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University Of Sunshine Coast

About USC - University facts at a glance.

About USC - University facts at a glance:

Official name: University of the Sunshine CoastType of university: Public

Founded: The Sunshine Coast University College was founded in 1994, with the first students starting at the Sippy Downs campus in 1996. Full university status was granted to the new institution in 1998 and it became the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Location: Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia (100 kilometres north of Brisbane, Queensland's capital city).

Campus size: 100 hectares.


   The University is registered in the Australian University category in the National Register of Higher Education Providers, meaning USC complies with the Higher Education Standards for Australian universities, made under Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011.

   Today, with around 10,000 enrolled students, USC is on track to reach projected student enrolments of 12,000 by 2015.

   The University has also earned multiple five-star ratings for its educational experience, including overall graduate satisfaction, graduate satisfaction with generic skills, gender balance, Indigenous participation and electronic support.

   The University’s location on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast offers many lifestyle benefits including beautiful beaches and stunning hinterland, a warm climate, and a relaxed and friendly community.

   The campus is located 90km north of Brisbane, Queensland’s capital. Travel to campus is easy with quick access to the Bruce Highway and Sunshine Coast motorway.

Why choose USC:

A five-star education

USC's academics are experts in delivering a quality education. USC has received 5 stars for teaching quality (the highest rating for any public university in Queensland) 8 years running.

Sunshine Coast lifestyle

From the coastline to the hinterland, the Sunshine Coast is famous for its natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere. And it's all only an hour's drive from Brisbane.

Wide range of study choices

Choose from more than 70 undergraduate degrees in the areas of business,

Full service campus

The campus is a full-service experience with cafes, an art gallery, book shop, sports precinct, and iconic library, not to mention the latest in study facilities.

Social activities

Whether you enjoy live music, playing team sports, or catching up with friends over a coffee, there are plenty of social and sporting options on campus to keep you entertained outside of your studies.

Student support

There are plenty of services and staff available to support you throughout your time at USC,

Entry pathways

There are a number of ways to get into university. Already completed a TAFE course or some courses at uni? Or gathered skills and knowledge through workplace learning? You could be eligible for credit and complete your degree faster.

Graduate satisfaction

USC has been awarded the highest graduate satisfaction rating of any public university in Queensland 5 years running.

Be more employable

Graduates get jobs. 76% of Australian university graduates seeking full-time employment find a job within 4 months of completing their bachelor degree

Undergraduate And Postgraduate:

USC offers more than 100 undergraduate and postgraduate study 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
  • Law

   Degrees can include elective courses and specialisations across a range of disciplines. Entrepreneurship or sustainability can be studied as part of most degree programs.

   Fees and study costs

   2014 tuition fees for international students

  • Undergraduate degree programs — A$8,900–A$11,000 per semester.
  • Postgraduate coursework programs (on campus) — A$8,900–A$11,000 per teaching period (semester/session/trimester).
  • Higher degrees by research (on campus) — A$21,000–A$23,000 per year.
  • English Language Programs.
  • Academic English — A$150 application fee and A$330 per week full-time tuition.

   Tuition fees are reviewed each calendar year. The fee you must pay for a given teaching period (semester/session/trimester) is that which has been approved by USC for the calendar year within which the teaching period falls.