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  • In 1969, University of Southern Queensland (USQ) was started as the “Darling Downs' campus of the Queensland Institute of Technology. It is situated in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.
  • In the Year 1970, the institute started programs for international communities and rural Queensland.
  • It became the 'Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education' in 1971.
  • In 1990, it became the University College of Southern Queensland
  • Finally, in 1992, it was established as the University of Southern Queensland
  • There are 3 research institutes and 7 research centres of USQ
  • USQ has three campuses, one each at Toowooma, Springfield and Ipswich
  • Courses offered: law, health, engineering, Sciences, business, education and Arts.
  • USQ's contribution has been remarkable in making the region a centre of agribusiness, sustainable development and trade.
  • Being a regional university, USQ ensures that its curriculum caters to local and regeional employment needs. The University is engroses in regional social and economic development, and serves the regional community.
  • USQ won the International Green Gown award in 2017 – for its approach to sustainability focusing on renewable energy, waste reduction, water retention and integration of sustainability into strategic planning.
  • In stage two, 1198 solar panels were installed on building rooftops across USQ campuses in Springfield and Ipswich, which generated 586,949 kilowatt hours thereby reducing thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions each year (under project started in2017). Smoking is banned in all areas of USQ (as of 31 May, 2018).

Why study at University of Southern Queensland

  • Ranked No. 1 for graduate starting salary (for 3 years in a row).
  • Personalised support from Student support Officers for students: There is a support network at USQ known as ‘Student Relationship Officers' (SROs), which helps the students with application, enrolment and writing first assignment etc.
  • Flexible study options: students can choose where, when and how to study:Over 75% of USQ students choose to study online, where they have a 24/7 access to online forums, discussions with fellow students etc. which keeps them engaged and motivated throughout. Students who wish to study On-campus can choose any one of the three campuses – Toowoomba, Springfield or Ipswich. Students also have a choice of ‘Mixed mode', where they can choose to study relevant subjects online and on-campus in the same semester. If the students' course requires practical component and the student is unable to attend it on-campus, he can choose to study ‘externally'. In this case, he can learn the theory online and attend ‘Residential schools' throughout the year.
  • USQ supports to explore a new career path: ‘Career Explorer' at USQ helps to discover the study area where the student has htalent and interests, and can flourish thereby. This Career Explorer program is based on the Holland Occupational Themes (RIASEC) Theory, of founding career choices on personality types.
  • USQ is a Public University with QS Global World Ranking- 701-750
  • With as many as 12,116 students enrolled
  • Modern facilities and proximity to Brisbane and Gold Coast

Campus Locations

  • USQ Toowoomba is 132 km (82 mi) from Brisbane
  • USQ Springfield is 30 minutes from Brisbane's CBD and 1 hour from the Gold Coast
  • USQ Ipswich is 55 minutes from Brisbane's CBD and 1 hour and 15 minutes to Toowoomba

USQ Toowoomba Campus: Toowoomba campus is USQ's main campus, comprising of the latest facilities, support services, and on-campus accommodation etc. The class sizes at the campus are small so as to give personal attention to students. Brisbane West Wellcamp airport is situated in Toowoomba, which facilitates flights to and from Sydney, Cairns, Townsville and Melbourne. Students can avail of ‘Bus Queensland' services or taxi services to commute. Else, they can even avail of the 70 km pathway dedicated to cyclists, or free End of Trip Cycling Facilities offered by USQ. Then, there is also the RACQ Lifeflight South West, that operates 24/7 in the region. USQ Toowoomba is fampus for its award-winning Library comprising of over 300000 books, thousands of journals, reference and audio-visual material.

Student support: ‘Student Relationship Officer' at USQ assist the students throughout and guide them for almost everything. Students can even join the ‘Student Guild' which organises social, cultural and sporting events. The Guild also offers professional development, legal assistance and academic and personal support. Through them the students can avail of second-hand textbook website also. Besides, Toowoomba is well-known for beautiful gardens, specifically, the University's Japanese Garden, which Australia's largest and most traditionally designed garden. Then, there are the Gumbi Gumbi Gardens, established by a partnership between USQ and the Community.

