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Southern Cross University (SCU) is an established 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.

Southern Cross University is a dynamic, contemporary Australian university, proud of its reputation for quality teaching and the strength of its research achievements.Bold and progressive, at just 23 years of age Southern Cross University is ranked in the top 100 young universities by The Times Higher Education World University rankings for 2016. The University’s research profile includes ratings of ‘at world standard or above’ in 24 research fields in the most recent national evaluation. This research empowers   its learning and teaching,  its engagement with the wider world and  ethical approach to creating careers for the future.

The  campuses are in Coffs Harbour, the Gold Coast,  and its main campus in Lismore, which is home to most of its academic and research buildings – including the Law Moot Court, Nursing and Massage and Osteopathy Room, and biomechanics laboratory – as well as the majority of its student facilities. It is  in regions renowned for their unparalleled beauty and diversity, providing living laboratories for learning and creative hubs for artistic endeavour, embracing  students with a sense of belonging and community.

 It also has branch campuses in Sydney and Melbourne for international students to sutdy undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  Sydney is also the location of the Hotel School Sydney, partnership between Southern Cross University and Mulpha Australia that offers a bachelor’s degree in business and hotel management as well as graduate certificates, diplomas and a master’s in tourism and hotel management.

 It attracts international students from more than 50 countries who study with them  in Australia. Whether studying on campus, online, or both, the university  offers exciting and high quality learning experiences at a new-generation university that’s perfect for you.

Industry relevant degrees with strong practical emphasis that generate and apply knowledge• Campus locations combine the best of both worlds, quality education in an inspirational setting• Emphasis on actively engaging with the community• World-class innovative research in geochemistry, combining industry experience with practical application• Return on investment with a Southern Cross University degree. It  can offer great value through the lower cost of regional living with high standards of tuition and outstanding teaching staff.

Notable alumni :

•             Lina Eve, artist, adoption activist, singer/songwriter, photographer and filmmaker

•             Deej Fabyc, performance artist

•             Ryan Gobbe, musician

•             Paul Glynn, Jesuit author

•             Justin Harrison, former rugby union player

•             David Heilpern, magistrate

•             Jayson Mansaray, British broadcast journalist

•             Jodi Martin, singer-songwriter

•             Ben Newton, OAM, paralympic gold medalist


All applicants must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or demonstrate proficiency of English by an IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 across each of the bands of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Undergraduate admission requirements

A qualification equivalent to Australian Year 12 and the required entry grade for your preferred course, plus any course specific requirements:

Postgraduate entry requirements

Students are required to have a degree considered by the University to be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree. Students without a degree but with substantial relevant work experience may be admitted to a Graduate Diploma or Masters.

Higher Degree Research

Postgraduate research at the University is referred to as higher degree by research (HDR) study. It does not include coursework; rather, the candidate selects a research topic which is of particular relevance to his or her professional and/or personal interests. Students must have completed a degree considered by the University to be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree with first class Honours or second class Honours, first division, or have completed a degree equivalent to an Australian Masters degree where at least 50% of the assessment was based on a thesis.

Students must also demonstrate the educational preparation and capacity to pursue a research degree. This may be through their general and professional qualifications



Bachelor of Arts                                                         

Bachelor of Arts with Honours                                                         

Bachelor of Social Welfare                                                          

Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)                                                           


Associate Degree of Business                                                           

Bachelor of Accounting                                                           

Bachelor of Business                                                           

Career Start in Business (Study Abroad)                                                          

Diploma of Business                                                          

Doctor of Business Administration                                                           

Graduate Certificate in Accounting                                                           

Graduate Certificate in Business                                                           

Graduate Diploma in Accounting                                                          

Graduate Diploma in Business                                                           

Master of Business Administration                                                           

Master of Professional Accounting                                                           

Postgraduate Qualifying Program                                                           

Undergraduate Qualifying Program                                                         


Associate Degree of Creative Writing                                                          

Bachelor of Contemporary Music                                                           

Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications                                                           


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering                                                           

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering                                                           

Bachelor of Environmental Science                                                           

Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management                                                           

Bachelor of Forest Science and Management                                                           

Bachelor of Marine Science and Management                                                           

Bachelor of Science                                                          

Bachelor of Science with Honours                                                          

Career Start in Science (Study Abroad)                                                           

Diploma of Science                                                           

Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management                                                          

Master of Engineering Management, Master of Business Administration                                                         

Master of Forest Science and Management                                                          

Master of Marine Science and Management                                                          


Bachelor of Biomedical Science                                                          

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies)                                                           

Bachelor of Midwifery                                                          

Bachelor of NursingEnrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse pathway                                                         

