University of the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast, Queensland


The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is a public university based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. After opening with 524 students in 1996 as the Sunshine Coast University College, it was later renamed the University of the Sunshine Coast in 1999.

USC offers a range of single or double bachelor degrees. The university has almost 100 undergraduate programs to choose from, relevant to the real world and covering a vast array of professions. Students can also take courses through associate and combined degree, diploma and honours program. Aside from all these, students are given the opportunity to study overseas.

USC sees the struggles that first-time overseas students experience in an unknown country. To address international student needs, the university begins its support services as early as pre-departure. Students are thoroughly briefed prior to their arrival in Australia. Discussions on student visa, health insurance, the essential documents to be packed and booking accommodations are all part of the pre-departure briefing.

Upon arrival, students don’t have to worry for transportation as USC offers free airport pick-up. After students are fully settled, students have to attend a week long orientation which is scheduled by the university. Guidance services, language support programs, international student advisors, an International Student Centre and international student scholarships are all offered at USC.

USC students have access to a variety of scholarships, all designed to help pay tuition fees, purchase equipment, pay for accommodation, and meet general living expenses. All types of students including international students, Australian South Sea Islander students and students coming from low-income earning families can apply for USC scholarship.

The university also has numerous scholarships available for higher degree by research students. Students may apply for external scholarships which are funded by organizations and private institutions. Headstart and faculty scholarships are also available at USC.

#37th in Australia by QS Ranking
Type Public University
Size Large
17,846 Students
Sunshine Coast


Courses Available

  • Business and Economics
  • Environment
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Arts
  • Business and Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Health and Nursing
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences


How to Apply?

Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
TOEFL, PTE, CAE, CPE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Undergraduate applicants (Direct)Application Closing Date

Cost and Scholarships

AUD 23,100
Median Tuition Fee

Types of Scholarships Available



The Thompson Excellence Scholarship
Total Worth $4,000-$32,000
Eligibility and Requirements ELIGIBILITY: 1.commencing full-time in first undergraduate program 2.enrolled in any USC undergraduate program 3.permanent resident of Australia, Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Permanent Australian 4.Humanitarian Visa holder SELECTION CRITERIA: 1.high academic achievement, minimum ATAR 89 or equivalent 2.leadership skills demonstrated through academic, extra-curricular/community need
Application Deadline --
Other Details Please Note: This scholarship is offered on a yearly basis through funds provided by an external donor. If funding is not available in any given year, the scholarship will not be awarded.
UniSC Sports Scholarship
Total Worth A$6,000
Eligibility and Requirements ELIGIBILITY: or continuing domestic students in their first undergraduate degree program 2.full-time or part-time enrolment 3.Permanent Resident of Australia, Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Permanent Australian Humanitarian Visa holder SELECTION CRITERIA: 1.high level sporting achievement 2.potential to continue to perform in your chosen sport at a high level 3.academic merit
Application Deadline --
Other Details Scholarship is paid in instalments of up to A$1,000 per semester for up to 6 semesters.
Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship
Total Worth A$1,500-A$12,000
Eligibility and Requirements Eligibility students commencing full-time in first undergraduate program have achieved an ATAR of 95 or equivalent** must have graduated year 12 within 2 years prior to commencing your studies at UniSC.
Application Deadline May 31
Other Details Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by Friday, 30 August 2024.