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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Apartment
Areas of Study: Aboriginal Studies, Accounting, Advertising, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminology, Dietetics and Nutrition, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, History, Italian, Japanese, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Mathematics and Statistics, Psychology, Social Work, Tourism Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Program Type: bilateral exchange, study abroad Language of Instruction: English
Program: Exchange
Program Description:


One of Australia’s newest universities (founded in 1996), The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) provides students the chance to study in one of the world’s most laid-back atmospheres. Situated just off of the Mooloolah River National Park, and just a short walk to Mooloolaba beach, USC frequently has kangaroos spotted on campus, mingling with students.

USC is a small institution of about 4,000 students with modern facilities and beautifully kept grounds. While the population of USC is small, it is hardly in the middle of nowhere, as it is located right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast resort area just one hour north of Brisbane.


A list of the courses offered at USC is available on their Study Abroad page. Students applying to this program should plan to meet with the appropriate academic advisors to help determine course selection and to seek the necessary course approval(s).

All students will be registered by the Study Abroad Office as full-time students during their semester abroad, which is 12 hours for undergraduate students and 9 hours for graduate students.  Undergraduate students must return with the equivalent of at least 12 hours of credit on their host university transcript (9 hours for graduate students).  Students can take additional hours and are not limited to the minimum full-time requirement while abroad.  All courses are graded on an ABCDF scale.  There is no Pass/Fail.


Students have the option of living in campus apartments or in a home stay. Please refer to their accommodations page for more information. All of their on campus apartments are self catered, but they offer one of a kind amenities.


For the USC exchange, students are responsible for paying:
Current, full-time, UM tuition (including non-resident fees, if applicable)
UM Study Abroad fee (includes the cost for international health insurance)
Housing costs (details and payment are usually handled between the student and the host university)
Travel expenses, books and supplies, personal living costs, passport and visa fees (all the responsibility of the student)
Students who withdraw or become ineligible after the application deadline will be responsible for a withdrawal fee. For more details, please refer to the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures page.


Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to study abroad and must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA.  Additional or more stringent requirements may apply depending on the program.


In general, financial aid will apply to UM study abroad programs.  All students should review the study abroad information on the Financial Aid Office website.  It is the student’s responsibility to meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss how aid packages apply to study abroad.  Third party scholarships may also be available for specific programs, so students should discuss study abroad early and often with the Study Abroad Office and the Financial Aid Office.

For current tuition costs, the Office of the Bursar provides a tuition estimator


Please note that USC limits courses that all international students can take. It is important to have some scheduling flexibilty when looking to attend USC.

To secure your Australian visa, you'll also need to purchase Australian health insurance (in addition to ours). That will usually range between $150-$250. For more information on the visa process, please ask your advisor. 


Call 662-915-1508 or email to schedule an appointment.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020 03/04/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/04/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/03/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.