Accommodation: For accommodation at Toowoomba, students can opt for Residential Colleges or on-campus stay. They can even avail of Short-stay accommodation (for small or large groups). Residential Colleges: Concannon College, McGregor College, and Steele Rudd College. At a resident of any of the colleges, students can avail of a single study bedroom with heating. Other than this, there are other facilities such as Common rooms, Computer and internet access, Telephones, Laundry and Recreational facilities etc. One only requires a minimum stay of 16 weeks at USQ Residental Colleges.The USQ Residential College Scholarship is aimed at assisting funding accommodation, fees etc.

On-campus: Students aiming to stay on-campus are assisted by on-site Manager and Collegiate Team that provides assistance and advice. There is also the College Wellness Educator (CWE) to look after the health and well-being of the College community. Students can opt for self-catered options where they can cook their meals any time of the day or night. Else they can opt for ‘meal packages' (7, 14 or 21 meal packages).

USQ Springfield Campus: At USQ Springfield campus, there is an educational environment with the latest in program delivery and technology owing to its ‘Community Centred-Career Focused' theme. There is a dedicated Library at USQ Springfield, that includes a computer lab, group study rooms and quiet spaces to study. Greater Springfield has a population of over 26,000, and the city is known as one of the largest privately owned master-planned city in Australia. Springfield enjoys the connectivity to Brisbane CBD by the Centenary Motorway and also the Springfield railway line. Besides, there is a free shuttle bus service for students and staff between all the three campuses of USQ (Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich). Also, the TransLink bus service connects USQ Springfield with many suburbs and train stations. The campus includes ‘Student Guild', and a number of clubs and societies.

Student support: There are free services to assist the students such as: Student Relationship Officers, career development guidance, counselling services, welfare, study support, elite athlete and disability support.

Accommodation: About 100 metres from USQ Springfield, one can find ‘The Education City Residential Village' that provides a residential community environment. There are two to seven bedroom apartments replete with appliances and are also fully furnished. The teams at the campus also help students locate off-campus accommodation, if they so desire (email – usqwellness@usq.edu.au).

Some of the highlighted features of USQ Springfield campus are the Media Centre, Engineering Laboratory and Phoenix Radio. The Media Centre gives an industry like experience to students with its latest technology and integrated network. The Engineering Laboratory provides access to hands-on practice in areas such as physics, surveying, material testing (concrete, wood and steel), hydraulics, soil mechanics and geology. While, the Phoenix Radio is powered by USQ's Media students along with the community for music, chat and information for the Greater Ipswich area.

USQ Ipswich Campus: Situated in the south-east of Queensland, Ipswich is 30 minutes from Brisbane and an hour drive from the Gold Coast, domestic as well as international airports. Ipswich is Queensland's oldest city, therefore it has more than 6000 heritage-listed sites. Yet, the place offers modern facilities. Ipswich has an extensive rail network along with a bus network and six major arterial roads.USQ Ipswich offers a range of degrees to its students.

Courses offered at University of Southern Queensland

  • Business and Commerce
  • Creative Arts and Media
  • Education
  • Engineering and Built Environment
  • Health and Community
  • Humanities and Communication
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Justice
  • Sciences
  • English Language programs
  • Pathway programs


Scholarships: Scholarship for international students - maximum value A$30,000 (paid @ A@7500 per semester for a maximum of four semesters.

Student Services

Facilities at include a dedicated library, computer lab, group study rooms and a quiet study area. Free services are the same as provided at other campuses of USQ: Student Relationship Officer, career development guidance, counselling services, welfare, study support etc.

Accomodation – On Campus

Student One Apartments

Students can avail of off-campus accommodation options near USQ Ipswich campus. (usqwellness@usq.edu.au). Some of the highlighted features of USQ Ipswich campus are: Student Guild, Purpose built nursing labs and Paramedicine ambulance simulator: The Purpose built labs are refurbished labs ($1.7 million) that allow for a clinical simulation learning and the equipment provides access to online learning via touchscreens. Whereas, the Paramedicine ambulance simulator allows students to learn paramedicine skills. There is a fully functional lounge room, bedroom, bathroom and operating kitchen to simulate settings paramedics normally require.