Australia: University of the Sunshine Coast (Semester/Year)

USC is a highly regarded university in the Australia 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.

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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Non-Traditional AY 2020 (Winter 2020-Fall 2020)

Estimated Program Dates: February 2020 - December 2020
Application Deadline: September 10, 2019 (Closed)

Fall 2020

Estimated Program Dates: July 2020 - December 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Closed)

Non-Traditional Academic Year (Winter 2021-Fall 2021)

Estimated Program Dates: February 2021 - December 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020

Winter 2021

Estimated Program Dates: February 2021 - June 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020

Fall 2021

Estimated Program Dates: July 2021 - December 2021
Application Deadline: February 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: 

Course Options 


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.

Pre-Approved Courses 

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.

Housing Options

Cost and Scholarships

Tuition & Registration (paid to GVSU): $7,586 - $8,086

  • Tuition, 12-15 credits ($6,750)
  • IS 380 registration fee ($336)
  • Program fees ($500-$1,000)
  • Required OSHC insurance included in program fee

Other expenses (estimate): $10,803 - $11,803

  • Airfare ($1,800 -$2,400)
  • Housing ($4,400 - $4,800)
  • Meals ($1,800)
  • Personal expenses ($1,800)
  • Passport/visa ($525)
  • Books & supplies ($450)
  • ISIC (optional) ($28)

Total Estimated Cost: $18,389- $19,889 (per semester)

Cost Breakdown


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 or 616-331-3898 


 Additional Scholarships


2.5 GPA required. Students must be degree seeking and have attended at least one semester at GVSU. 

Additional Information

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.

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Visa Requirements

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.

Arrival 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.

CDC Report

CDC Report


US State Department Information

US State Department Country Information (Australia)

US State Department - Students Abroad

US Embassy in Australia

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Report - Crime and Safety Report

Students should be mindful of the risks of swimming in the ocean.



Application Timeline 

USC offers a variety of student guides on their website at:

USC Academic Calendar

Semester 1 = Spring semester/GV's Winter    Semester 2 = Fall semester   

Both semester 1 and semester 2 are 18 weeks in duration.

Guides and handbook for International Students

Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

"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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