Study Abroad

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This program is only available to international students.

Program summary

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Thinking about studying abroad for one semester?

If your answer is yes, then USC’s Study Abroad program is the program for you!

USC’s Study Abroad program is a short semester based program, allowing you the flexibility to study 3 or 4 courses (36 or 48 units) throughout the semester.

Flexibility to plan your studies

This program is a great option if you have just finished high school and want to study abroad without committing to a degree program. It is also a good option, if you are currently enrolled at an overseas institution and only want to study abroad for a short time, while possibly earning credit towards your home degree.

This program is offered over:

Take classes with the locals

You will be able to choose 3 or 4 courses (36 or 48 units) from USC’s extensive course catalogue. The courses on offer are taken directly from within USC’s undergraduate programs, which means you have the opportunity to take classes with the locals and you will have a wide range of study disciplines to choose from.

View all Study Abroad courses.

An academic and cultural adventure

Studying abroad not only provides life changing opportunities, but it is also an academic and cultural adventure – An adventure that allows you to move across the globe, and continue to undertake your academic studies, while fully immersing yourself in Australian culture.

Australian culture is certainly on offer at USC Sunshine Coast. Located in the sunny state of Queensland on Australia’s east coast and only a short 1-hour drive north of the state’s capital, Brisbane – the Sunshine Coast is a destination of endless beaches, lush rainforests, and expansive hinterlands. It is home to the architecturally diverse USC Sunshine Coast campus – a campus renowned for its pioneering environmental sustainability approach.

Memories to last a lifetime

At USC Sunshine Coast, you will become one of the locals in no time and enjoy making friends with Australians, while also meeting students from around the world. The friendships, experiences and memories you make at USC are sure to last a lifetime.

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What will I study

Program structure

Study Abroad students are eligible to undertake 3 or 4 courses (36 or 48 units) per semester and can choose from a wide range of disciplines. For a full list of courses available with the Study Abroad program visit our Study Abroad course list.

How to choose your courses

* The standard course load for this program is 3 or 4 courses (36 or 48 units). We recommend you choose more courses at the point of application, to be prepared for possible timetable clashes.

Study Abroad course approval

Requesting course approval from USC is easy! When we receive your complete application with your nominated courses, we will assess your eligibility and let you know by email which courses have been approved.

Remember, any course that is on the pre-approval list you has already been approved by USC and you do not require further approval from us prior to enrolment.

For students applying via their home institution

If you are currently enrolled at a tertiary institution, you need to check with your home institution about the possibility of credit transfer for courses studied at USC.

Choose your courses and have them approved by USC and your home institution before you arrive.

Information for students interested in Study Abroad (Postgraduate)

USC offers a limited number of Postgraduate level courses to students who are currently enrolled in a Master level program at their institution or who have completed their undergraduate studies.

For more information, including tuition fees and a course list, contact USC International.

Total units: 48

How to apply

Applying to USC’s Study Abroad Program is easy!

    1. Review the program information
    2. Ensure you meet the admission requirements
    3. Complete the application form
    4. Collect supporting documentation
    5. Submit your application

Depending on your circumstances there are several ways to “Submit your Application”:

Via a Partner institution

If you are currently studying at one of USC's partner institutions, please contact your home institution's international office for admission and application advice.

Via a USC representative

If you would like assistance with submitting your application, USC has representatives based in Australia and other countries.

Find your nearest USC representative

Directly to USC

If you would like to submit an application to directly, please review our How to apply steps

Admission requirements

Applicants need to:

  • have successfully completed at least one semester of study at a recognised tertiary institution, or
  • successfully completed senior secondary school studies at a similar level to Australian Year 12; and
  • meet the minimum English language requirements

Postgraduate applicants need to: 

  • have successfully completed a bachelor level qualification at a recognised tertiary institution; and
  • meet the minimum English language requirements

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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