ESP students are subject to the provisions of UQ's statutes and rules during their enrolment (just like any other UQ student).  Prospective ESP students must read the relevant ESP rules and guidelines before applying to the Program.

Students will also need to consider how the extra time commitment may affect their Year 12 studies and what school and family support is available before applying for the ESP.

Students can only complete one ESP course through UQ.

It is essential that interested students read through the following frequently asked questions before submitting an application.

Can I undertake ESP in Semester 2?

No, ESP is not available in Semester 2.

How much time will I need to dedicate to the ESP?

This depends on which ESP course (subject) you choose.  Generally, internal students can expect to spend between two and five hours on campus, for lectures, tutorials, practicals and/or contact time (per week).  

Typically, courses include a lecture plus a tutorial.  Others may include a lecture, tutorial and practical.  Refer to individual courses for more detail.  

Extra study time is required for course revision, researching, group work and completing assessment items.

Subject to individual course assessment requirements, ESP students will be required to attend classes, examinations and complete assessment during the regular semester periods.  

More information about important dates during semester, can be viewed at the UQ Academic Calendar.  

How much will the ESP cost me?

A benefit of being accepted into the ESP, is that tuition fees are waived.

However, you may need to purchase additional materials and/or services.  These can include (depending on your course):

  • Textbooks
  • Stationery
  • Photocopying
  • Travel to and from campus
  • Lab coat
  • Software (eg. MATLAB for MATH1051 students)

Many students wait until their first lecture to confirm the text books and resources required to complete their course.  However, if you are keen to purchase your materials early, just ensure you can return them for a refund if you find out they are not necessary. 

Some tips on how to minimise additional costs are available from here.  

How do I travel to UQ?

Travelling time to UQ needs to be a consideration when applying for the ESP.  There are a range of options for travelling to UQ.  Note that the majority of ESP courses are held at UQ St Lucia or via external mode.  

The UQ Maps website is a useful tool to use once you arrive at a campus.  Smart phone users can also utilise the UQnav application available for download. 

If I study ESP, am I still eligible to apply for a UQ Academic Scholarship?

Yes.  Students who study ESP, are still eligible to apply for UQ Academic Scholarships.

As an ESP student, do I follow the same rules as other UQ students in my classes?

ESP students are considered UQ students, therefore are subject to the provisions of the University's statutes and rules during their enrolment. There are some exceptions to this, therefore all students must read, understand and agree to the ESP terms, rules and guidelines which are relevant to their application period (available on the ESP website), before lodging their ESP application.

Class timetables - where do I find them and how do I understand them?

Semester 1 timetables are generally available online by the end of November in the previous year.  At this time, go to the mySI-net homepage, and follow these steps to find out timetables for courses:

  1. Click on 'Course & Timetable Info' under 'Menu' (left side of page).
  2. Select the relevant semester from the drop down menu.
  3. Enter your 'Course Code' (eg. ARCH1140).
  4. Click 'Search'.
  5. Select the appropriate check box for your course, then click 'Next Step'.
  6. The timetable will appear.

When you view your timetable, it may look a little overwhelming.  The following links provide information on how to read a timetable:  

How do I find out what I will study?

Refer to the 'What is an Electronic Course Profile (ECP)?' frequently asked question.

How do I know if my ESP application has been successful?

Most students are notified of the outcome of their application in late November (via email).

Students applying for most language courses will be informed in December or January (depending on when they can sit a placement test to determine their suitability).

Students wishing to study MUSC1100: Large Ensembles A will be required to attend an audition. These students will find out if their ESP application has been successful shortly after their audition.  

Is it possible to change courses?

Requests are considered on a case by case basis, depending on which course you wish to change into, and the timing of your request (ie. in some instances, it is too late to swap courses if University deadlines have passed).  Please email the Enhanced Studies Program for advice.  

What is an Electronic Course Profile (ECP)?

Sometimes referred to as a course profile, ECP's are documents which provide the following information regarding individual courses (subjects):

  • A statement of the essential details of a course (ie. what you will learn).
  • Course objectives and goals.
  • How performance will be assessed.
  • Assessment expectations and penalties.

Final versions of course profiles are usually not released until approximately one week prior to classes commencing.  However you can access previous semester course profiles by visiting what can I study, which will provide you with a good overview of what the course is all about. 

More information on how to access course profiles, can be accessed from the about course profiles link.  

