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Parents and guardians guide to university

Learn how you can support your teen through this transition.

Choosing a university and career path is a big decision. We're here to support you and your teen through the transition from high school to university through a range of helpful videos.

UQ is an inclusive, supportive university where students from all backgrounds will thrive. Our graduates enjoy the best career outcomes in the state, and our teachers are the most awarded in Australia.

Choose the right university

If your teen is going overseas to study, you want to make sure they choose the right university.

UQ's diverse study options, and safe and supportive learning environment will encourage your teen to find their future success

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  • Ranked in the world's top 50
  • One of only 3 Australian members of Universitas 21
  • Founding member of the Group of Eight
  • Member of Universities Australia

Advice for parents

Watch parents of UQ students discuss their experience and provide advice on how you can support your teen through big decisions.

Financing study and scholarships

A big part of preparing your teen for university is understanding the costs. Questions to consider include whether they should live on or off campus, as well as whether they should look for part-time work while studying. 

UQ students have access to both FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP loans to make studying affordable. We also offer a wide range of scholarships.

Watch Financing study on YouTube.

Programs that suit their goals

With the largest range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Queensland, your teen will find a program to interest them at UQ.

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Choose from a huge range of bachelor programs, with customisable and specialised majors, elective courses and dual degree options.
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Postgraduate coursework

UQ offers a number of graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and master's degrees for students looking to further their education.
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Higher degree by research

In Australia, a higher degree by research is the academic entry qualification for most academic and professional research careers. 

Steps to apply

If your teen knows what they want to study, we'll walk you through what you need to know before they apply for our programs.

Find out how to apply

Download our guides

Our guides provide an overview of UQ's undergraduate and postgraduate programs, as well as information about English language courses at UQ.

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Discover study options

Search for a specific degree or browse by study area to match your teen's interests, passions and career goals.

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How UQ will support your teen

When your teen chooses UQ, you’ll know they’re in good hands. While there are still things you can do to support them at university, they’ll also receive dedicated support from our staff – emotionally, academically and financially.

This support comes in the form of mental health events, disability support, accessible student services and much more. Going to university looks like a daunting and solitary experience to many teens, but every student at UQ is welcomed and supported from day one.

Watch What kind of support does UQ offer? on YouTube.

Navigating the QTAC application process

Your teen’s application and offer to study at UQ will go through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). 

The QTAC process is important, but it can be a little intimidating at first. Watch our video for insights into how other parents have helped their teens through this application. 

You can also check key QTAC dates (and fixed closing dates for some courses) to make sure they doesn’t miss any deadlines.

Watch Supporting them through QTAC on YouTube.

What to expect

Starting university is daunting. Share this advice with your teen to help them know what to expect for the next life stage.

Virtual tour

Explore our major campuses and see some of the incredible facilities your teen will have access to.

Uni life

Sports and fitness. Events and workshops. Clubs and societies. Get a glimpse into what life at UQ will be like for your teen.


Your teen will find a place to call home with multiple accommodation options available to suit their needs, both on campus and off.

University life

There's always something going on at UQ! See what student life is really like and the experiences available to your teen.

Campus safety

We care about your child's safety. Our on-campus security services will ensure your teen feels safe and comfortable.


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UQ is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Our CRICOS Provider Number is 00025B. 

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