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University of the Sunshine Coast

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Quick facts:

  • Type of Institution: Public university
  • Location: Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast, Australia
  • Student population: 11,500 (10% international students)

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is a modern and fast-growing public university, located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland – a premier tourism destination only 90km (55miles) north of Brisbane. The 100-hectare campus is a designated wildlife reserve which is home to Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, and provides a relaxing learning environment for students. USC is a great place to meet Australian students, as 90 per cent of the student population on campus is Australian.

International student testimonials - France

Testimonials from French students attending the University of the Sunshine Coast

About the University of the Sunshine Coast

USC offers more than 120 degree programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level across eight broad discipline areas, including business, IT and tourism; creative industries, design
and communication; education; engineering, planning and science; health, nursing and sport sciences; humanities, psychology and social sciences; and law and criminology.

USC has a sustainable campus, which has been recognised for its environmental initiatives and award- winning building design. USC facilities include modern learning and teaching spaces, advanced 3D visualisation facilities, a modern High Performance Sport Precinct, an art gallery, a large on-campus library and bookshop, multiple 24-hour computer labs, and various cafés providing a wide range of healthy eating options.

7 reasons to choose USC

  • Five-star education[1] and high student satisfaction[2]
  • Wide range of study options
  • Excellent academic and student support services
  • Great campus experience with 90% Australian students
  • Modern campus with world-class facilities
  • Ideal location for exploring all Australia has to offer
  • Resort-style student accommodation located next to campus

[1] Good Universities Guide 2018

[2] Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2016

Five-star education and student satisfaction

USC has been ranked as one of the best public universities in Australia for the overall quality of its educational experience for undergraduate students2. USC’s international reputation for research is growing every year with 14 broad research fields rated at, or above, world standards. You will be learning from academics who are leaders in their fields.

A wide range of study options

You can choose from courses across seven different study areas:

  • Business, IT and Tourism
  • Creative Industries, Design and Communication
  • Education
  • Engineering and Science
  • Health, Nursing and Sports Science
  • Humanities, Psychology and Social Sciences
  • Law and Criminology

Excellent academic and student support services

USC is proud of a dedicated and friendly staff who offer ongoing assistance designed to make your transition to study at USC as easy and enjoyable as possible. USC received five stars for overall experience, student support, learning resources and skills development3. USC offers:

  • A comprehensive orientation program
  • Approachable and supportive teachers
  • Academic skills support
  • Student counselling
  • Disability support
  • Health and wellbeing advice
  • Accommodation assistance
  • Free English language support

Australian campus experience

Of approximately 11,500 students, 90% are Australian and the remainder represent over 70 different nationalities. The Student Guild runs regular social events for students, giving you the opportunity to make new friends and experience Australian culture.

World-class facilities

USC has an environmentally sustainable campus, which has been recognised for its environmental initiatives and award- winning building design. Facilities include:

  • Modern learning and teaching spaces
  • Various cafes providing a wide range of healthy eating options
  • Extensive library and art gallery
  • 24-hour computer labs
  • Simulation training environments
  • One of only three CAVEII 3D simulation labs in the world
  • A modern indoor sports stadium which seats 2000
  • Olympic sized swimming pool
  • Outdoor sports fields and athletic track
  • Fitness gym

Ideal location for exploring Australia

The Sunshine Coast is an ideal base for exploring Australia’s big cities, the Outback, the Tropics. Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is approximately one hour by car, and there are public transport connections from campus. Public bus services operate between USC’s bus interchange and coastal communities, giving you access to local beaches, shopping centres, restaurants and the nightlife of the Sunshine Coast. From USC’s bus interchange, you can use an integrated bus and rail service to travel to Brisbane. USC is approximately 20km (13miles) from the Sunshine Coast Airport and around 90km (55miles) from Brisbane International and Domestic Airports. Sunshine Coast Airport has direct flights to Sydney (1.5 hours) and Melbourne (2.5 hours). Brisbane has both domestic and international airports, making it easy to explore Australia and to get to and from overseas destinations.

Student accommodation

There is a wide variety of resort-style student accommodation options. There is something to suit your budget and length of stay.


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