The International Academic Programs Units within the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland exists to provide students from other countries with a truly unique study experience. We are uniquely placed to partner world class teaching and research with amazing field experiences including:

  • Studying marine biology on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Terrestrial ecology courses set in the beautiful National Parks and rainforests of Queensland
  • Specialist research projects conducted in a variety of Australian environments
  • An understanding of Australian culture explained through field trips to Sydney and Canberra.

We provide our partners with a course that is developed in consultation with their requirements and syllabus. Our aim is to provide the students with the inspiration needed to continue their scientific education.

Our Team

Dr Ian Tibbetts
Director, International Academic Programs
Ian Tibbetts has a passion for teaching and mentoring students and has been the drive behind the development of many teaching programs in School of Biological Sciences. His immersion into all things marine had a cool start - in Swansea, Wales. Things heated up when he came to Australia to study fish communities within Moreton Bay, later to become the Director of the Moreton Bay Research Station for 10 years. Ian’s lab consists of over 17 researchers studying different aspects of fish biology ranging from tiger sharks to pygmy seahorses.

You can contact Ian by emailing or by calling
+61 7 33654830

Mr Ross Strong
Manager, International Academic Program
Ross has worked for Universities in Australia and in the UK in academic administration and international marketing. Having grown up in Europe, Ross moved to Australia with his family. While studying his degree in International Business he became involved with the administration of short term English programs and eventually moved into administering and teaching undergraduate academic programs. Ross has been involved in coordinating the operations of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and was involved in marketing some of these programs in Europe. Ross has also been an active teacher having taught undergraduate courses in Marketing, Management and International Business.

You can contact Ross by emailing or by calling
+61 7 33654830