Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Get organised before the semester begins.

Whether it’s your first time living in Brisbane or your first time on campus at UQ, before your classes begin, it’s important to set aside some time to plan your practical living and travel arrangements, and the time you will need to allocate to your studies.

Explore the resources below to find accommodation and part-time work, learn about financial assistance available to you, and plan your schedule in advance so you’re all set for a busy semester.

The expectation at UQ is that you need to spend at least 10–12 hours per week for each course you are enrolled in (this includes class time, additional study, and working on assessment tasks). For a normal full-time study load (#8 units), this is 40–48 hours per week (or more, if you want to achieve higher grades).

UQ offers some great resources help you set goals and to for planning your study time on a daily, weekly, and semester basis.

Study skills and time management >

It is recommended that in your first semester at UQ you should limit paid employment to 8-10 hrs per week. If you have caring duties, health problems, or other responsibilities that means you can’t commit to 40-48hrs per week you should get in touch with an academic advisor to discuss whether a reduced study load is possible. 

The UQ academic calendar provides a lot of dates, and you should review to find the ones which are important/relevant to you. However, there are some import ones (particularly related to your enrolment) you should mark in your calendar for Semester 2, 2021:

  • Monday 12 July: If you have already enrolled in courses, and provided class preferences via MyTimetable, Your personal timetable will be published indicating all your class times. At 12pm, Class Adjustment begins, and you will be able to review you timetable, swap class times if a space is available (or add your name to a waitlist), and allocate yourself to classes you missed during the class preferencing stage. 
  • Tuesday 20 July: The majority of Orientation events for students enrolled in Faculty of EAIT programs will be scheduled on this day. See the EAIT Faculty Orientation webpage for details.
  • Monday 26 July: Semester 2 classes commence.
  • Friday 6 August: Last date to add courses or change your enrolment.
  • Tuesday 31 August: Census date. This is the last date to drop courses or cancel enrolment without financial liability.
  • Thursday 30 September: Last date to drop courses or cancel enrolment without academic penalty.

UQ’s Living in Brisbane page offers tips for finding transport, accommodation and health and safety information.

  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Health and safety

Living in Brisbane >

Whether you’re looking for work or in need of financial assistance, UQ’s student support team have information and advice on finance, scholarships and jobs.

  • Finance
  • Scholarships
  • Jobs

Financial support >


Essential online tools and systems

As a new UQ student, there are a few key programs and online systems that you will need to use from your first day of study.

Make sure you familiarise yourself with these and download any programs or software you might need before your classes begin.

Your UQ email is one of the main methods of communication at UQ. You should you check your student email each day.

Accessing your student email >

Zoom is a virtual classroom system that allows participants to communicate, view presentations, interact with learning resources and work in groups in an online classroom.

Before your classes begin, you should install Zoom and familiarise yourself with the program.

Zoom at UQ >

Blackboard (Learn.UQ) is a Learning Management System for most UQ courses.

This is where you will access course materials such as lecture notes, tutorial activity sheets, and detailed information about your assessment.

Access Blackboard >

Get tips, equipment, and resources to successfully study online.

  • Borrowing laptops
  • Studying from home
  • Submitting assessment online

Online learning at UQ >

UQnav is a free mobile application that contains searchable maps of UQ's campuses. Install this on your smart phone before your first day on campus.


Important policies and compulsory modules

As a new student, there are some key policies about your conduct as a UQ student that you need to be aware of.

As a new student at UQ, it is critical that you understand what academic integrity is, why it is so important, and how you can apply it in your learning.It is compulsory for all students at UQ to complete the Academic Integrity Modules during your first semester of study; and it is strongly encouraged to do Part A prior to the commencement of classes in Week 1 of semester.

Take the Academic Integrity tutorial >

Student Charter sets out the University’s commitment to students’ education and experience at UQ, and to spell out the expectations and responsibilities of all members with respect to their conduct. Simply, there is a clear expectation that you treat all students and staff with respect.

It is important that you are familiar with the principals of the Student Charter, and that you apply these principals in all your activities as a UQ Student.

UQ Student Charter >