Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I apply?
A. Go to this link for a full set of application instructions.
Q. Can I send you a photocopy of my AMCAS application instead of separate transcripts?
A. Transcripts must be sent directly from the degree-granting institution to MedEdPath. We can also accept transcripts electronically from the institution, and from Interfolio. Transcripts of credits leading to a degree as well as transcripts of transfer credits are required.
Q. I took the MCATS 2-1/2 years ago - will you accept these scores?
A. We require that the MCATs have been taken no more than 3 years before the start of classes.
Q. Do I have to have a flu shot before I leave for Australia?
A. You can be inoculated against influenza in Australia at the University Health Service. For more information on required immunizations, click here.
Q. Will fees go up every year?
A. Fees are set annually by UQ. Fees generally will have cost of living increases annually.
Q. Do you have scholarships and financial aid? Can I take out a student loan for this program?
A. Eligible students can apply for U.S. Federal Government Stafford loans. For more information, click here.
Q. UQ awards the MBBS degree - does that mean I can apply from high school?
A. The UQ-Ochsner cohort are in a 4 year graduate entry medical program. To be considered as an applicant you must have completed your bachelor's degree.
Q. Is the MBBS the same as an MD degree?
A. The MBBS degree is recognized in the U.S. as equivalent to the U.S. MD degree.
Q. If I enroll in the UQ - Ochsner cohort, will I be an International Medical Graduate (IMG)?
A. Yes, graduates of this program are IMGs.
Q. What will I have to do to be able to practice in the U.S.?
A. To enter a residency or fellowship program and to practice medicine in the U.S., you are required to take the USMLEs (United States Medical Licensing Examination), tests administered by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
Current medical students and graduates of the UQ MBBS program are eligible to take the USMLE to be granted a license to practice medicine in the U.S.
Q. Where in the U.S. have UQ students done their residencies?
A. We are currently compiling a list of where UQ students from the U.S. have completed their residencies and hope to have it by the end of the year. UQ students have completed their residencies in many U.S. states.
Q. Can UQ graduates participate in the NRMP match?
A. Yes. Graduates of this program may participate in the Match once they have passed the USMLE Steps 1 and 2.
Q. Can I work in Australia while I am a student?
A. International students, and dependants on student dependant visas, who are residing in Australia and who wish to work, must have a student visa that includes permission to work. From 26 April 2008, international students and dependants will automatically receive permission to work with their visa grant.
Q. How soon will I hear if I have been accepted?
A. For the 2010 class and beyond, once a completed application has been received, the Admissions Department will make a decision within 6-8 weeks.
Q. What is the application process like?
A. The application consists of 3 components: the application, MCAT scores, and transcripts. Students send their application to our office. MCAT scores can be mailed or emailed to our office, and should include the AAMC id number and the verification code: these are both found in the 'Score Report' option on the MCAT website. Transcripts can be mailed directly from the institution to our office, or we can accept them from Interfolio. Recommendations are not required; if you have them please send them to us as well. Interviews are not required; a phone conversation can be arranged for accepted students with the Head of the Clinical School in New Orleans. Each time a document arrives, we send students an email acknowledging receipt. Once your application is complete, MedEdPath will send it to Brisbane for review. The review period is 6-8 weeks. When an admissions decision has been made, MedEdPath will notify the student immediately by email. Students then have 6 weeks to decide if they would like to accept their offer of a seat in the class.
Q. What MCAT scores and GPAs are typical for students in this program?
A. Every application stands on it own and is judged on its own merits. However, historically most accepted students have a GPA above 3.0 and minimum MCAT scores of 8/8/M/8.
Q. Can non-US citizens apply?
A. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who have completed a bachelor's degree, and who are not Australian citizens, are eligible to apply for this program.
Q. Why does your year start in January? Do you take students in at other times during the year?
A. The Australian summer is in January, the reverse of the U.S. The program starts once a year, in January, and ends in late November.
Q. How do I get a visa?
A. MedEdPath will provide information on how to apply for a visa to students who have accepted their offers. For more information click here.
Q. In which states will I be eligible to practice?
A. UQ students currently are practicing throughout the United States. It is every medical student's responsibility to find out if their state will recognize them to practice medicine with an MBBS degree from the University of Queensland. Requirements vary from state to state. You can find out what your state's requirements are by going to your state medical board. The AMA has a list of state medical boards with links at: