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Australia: Semester on the Sunshine Coast with USC
University Sunshine Coast (USC) is a highly regarded university in the Australian state of Queensland. With a current student enrollment of around 12,000 students from over 50 different countries, USC is one of the fastest growing campuses in Australia.You can study a wide-range of subjects including: accounting, Australian studies, cultural studies, biomedical sciences, communications, computer-based art & design, environmental science, human resource management, information systems, international studies, management, marine studies, marketing, microbiology, public health, sports and exercise science, tourism and much more. USC offers a wide range of support services to meet the academic and personal needs of students, as well as a range of social events to help students acclimate to the area.
USC has a number of research centres such as: Adolescent Risk Research Unit, Art Research in Creative Humanities, Centre for Animal Health Innovation, Forest Industry Research Centre, GeneCology Research Center, Stormwater Research Group, Sustainability Research Centre, Tropical Forests and People Research Centre, and more.
Students participating in this program have a unique opportunity to receive a Diploma from USC at the commencement of their studies. USC will transfer in prior coursework taken at GVSU to account for the additional credits necessary to complete the Diploma. A Diploma is a university qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and an additional credential that students can list on their resume.
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Non-Traditional Academic Year (Winter 2021-Fall 2021)
Estimated Program Dates: February 2021 - December 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: July 2021 - December 2021
Application Deadline: March 16, 2021 (Closed)
Non-Traditional Academic Year (Winter 2022-Fall 2022)
Estimated Program Dates: February 2022 - December 2022
Application Deadline: September 1, 2021
Estimated Program Dates: February 2022 - June 2022
Application Deadline: September 1, 2021
USC offers a wide range of course options for undergraduate students.
All GVSU students are required to take 4 courses during their semester at USC.
For a list of ALL available courses and course descriptions, visit:
Pre-approved Courses: Other GVSU students have studied abroad at this partner institution. The button below will take you to a list of GVSU equivalencies they have received. PLEASE NOTE: This list indicates courses that have been previously approved. This is NOT a list of all available courses on this program.
Students registering for courses that have NOT been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions: Course Approval Process
For information on fulfilling general education courses abroad, visit: General Education
Students are housed off-campus in fully-furnished, shared apartments that are designated for university students. Each apartment offers a single bedroom, and a shared kitchen and living room. The apartments are conveniently located next to the university (between two and six kilometers). Bikes are the main transportation used by students.
The two primary apartment complexes near campus are Central and Varsity.
USC does not offer meal plans. If you do not want to prepare your own meals, students can eat at the campus cafeteria.
Cost and Scholarships
Tuition & Registration (paid to GVSU): $8,642 - $8,942.
- Tuition, 12-15 credits ($6,954) Based on 2020-21 upper-level, in-state tuition rates.
- IS 380 registration fee ($336)
- Program fees ($1,200-$1,500)
- Required OSHC insurance included in program fee
- Health Insurance CHUBB ($152)
- Estimated cost based on 120 days ($1.27/day). Actual cost may vary and will be based on your exact travel dates. Policy details
Other expenses (estimate): $10,840 - $11,840
- Airfare ($1,800 -$2,400)
- Housing ($4,400 - $4,800)
- Meals ($1,800)
- Personal expenses ($1,800)
- Passport/visa ($590)
- Books & supplies ($450)
Total Estimated Cost: $19,482- $20,782 (per semester)
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.
EXCHANGE STUDENT DISCOUNT: $300 payment for OSHC insurance instead of paying the full program fee.
International Exchange Grant ($1,000): Students are automatically considered when they apply to the program. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-331-3898
2.5 GPA required. Students must be degree seeking and have attended at least one semester at GVSU.
Host University Website
Campus Info / Campus Life
Students can make their way from one side of campus to the other in about 10 minutes. There are cafes near the campus. Students interested in sports will find a variety of community sports teams available rather than university teams. This offers students an opportunity to meet people from the surrounding area. Students interested in buying a bike to get around can often find used bikes for sale.
A student visa is required for participants of this program. Detailed information on how to apply for a student visa to study in Australia will be provided by MU after you receive final acceptance into the program. The student visa guide provides information regarding the application process and required documents. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.
Students typically fly into Brisbane Airport. Students can choose an airport greeting to be met at the airport and taken to your accommodations. This service is often provided by the housing complex; however, USC may also offer this service to students.
US State Department Information
US State Department Country Information (Australia)
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Report - Crime and Safety Report
Students should be mindful of the risks of swimming in the ocean.
USC offers a variety of student guides on their website at:
Semester 1 = Spring semester/GV's Winter Semester 2 = Fall semester
Both semester 1 and semester 2 are 18 weeks in duration.
Resources for Emergency Situations
Reporting an Incident
"It was my first time traveling overseas and what an adventure I had. Not only did I get to fully immerse myself in the Australian culture, I was also able to learn about other cultures with the high international diversity the University of the Sunshine Coast offered. From the engaging courses to the great white sharks I got to dive with, my experience was everything I ever dreamed of and more." -Haylee Weber
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