Explore study via distance education (online) at USQ

Regardless of whether you study on-campus or online, in Australia or anywhere in the world, as a USQ student you will get the same level of support.

USQ provides personalised support and assistance, and contacting your lecturers is as easy as picking up the telephone, sending an email or participating in online discussions.

Learning circles can be arranged where there are a group of distance education (online) students in the same area, studying the same courses as you are. These are informal sessions where you can get together to discuss assignment ideas, share study tips and help each other prepare for exams.

Logging into your online study desk (USQ StudyDesk) will give you access to your course information, lecture notes and study materials. You can also chat and collaborate with your class mates and lecturers in this space. Assessment is usually through submission of assignments on your USQ StudyDesk. You can sit your exams in one of our exam centres located in Australia and around the globe. If there isn't an exam centre located near your home we will arrange one for you. You may choose to attend a graduation ceremony on-campus in Australia or in your own country if a ceremony is available there.

Why study by distance education?

Here are some benefits for deciding to study via distance education (online) with USQ: 

  • you can study from your own home anywhere in Australia or overseas
  • you can study at times that suit you - after work, on weekends, or while the kids are at school
  • you don't have to spend time travelling to university or sitting in lectures
  • you can earn money by working when you study
  • you can study the same courses with the same lecturers as students who study on-campus
  • you have access to a network of support services to help you succeed.

What can I study by distance education?

Have a look at our degrees and courses to see a full list of degree programs offered by distance (online) education.

If I study by distance education, do I need to come on-campus?

Some courses (subjects) and degree programs have residential schools. Residential schools give students studying via distance education (online) the opportunity to attend campus for face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use of the facilities and to meet staff and other students. Attendance is often non-compulsory, depending on your area of study.