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University of the Sunshine Coast



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Location : Australia ,Queensland

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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’.



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.


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