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The Diploma is a great alternative to Study Abroad as you will gain an additional qualification.

USC offers a variety of Diploma programs from disciplines such as business, communication, general studies, sport and fitness, outdoor environmental studies and social sciences. The USC Diploma is a university qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The courses you can study are on the Bachelor level.

If you are eligible, you could earn up to 50 percent credit for your prior study and complete the Diploma in one semester. You may be able to use your courses to complete a minor.

The Diploma is an excellent program to complement your studies, improve your career prospects and enhance your English language fluency and cross-cultural knowledge. The following Diplomas are on offer:

Diploma in Business

The Diploma in Business is designed to allow students to undertake any eight courses from those available in the School of Business (for example, Accounting, Marketing, Management, Tourism and Economics). The Diploma in Business intends to provide students with the opportunity to study from a range of business disciplines, thus providing a wide range of choices for students who wish to study at USC.

For further information on the Diploma in Business, please visit the program page.

Diploma in Communication

Our Diploma in Communication is offered over eight courses and gives you the option to tailor your studies to suit your interests. Choose from a wide range of courses available, including creative writing, media, public relations, journalism and design.

Gain knowledge and learn communication concepts in your chosen area through face-to-face teaching supported by online resources.

For further information on the Diploma in Communication, please visit the program page.

Diploma in General Studies

Choose from a wide range of courses on offer in areas such as business, marketing, event management, communication, creative industries, social sciences, engineering, health and science.

Our Diploma is offered over eight courses and gives you the option to tailor your studies to suit your interests. You’ll also have the option to use your courses to complete a minor.

This is a unique opportunity to study from a diverse range of disciplines and experience what it’s like to live and study in another country.

For further information on the Diploma in General Studies, please visit the program page.

Diploma in Outdoor Environmental Studies

This diploma equips you with the skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to the leadership of transformative outdoor environmental experiences in natural settings as a guide and scientific interpreter. You'll participate in fieldwork on Fraser Island and other locations on the Sunshine Coast (depending on the courses chosen), learn how to navigate diverse terrain using non-motorised modes of travel, develop an understanding of environmental management objectives, and learn about unique terrestrial and marine ecosystems and the organisms that inhabit them.

Courses that involve field trips may require a degree of physical fitness and mobility. Some items of personal equipment will need to be provided/purchased by the students.

Students will complete 20-40 days of supervised outdoor environmental studies fieldwork (depending on elective choices) in local natural environments and the Fraser Island World Heritage Area.

The University will meet most costs of the field trips, but students will be required to pay for their own food. Students may also elect to participate in some additional private trips to refine their skills, knowledge and experience.

For further information on the Diploma in Outdoor Environmental Studies, please visit the program page.

Diploma in Social Science

Choose from a wide range of social sciences fields such as counselling, social work, history, psychology and urban planning. Our Diploma is offered over eight courses and gives you the option to tailor your studies to suit your interests.

You’ll also have the option to use your courses to complete a minor.

This is a unique opportunity to study from a diverse range of social sciences areas and experience what it’s like to live and study in another country.

For further information on the Diploma in Social Science, please visit the program page.

Diploma in Sport and Fitness

If you have an interest in all aspects of sports and fitness, this program gives you the key theory and knowledge and hands-on practice to help advance your career opportunities.

You’ll learn about fitness and sports instruction and study related courses such as outdoor education or tourism and leisure studies, allowing you to pursue other passions, strengths and career opportunities.

When you graduate from this program, if you want to further your studies in sport and fitness you can get credit transfer towards our Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science or Bachelor of Sports Studies.

For further information on the Diploma in Sport and Fitness, please visit the program page.

USC offers you the opportunity to apply for recognition of prior studies towards a USC Diploma.

The Diploma is usually completed in two semesters, but if you have already completed studies at your home university you could receive up to four courses credit towards the USC Diploma. This means you can graduate with an Australian Diploma qualification after successfully completing only one semester (4 courses) of study at USC.

The courses you study at USC, may be eligible for credit transfer to your home institution. Please check with your home institution if Diploma courses are also credited towards your home degree.

If you would like to find out more about obtaining a Diploma from USC, please contact USC International.

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