The Virtual Exchange is a collaboration between eight leading international universities, including UQ, to open our curriculum to students from partner universities.

Commencing in early 2017, UQ students will have the opportunity to gain credit by undertaking online courses from around the world, including a selection of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

How does it work?

In a Virtual Exchange you will have the opportunity to study online with committed students from across the globe and engage with the most cutting-edge tertiary education delivery models. You’ll learn from leading academic staff and forge cross-boundary and cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and friendships; all without leaving Brisbane.

All Virtual Exchange courses involve online engagement with the curriculum.  However, courses may have a final exam that will be run at UQ.  Just like a physical exchange, you will receive a formal result and grade from your partner university and credit towards your UQ degree when you pass.  Available courses will be equivalent to a #2 course at UQ.  Generally, you will be granted non-specified elective credit towards your UQ program.

The Virtual Exchange is perfect for you if you don’t have the space in your degree to undertake a full semester of exchange, or have other commitments in Brisbane but want to experience some of the benefits that an exchange program can offer.

Partner universities

Virtual Exchange partner universities include:

  1. The Australian National University
  2. Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
  3. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  4. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  5. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  6. University of British Columbia, Canada
  7. Rice University, United States of America
  8. The University of Queensland, Australia

Online study and face-to face examination

Your host (partner) university will provide relevant online course material and activities.  After working through the material, including discussions with peers at other universities and any required assessment, you will receive a grade from the host university.  If a final examination is included for your chosen Virtual Exchange course, you will sit the examination at UQ.  To maintain the academic integrity of the final examination, all students sit the examination for the Virtual Exchange course at the exact same time, no matter where they are in the world.  You may have to sit an exam in the middle of the night.