By Kenneth Young |Staff Writer|
Want to study in Australia? Let me tell you about my home campus.
The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) offers courses for many types of majors including: Business, education, language, science and mathematics, law and justice and creative industries.
As a student studying abroad from QUT, one of the conditions I agreed to was to be an ambassador for my campus and to promote it in every way I could.
Here are just a few things I think you would love about QUT.
Schedule flexibility; one of the hardest things for me adjusting to CSUSB is the class schedule. For the 14 units I’m taking, I have to go to class every day.
The classes at QUT have a different setup.
Instead of classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and/or Tuesday and Thursday, you choose one lecture and one tutorial per week for each class.
Lectures and tutorials are a combined three hours a week for all subjects.
To give you an idea, last semester at QUT I had four subjects (equivalent of 12-16 units) and I only went to classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
This gave me plenty of free time to keep up with my readings and assignments, while also allowing me to have a social life outside of the campus.
Secondly, the commute is easy.
I’ve heard from multiple students that taking the bus isn’t an option for them because its time consuming and that’s one thing I really value about QUT.
Unlike CSUSB, not having a license or car at QUT isn’t an issue. There are buses that can take you directly to any of the three QUT campus locations.
The buses also arrive and leave the QUT campuses frequently.
From the suburb where I live, buses leave for the Kelvin Grove campus every 15 minutes, Monday through Friday.
Each suburb within the Brisbane area has either a bus or a train line — in some instances, both.
Not being able to get to school would no longer be an excuse.
So, I’ve gone over all the positives for QUT as far as the school is concerned; but we all know that being a university student isn’t about constant studying.
The QUT campuses are situated within Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia.
Gardens Point is located within the Central Business District (CBD), while Kelvin Grove is approximately 10-15 minutes away.
The CBD has many great clubs and venues for live music; and the good news is you can experience all of it, because in Australia, the legal age for all nightlife is eighteen.
This helps give QUT a more relaxed atmosphere, as students have more options to help them unwind.
However, before you decide to go out partying, just remember that you are a representative of not just CSUSB, but your entire country.
You wouldn’t want to do anything that will give people the opportunity to gain a negative perception of America or your campus.
If you are interested in studying at QUT, you can contact the Center for International Studies and Programs (CISP) at CE-356 or visit international.csusb.edu.
I hope to see you in Brisbane!