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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at University of Southern Queensland


The University of Southern Queensland has built a reputation for offering quality academic programs including Engineering and Surveying, Education and Business degrees, that are recognized worldwide by other higher education institutions, employers, and internationally accredited professional bodies. USQ focuses on giving you the best opportunity to succeed at the tertiary study by providing support designed to enhance your university experience regardless of how you choose to study.

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about the University of Southern Queensland here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct-Enroll


Toowoomba and Fraser Coast - Australia

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Semester 2 (Fall 2018): Early September to Late December

Semester 1 (Spring 2019): Early January to Early May

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.


Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. Lake Forest Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1. Lake Forest Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  


Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.


Very Limited chance of placement on ISEP Exchange. To increase your chance of placement on Exchange, ISEP recommends listing this site as your first choice. 

Excellent chance of placement on ISEP Direct. 


USQ Toowoomba is a fun, vibrant campus, and you’ll find plenty of ways to unwind on-campus and around town. There are cafes and eateries, events, shopping centers, and a huge range of sports and social clubs just waiting for you to join. By studying on-campus at USQ Toowoomba you will have access to advanced facilities, including contemporary lecture theatres, performing arts theatre, science and engineering laboratories, the Japanese gardens, and various sporting facilities, just to name a few.


The University of Southern Queensland has built a reputation for offering quality academic programs including Engineering and Surveying, Education and Business degrees, that are recognized worldwide by other higher education institutions, employers, and internationally accredited professional bodies. USQ focuses on giving you the best opportunity to succeed at the tertiary study by providing support designed to enhance your university experience regardless of how you choose to study.

Toowoomba Campus: Applied science, arts (including creative arts), business studies, computer science, education, and engineering are suggested as appropriate fields for ISEP students.

USQ uses a letter grading scale ranging from HD (High Distinction) to F (Fail). A transcript evaluation guideline will be provided for grades to be transferred back to the home institution. A typical course load is three to four courses per term, which each term lasting 15 weeks.  Lake Forest students must take 4 courses to earn the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest credits.



Classes involve a combination of fairly formal lectures (often with large numbers of students in attendance) and discussion-oriented “tutorials” (with around 10-15 students). Professors present core material during lectures but students should not expect to ask questions during that time; the tutorials are the time to work through the material in small groups and student participation is encouraged. Laboratory sessions for students in the sciences and practical studio time for design students are also incorporated into the curriculum.

You will typically find yourself in lectures and tutorials for 15 hours a week. The rest of the time you are meant to study and research on your own. The Australian education system generally emphasizes independent study over class time, attendance, and participation. There are usually fewer assignments counting towards the final grade, so a final exam or paper carries much more weight. For all these reasons, independence and self-discipline are very important in keeping up academically.

The student-teacher relationship in Australia tends to be very informal, with students addressing lecturers and tutors on a first name basis. Most lecturers will keep office hours during which you can schedule an appointment.

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:


ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp


Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.



Creative Arts programs require an audition tape or portfolio.

The Fraser Coast campus is available only on ISEP Direct; students should be sure to download and submit the correct application labeled ISEP Exchange or Direct.


REMEMBER that this site operates on the Southern Hemisphere calendar! Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Southern hemisphere SM1 (NH SM2) is February – July; Southern hemisphere SM2 (NH SM1) is July – November. 

From the Program and Course page, you may either use the “Program (degree) Search” at the top of the page to search for your specific degree program OR you can “Refine your Search” by choosing the correct semester, program, mode of study, and campus parameters. From here you can choose the program you are searching for. This will take you to more detailed information for your program. 

You may also browse all courses alphabetically. For a course description, just click on the name of the desired course.


Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.



In Australia, students will generally not encounter continuous assessment, in which assignments are given frequently throughout the semester and students can track their academic progress. Rather, the final grade will be based on two or three major assignments or essays plus a final exam or essay. Essays must be well-written and academic; professors will not be looking for “reflection papers” among these relatively few assignments. Students are responsible for keeping up with the outside work throughout the semester, even though professors will not necessarily be checking up on them regularly.

Student Life

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has a unique culture that focuses on support, flexibility and quality education. When you commence your studies with USQ you will join a vibrant, multicultural and engaging community of students committed to creating bright futures.In less than fifty years we have become a prominent multi-campus teaching and research institution providing education worldwide. Over 27, 000 students from around 116 countries take advantage of our flexible learning options.



Attendance is compulsory for all international students. The objectives of the week are to provide students with all the necessary advice regarding the Australian education system, coping with new living and learning surroundings, Australian customs, being independent etc. Various sessions include a talk regarding banking, police regulations, accommodations, tours of the city and campus, study skills and careers, to name a few. Various social activities are included throughout the week. Students have found the program to be a fantastic way to start friendships while providing a wonderful introduction to the university and Australian life. It is also a time when the Study Abroad Coordinator can meet you, verify your contact and course information and give you additional information about living in Australia. The Study Abroad & Exchange Club also runs events in the Orientation period on Toowoomba campus. 


Free airport pick-up is provided. Students should contact the ISEP Coordinator at USQ for more information.


University isn’t just about studying! Phoenix Central creates student programs and events that enrich the university experience of students outside the classroom. By providing opportunities for students to engage in university life, Phoenix Central hopes to help you make new friends, reach your personal goals, develop your graduate skills, establish social networks, connect with the local community and most importantly, enjoy your time at university. Whether you are looking to join a social sporting team, get involved in a student club or even develop your leadership skills, Phoenix Central provides you with lots of great opportunities. So why not get involved!

Housing and Meals

ISEP Exchange students are housed in fully furnished private rooms in one of the three University residences on campus. Each residence has a dining hall and common living rooms with pool tables, televisions, and laundry facilities. ISEP Exchange students receive a meal stipend to be used in the cafeteria. 

ISEP Direct students on the Toowoomba Campus are housed in fully furnished 3-bedroom villas or 4-5 bedroom townhouses in the Student Village complex. Laundry and cooking facilities are provided. ISEP Direct students do not receive meal benefits. 

Financial Information

The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to USQ includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world.  Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. For students that participate in ISEP Direct to USQ, the program fee includes housing and insurance, but no meals.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item





Lake Forest College Tuition



Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost



College Deposit (credit)



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College



ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application



College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)



ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated) Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP



Additional Meals



Estimated Airfare



Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional travel etc.)



Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses








Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of March 2017. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.