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

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Information for Prospective Visitors

The School of Psychology encourages research collaboration locally, nationally and internationally and we host academics and students of all levels as visitors. Visitors must be collaborating on a research project with a current School of Psychology staff member. For a list of our staff and their research expertise/interests please visit Psychology - Our People. After you have arranged to collaborate with one of our researchers please contact the Personal Assistant (PA) to the Head of School (hospa@psy.uq.edu.au) who coordinates the Visitors program and they will guide you through the process. Visitors are usually classified as Visiting Academics or Occupational Trainees.

Visiting Academics

A Visiting Academic is an employee of an overseas institution 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. A visiting academic appointment is an unpaid appointments as the salary is usually still paid by the academic’s home institution. The School of Psychology typically does not meet visitors’ expenses however, it might be possible to apply for support from the University, for example, through the UQ Travel Awards for International Collaborative Research scheme or via other programs.  

Visas for Visiting Academics

To gain entry into Australia, a Visiting Academic must apply for an appropriate visa. To find out what type of visa you require please contact your closest Australian Embassy or Consulate on this matter. To find your local contact please go to the Department of Immigration - Our Offices webpage. All visas are awarded based on individual circumstances so please do not rely on advice from previous visitors as their circumstances maybe different from your own.

UQ does not need to nominate a Visiting Academic for a visa, however, a sponsorship approval number is included on the invitation letter from Human Resources, which can be used when applying for a visa as appropriate.

How to Apply to be a Visiting Academic

Contact the PA to the Head of School at hospa@psy.uq.edu.au and they will guide you through the process. In more cases, the documents required are:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications, your date of birth & contact details);
  • A copy of the page from your passport showing the photo & details for you and all nominated people accompanying you on your visit (e.g. spouse or children);
  • A statement from your home institution confirming your eligibility to visit UQ and detailing that your leave from your usual academic appointment will be granted.

Once all of the required paperwork is received the Head of School will approve the visit and then the Faculty Human Resources team processes the application and sends out a letter of invitation. This process can take several weeks, and applying for a visa can take some time as well, so visitors are asked to contact the PA well in advance of their visit (8-12 weeks ahead is recommended).

Visiting Academic Entitlements and Expectations

Visiting Academics will be entitled to the following:

  • A University identification card (to access library and rooms)
  • Library access
  • Shared office space/computers (with other visiting academics)
  • Access to School research seminars
  • IT logins and an email account

Visiting Academics 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).

Occupational Trainees

The Occupational Traineeship allows foreign nationals to complete structured and supervised workplace-based training programs or academic research in Australia on a temporary basis. The training program must be closely related to the trainee’s current occupation, field of study, or area of expertise.

A foreign national is not eligible for an occupational trainee 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.

Trainees must:

  • Currently be enrolled at a foreign educational institution and studying in a relevant field, and are seeking training as part of their coursework (*Please note they will be required to provide a letter of support from their home institution confirming that the training is required as part of their course*),

OR

  • have recently (within 12 months) graduated from a foreign educational institution and are:
    • seeking to complete a period of practical employment to obtain registration in a profession as a prerequisite for the practice of this occupation, or
    • seeking occupational training to enhance their skills in their area of tertiary study or field of expertise.

Trainees 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 occupational training program,
  • have adequate health insurance, and
  • be of good health and character.

Visas for Occupational Trainees

Unless you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident you will require a visa to enter Australia to undertake your training program. Unfortunately we cannot provide Immigration advice regarding visa types. Please seek independent advice from your local Australian Embassy or Consulate on this matter.  To find your local contact please go to Department of Immigration - Our Offices. All visas are awarded based on individual circumstances so please do not rely on advice from previous visitors as their circumstances maybe different from your own.

The University of Queensland may sponsor you for a Training and Research Visa (Subclass 402).

The process to obtain a Training and Research Visa (Subclass 402) – Occupational Trainee Stream is outline below:

  1. The University of Queensland must submit a visa nomination for the training program to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)
  2. Once the nomination has been received by DIBP, the University will receive an Acknowledgement Letter. This Acknowledgement Letter will be sent to the relevant applicant.
  3. Once the applicant receives the acknowledgement they can then submit their paper-based visa to the Processing Centre in Australia (preferred option is to use express post so you are able to track your visa application).
  4. Once your application is received by DIBP, it can take up to three months from this point for your visa to be approved. It will be allocated a case officer and assessed by DIBP. If any paperwork is missing it can result in the timeframes being extended.

Processing times for all Visa’s vary and are out of the University Of Queensland’s control. We strongly advise Occupational Trainee applicants do not book any flights or accommodation until your visa has been approved. Current processing times for Occupational Trainee visas are averaging six months.

How to Apply to be an Occupational Trainee

Contact the PA to the Head of School at hospa@psy.uq.edu.au and they will guide you through the process. In more cases, the documents required are:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications, your date of birth & contact details);
  • Evidence of financial support (in the form of bank account details if you are supporting yourself, or a letter from the person who will provide financial assistance while you are in Australia)
  • Form 1283(http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1283.pdf) if you will be applying for an Occupational Trainee visa
  • A copy of the page from your passport showing the photo & details for you and all nominated people accompanying you on your visit (e.g. spouse or children);
  • Letter from your education provider confirming the practical experience/research is a requirement of your course OR
  • Letter from your employer confirming they support the training/research you will undertake and have granted you leave to be an Occupational Trainee

Once all of the required paperwork is received the Head of School will approve the visit and then the Faculty Human Resources team processes the application and sends out a letter of invitation. Please note that the process to apply for an Occupational Trainee visa on average takes approximately 4-6 months so you should be contacting the PA at least 6 months ahead of your visit. Students arranging another visa should still contact the PA well ahead of their visa (8-12 weeks minimum).  All incoming Occupational Trainees will need to supply evidence of their visa to Human Resources.

Occupational Trainee Entitlements and Expectations

Occupational Trainees will be entitled to the following:

  • A University identification card (to access library and rooms)
  • Library access
  • Access to the postgraduate student computer lab
  • Access to School research seminars
  • IT logins and an email account

Volunteers

Volunteers are visitors to the School who do not fit into either of the above categories. Volunteers are usually students from other institutions in Australia or overseas who have completed their programs (or are between programs) and are looking for an internship to gain some experience in a lab or working on a research project. Volunteers are not processed by Human Resources and do not have an official appointment and are thus unable to get an ID card, full library access, or access to labs/work spaces out of hours. IT logins and an email account can usually be arranged. Volunteers must be hosted by a staff member and they will need to complete the Volunteer Registration Form to ensure they are covered by insurance. Volunteers are asked to contact the PA at hospa@psy.uq.edu.au at least 4 weeks ahead of their visit.

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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.

* UQ Rentals allows you to search for accommodation in Brisbane and surrounding areas. These properties are not on campus, but listed properties will be in Brisbane and you can choose (in some cases) to share with fellow University of Queensland students and sometimes, staff. Simply log onto the website, register as a ‘future student’ (whether you are a staff member or student, using your personal email address) and then send through your letter of offer from UQ or proof that you will be studying here. Access will then be granted to the site.

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, three lakes, an aquatic centre, tennis 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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