What is the difference between a deferred exam and a supplementary exam?

A deferred (or special) examination may be granted if you are unable to attend your examination due to exceptional circumstances (eg. medical reasons).  More information is available at deferred examinations.

A supplementary examination (or assessment) may be granted if students fail a course.  The supplementary examination is a 'second chance' and are only available to students studying degree programs.  ESP students are not eligible for supplementary assessments. 

What is the difference between Internal, External and Flexible Delivery study?

An internal student attends classes on campus during the semester. 

External students complete their course wholly or partly via distance education.  Some external courses require students to come on campus for a few days for field experience or practicals. 

Flexible delivery is a combination of study types offered as an alternative to on-campus study in some courses.  Students may need to visit a UQ campus to complete practicals and examinations.

Prospective ESP students are advised to check individual Electronic Course Profiles (ECP's) for further details regarding how their course is offered.  External and flexible delivery students must be aware that although they may not have to attend classes on campus, they should be prepared to spend at least the same amount of time watching lectures, reading materials and preparing for assessment and examinations as internal students.

What is the role of my ESP school contact?

ESP school contacts should be able to meet regularly with ESP students to check and report on their progress. School contacts may be any staff member at the school, including but not limited to: the school guidance officer, principal, deputy principal, subject class teacher, or head of department.

What should I do if I need to withdraw from ESP?

Current ESP students wishing to withdraw from their course should email Enhanced Studies Program and their school contact as soon as possible.

Prospective and current ESP students can refer to the following withdrawal dates as a guide (relevant to Semester 1 only).  Please note, students must refer to the rules and guidelines for their specific application year (eg. 2020) which are provided upon application and offer of a place in ESP.

Please note the following rules in regards to withdrawal from ESP (Semester 1 only; does not include WRIT1999):

  • Students can withdraw without academic penalty up to and including 31 March (Census Date).  The course will not appear on the student’s studies report or academic transcript if they withdraw on or prior to Census Date. 
  • Students who withdraw from ESP between 1 April and 30 April will have a result of ‘W’ (withdrawn without academic penalty) listed on their studies report.
  • Students who withdraw from ESP on or after 1 May and before results are finalised, will have a result of ‘K’ (withdrawn with academic penalty) listed on their studies report and their official academic transcript. For the purposes of calculating a grade, a ‘K’ is a zero.
  • Students who believe they have grounds to withdraw without academic penalty on and after 1 May may make an application in writing requesting withdrawal. Such applications must include comprehensive supporting documentation to substantiate the grounds for the request.

Effective Thinking and Writing (WRIT999) students must refer to their rules and guidelines document for the policy on withdrawal.

What support is available to ESP students?

UQ provides a range of support services for all students, including those enrolled in ESP.  Examples include:

  • Enhances Studies Program is the central point of contact for ESP specific enquiries.
  • For questions about individual ESP courses, students can contact course coordinators, lecturers and tutors.  
  • The UQ Student Centre is a 'one-stop shop' for all student administration and general enquiries (eg. examinations, calculator approvals). 
  • UQ Student Services provides a range of services including learning workshops, counselling and disability assistance.  
  • Assistance with researching, referencing, borrowing and exam papers, can be provided by the UQ Library.
  • UQ students have access to IT support.

Students who successfully gain a place in the ESP, will be given the opportunity to attend the ESP Orientation Session.  It is essential that ESP students attend.    

What do I do if I forget or lose my UQ username and/or password?

Usernames and passwords are issued by Information Technology Services (ITS).  The ESP Coordinator does not have access to this information.

Call the UQ ITS Help Desk for advice:  07 3365 6000

What is 'my.UQ' and why is is important?

It is a portal for students studying at UQ.  ESP students will also receive their own account and access.  Login details are provided upon finalisation of enrolment.

Logging into my.UQ provides students with access to online services such as:

  • UQ email
  • Personal updating of important details (eg. emergency contact info)
  • eLearning (ie. Blackboard) - lecture recordings, PowerPoint slides, readings, discussion boards, ECP's, etc
  • UQ Library online resources

What is a UQ student ID card and how do I get one?

A UQ student ID card is proof that you are studying at the University of Queensland up until the expiry date given on the card.

You will need a UQ student ID card to:

  • be permitted entry into an examination room
  • borrow books from a UQ library

Information on how to collect an ID card, is provided here.