Why USC?

Whether it’s practical work experience or the chance to pursue a lifelong passion, to connect with your community or to travel, we’re here to help you realise every opportunity.

Every student matters to us, which is why we’re rated one of Australia’s best universities for overall student experience.

USC students come from diverse backgrounds but share the same goals: to discover their future path, to become the best they can be, and to make their mark on the world.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at USC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

USC programs include a strong focus on the core skills you’ll need in the future workplace. No matter what you study, you’ll learn to communicate well, solve problems and think creatively.

All programs include hands-on training, practical experience and internships – everything you’ll need for a bright future.

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Graduate Success

87% of USC graduates are employed within four months of finishing their degree

Female Population

USC has a 65% female student population

USC has 2,732 students from 72 countries


The Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links, and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours through Australia’s extensive scholarship programs. The program brings together scholarships offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Read more about Australia Awards at USC.

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for international students to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia. Read more about Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships.

The Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowships are open to high-achieving female researchers from APEC economies for research opportunities in partnership with Australian education and research institutions. The fellowships aim to support women’s economic empowerment in the APEC region and raise the profile of female role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read more about the Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship

The Northcote Graduate Scholarship scheme is administered by the Britain-Australia Society on behalf of the Northcote Trust. Scholarships are to enable students normally resident in the United Kingdom to undertake a higher degree at an Australian University. There are no limitations to the field of study, however preference is given to applications where there is a clear reason for study to be undertaken in Australia. Read more about the Northcote Graduate Scholarship

There are other scholarships available from within USC, as well as from external providers. Individual Faculties may also offer prizes and awards to high achieving students. Some of these scholarships, prizes and awards may be available to Australian citizens and permanent residents only.

Research fields above world standard

USC has 14 research fields ranked at or above the world standards

Top Young University

USC is in the top 150 young universities in the world


USC Sunshine Coast is home to some of the most innovative learning and visualisation facilities in Australia.

Campus facilities include a $37m Engineering Learning Hub with 3D CAVE2TM visualisation studio, simulated nursing and paramedic labs, specialised computer, science, manufacturing and design labs, nationally accredited sport science labs, and a range of interactive digital learning spaces.

Students have access to the award-winning USC Library and Art Gallery, modern teaching and study spaces, a community garden, the Co-op Bookshop, and a space for multi-faith prayer and quiet reflection.

USC Sunshine Coast also includes a high-performance sport precinctwith Olympic-standard swimming pool, fully equipped gym and the 2000-seat USC Stadium, which is home to the Sunshine Coast Lightning netball team.

USC Fraser Coast is located in the heart of Hervey Bay, with easy access to USC’s K’gari Research and Learning Centre.

Campus facilities include interactive learning technologies, simulated nursing wards, specialist science laboratories, a student library, a Makerspace,  collaborative study areas and computer labs.

USC Gympie is located in beautiful natural surrounds and connects to USC Sunshine Coast via a daily shuttle bus. Campus facilities include interactive learning technologies, collaborative study areas and computer labs.

Hear USC student Stories

Jayd Hobdell

For Jayd Hobdell of Narangba, graduating from USC with a combined degree in Business and Arts has tied together her love of fashion design with a passion for business.

The former Pine Rivers State High School student is now utilising skills and knowledge from her Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts (Design & Marketing) in her family’s wholesale clothing business, Festival Clothing Company.

Jayd, 22, and her twin sister Navosha have also branched out to create their own retail fashion enterprise, Festival, which sells a range of ethnic beachwear in pop-up locations around North Lakes.

Jayd administers the Festival Clothing Company’s accounts and also manages other aspects of the business, including budgeting, buying stock, creative design and marketing.

“Although my work keeps me extremely busy, I have gained so much experience that many people my age would not have had,” she said.

“The skills I learnt have been a huge help in understanding my family’s business operations and planning.”

Jayd said her study also helped her in supporting the company’s new business model, which included the creation of a new website and system processes.

“I really do have a great job,” she said. “I’m passionate about the industry and the work it involves.”

Jayd said she chose to study at USC because of its modern and open campus on the Sunshine Coast and because it provided the double degree that she was looking for.

– Gail Champion

Frequently asked questions

Tuition fees can differ based on a variety of factors such as course studied, fee help and scholarships. If you would like to find out the cost of a specific course, please contact one of our friendly GSP councillors.

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USC offers a wide range of services to assist students with their studies and personal life. It is important to seek help as soon as you require it. Visit the Student Support pages for an overview of services available to you.

If you have questions about your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), Student visa or OSHC, contact USC International Student Services.

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