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  • Locations: Maroochydore, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Program Website: Click to visit
  • Program Costs: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/21/2018 10/05/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 02/22/2019 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No Prerequisites
Housing Options: Apartment Minimum GPA: 2.5
Academic Area: Full Curriculum Credit Requirement: Currently Enrolled/Completing 24 Credits
Type of GO Program: Partner, Traditional
Program Description:

Established by the Australian Government, The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is a modern and dynamic university.  The university has about 8,000 students, offering a personal and friendly campus environment.  It is a great place to meet Australian students and to experience the Australian lifestyle.  Wildlife such as eastern grey kangaroos from the neighboring Mooloolah River National Park roam freely around the campus grounds.  USC's environmentally sensitive architecture has received national awards, and the campus offers modern learning resources, as well as an art gallery, bookshop, sporting facilities and eateries.  It is only a short walk from the university to shops, banks, cafes and student accommodation villages.

The University of the Sunshine Coast campus is located in Sippy Downs, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The university is situated on a 100-hectare campus in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. The campus is approximately 100km north of Queensland's capital city, Brisbane. Major centers such as Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Caloundra and Noosa are a short drive away. The Sunshine Coast region begins at Caloundra, just an hour's drive north of Brisbane and extends to Cooloola, the gateway to Fraser Island. It takes in tranquil hinterland including the Glasshouse Mountains, Blackall Range, Noosa Hinterland and the Mary Valley; as well as more than 100 kilometers of beaches stretching through the coastal towns of Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum, Noosa and Rainbow Beach.

To watch videos about the University of the Sunshine Coast, visit its YouTube Channel:
See USC's Facebook page for exchange students to get another glimpse at the university:


Students may choose to study abroad either for a semester or for a full academic year. The USC academic year begins in February and ends in November of the same year. Before classes begin, study abroad participants will have a one week orientation program in country.

Spring Semester (The first semester at USC): mid-February to late June. 
Fall Semester (The second semester at USC): mid-July to in late November. 


MU students will reside in UniCentral, a privately-owned and fully furnished student complex that is located next to the university. It is just a 5 minute walk from USC’s campus and a 10 minute drive or a 20 minute bus ride from the beach.  It is also conveniently located close to a local shopping center. These modern apartment-style complexes have been built especially for students and are linked by pathways to the campus. The local shopping center is also within easy reach.

UniCentral is a gated complex with on-site managers and night security. Students live in shared apartments with other international students and at least one Australian student. Each apartment has a self contained kitchen and laundry area, a shared living room and four private, single bedrooms.  Each apartment includes four lockable private bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, study area, two built-in wardrobes, private telephone and internet connection (additional charges for usage) and free intranet service to the university.  The common areas of each apartment include laundry facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with dining furniture, and outdoor furniture in either a balcony or courtyard setting. 

The apartment complex has a 25 meter lap pool, a tennis court, a basketball court, an outdoor recreational area with barbecues, and a recreational pavilion that contains a pool table, a ping-pong table, a television, a DVD player, and a stereo.  

While staying at UniCentral, students have a number of services available to them. Students have the option to use bedding provided by UniCentral for a cost. New bedding and used bedding packages are available for purchase/rent for separate fees. A much cheaper alternative is to buy sheets from K-Mart when you arrive. They are soft and durable and for only a fraction of the price. 

  • UniCentral is very dedicated to keeping apartments as clean and well kept as possible.  For this reason, professional cleaning of the common areas, not private bedrooms, of ALL UniCentral apartments takes place on a biweekly basis.  UniCentral asks that students make the cleaning process as easy as possible by keeping common rooms and kitchens tidy and all personal items in private bedrooms during scheduled cleaning periods. Also, UniCentral asks that garbage is removed from the kitchen EVERY DAY. *Units that are considered too untidy to be cleaned will be reported to UniCentral managers.  Residents will be given one warning in the form of a “yellow card.”  Subsequent infractions will result in a “red card” penalty and residents will be fined.
  • Quarterly Unit Inspections will take on a regular basis.  Residents will be given notice before each inspection and on the day of inspection units are expected to be tidy and clean.  Unacceptable unit conditions will be charged additional cleaning fees.
  • Smoking is not permitted inside any building. 
  • All UniCentral residents are required to purchase a UniCentral photo I.D. for a cost determined by UniCentral.  This I.D. is needed to enter the apartment complex. 

