On this page, we use the words "internal" and "external" to refer to types of attendance at the University. Understanding what these words mean will help you to determine your eligibility for off-campus examinations:

An internal student is someone who is enrolled to study on a campus. Internal students are expected to sit their examinations at the campus where they normally attend classes.


An external student is someone who is enrolled to study by distance education (e.g. online). External students must sit their end-of-semester exams at an approved examination centre or UQ campus.


A multi-modal student is someone who is enrolled in a mixture of internal and external courses. Multi-modal students sit end-of-semester exams at the campus of their internal enrolment (i.e. where you normally attend classes).

Choose a relevant section below to learn how to apply for an off-campus exam:

Internal students

Internal students can only apply for off-campus exams for:

  • Semester 1 deferred and supplementary exams. You only apply when Semester 1 is your final semester (i.e. you are not returning to study at UQ in Semester 2).
  • Semester 2 deferred and supplementary exams. All students can apply to sit their Semester 2 deferred or supplementary exams off campus.
  • Summer Semester deferred and supplementary exams. You can only apply if you are not returning to study at UQ in Semester 1.

Before you apply for an off-campus exam, here are some things you need to know:

  • You have to pay a fee to sit an off-campus examination.
  • Off-campus arrangements aren't possible for all exams (e.g. practicals, oral exams, lab work, or exams with video components).
  • In exceptional circumstances you can apply to sit your ordinary end-of-semester exams off campus. Each application is considered on its own merits.

Athletes and defence reservists

Off-campus arrangements usually aren't available for internal students other than for deferred or supplementary exams. However, there are provisions in the Academic Adjustments Policy for:

  • students who are elite athletes, or
  • students who are defence reservists.

If you fit into one of these categories, you may be permitted to undertake your ordinary end-of-semester exams off campus.

UQ policy: Examinations.


How to apply

  1. Complete the Application by Internally Enrolled Student for Off-campus Examination form (PDF).
  2. Email the completed form to examinations@uq.edu.au, or deliver it in person to a Student Centre.

If you are applying to sit a deferred or supplementary examination, you must also:

      3. Submit a separate request for a deferred examination or a supplementary assessment.

All students will be notified via their student email account of the outcome of their off-campus exam application.

Approval of an off-campus exam is subject to the approval of your deferred or supplementary exam request.

If you are applying to sit a deferred or supplementary exam off campus, please submit the following on the same day:

  • your Application by Internally Enrolled Student for Off-Campus Examination form, and
  • your deferred or supplementary exam application.

Please do not combine or mix these requests (i.e. do not attach an off-campus exam application to a deferred exam application etc.) Submit each request separately.

Due dates

  • Off-campus deferred exams: applications are due no later than five (5) calendar days after the date of the original examination.
  • Off-campus supplementary exams: applications are due within five (5) calendar days from the release of results.
  • Off-campus exams in exceptional circumstances: applications are due no later than 14 days before the first day of the examination period (for students in Australia), or no later than 16 days before the first day of the examination period (for students who are overseas).

It is your responsibility to pay attention to exam timetables and due dates, and to submit any applications on time. Late applications are not accepted.

Exam locations

Off-campus exam venues and locations are available across Australia and overseas. Students must be available in the one location for the full duration of the examination period.

Please note that off-campus arrangements may not be possible in some locations. In these instances, you will be expected to travel to the nearest approved examination centre.

List of off-campus exam locations

Fees

The cost for sitting an off-campus examination is:

  • $220 for each examination within Australia, or
  • $300 for each examination outside Australia.

Payment must be made via UQ Payments within two (2) calendar days from the date your off-campus application is approved.

Please note that payment does not guarantee off-campus exam arrangements in every location.

Where off-campus arrangements are not possible, you will have to submit a refund request to the manager of the Examinations Office. Email examinations@uq.edu.au.

Refunds and cancellations

Once your off-campus exam has been arranged, we must receive any cancellation request by three days or more before the off-campus exam date.

We offer a 50 per cent refund for cancellation requests received three days or more before the exam date. Please note there are no refunds offered for:

  • Non-attendance at the examination.
  • Cancellation notices received less than three days before the examination date.

External and multi-modal students

External students

Students who are wholly enrolled in external courses will sit their end-of-semester exams at an allocated examination centre, or at a UQ campus (Gatton or St Lucia).

If you live within 200km of a UQ campus, you are expected to sit your exams on campus.

The Examinations Office will contact you directly with details about the examination centre or venue for each of your end-of-semester exams.

Please check your student email regularly for information about exams.

Ensure your 'Semester Address' details in mySI-net are up-to-date and accurate. We use this information to allocate students to different exam centre locations.

Multi-modal students

If you're a multi-modal student (i.e. a student who is enrolled in a mix of external and internal courses), you must sit your end-of-semester examinations at the campus of your internal enrolment (i.e. where you normally attend classes).

The Examinations Office will contact you directly with details about the exam venues for the external courses you are enrolled in.

Please check your student email regularly for information about exams.

UQ policy: Examinations.

Deferred or supplementary exams – external and multi-modal students

If you are applying to sit a deferred or supplementary examination, you must also submit a request for an off-campus exam.

How to apply

  1. Complete the Request by External Student for Off-Campus Deferred or Supplementary Examination form (PDF).
  2. Email the completed form to examinations@uq.edu.au, or deliver it in person to a Student Centre.
  3. Submit a separate request for a deferred examination or a supplementary assessment.

Please submit the following on the same day:

  • your Request by External Student for Off-Campus Deferred or Supplementary Examination form, and
  • your deferred or supplementary exam application. 

Please do not combine or mix these requests. Submit each request separately.

Due dates

  • Off-campus deferred exams: applications are due no later than five (5) calendar days after the date of the original examination.
  • Off-campus supplementary exams: applications are due within five (5) calendar days from the release of results.

Please note that it is your responsibility to pay attention to exam timetables and due dates, and to submit any applications on time. Late applications are not accepted.

Exam locations

Off-campus exam venues and locations are available across Australia and overseas.

Please note that off-campus arrangements may not be possible in some locations. In these instances, you will be expected to travel to the nearest approved examination centre.

List of off-campus exam locations