Mays Business School, September 19th, 2023
Since arriving in Brisbane, my already high expectations for the QUT exchange programs have been met and even exceeded through the great experiences I have had.
I arrived around a week before classes started, which gave me ample time to explore all of what Brisbane as a city has to offer! One thing that immediately stood out to me was how kind and friendly everyone was, which was a nice surprise for someone who appreciates the similar southern charm I experience back in College Station. One major difference to Texas culture, is that public transportation is far more commonly used, and owning a car is not anywhere near as necessary for traveling. I was able to easily navigate within Brisbane for a cheap price point through the city’s public transit (which had a student discount as well).
Understandably as a major city, Brisbane has incredible options when it comes to shopping and especially dining. As the capital of Queensland, known in Australia as the sunshine state, Brisbane weather does not disappoint. So far, their “winter” season has been overwhelmingly sunny. This complements the Aussie’s love of the outdoors and nature, as I have spent lots of time playing sports and lounging around some of Brisbane’s many excellent parks and gardens with my new friends.
Regarding QUT, I have had a great initial impressions of both the University and Business schools. QUT has a diverse student body with many Australian students and other international/exchange students. My professors have had insightful lectures so far, and have lots of personal experience in related fields of supply chain and international business. One major difference compared to Texas A&M is that typically lectures only happen once a week, with a tutorial session that follows soon after for application based practice. Additionally, there are no minor assignments such as quizzes and exit tickets, just major essays and/or exams.
Ultimately, I have really enjoyed my time in Brisbane and at QUT thus far. I am excited to see what the rest of the semester has to offer!