There are 12 highly ranked universities in Queensland, offering hundreds of Australian university courses to students.

Queensland universities

There’s a big future awaiting students who choose Queensland for their university education. 

Queensland is home to some of Australia’s top universities and offers study and research opportunities across a wide range of industries. These universities offer education programs for undergraduate, postgraduate and research including: bachelor degrees, honours, graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters by coursework, masters by research and PhDs.

Queensland universities offer study and research opportunities across a wide range of industries. Queensland universities are where big futures are being realised in future-focused areas including biomedicine, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, advanced agriculture technology, smart mining, sustainable energy, entrepreneurship and more. 

Australian Catholic University

With over 150 years of educational heritage, Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a publicly funded Australian institution offering students high quality and internationally recognised qualifications. The University focuses on community engagement and practical skill development ensuring its graduates are ready to make a real difference in the world.

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Bond University

Deciding on a degree or program is a personal choice - it’s about choosing the right program for you; your interests, your future. A Bond University degree takes you beyond the accepted definition of a university education to develop initiative, enterprise, ambition and lifelong commitment to making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field.

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Central Queensland University

CQUniversity Australia has established itself as one of Australia’s most inclusive universities, catering to the highest achievers while also offering a university education to many who would not otherwise have the opportunity.

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Federation University Australia

At Federation University, the desire to transform lives and enhance communities informs everything we do. From research that improves people’s lives right around the world, to supporting our students to succeed at their studies and in life – we make a difference.

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Griffith University

At Griffith we provide a different type of education. For 40 years we have pioneered cutting-edge, forward thinking programs in diverse study areas. We were the first university in Australia to recognise the importance of, and introduce degrees in, globally significant fields such as Environmental Studies, Asian Studies, and International Business.

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James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is Australia's leading university for the Tropics. Offering excellence in teaching and research, JCU is a vibrant university operating across two countries and three tropical campuses, with locations in the north Queensland cities of Cairns and Townsville and the city-state of Singapore. JCU also has a central Brisbane campus operated by Russo Higher Education.

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Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is an internationally renowned Australian university with a global outlook, located in the city of Brisbane. QUT has 48,000 students, including 8000 international students from more than 100 countries. Our excellent worldwide rankings, career development programs and practical courses are testament to our ability to produce confident, job-ready graduates.

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Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University is an Australian public university, which takes pride in the supportive study environment it provides for students irrespective of their backgrounds and life goals.

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Torrens University

As the country’s fastest-growing university, Torrens University Australia brings a fresh approach to higher education. With employability at the centre of everything they do, Torrens offers industry-relevant courses taught by leading experts. Torrens' flexible study options, personalised approach and partnership placements will help you find a career you love. Torrens has campuses on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.

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The University Of Queensland

Ranked well inside the top 100* universities in the world The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia's finest higher education institutions with campuses based in and around the city of Brisbane.

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University of Southern Queensland

The University Of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) is a young, dynamic university dedicated to providing quality programs and degrees in a flexible and supportive environment. In less than 50 years, UniSQ has become a prominent teaching and research institution providing education worldwide from three regional locations – Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich.

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University of the Sunshine Coast

The University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) provides an outstanding education in some of the most beautiful locations in Queensland. UniSC has won a five star rating for teaching quality from the independent Good Universities Guide for ten years in a row.

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Pathways to Queensland universities

There are various different pathway options available to get admitted to a Queensland university.

Foundation courses

The equivalent of undertaking year 12 (the senior year in Queensland) to allow students to meet the academic requirements needed to start a Bachelor degree at university. Courses vary from 13 weeks to 1 year.

University diplomas

The equivalent of studying the first year of the relevant Bachelor degree and allow students to upgrade their qualifications. Courses may combine academic and English language studies and usually run for 2 semesters.

Vocational education and training

Vocational education and training (VET) courses are often recognised by universities as prior learning, which can contribute to a Bachelor degree. Students must check the credit arrangements with the relevant university.


Graduating from a Queensland High School (Year 12) provides a direct pathway to university entry for eligible students. The 'Tertiary Entrance Statement' indicates the rankings for eligible students for tertiary admission.

Student exchange

Queensland's 12 universities have an impressive range of exchange agreements with high-quality institutions. Students can undertake an exchange for 1 or 2 semesters while gaining credit towards a degree.