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University of the Sunshine Coast

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Established in 1996, the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities and continues to strongly impact the economic and cultural development of its region. 

With more than 12,000 students, USC serves a growing catchment that stretches from Brisbane’s CBD to as far north as Bundaberg. Its teaching sites include campuses on the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, in Gympie and Brisbane’s South Bank precinct, plus speciality international locations in the Melbourne and Sydney CBDs. 

USC offers more than 140 undergraduate and postgraduate programs in: 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.

Demand for USC programs is strong, with enrolments expected to double in the next decade. Integral to this is a new USC university precinct currently under development in the Moreton Bay region. This new campus will be of equal status to USC Sunshine Coast and is expected to receive students in 2020.

Students are encouraged to complete part of their study overseas and to gain industry experience through work-integrated learning. Relevant, contemporary course content is enhanced by sophisticated teaching facilities, including one of only four state-of-the-art CAVE2TM visualisation studios in the world – the first of its kind to be used for teaching and learning, rather than solely for research.

USC is the only public university in Queensland to earn five stars for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide annually since 2007, and its staff have consistently been recognised with national teaching awards. With more than 17,600 alumni, USC has a strong record of graduate satisfaction and has recorded impressive gains in graduate employment outcomes. 

Alongside its reputation for excellence in teaching, USC is committed to remaining at the cusp of research innovation. The 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia assessment rated 14 of USC’s research fields at or above world standard, with Environmental Science and Management, Nursing and Zoology rated at ‘well above world standard’ and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Ecology, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Fisheries Science and Clinical Sciences rated at ‘above world standard’.

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Admission


Entry requirements

To enter a USC program you must meet the following:

  • be at least 18 years old when you start study

  • relevant program admission requirements (below)

  • English language requirements

Program admission requirements

You will need to provide supporting documentation, (e.g. evidence of any previous studies or qualifications), as proof of meeting entry requirements.

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree. 

These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may be considered. If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirementsfor your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Accommodation


Arranging accommodation and airport transfers — Sunshine Coast
You should arrive at least a day or two before Orientation. For details about booking accommodation and airport transfers online, refer to the information included with your letter of offer. If you want to stay in student accommodation, you should book early.

Many international and Australian students live in one of the three privately–owned, fully–furnished student  accommodation complexes that are conveniently located next to the University. UniCentral, Varsity Apartments and The Village all offer modern self-contained accommodation in resort style complexes and are all linked by pathway to the campus, which is an easy three–minute walk away.
You can book student accommodation online. Once you have signed a lease, it can be difficult and expensive to change your accommodation, so it is important you
understand the terms and conditions of your lease arrangement. On departure, you will have to pay for any  damage to your room/apartment, and you risk eviction if you do not follow the accommodation provider’s rules.

The Village
The Village offers two and three bedroom share villas, some with private garages attached. Each apartment is furnished and has a shared living room, kitchen and laundry facilities. Each private bedroom includes a double bed,some with private bathroom, telephone, study desk and chair, internet connection and a free intercom system.
Facilities include:
• 3 pools including a 4–lane 25–metre lap pool
• a flood–lit tennis court / basketball court
• outdoor recreational areas and barbecues
• secure gated complex with on-site managers and night security

UniCentral
UniCentral offers four-share accommodation in modern, self-contained apartments. Each unit has a shared lounge, kitchen and laundry facilities, and a courtyard or
balcony. Each private bedroom includes a double bed, bathroom, telephone, study desk and chair, internet connection, free USC intranet, and an intercom system.
Facilities include:
• six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool
• flood-lit tennis/basketball court
• outdoor recreational area and barbecues
• recreational pavilion with pool tables, table tennis, cable TV, DVD, stereo and more
• on-site managers and night security

Varsity Apartments
Varsity Apartments is a four-star, resortstyle property. All apartments are selfcontained with shared lounge and cooking facilities. Each bedroom has a private bathroom, double bed, telephone line and internet access. The apartments are fully furnished. The complex has on-site managers.
Facilities include:
• complimentary satellite television
• lap pool and resort-style swimming pool with spa
• beach volleyball, basketball and tennis courts
• gymnasium
• barbecue areas
• coin-operated laundry and linen hire
Varsity apartments also offers short-term and two night stays at competitive rates (subject to availability).

Homestay accommodation
Living with an Australian family gives you the opportunity to experience Australian culture and speak English on a daily basis. The Australian Homestay Network offers standards-based accommodation, with specially
trained hosts, as an introduction to
living in Australia.
For details, costs and
applications, visit
homestaynetwork.org/usc-students

Other accommodation
USC is close to suburbs and towns where off-campus accommodation is easy to find. If you would like to rent your own house, apartment, townhouse or flat, real estate agents and private providers advertise on the following websites:
domain.com.au
realestate.com.au
easyroommate.com.au
flatmates.com
share-accommodation.net
The USC Student Guild frequently updates the Off Campus Accommodation Register with a list of private rooms for rent. uscstudentguild.org.au
Finding the right place could take some time, so you should book temporary accommodation before arriving.

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