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University of the Sunshine Coast

Australia
Overview

Overview

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is in South East Queensland and is a popular and contemporary public university with an excellent reputation. USC is a multi campus in South East Queensland, however USC's main campus is located on the Sunshine Coast in Sippy Downs.

The Sunshine Coast is located only 90km (55miles) north of the state's capital, Brisbane, and is home to the architecturally diverse USC campus, renowned for its environmentally sustainable approach.

The unique campus is situated on a 100-hectare wildlife reserve, home to a wide variety of native Australian wildlife including the Eastern Grey Kangaroos, birds and reptiles. This distinctive setting ensures students benefit from some memorable learning opportunities, at locations like USC's K'gari Research and Learning Centre on Fraser Island which is a World Heritage-listed island.

The university provides students with the necessary modern spaces to learn, along with specialist facilities including advanced 3D visualisation resources and a contemporary High Performance Sport Precinct. There is also a large library on-campus and various 24-hour computer labs for study, while an art gallery and cafes offer spaces to unwind.

USC students receive a high-quality educational experience, while enjoying the relaxed lifestyle that the Sunshine Coast offers. The university offers more than 120-degree programs and 280 course options at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across seven broad discipline areas.

These include 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's international reputation for research is growing every year, with 26 research fields now rated at world standard or above. The innovative research carried out at USC ensures that students will be learning not just from experts in their chosen subject, but also using cutting edge findings and theories.

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What's new

What's new

Rankings and ratings

USC was recently rated 5 stars for Teaching Quality for the 16th year in a row and for Overall Student Experience, Learning Resources, Student Support, Skills Development and Social Equity by the Good Universities Guide 2022.

USC has topped Queensland in the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking for 2022, and placed fifth among 634 universities worldwide for clean water and sanitation in the rankings that assess universities for proven successes in addressing the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Overall, USC ranked joint 31st from 1,406 universities worldwide, and improved its position to seventh in Australia.

Course updates

USC is now offering the Master of Information and Communications Technology face-to-face at the Sunshine Coast campus. In this program, students will develop their understanding in data analytics, data science engineering, data and process management, domain knowledge and research methods.

USC has also recently launched the Diploma in Animal Ecology, through which, on successful completion of the diploma and subject to meeting all other entry criteria, students may receive up to 96 units of credit towards the Bachelor of Animal Ecology. This is a great pathway to learn about animals and turn a love of nature into a meaningful career.

Research

Addressing the key challenges of tomorrow, USC's researchers are powerful innovators, bringing ground-breaking knowledge to complex issues facing the region and the world. USC has 26 research fields ranked at world standard or above (Excellence in Research for Australia). USC also ranked first in Queensland in the Global Impact Rankings, and in the top three per cent globally for Climate Action in the Times Higher Education Impact Ratings 2022.

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Campus locations

Campus locations

USC's campuses are modern hubs of learning with friendly and helpful staff and award-winning facilities, both academic and otherwise. Flexible study options allow students to opt for any of USC's five campuses between Brisbane and the Fraser Coast, all of which have express shuttles, easy access to public transport and facilities for cycling and parking. The campuses are:

USC Gympie

The USC Sunshine Coast campus in Sippy Downs has some of the most innovative learning facilities in the whole of Australia and also offers students interactive digital learning spaces. The campus also houses a high-performance sports precinct with a 3000-seat stadium.

The newest university campus in the state of Queensland, USC Moreton Bay creates a conducive environment for students, industry and community to work together. The campus is set to deliver more than 60 degrees to over 3,000 students in 2022.

Located in Hervey Bay, USC Fraser Coast offers easy access to the K'gari-Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre. Facilities at Fraser Coast include simulated wards, a makerspace and more.

USC Caboolture became operational in 2018 and shares its campus with TAFE Queensland. The campus serves the local community by enabling programs in an inclusive learning environment.

All campuses have modern libraries and other learning resources such as collaborative study spaces, specialist laboratories and more.

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Study options

Study options

USC offers students a range of programs under eleven broad subject areas, which are: arts and international studies business and commerce communication, design and creative industries education environmental studies law and criminology medical and health sciences nursing, midwifery and paramedicine psychology and social sciences science, IT and engineering sport and exercise science.

