How many places are available per Virtual Exchange course?

The number of places differs per course and will be determined by the host university. The range is likely to be from 20 to 120 for all participating universities.

How many courses can I do?

As long as you have space in your degree, you may undertake multiple courses. However, you must keep in mind maximum enrolment limits.

International student visa holders should be aware that due to visa requirements you must be taking at least one face-face course every semester and a maximum of 25% of your degree can be online courses.

What fees do I pay?

When you enrol in the Virtual Exchange you will be enrolled in a 2-unit UQ course that will appear as part of your enrolment on mySI-net. You pay fees to UQ as per your UQ enrolment. You are not required to pay fees to the host university.

How does enrolment in a virtual exchange course affect my Centrelink payments?

To avoid potential issues with Centrelink entitlements, you should maintain an enrolment of 6 units of standard UQ courses in the semester in which you participate in the Virtual Exchange.

How many virtual exchange credits are the equivalent of 2 units at UQ?

University credit systems vary between countries and even between universities within a single country. All course credits in the Virtual Exchange Program are expressed in terms of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). You must complete at least 7.5 ECTS in order to be credited with 2 units towards your UQ program. The ECTS for each course is listed on the What can I study? page.

Do any terms and conditions apply?

Yes. Please see the Virtual Exchange terms and conditions.

If I am not selected, can I still do the MOOC?

Yes, you can study the MOOC, but not as a Virtual Exchange student. This means you cannot participate in the Virtual Exchange exams or assessment, and consequently you will not receive credit towards your UQ degree.

Can I apply for other MOOCs than the ones listed here?

To study as a Virtual Exchange student you can only undertake courses that are part of the Virtual Exchange program and have been approved for credit towards your degree. We expect to have a larger offering for future semesters.

What happens if I want to drop out?

Add and drop dates are determined by the host university. If you wish to drop out, please contact the host university so they can provide advice specific to your situation.

Is the list of partners and courses likely to change?

The Virtual Exchange is a ground-breaking pilot developed by a group of world-class partners which commenced as a pilot in 2017. It is envisaged that more partners and more courses will be offered as the pilot progresses. The pilot is running from 2017 to 2019 so if you will be here in those years and have electives available, there might be different opportunities for you over time. You could also take a Virtual Exchange now and another next year if you have space in your degree(s).

Do I need a background in the area I want to study?

All course outlines from the partners indicate the level of the course and whether they have any prerequisites. Generally, the courses do not have prerequisites, though some courses are more advanced and you will find them easier if you are later in your degree.

I don’t have any electives this semester. Will the Virtual Exchange be running in future?

The Virtual Exchange will be run as a pilot from 2017 to 2019 and UQ is committed to participating for the full three years.

Can I take a Virtual Exchange course offered by UQ or ANU even if I am a UQ student?

Yes. You will still get the experience of studying with international peers as they take these courses, however you will be taught by UQ and ANU experts rather international experts from other institutions. Enrolment in these courses will be slightly different to those offered by international partners

What will be on my transcript: the edX MOOC name or the name of the ‘shell’ course?

The exchange course code name will appear on your academic transcript, as well as a notation confirming credit transfer once successfully completed and approved.

When will exams be held?

The timing of any exams will be set by the host university. UQ students will be expected to sit the exam at the time scheduled by the host university. Exams times therefore may be in the middle of the night Brisbane time. For example, an exam scheduled at 5pm European time will be undertaken 2am Brisbane time.

Will I get a grade for the course?

The host university will grade each student using the institution’s own grading scheme. Course credit granted towards a UQ program will be non-specified elective credit. No grade is recorded on your official academic transcript.

How do I receive credit for a Virtual Exchange course?

When you have completed your Virtual Exchange studies, the host university will contact UQ with your credit information.  Credit will be posted to your program via mySI-net.

Do I have to be studying a bachelor's degree to enrol?

Yes. You may be enrolled in any undergraduate program at UQ, and must remain enrolled for the duration of the program.

Do I need to speak another language?

No. All Virtual Exchange courses are offered and examined in English.

What kind of assessment do I need to do?

Please check the course description for more information about the assessment method.

Can I sit a deferred exam for a Virtual Exchange course?

The partner university rules and procedures will apply.  If the partner university does not permit deferred exams, UQ students cannot sit a deferred exam.

What are the benefits of participating?

We encourage all our students to be global citizens and enhance their international exposure. The Virtual Exchange program is one way to bring these opportunities to students who may not otherwise have them due to the structure of their degree or their circumstances. The Virtual Exchange also allows our students to participate in one of the leading education innovations of the last decade and be recognised for this towards their degree.

Who do I contact if I want more information?

Email virtual.exchange@uq.edu.au if you have more questions.