- How many students in each class?
Our class average is 14-15 students.
- When may I start my program?
Our Academic English programs have set start dates throughout the year. Check English Language Program for more details.
- Will I have an orientation?
Yes, you will have an orientation on the first day that your program starts. Come to the international office, Level 1, J block for 8.40am (the time classes start).
- Are text books provided free-of-charge?
Yes, text books are on loan to you for the duration of your program.
This means that you need to return your text book at the end of your program (in order to get a certificate of completion).
- How many nationalities are there in the school?
We have a mix of students from around the world including France, India, Brazil, Japan, China, Nepal and the Philippines.
- Where can I live on the Sunshine Coast?
There are three privately owned student accommodation complexes close to the campus or alternatively, you may choose to live with a local Australian family. For Homestay information including costs and application process go to www.homestaynetwork.org/usc-students. Alternatively USC International Student Services can provide advice on finding student accommodation.
- What can I do on the weekend?
A variety of social activities are organised for students. There is an STA Travel branch located on campus where you can book trips or activities.
The Sunshine Coast is a popular tourist destination, so there are many things to do and see.
Students visit Fraser Island (World Heritage listed), go camping, surf, relax at the beach or explore Brisbane city.
- Can I use the internet and how much will it cost?
Yes, international students will be given a student network account which gives access to the internet and email facilities while at the USC campus.
The cost is included in the program fees.
- Where can I buy my lunch?
USC's campus has a number of cafes, food outlets and a brasserie which sell a large selection of delicious food, snacks and drinks.
The cafes are conveniently located near the classrooms.
- Can I meet Australians easily?
Studying on campus is an ideal place to meet Australians who are visiting or studying at the University.
University campus life allows students to easily interact with local Australians.
- Where can I study after my English program?
USC offers over 100 degree programs to international students. Find out about USC's degree programs and courses.
USC also offers excellent foundation programs. USC's Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) program leads students into undergraduate level programs at USC.
There are also practical programs available through local colleges.
- How will I know my way around the University?
You will be given a tour of the campus on your first day when you will also have the opportunity to ask the guide any questions.
- How far is the University campus from the beach?
The beach is 8.5 kilometres from the University campus, less than 10 minutes drive by car.
There is also a regular bus service from the campus to local beaches and the major shopping centres around the Sunshine Coast.
- Is it true there are wild kangaroos on campus?
Yes! The University of the Sunshine Coast is one of the very few Australian universities which has wild kangaroos on the campus.
- How much money will I need for living expenses?
In addition to your tuition and program expenses, you should make sure you have sufficient funds available to support yourself during your study.
On average, students in Queensland require A$1,550 per month to live comfortably.
This includes homestay fees, personal expenses, transportation costs and lunches from Monday to Friday.
Extra allowance should be made for entertainment expenses.
If you have any school age dependents accompanying you to Australia, you will be required to pay full fees for their schooling.
You should allow at least A$8,000 per year for the cost of each child's schooling.