

You will soon feel confident to use English outside the classroom in your daily life.

Classroom gallery

UQ-ICTE Facilities

ICTE student community

We organise free and low-cost activities so you can enjoy our campus during the week and trips away on the weekend. Our activities are how you get to know other ICTE students and be part of your local community.

You will meet people from all over the world and practice using your English skills outside of class together.

Popular weekly options

ICTE Chorus

ICTE-UQ chorus

Sing and perform with the ICTE Chorus.

ICTE Football Club

Football team in UQ Fitness Centre

Train and compete with the ICTE Football Club.

Conversation Club

students conversing with UQ student in purple polo shirt

Talk with UQ student leaders.

Social sport

student playing volleyball on UQ sand court

Basketball, tennis, badminton and more.

Our students our building and our campus

In a survey of 14,000 students from 90 English language centres around the world, our building ranked #1 and UQ campus ranked #2.

i-graduate English Language Barometer, 2016

Learning the salsa in our function room

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Why do our students rate our building #1?

ICTE is located in a building in the centre of UQ St Lucia that was specifically built for our community.    

Our building features:

  • large glass windows throughout to let in natural light and beautiful views
  • a function room with an outdoor terrace for cooking, craft and dance activities
  • a Learning Centre with lounge and table areas for group study
  • a large foyer, break-out and outdoor spaces with seating so it is easy to find a place to sit between classes or for study
  • a 200-seat auditorium for workshops and guest lectures by academics
  • an outdoor area where you can enjoy the weather, charge your phone, get free wi-fi, water and relax.

What makes our campus special?

The University of Queensland St Lucia campus offers the best campus facilities in Australia in one beautiful location.

Take a video tour to see the sport and other facilities our students use every day.

Video tour of our campus with current UQ students

Student communities at UQ

We think joining a social group is the best way to learn English and adjust to living here. UQ has over 200 student clubs and societies for you to choose from so you are sure to find a group to suit you.

Pop culture


SMACK UQ group in costume

Super Manga Anime Culture Kingdom - SMACK UQ - for fans of manga, anime and cosplay



UQ Dancers

Join UQ Dance for weekly lessons and social dancing.

Muslim Association


Musliam Students Association UQ logo

The Muslim Students Association supports faith, networking, prayer and socialising.



Taiko drummers in action on stage

Taiko Drum Team - drumming energy for anyone and everyone.

Yoga and meditation 


Yoga and Meditation Club logo

The Yoga and Meditation Club embraces all cultures and traditions. 



Super Smash Bros

Monthly gaming tournaments for Super Smash fans.



Rainbow colours

UQ Pride Alliance is a social club and advocate for LGBTIQ students and allies.



UQ Photography Society logo

UQ Photography Society - for all levels, with classes and trips around Brisbane.



UQ Innovation and Entreneurship Society logo

UQ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society - for aspiring start-up businesses and student entrepreneurs.

Is your culture or country represented by a club at UQ?

UQ student clubs and societies support students and celebrate cultures from Afghanistan to Vietnam. Find out if your culture is represented.

View all UQ clubs and societies

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