Australia: Semester on the Sunshine Coast with UniSC

University Sunshine Coast (UniSC) is a highly regarded university in the Australian state of Queensland. Queensland is home to some of Australia’s most iconic natural landmarks and has a rich cultural heritage. Visitors can explore the vast natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast while enjoying unique cultural experiences. With a current student enrollment of around 12,000 students from over 50 different countries, UniSC is one of the fastest growing campuses in Australia. UniSC 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.

UniSC has a number of research centers 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 UniSC at the commencement of their studies. UniSC 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.

Host University Website

GVSU's partner universities are largely independent programs; prospective participants should carefully consider if this form of study abroad suits their needs before registering. These partnerships allow students to experience a more independent international study abroad, but also require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. Those who prefer additional support may wish to consider other study abroad options such as external study abroad providers and our faculty-led options.

2.5 GPA Required
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2023

Program Dates: July 24, 2023 - November 17, 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)

Winter 2024

Estimated Program Dates: February 2024 - June 2024
Application Deadline: September 1, 2023





UniSC offers a wide range of course options for undergraduate students.

All GVSU students are required to take 4 courses during their semester at UniSC. 

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 required to secure their own housing. UniSC does not provide support in this area. The most convenient housing option includes off-campus, fully-furnished, shared apartments that are designated for university students. UniCentral and Varsity are close to campus. 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.

UniCentral Website

Varsity Apartments

UniSC 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

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.

Cost Breakdown


EXCHANGE STUDENT DISCOUNT:  $300 payment for OSHC insurance instead of paying the full program fee.

International Exchange Grant (award varies by need): Students are automatically considered when they apply to the program by the deadline. Questions? Contact [email protected] or 616-331-3898 


 Additional Scholarships


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

You do not need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to travel to and from Australia. Mask wearing on international flights to Australia is no longer mandatory. Travellers continue to be encouraged to consider wearing a mask to reduce their personal risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19

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.

Google Map

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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 UniSC 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, UniSC 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 

UniSC 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
[email protected]

"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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