USC's undergraduate programs focus on building the core skills students will need in the workplace, such as communicating well, solving problems and thinking creatively. All programs provide opportunities for students to intern and receive hands-on training.

USC's career-focused double degrees help broaden students' horizons and increase their career options. Students can opt to study two related fields or choose to combine a professional qualification with a subject area of interest. A higher qualification than a bachelor's degree is an honours degree, which helps students deepen their knowledge and undertake advanced research in a particular field. USC also offers diplomas and associate degrees that serve as a broad introduction to a field of study.

USC's postgraduate programs are delivered with flexible study options, which lets students tailor their studies to suit their lifestyle. Postgraduate students at USC can access a range of support services, academic and otherwise. The opportunity to undertake world-class research and learn using some of the most advanced facilities available further enhances the postgraduate study experience.

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Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Undergraduate programs

Entry into most of USC's undergraduate degree programs requires students to have completed the equivalent of an Australian Year 12, with good grades. Further studies, such as a semester or more at college or university, may also be considered and may count for credit transfer towards a degree. Examples of upper secondary qualifications include completion of General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Levels) with the minimum score requirements, completion of the Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) with a minimum GPA of 2.3 or completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum score of 24.

Some undergraduate programs may require higher grades for entry. Alternative qualifications may also be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. More information about this can be found here.

Postgraduate programs

Entry requirements for postgraduate programs vary for different programs but the broad requirements are the completion of a bachelor's degree from a recognised institution. Some programs may require additional qualifications, such as prior study in a particular area, a minimum score in the undergraduate program or work experience.

English requirements

Students whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English language requirements for entry into USC's programs. English proficiency may be demonstrated be achieving certain minimum scores in recognised tests. The most common among these if the IELTS. Students require an overall score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each subtest. For entry into most programs. Scores obtained in the TOEFL and Pearson test of English are also recognised

Country-specific entry requirements may vary and more information about these can be found here on Table 3.

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Facilities

Facilities

USC offers students ultramodern facilities, among the most advanced in Australia, including cutting edge engineering technologies and state-of-the-art facilities for the creative industries.

Nursing and simulation labs and paramedic simulation areas replicate real-life settings and give medical and health sciences students invaluable practice in environments they will be working in. The USC Psychology Telehealth Clinic is an advanced training and research facility for students of psychology programs. For students of engineering, there are state-of-the-art CNC machines, a multipurpose laboratory for practical experiments, a robotics lab and much more.

The Sunshine Coast campus has a moot court for Law students to practice in a real-life setting. Students of the creative arts will benefit from the new performing arts centre complete with professional-quality studios, theatre production space and Queensland's first MIT Fab Lab Maker Space. The USC Art Gallery is undergoing expansion and will have additional storage space for a growing art collection in addition to space for events.

The CAVE2TM is a 320-degree immersive 3D space that places students in the centre of complex visual data, the only such space in the world used for teaching. The Collaboration Studio is a visualisation space with 3D and touch enabled panels.

The High-Performance Sports Precinct has a sports stadium with facilities that are used by Olympic and Paralympic champions.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

USC offers a range of international student scholarships to help students on their way to a university degree:

International Student Outlook (ISO) Scholarships

The International Student Outlook (ISO) Scholarship is open to onshore international students for all programs commencing in 2022 across all USC Queensland campuses. The scholarship is in the form of a 15 percent tuition fee reduction on the officially published fees for the program in question and its study period.

Start Online & Save (SOS) Scholarship

The Start Online & Save (SOS) Scholarship is a means to allow students to commence their course online with a 50 percent tuition fee reduction until the end of 2022, in the event that they stay outside Australia. The fee reduction is on the tuition fees for the relevant program and the corresponding study period.

There are other scholarships available at USC for international students. Some of these may be applicable only to students from a particular country. Students can check with the International Office or a USC representative for more information regarding scholarships.

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What our students think about us

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Course Quality
5.0
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University of the Sunshine Coast University of the Sunshine Coast
Rated4/5based on1 student reviews
The environment around the university Customer reviews:
University of the Sunshine Coast - by, 2020-01-29
4.0/ 5 stars

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University of the Sunshine Coast University of the Sunshine Coast
Rated4/5based on1 student reviews
The environment around the university Customer reviews:
University of the Sunshine Coast - by, 2020-01-29
4.0/ 5 stars

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