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  • Locations: Maroochydore, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: Univ. of Idaho applicants only
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Program Type: Study Abroad Areas of Study: Aboriginal Studies, Accounting, Advertising, Animal and Veterinary Science- Pre Vet, Athletic Training, Business, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Criminology, Culture Studies, Design, Development Studies, Dietetics & Nutrition, Ecology, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Ethics, Excercise Science and Health, Finance, Gaming, Simulation, and Visualization, Geography, Graphic Design, Health, History, Humanities, Indonesian, Information Systems, International Studies, Italian, Japanese, Journalism, Leisure Studies, Marketing, Mass Communications, Microbiology, Natural Resource Conservation, Natural Resources, Other Language & Literature, Philosophy, Photography, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Relations, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Renewable Materials, Social Work, Sociology, Soil and Land Resources, Tourism, Urban Design, Virtual Design, Visual Design, Wildlife Resources
Language of Instruction: English City Size: 50,000 to 100,000
Click here for a definition of this term Level of Support: Low Housing Options: Apartment (Shared)
Class Eligibility: 02-Sophomore, 03-Junior, 04-Senior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Credit Type: Transfer Credit Minimum GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No language prerequisite Available to Non-UI Students: Yes
Program Description:
 USC CampusRoos by USC LibrarySunshine Coast Shoreline

Additional Academic Information
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Australian Studies
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • Ethics
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Studies
  • Indonesian
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Justice Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Visual Design
  • Virtual Design
  • Urban Design
  • Internships
About the University of the Sunshine Coast
The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, a region of Australia that has numerous surfing beaches, national parks, state forests, restaurants, night clubs, sporting facilities, and a subtropical climate. The campus is near Maroochydore, and is a ten-minute drive from the beach. It is 60 miles north of Brisbane—Queensland’s capital and second largest state. The USC campus is situated next to the Mooloolah River National Park which is home to a variety of native animals and birds. It has a number of award-winning buildings based on environmentally friendly designs.  Approximately 3500 students attend USC.

A number of clubs and societies are available on campus for students to participate in, including: VAMP (Video and Movie Productions), WAG (Writers Anonymous Gathering), Accounting, Amnesty, SCUM (Sunshine Coast University Music), Computer Society, Golden Z Club for Women, Motorcycle Club, Volleyball, Netball (indoor and outdoor mixed), Touch Football (mixed), Rugby Union, and Board-riders. Each semester a number of tours are organized for study abroad participants. These might include a trip to the local Aboriginal Cultural Center, Australia Zoo, Eumundi Markets, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay (whale watching), or the Southbank Parklands in Brisbane.

About Australia
Australia is located in the southern hemisphere, and it has slightly less land area than the U.S.  Almost all its major cities are located on the coast, including its two largest—Sydney (~4 million), and Melbourne (~3 million). Australian cities tend to be very multi-ethnic. For example, Melbourne has the largest Greek population outside Greece. While most Australians are of European descent, one in five Australians has ancestors from East and Southeast Asia. There are 600 distinct groups of Aborigines—the native people of Australia. The interior of Australia is mostly desert. It is also home to Ayer’s Rock, Australia’s most famous landmark.

The capital and seat of the Australian government is located in Canberra. The Head of State is a British monarch and the head of government is a prime minister. Australia has a parliament with a 148 member house and a 76 member senate.

The Australian economy is the 20th largest in the world. Almost half of its exports are natural resources—oil, gas, coal, gold, copper, bauxite, uranium, and iron. It is the largest producer of wool in the world, and also exports a variety of other agricultural products including beef, mutton, sugar, wheat, and wine.

While English is the native language of Australia, Aussies—as Australians tend to refer to themselves— have added a whole host of colloquialisms, idioms, and abbreviations to the language. For example, No worries mate, means, “Everything’s fine,” and uni is another word for “university.”

There are a lot of outdoor opportunities in Australia, whether you take a camel safari through the central desert, a canoe trip in Kadu National Park in the Northern Territory, a ski adventure in the Snowy Mountains in the south, or a backpacking trip through the rugged wilderness of Tasmania. Scuba divers and snorkelers will find incredible marine life in the Great Barrier Reef (off the eastern sea board) and the Ningaloo Reef off the west coast, and there are countless pristine beaches and good surfing areas.

Australian Educational System

Australian universities normally follow the southern hemisphere calendar. Fall semester typically runs February to June, and spring semester runs July to November.  Students participating in a February-June term will be registered at UI for spring semester; students participating in a July-November term will be registered at UI for fall semester. Summer vacation in Australia takes place during our winter (December and January), since the seasons in the southern hemisphere are reversed to those in the northern hemisphere. Students registering for a July to November term may find fewer courses available to them than during a February to June term since some courses are year-long courses and they would be entering these courses mid-term.  Education in Australia tends to be more specialized and students usually concentrate on one or two subject areas.  Generally speaking, there is less inter-disciplinary coursework than you find in the U.S. system.  The typical Australian student may take straight business and management courses while you might want to take business, psychology, political science, and physical education.  As an exchange student, some of the restrictions limiting course selection across disciplines may be eased so you can choose courses from a variety of subject areas. University education is usually comprised of lectures and smaller group tutorials that highlight certain aspects of a subject while students are expected to use independent reading and research to explore the broader elements. Fieldwork may also be an integral component to some courses. There is greater emphasis placed on final exams, presentations, and papers than in the U.S. Reading assignments are often extensive and professors may assume that, in addition to your assigned reading, you are reading widely on your own to better learn the subject matter.  You will be expected to present well-argued papers and presentations.  Weekly quizzes, monthly tests, and regularly scheduled graded assignments may be nonexistent.  Thus, your final grade may come down to how well you did on your papers, class presentations, and final exam.

  • 2.75 GPA
  • Sophomore Standing

  • Apartment-style accomodation is located near the USC campus.

2021-2022 Program Fee (includes tuition only)
One Semester: AUD 11,300 (~$8,700)
AU Academic Year: AUD 22,600 (~$17,300) (February - June)

Other fees students will be expected to cover 
  • UI Application Fee:  $150
  • UI Registration/Programming Fee:  $500/semester, $1000/academic year
  • Australian "Overseas Student Health Cover" (insurance): ~AUD 370/semester
  • Surcharge for each laboratory-based science course (if applicable)
  • Internship placement fee (if applicable)
  • Accommodation Placement fee: (if applicable)
  • Airport Transfer fee: (if applicable)
  • Room & Meals
  • Books & Supplies
  • Airfare
  • Personal Expenses
UI Priority Application Deadlines
Semester 1: October 15
Semester 2: April 1

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/15/2021 10/15/2021 TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2021 12/31/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.