Imagine studying near the beach, close to beautiful nature, seeing kangaroos jumping around on campus and going to class with Australian and international students from all over the world at one of Australia's best universities - University of the Sunshine Coast.
University of the Sunshine Coast is located only 90 km's from Queenslands biggest city, Brisbane, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast which is as sunny as it sounds with 260 annual sunny days.
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What can I study at the University of the Sunshine Coast?
University of the Sunshine Coast offers great education in small-size classes, and you'll meet dedicated and present teachers and tutors. You can study almost anything at University of the Sunshine Coast, for example politics, business, tourism, design, marketing, sports studies, environmental studies, bio-medicine, law PR and much, much more. Almost anything is possible.
We offer free study counseling and help you with all the practicalities such as financing, application, housing and scholarships if you wish to study a:
- Semester during your gap year or as Study Abroad (as part of your studies)
- Diploma (a specialization within your area)
- Associate Degree
- English Language Program
- Postgraduate coursework program
...at the University of the Sunshine Coast. We help you find your preferred degree and courses and we always personalize our student counseling to your wishes, needs and dreams.
9 good reasons to why you should study at the University of the Sunshine Coast
- Affordable tuition fees and lower living costs than in Australia's major cities
- Location, location, location - USC is 1-hour drive from buzzing Brisbane and only 15 minutes from beautiful beaches, rain forests, restaurants, clubs and nightlife
- Kangaroos on campus (!)
- Small class sizes with a personalized learning environment
- Great student accommodation in walking distance to campus
- Awesome sporting facilities e.g. an Olympic sized swimming pool, fitness center, badminton courts , an athletics track and much more
- The weather!
- You're allowed to apply for student jobs while studying in Australia (up to 40 hours per fortnight and full-time during holidays)
- The location offers you the possibility to travel to many unique places in Australia, like Brisbane, Fraser Island, Gold Coast, Whitsundays Islands and the outback from Ayers Rock to Darwin
Areas of study at the University of the Sunshine Coast
You have almost endless study possibilities at University of the Sunshine Coast. You can always contact us and ask us if a specific course is available for international students. Examples are:
Business, IT and Tourism e.g. Business, Management, Marketing, International Business, Cyber Security, Cyber Investigation and Forensics, Event Management
Creative Industries, Design and Communication e.g. UX Design, Theater and Performance, Journalism, Social Media
Education e.g. Primary Education, Teaching, Steiner Education, Early Childhood, Outdoor Environmental Studies
Engineering and Science e.g. Environmental Management, Climate Change, Civil Engineering, Science
Health, Nursing and Sport Sciences e.g. Midwifery, Sport and Fitness, Nursing, Biomedical Science, Paramedic Science, Sports Nutrition
Humanities, Psychology and Social Sciences e.g. Psychology, Social Work, Urban Design and Town Planning,
Law and Criminology e.g. Criminology and Justice, Law
Recently, University of the Sunshine Coast introduced new Bachelor Degrees e.g.
- Bachelor of Sport Studies
- Bachelor of Environmental Management
- Bachelor of Serious Games
Campus of University of the Sunshine Coast
USC's main campus is Sippy Downs. The Sippy Downs campus is centrally located in Sunshine Coast at 15 minutes from Mooloolaba. UCS also has other two considerably smaller campuses; the South Bank campus in Brisbane and the Melbourne campus.
You will experience a personal and friendly atmosphere on campus. The university is doing its utmost to make your student life as successful as possible. The facilities are up-to-date and new and the lecturers friendly and professional. Bordering a nature reserve, the sustainable Sippy Downs campus is shared with wildlife, including many kangaroos.
USC’s Sippy Downs campus offers many first-class facilities and services to make your time at university as comfortable as possible, like:
- modern teaching and learning spaces,
- an award-winning library,
- many cafes and restaurants, like the Brasserie, Café J, Café C and the Sports Cafe
- a bookshop,
- an Olympic-standard swimming pool,
- sport and fitness facilities
- an art gallery, which hosts a range of exhibitions focusing on contemporary art and design practice.
- events services, with venues and facilities available for hire.
Housing for USC students - Homestay or student accommodation?
You can choose to live near campus, near the beach or in other areas of the Sunshine Coast. USC cooperates with three privately owned, fully furnished student accommodations complexes that are located next to the Sippy Downs campus in the Sunshine Coast. They are:
- Varsity Apartments
- The Village
All three student accommodations are within a short walking distance to campus and public transport is nearby, and so is the local shopping center. At the student complexes you will find a tennis court, swimmingpool, fitness room and much more.
If you would like to rent your own house, apartment, townhouse or flat, you can do that through real estate agents and private providers. We always recommend that you see the place before you transfer any money.
Living with an Australian family gives you the opportunity to experience the Australian culture and speak English on a daily basis. Standards-based Homestay is an option for all students and may be particularly appealing to those students coming to Australia for the first time.
University of the Sunshine Coast has teamed up with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN) to give international students the opportunity to be hosted by a specially trained AHN homestay host for their introduction to accommodation and living in Australia.
Arrival package in Brisbane/Sunshine Coast
Through us, you can be sure to have the best start to your studies in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast with an arrival package. We make it easy, relaxed and safe for you.
Read more about our arrival package for students in Brisbane.
Apply to University of the Sunshine Coast
Since USC has continuous admission we recommend that you send your application as soon as possible.
The exact entry requirements vary depending on the specific degree you want to apply for. Generally speaking, USC requires an average level of academic performance and will evaluate your application in relation to your past and current studies, your grades and the courses that you are currently enrolled in.
In certain cases, USC can consider the English results from your Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate. If you don’t meet the requirements, you’ll be required to take a standardized English language test like the TOEFL or the IELTS test. However, as English requirements vary from country to country, degree to degree and from year to year, we strongly suggest that you contact us to hear about the current requirements.