Southern Cross University

New South Wales, Queensland


Southern Cross University (SCU) is an Australian public university, with campuses at Lismore and Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales, and at the southern end of the Gold Coast in Queensland.

SCU offers undergraduate courses in study areas that suit students’ interests and professional goals. Undergraduate students can choose from flexible study options such as the on-campus study and online/distance education.

Southern Cross University has created comprehensive support services for overseas students. Support starts as early as pre-departure. International students are given information about organizing student visa, things and important documents to bring, understanding OSHC insurance, safety in Australia and accommodation options. Once students are properly settled in, the university encourages them to attend the week long comprehensive orientation for international students. Dedicated international student advisers are also available to orient students about organizing a mobile phone and internet service, opening a bank account or any random questions and concerns.

The annual undergraduate tuition fees are $20,560 for business courses, $20,560 for Arts/Education, and $27,760 for Engineering/Science.

SCU offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate, postgraduate and disadvantaged students. There are also scholarships available to help students study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. The basis for scholarship selection varies widely, depending on the scholarship and degree that a student is applying for.

Through SCU’s rising stars program, scholarships are made available by the vice chancellor, industry providers and generous donors who believe in the value of education. The Australian Government also provides scholarships. While the selection criteria may differ, SCU scholarships are designed to recognize academic achievement, community involvement and leadership.

#10th in Australia by ERA National
Type Public University
Size Large
15,967 Students
Lismore, Coffs Harbour
New South Wales
Goald Coast


Courses Available

  • Business and Economics
  • Health and Nursing
  • Natural Sciences
  • Arts
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Health and Nursing
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Natural Sciences


How to Apply?

Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

5.5 Minimum IELTS Score
TOEFL (iBT and PBT), PTE, Cambridge English: Advanced, Cambridge English: Proficiency, International Second Language Proficiency Rating, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Session 1 Application Closing Date
Session 2 Application Closing Date
Session 3 Application Date

Cost and Scholarships

AUD 20,560
Median Tuition Fee

Types of Scholarships Available

Merit-based scholarships
Equity scholarships (for disadvantaged and needy students)
Scholarships for international students
Scholarships for indigenous Australians


Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship
Total Worth $32,000 in 4 years
Eligibility and Requirements Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 90 or Overall Position (OP) in class of 5
Application Deadline No separate application needed
25th Anniversary Scholarship
Total Worth $7,500 in 4 years
Eligibility and Requirements ATAR of 85 or OP 7
Application Deadline No separate application needed
SCU Equity Scholarships
Total Worth Vary
Eligibility and Requirements For Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, permanent residents (other than humanitarian), permanent residents (humanitarian), Low socio-economic status, Other disadvantages under the categories: responsibilities, English language difficulties, Financial hardship, Indigenous Australian, Long-term medical condition/disability or ongoing effects of abuse, Sole-parent responsibilities
Application Deadline December 31 for Session 1, May 31 for Session 2
Other Details You are not eligible for consideration if you: Already hold a bachelor's degree or higher level award, unless the award you hold is a prerequisite to the bachelor course you are enrolled in (or will be enrolled in). Already receive or will be receiving another type of Commonwealth/government funded Scholarship; for example, Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship. Already receive or will be receiving another non-government funded scholarship valued at more than $6000 per year, such as an Vice Chancellor Scholarship (2019) or a 25th Anniversary Scholarship.