Applications for 2022 are now closed.
Applications for 2023 will open 10 January 2022.

When to apply

Applications for 2022 are now closed.

Applications for 2023 will open 10 January 2022.

Waiting List: Should you still wish to be considered for our 2022 intake, you are welcome to complete an application and be placed on our waiting list for an interview. A non-refundable administration fee of $150 will apply. Please send an email to for assistance.

How to apply

Application Step 1


Confidential referee form

Ask your school principal, teacher, lecturer or tutor to complete this form

Letter to the Principal

Write a letter (about 500 words) detailing why you could be a suitable Emmanuel student

Proof of age

One copy of your passport/birth certificate/driver’s license or equivalent


A recent portrait photograph – this will remain on your records while you’re at College

Academic documentation

Have the following documents (as applicable) ready:

  1.  A copy of your latest school report card
  2. A copy of your OP/ATAR/equivalent (if available)
  3. A copy of your offer letter from a Brisbane-based university (if available)
  4. Your official academic transcript if you’ve studied at university already
Application Step 2


Upload the information listed in step 1

Pay the $150 AUD (non-refundable) application fee

Application Step 3


Attend an interview

You’ll be invited for an interview with a member of our Student Engagement Team

This can be conducted over Zoom or telephone, or in person at College

Additional information


  • We welcome applications from students studying full-time at any Brisbane-based University (UQ, QUT, Griffith, ACU etc) 
  • Your application won’t be processed until you’ve submitted all parts of the application and paid the application fee
  • Submission of a completed application and payment of your application fee doesn’t guarantee a place in College
  • We consider every application


Emmanuel College Fee Schedule 2022

*Fees may be subject to change


Download fees


Refund information




What your fees cover

Residence fees at Emmanuel College cover:

  • 34 weeks full residence, including all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper)
  • Personal room with a king single bed, study desk, ceiling fan, small fridge, whiteboard, spacious cupboards and drawers and internet connection
  • All utilities including WiFi
  • Weekly room cleaning and laundry service during the semester
  • Superior, tailored academic program
  • On-site counselling and wellbeing support
  • Safe college with after-hours staff and support
  • Formal dinners with guest speakers
  • Access to all college amenities, including common room, gym, sports court and music rooms
  • Emmanuel College Chapel services and meditative space

Additional compulsory charges cover:

  • Sporting and cultural activities
  • Social events organised by the Emmanuel College Students’ Club
  • Access to UQ Sport Fitness Centre, Aquatic Centre, tennis court hire and UQ Olympic-standard athletics track
  • Academic gown
  • Orientation Week (new students only)

Discounts and extras

We offer discounted residence fees for:

  • Students in their third year or more at College
  • Siblings of current College students
  • Up-front payments

Payment Plans

We provide flexible payment plans to fit your budget and circumstances:

  • Edstart Pay is an interest-free plan to spread your fees in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. For more information, visit
  • Edstart Extend can reduce your repayment amount by extending your education costs beyond the residential period. For more information, visit
  • Futurity Investment Group offers a range of tax-effective loans to help pay your education fees. For more information, visit

Apply for a scholarship or bursary

We want to make an Emmanuel College residency available to the most outstanding students, regardless of the financial means of their families, and to bring in students from diverse backgrounds around Australia and around the world. 

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit. For your scholarship to continue from semester to semester, you need to maintain high academic achievement. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of need and sound academic achievement. If you’re seeking a bursary, you’ll need to provide evidence of financial hardship.

Most scholarships and bursaries are offered as a remission of College fees rather than as a cash payment.

You can apply for either a scholarship or a bursary or for consideration in both categories. You can apply for more than one scholarship at a time.

When and how to apply

Due to the large number of applications for residency at Emmanuel College in 2022, we are bringing forward the closing dates for scholarship and bursary applications, for new applicants, to 31 December 2021. Students who are successful in being awarded a scholarship or bursary will be notified by 31 January 2022. The closing date of scholarship and bursary applications for returning students remains the same at 30 November 2021.

New applicants

Submit your scholarship application form after you submit your separate online application for residence.

You should submit your application form no later than 31 December.

New Applicant Scholarship Form


Returning students

You should submit your application form no later than 30 November.

Returning Student Scholarship Form


Bursary applications

New applicants should submit your application form no later than 31 December.

Returning students should submit your application form no later than 30 November.

Bursary Application Form

Emmanuel College scholarships and bursaries

Other scholarships

AIEF-BHP Billiton Tertiary Scholarships — awarded to outstanding Indigenous students undertaking engineering and other mining-related degrees who aspire to work for BHP Billiton and become leaders in the business. Students living or planning to live at Emmanuel College can apply for a scholarship providing financial assistance for accommodation, living and education expenses; ongoing professional development; and career support. See scholarship criteria and application forms on the AIEF website.

University of Queensland Scholarships — See details on the UQ scholarships website.

Associate Member Program

We are currently accepting applications for this program for 2022. This program is subject to change pending COVID-19 government directions and applicants will be updated on any changes.

Being a part of the Associate Member Program allows UQ students to enjoy the benefits of the Emmanuel College experience without residing at college.

Use our facilities and join in our academic and social activities, including:

The Associate Member Program offers key aspects of the College experience to students who, although they do not live at Emmanuel, want to be involved in the academic, networking, mentoring and social aspects of College life. Emmanuel has a diverse population with students and staff from all over Australia and the world. The program offers the following benefits:

  • Orientation Week Program in Semester 1 (extra accommodation and activity payment required) – Associate Members live in and participate in all activities, establishing bonds with the
    College community
  • Academic Centre and Gill Student Centre – State-of-the-art learning and quiet study areas
  • College Tutorials – 80+ small-group tutorials (usually 3-6 students) offered with experienced and qualified tutors to assist students consolidate learning in addition to University courses
  • Academic Mentoring and Wellbeing Care – Senior staff are on hand to provide academic and wellbeing support
  • Dining Hall Access and Meals – Associate Members are welcome to join their College friends for lunches in the dining hall, as well as for dinner on the nights they attend tutorials and formal dinners. Associate Members are also welcome to have other meals in the Dining Hall for an additional fee per meal
  • Attendance at College Visiting Scholar Events – Emmanuel College hold lecture series and seminars throughout the year where Associate Members can network with academics and colleagues
  • Chapel – Weekly chapel service
  • Junior Common Room – This common room includes a pool table and a small gym, is available to Associate Members between the hours of 8am and 5pm daily
  • Bag Pipe and Drum Lessons – Associate Members are welcome to join the Emmanuel College Highlanders at The University of Queensland Pipe Band
  • Music Practice Rooms – The College’s music practice rooms are equipped with pianos and a drum kit
  • UQ Sport Gym Membership (extra payment required) – Students can purchase a UQ Sport Gym Membership through the College at a significantly reduced rate
  • Clubs and Societies – Associate Members are encouraged to join the various clubs and societies the College provides
  • Cultural Activities – Associate Members can participate in cultural activities, such as musical and theatrical performances
  • Community Service – Community service is encouraged and the Students’ Club runs many community service activities and projects throughout the year

Associate Member Program information brochure



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