Once you have accepted your offer, you can start making arrangements to commence your HDR program.

One of the first things you should do is email your HDR Liaison Officer to let them know when you plan to commence your HDR program, so they can finalise your enrolment. You should also contact your supervisor and arrange to meet when you commence.

Student visas

International students should apply for a student visa, if required. The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for issuing all Australian visas, including student visas.

A UQ agent can help with your visa application. You can find a list of approved agents on the Future Students website.

If you require a student visa you should apply for the student visa subclass 500. You may be asked to provide your Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) policy number for your student visa application. If UQ has arranged the OSHC for you, the policy number can be found in the notes section of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) document.

Read further information regarding Overseas Student Health Cover, which is a compulsory requirement for student visa holders.

Scholarship payments

If you have been awarded a Graduate School scholarship this will be activated as part of your enrolment. If you are already enrolled, please contact your enrolling unit's HDR Liaison Officer (HLO) to activate your scholarship payments via the scholarship commencement webform.

Living allowances are paid on a fortnightly basis. It can take up to 4 weeks from your commencement date for the first payment to be paid, so you should ensure that you have sufficient funding available.

Once enrolled, a system called mySI-net will automatically calculate your fees each research quarter. Log in to mySI-net with your student account and click the 'Financials' tile to view your fees.

After your scholarship is activated any outstanding balance of fees, including the Student Services and Amenities Fee, must be paid by the fees due date. Penalties apply for unpaid tuition fees after this time. Your enrolment in a research quarter is not confirmed until all fees are paid.

Delayed commencement

If you find that you are unable to commence within the research quarter stated on your offer of admission, and/or offer of scholarship support, you may be able to seek approval for a delayed commencement and a deferral to your offer(s).

Other services offered by UQ

UQ can arrange your Airport Reception and take you to your temporary accommodation if required. Please note you are responsible for the cost of temporary accommodation. Upon arrival in Brisbane, UQ can assist you in finding Permanent Accommodation. Please note the Graduate School does not arrange Airport Pick up or Accommodation Services.