Click here for more detailed housing information.

Student Quotes:

"These bedding options are a bit pricey. You may want to buy your own stuff at Sam’s Warehouse or the Sunshine Plaza. It may take a day or so to get there after arriving, but it is very possible to take the bus or walk on the first day, no worries."

"If you know a MU student who is attending USC the semester before you, I suggest contacting them while they are in Australia to buy their supplies from them, instead of from the store or UniCentral. I purchased all my bedding, an alarm clock, school supplies, a heated blanket, and camping equipment ahead of time from a current participant at a cheaper price than UniCentral’s bedding alone. Before the current participant returned to the USA, she left everything with an Aussie who was staying in UniCentral over the holiday, so when I arrived, all I had to do was pick everything up from the Aussie’s apartment and I had everything I needed right there, without having to worry about finding the store or navigating the bus routes"

"It is easiest to keep your room and unit tidy all throughout the semester. The rooms need to be practically spotless at the end of the semester if you want to get any of your security deposit back. This deposit was used as money for me to return home to, by the time it was processed, and I was glad that nothing more than the mandatory cleaning fee was taken from it. At the end of the semester, it was hard to find time to clean among last minute travels, finals, and packing. I was glad that I kept up with my cleaning all semester. "

Students usually choose to purchase food at the local supermarkets and cook for themselves. There are several eateries and cafes on USC’s campus, which also often double as social hangouts. Regularly eating at campus eateries, fast food places and restaurants, however, is more expensive than in Millersville and can easily add up.  Students have found that a variety of foods are available in the supermarkets, including plenty of vegetarian options.

Student Quotes:

"Grocery shopping is an adventure. It's a little over a mile walk to the large grocery store, Woolworths, commonly known as “Woolies.” I looked forward to this walk. It’s an easy walk and you can bring backpacks into the store to carry groceries back or even take carts back to unicentral with you because they have someone that collects the carts from outside unicentral. There is also a bus that takes students to woolies every Tuesday."

"If students do go out to eat, it is a good idea to look for daily or weekly specials. For example, Eagle Boys Pizza in Chancellor Park has great deals every week. A few friends and I would go almost every Tuesday for half price pizzas. The Student Guild is an on-campus organization that provides food. To become a Student Guild member and get the food, you just pay a one-time fee of $5. They have cereal, sandwiches, and noodles. They also have weekly cookouts where they will make sausages or burgers (usually on Wednesdays). I highly recommend becoming a member. "


USC semester courses are offered to full time students, in which international undergraduate students attend classes with their USC peers. Students at USC are registered for 12 total academic credits. While students must take at least 12 credits to be a full time student, it is not possible to take more than 12 credits per semester at USC.

Exchange students receive a comprehensive orientation to the university upon arrival at USC including a campus tour, an introduction to USC International Office staff, campus facilities and services, and assistance with finalizing enrollment.  Students will also be invited to become involved in the social activities organized to help them meet other students.

USC Offers Courses in:

  • Business

  • Information Technology

  • Communication

  • Design

  • Education

  • Health

  • English

  • International Studies

  • History

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

  • Biology

  • Ecology

  • Geography

  • Chemistry

  • Math

A full selection of courses can be found here. 
Note: Due to USC's location in the Southern Hemisphere, their academic calendar is very different from MU's.  Students who will study abroad during the fall semester should refer to Semester 2 classes at USC, while students going in the spring semester should refer to Semester 1 classes.




12 credits

4 credits


Australian Grade


High Distinction