History & Description
The University of the Sunshine Coast is one of Australia's fastest growing universities. It opened in 1996 with 500 students and it was the first greenfield public university to be established nationally since the early 1970s. Today, with more than 8,000 enrolled students, USC is on track to reach projected student enrollments of 12,000 by 2015.
At USC, all students receive a high quality educational experience, while enjoying the relaxed lifestyle that the Sunshine Coast offers. Students benefit from a friendly and supportive campus environment, access to highly qualified teaching staff, personal attention, and modern technology and facilities.
Occupying Australia’s northeastern corner, this vast state is awash with dazzling landscapes, vibrant cities and 300 days of sunshine a year. It’s also home to some of the country’s most notable highlights, from the golden beaches of the Sunshine Coast and the luminous green of the Daintree rainforest and Daintree Village to the clear blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
For the active traveler there are tons of opportunities for white-water rafting, scuba diving, snorkeling, bushwalking, horse riding, surfing, bungee jumping, abseiling, etc. For those not so active, Queensland’s vibrant city culture will leave you breathless. All in all, Queensland is the premier destination for all.
About The Program
Orientation & Airport Pick-Up
USC does provide both airport pick-up and a 4-day orientation. As the plans change each semester, updated information can be found at: http://www.usc.edu.au/study/international/arrival-and-orientation/#orientation.
You will be living on-campus for this program. To learn more about on-campus residential options, go to this link:
http://www.usc.edu.au/study/international/international-student-support/accommodation.htm#student. The only part that pertains to you is: "Student Accomodation". Although, there is Internet access available, we recommend that you bring your own laptop for convenience.
Food & Laundry
Although there is not a meal plan in place, there are several cafes and eateries on-campus that are accessible to you. For more information about meal options, go to this link: http://www.usc.edu.au/university/campus-and-facilities/university-facilities/cafes-and-eateries/.
There is access to laundry facilities in all of the residence halls on-campus.
Public transportation is accessible and encouraged in Queensland. To learn more about transportation options, go to this link:
Banking & Cell Phones
It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account. It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals in order to best avoid any banking problems. Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session.
As for cell phone usage, it is recommended that students buy a cell phone and phone card/s in-country.
You can take 12 credits at USC. Here is a link to the course list:
http://www.usc.edu.au/study/courses-and-programs/courses/study-abroad-courses/. If there is a class that you wish to take but it has pre-requisites and you know that you have fulfilled those pre-requisites, then we will send your transcript to USC to help you obtain that class.
USC offers a variety of clubs, organizations, and activities which can be found at this website: http://www.usc.edu.au/study/support-and-services/health-and-wellbeing/social-activities-and-clubs/.
Health & Fitness
All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/.
For information regarding health and fitness at USC, go to this link: http://www.usc.edu.au/community/health-and-sport/.
Current BW Status
You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.
Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.) If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.
Student Conduct Record
Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).
Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.
You must be willing to accept and pay for an international health insurance policy as required by the University. More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/.
What Can I Study?
The course subject areas that are available for study at USC are: Accounting, Art (Studio), Arts Management, Athletic Training, Biology, Broadcasting/Mass Communication, Business, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Informaiton Systems, Education, English, Exercise Science, Health Promotion & Education, History, Human Resource Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, International Business, Management, Marketing, Neuroscience, Organizational Leadership, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, and Sustainability.
In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.
How Much Does It Cost?
Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Housing at USC is more expensive than housing at BW. Students will be responsible for the additional housing costs. Please see Explorations for details. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit : www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/costs/.