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International application information

Before you submit your application to UniSC, you should make yourself familiar with the following:

Program information and tuition fees

You can find detailed program information on the program page of the program you wish to enrol in.

You can also find out more about tuition fees, and the potential for them to change.

UniSC's refund policy and the amounts that may or not be repaid to you in the event of a cancellation are outlined in the Student Fees, Charges and Refunds - Procedures

Campus and study hub locations

UniSC's main campus is UniSC Sunshine Coast in Sippy Downs.

Other campus locations include UniSC Moreton Bay, UniSC Caboolture, UniSC Fraser Coast and UniSC Gympie.

A study hub is located at UniSC's Thompson Institute. Find out more about our study locations, campuses and facilities.

Deferring, cancelling or suspending your enrolment
Prior to commencement

If you have, or plan to apply for a Student visa, you have the option to apply for deferral of your start date in exceptional circumstances and before the start date shown on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). In order for your application for deferral to be considered, you must be able to demonstrate compassionate and compelling circumstances. Your application will then be re-assessed for commencement on the deferred start date and, if approved, you will be provided with a new letter of offer and written agreement. The change to your enrolment will be reported to the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).

If you cancel your enrolment prior to commencement, your CoE will also be cancelled and the change to your enrolment status will be reported to DOHA.

If you would like to defer or vary your study prior to commencement you can make these changes via the online application portal.

After you commenced

There are limited circumstances where a student's enrolment may be deferred or temporarily suspended. These are outlined in the National Code 2018 and include

  • compassionate or compelling circumstances, or
  • misbehaviour by the student

A deferral or suspension of study may affect the validity of your Student visa.

In the event USC intends to suspend or cancel a student's enrolment, where that suspension or cancellation is not initiated by the student, USC will notify the student that they have 20 working days to access USC's internal appeals process.

If the student accesses the appeals process, the enrolment will not be suspended or cancelled until the internal appeals process is completed.

Instances where USC may initiate a cancellation to a student's enrolment may include

The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000

The ESOS Act is Commonwealth legislation that all providers who offer programs to international Student visa holders need to adhere to. This protects international students by ensuring they are accessing a consistent and quality educational experience. You can view a description of the ESOS framework here.

Relevant information about living in Australia

Make sure you have reviewed important information about living in Australia, including

The academic calendar

To ensure your application is on time, check the academic calendar and other important dates.

There are also other important USC policies and procedures, as well as information about the ESOS Act and your Student visa you should make yourself familiar with before submitting an application.

What is supporting documentation?

Supporting documentation is evidence of your qualifications and proof that you meet your chosen program's entry requirements, for example:

  • An IELTS Test Report Form can be evidence of meeting English language requirements
  • An academic transcript and high school certificate can be proof of meeting academic program admission requirements

You must submit supporting documentation as requested with your application form.

What should I submit with my application?

To help process your application as quickly and efficiently as possible:

1. Ensure all documents are certified copies

This means they are signed and stamped by a witnessing or government authority, or an approved UniSC agent, stating they are true copies of the originals.

  • The authorised person will sight the original and any photocopies to ensure both are identical;
  • The authorised person will then write on, or stamp the copy stating they are true copies of the originals;
  • The authorised person will also write their name, signature, qualification, date of signing and business stamp.

Important notes:

  • If the document is more than one page, all pages must be certified.
  • Certified copies must include original signatures and stamps. Faxed, scanned or emailed copies are not acceptable.
  • Include official translations of any papers that are not in English, as well as the original language documents. Translations must be made by a recognised translation service or government authority and include their official seal or stamp.
2. Provide certified copies of every qualification or program of study you have taken 
Include certified copies of:
  • your official statement of final results (official academic transcript) in all subjects attempted (examination slips or term report cards are not acceptable), and
  • if you have completed the program include your graduation/award certificate
3. Provide information if you are applying for credit transfer in recognition of prior studies

Include the following information from an official source, such as a university handbook or guide:

  • descriptions of each subject/course you have successfully completed
  • information about the program studied, for example, the number of courses or credit points normally required to complete the award, unit value of the courses, level of the courses (introductory or advanced) and number of hours contact/instruction undertaken
  • the number of years/semesters normally needed to complete the award
  • the name of the award issued on completion/graduation
4. Provide evidence of English language proficiency

If your first language is not English provide evidence of English language proficiency for example:

  • an original official IELTS, TOEFL or other recognised test result certificate or official online results verification notice, or
  • a letter from your school or institution confirming that all classes were conducted and examined in English, plus evidence that you successfully completed your studies in the last five years

If English test results are not available at the time of application, please write on your application form when English test results will be available and send them as soon as possible. There are a number of ways you may meet our English language requirements.

5. Include a copy of the photo page of your current passport. 

Provide a copy of the photo/details page of your current passport.

6. Include any other documentation as requested on the application form.