USC is located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, one of the most beautiful regions of Australia. The Sunshine Coast has world class surfing beaches, national parks, state forests, and a sub-tropical climate well-suited for many outdoor activities. The region is alive with restaurants, clubs, art galleries, sporting facilities, and cultural opportunities.
The USC campus is located one hour north of Queensland's capital of Brisbane, and ten minutes from the coast. Students have easy access to many local attractions such as Fraser Island World Heritage area, Noosa Heads and Noosa National Park, UnderWater World at Mooloolaba, and TV's Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. The campus is linked to the region by buses and trains for easy transportation.
The University itself has a unique environmental focus. It shares a border with the Mooloolah River National Park and is home to families of wild kangaroos, and rare native birds and frogs. The campus is known for its award-winning buildings, designed to incorporate environmentally responsible features.
USC develops and teaches many of its courses in cooperation with industry. Students can choose from a wide range of courses in the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Business, and Science.
The academic year follows the standard Australian calendar, which is the reverse of the calendar used in the Northern Hemisphere. Fall semester runs from late February to late June, and Spring semester runs from late July to early December.
Many course options are available at USC: USC's course listing and descriptions.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved at USC. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Apartment style accommodation located beside the University campus has been designed specifically for USC students. Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, barbeques, and on-site management. Apartments accommodate four students who share a living area and kitchen. Each student has a private bedroom, ensuite bathroom, telephone and Internet access. For more information about accommodations, please visit USC's accommodation website for international students.
Exchange vs. Direct Enroll
Exchange is essentially trading places with a student from USC. NC State students must have a GPA of at least 2.75 to apply for exchange, and only a limited number of exchange slots are available at USC each year. Students who are awarded an exchange slot will pay regular NC State tuition and fees.
The University of the Sunshine Coast also offers direct enrollment, in which tuition and fees are paid to USC. NC State students who are admitted on direct enroll at USC are still registered for the Study Abroad placeholder course and would not lose their place at NC State. Students who should consider direct enrollment are:
- Students who are accepted to the program but who are not awarded an exchange slot
- Out-of-state students (USC tuition and fees are a cost-effective option compared to out-of-state tuition)
- Students who have above a 2.7 GPA and are interested in study abroad, but do not meet the 2.75 GPA requirement for exchange
- Students wanting to enroll in an internship for course credit while abroad
For direct enroll cost information, please see the Study Abroad program fees on the USC website. Note that all fees are listed in Australian Dollars, not US Dollars. For current exchange rates, visit http://www.oanda.com/
Australian semester dates vary from the NC State calendar. Semester 1 in Australia typcially runs February - June, and students will be expected to arrive earlier in February for orientation. Semester 2 in Australia typically runs July - November, and students will be expected to arrive for orientation in late June or July. Please check the "important semester dates" on USC's website for specific dates. More information about orientation will be available upon acceptance to the Australian university.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.
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University of the Sunshine Coast issues Confirmation of Enrollment which is a required document to obtain a student visa. All students must obtain an appropriate visa. There is an easy to follow step-by-step guide at: http://www.border.gov.au/
Student Visa Application (Non Award Sector visa subclass 575):
Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid i
s generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship
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