School of Civil Engineering

The School welcomes academic and student visitors who wish to collaborate with our academic staff. This site provides the following information for prospective visitors:

Information for Prospective Visitors

Categories of Visitors:

Visiting Academics

A Visiting Academic is an employee of an overseas university who arranges to visit UQ with the intention of contributing or sharing research knowledge, by way of collaborative involvement in a research project or guest lecturing.  They cannot be paid a salary but can receive reimbursement of expenses or a living allowance. The School of Civil Engineering typically does not meet visitors’ expenses. 

To gain entry into Australia, a Visiting Academic must obtain an eligible visa. Arrangements to become a visiting scholar must be made in advance with the School. 


Visiting Research Scholar (VRS)

A VRS is a suitable appointment for those people outside Australia who want to improve their work skills through training with an Australian Employer.

A foreign national is not eligible for a VRS visa if they are undertaking either one of the following:

  • an apprenticeship, or
  • research for a full time post-graduate degree for an Australian Institution.

Scholars must meet one or more of the following requirements. They must:

  • have been employed in their current occupation, studying or engaged in their field of expertise for at least the last 12 months (unless exceptional circumstances justify that a visa should be granted despite a shorter period of experience), or
  • have recently graduated from a foreign educational institution and are:
    • seeking occupational training in a closely related field, or
    • undertaking research in their field of study (other than full time research towards a further qualification).

Scholars must:

  • be at least 18 years of age (unless exceptional circumstances justify a visa being granted to a person under 18 years of age),
  • have sufficient English to undertake the training program and to ensure occupational health and safety standards are met,
  • have a genuine intention to undertake the research scholarship program,
  • have adequate health insurance, and
  • be of good health and character.

To gain entry into Australia, a VRS must have an eligible visa.

Visitor Entitlements and Expectations

Invited academic visitors to the School of Civil Engineering will be entitled to the following facilities:

  • Library access
  • Shared office space/computer with other visitors
  • Attendance at the school’s research seminars
  • Email account (if required)

VRS have the same entitlements except for office space, which cannot always be guaranteed.

Academic visitors are expected to present a seminar at the School’s research seminar series and to collaborate on research with members of the School. They may also wish to deliver guest lectures (on an unpaid basis).

How to Apply to be a Visitor

The School of Civil Engineering, located on the University’s main campus at St Lucia, encourages research collaboration locally, nationally and internationally.  However, it is a requirement before you visit the school to be collaborating on a research project with a current School of Civil Engineering staff member.  For a list of our staff and their research expertise/interests please visit Our People.  After you have arranged to collaborate with our staff member/s you will be contacted via the HR contact within the school requesting documentation for your application.

When we receive this information we will prepare the paperwork for approval. Once approval is gained, a letter of invite will be forwarded to you.

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Brisbane Information

Accommodation in Brisbane

Below is a list of various types of sites that might be helpful for finding accommodation. Suburbs that are close to UQ St Lucia campus and are easily connected by public transport include: St Lucia, Toowong, Taringa, Indooroopilly, Auchenflower, Fairfield, Yeronga, Dutton Park, Annerley, Greenslopes, Wooloongabba, Highgate Hill, South Brisbane, and West End.

Please note: The links listed on this website are not endorsed by UQ or The School of Civil Engineering. They are listed as a guide only.

UQ St Lucia Campus

UQ St Lucia Campus

The University’s main campus at St Lucia is set on a magnificent 114-hectare site bounded on all sides by the Brisbane River, seven kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. The campus has expansive landscaped grounds, threelakes, an aquatic centretennis courts, eight athletics ovals with a 600-seat grandstand, and facilities for elite rowing. The campus fans out from a 1930s, heritage-listed sandstone Cloister enclosing the Great Court.

The University has a number of services and facilities available on campus.  To browse or search the Services and Facilities Directory please click here.

UQnav is a free mobile application that contains searchable maps of UQ's campuses. Enter your destination and UQnav will show you where it's located. Students, staff and visitors can use UQnav to help find lecture theatres, laboratories, school and faculty offices, as well as where to grab a coffee, have a bite to eat or catch up with friends.

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We hope your time with us is rewarding and enjoyable.

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After Arrival