University of the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast
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Why choose USC?

At USC, we value and support outstanding teaching, and work hard to create a learning environment in which students have every opportunity to flourish. We provide our students with inclusive, personalised support in conjunction with programmes that allow them ample opportunities to engage with their discipline, profession and community, including work integrated learning and overseas study opportunities.

USC is ranked as one of the best public universities in Australia for the overall quality of its educational experience for undergraduate students (Good Universities Guide 2017). USC has also been ranked on a prestigious global list of the top young universities, including a place in the top 50 ‘Gen Y’ institutions (Times Higher Education worldwide rankings).

Five-star education

USC has been awarded five stars for teaching quality; overall experience; student support; lecture resources and skills development by the Good Universities Guide 2017

Five-star student satisfaction

USC students have the highest satisfaction with the overall quality of their educational experience of any public university in Australia, according to Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2016

Flexible degree options

USC students can plan study pathways to meet their individual goals or gain credit from previous studies

Great study locations

USC has a number of great study locations: our main campus and study hubs on the Sunshine Coast and other campuses in South Bank (Brisbane), Gympie and Hervey Bay.

Free English language support

USC offers English for Academic Study (EAS) support if English is not your first language. EAS is available to eligible students in the first semester of a USC Award, Study Abroad, Exchange or Tertiary Preparation Pathway and in any semester for eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Undergraduate Nursing and Teacher Education degrees.

Academic skills assistance

USC provides ongoing access to individual consultations, workshops and online self-help resources

A truly Australian lifestyle

USC is a great place to meet Australian students and experience the Australian way of life!

Undergraduate study options

As an International student at USC, you can choose from a wide variety of undergraduate degree programmes in arts, social sciences, business, science, health, engineering, education and law. USC’s flexible degree structures allow you to create a programme to suit your needs and career ambitions. Our combined degrees give you knowledge and skills in two different but complementary areas. Detailed information about individual degree options, including intakes, can be found in the USC prospectus. Contact Study Options for a copy.

Postgraduate study options

USC’s postgraduate programmes can enhance your previous degree, offer a change in direction, or create a new beginning. Whether you are refreshing your knowledge, advancing in your field, or discovering the joy of further learning, a USC postgraduate programme opens a world of opportunities. 

USC Sunshine Coast

USC’s main campus, USC Sunshine Coast, is based in Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s premier destinations with its beautiful beaches, subtropical forests of the hinterland and warm sunshine year round. It is the third most populous area in Queensland, with approximately 300,000 residents and is located only 90km north of the state capital Brisbane.

The Sunshine Coast is an ideal base for exploring Australia’s big cities, the Outback or the Tropics. Brisbane city, the capital of Queensland, is only about an hour away by car, and there are public transport connections from the Sunshine Coast campus. The local airport (Sunshine Coast Airport) has daily direct flights to Sydney (1.5 hours) and Melbourne (2.5 hours) on budget airlines. Brisbane has both domestic and international airports, meaning you have easy access to explore Australia and overseas!


USC’s Sunshine Coast, USC South Bank, USC Gympie and USC Fraser Coast are located in South East Queensland, on the east coast of Australia. The state is renowned for its warm climate, pristine beaches, tropical rainforests and vibrant cities, allowing you to experience all the very best that Australia has to offer.

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