Bachelor of Nursing                                                           

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy                                                           

Bachelor of Pedorthics                                                          

Bachelor of Podiatry                                                        

Bachelor of Psychological Science                                                          

Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours                                                          

Bachelor of Speech Pathology                                                         

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science                                                           

Graduate Certificate in Australian Nursing (EPIQ)                                                          

Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology                                                           

Master of Osteopathic Medicine                                                           


Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge                                                           

Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies                                                          


Bachelor of Information Technology                                                          


Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies)                                                          

Bachelor of LawsGraduate entry                                                          

Bachelor of LawsUndergraduate entry                                                          

Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies                                                        

Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, Bachelor of Laws                                                          


Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management                                                         

Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management                                                          

Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management                                                           

Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management with Honours                                                         

Graduate Certificate in International Tourism and Hotel Management                                                          

Graduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hotel Management                                                          

Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management                                                          


Master of Arts                                 

Master of Business                                       

Master of Laws                               

Master of Science (Environmental Science and Management)                                    

Master of Science (Engineering)                               

Master of Science (GeoScience)                               

Master of Science (School of Health and Human Science)                                            

Master of Science (Plant Science)                                           

Doctor of Business Administration                                          

Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies                                         

Doctor of Philosophy (Business)                               

Doctor of Philosophy (Education)                                           

Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science and Management)                              

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)                                        

Doctor of Philosophy (GeoScience)                                        

Doctor of Philosophy (School of Health and Human Science)                                      

Doctor of Philosophy (Humanities)                                         

Doctor of Philosophy (Indigenous Studies)                                          

Doctor of Philosophy (Law)                                       

Doctor of Philosophy (Legal Studies)                                      

Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Science)                                     

Doctor of Philosophy (Tourism)



Southern Cross University offers services to help you find private rental off-campus (UniStays) or accommodations at one of  on-campus residential colleges (SCU Village).

On-campus accommodation (SCU Village)

Southern Cross University works closely with student accommodation specialists, Campus Living Villages. A range of on-campus accommodation options are available at four residential colleges across the Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses. Apartments are modern and fully furnished, with their own kitchen, lounge, dining area and bathroom. At both Lismore and Coffs Harbour, you can enjoy quality on-campus accommodation just minutes away from class. Both villages offer the ‘Live, Learn and Grow’ Residential Life Program designed to help you meet new people, support your studies and develop life skills in a supportive and friendly environment. From social events and sporting competitions, to cooking classes and study support, SCU Village aims to provide an excellent residential experience throughout your university career. Dedicated resident assistant teams at both sites, as well as a community coordinator at Lismore, are available to provide assistance and help you settle into your new community.

SCU Village at Lismore offers a range of two-to-six-bedroom apartments at three locations – Orion, Sirius and Magellan colleges. All enjoy a community spirit and active Residential Life Program for you to engage in, as you complete your studies. Facilities at each college include internet access and on-site laundries. You can also enjoy a range of new and improved facilities, including outdoor entertainment areas and movie facilities. Sirius and Orion each feature revamped common areas, a study room and in-ground swimming pool, while Magellan features a new common room and outdoor games area.

 SCU Village at Coffs Harbour provides modern, fully furnished four-bedroom apartments with wireless internet access, laundry facilities, and a recreation lounge for group gatherings and organised social events. A study centre designed for individual quiet study or group sessions is also available. The Village offers an inclusive and friendly community where you can feel right at home, just a twominute walk away from the campus.

SCU Village is managed by Campus Living Villages in partnership with SCU. From movie nights and themed parties to study groups and cooking classes, life on-campus offers everything you need to make the most of your university experience.

Visit the SCU Village website for detailed information.

Free campus tours are available if you would like to visit the SCU Village.


Off-campus (UniStays)

While living on-campus is one way to experience university, UniStays is a free service that helps you find off-campus accommodation, to live a more independent lifestyle. UniStays manages long and short-term accommodation options, such as share-houses, apartments and granny flats.

Properties are listed for areas near SCU's campuses at:

            Gold Coast


            Coffs Harbour

            National Marine Science Centre (north of Coffs Harbour)


For all campuses, UniStays lists houses, units and share rooms.

 There is also a homestay listing, which offers accommodation with local families who usually provide a room with all or some meals included.


 Accommodation can also be found through local real estate agents, and online searches via websites such as

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships to support international students. Scholarships are available for future international students during their first year of study, and some are designed for international students currently studying at Southern Cross University. The scholarships are designed to recognise academic excellence, promote cultural diversity and to provide financial support to international students.

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Scholarships for  International  students


?             Advancement Scholarship (future/current student)

?             Dr Alan Phan Scholarship (future student)

?             Outstanding Academic Performance Scholarship (future/current student)

?             SCU International STEM and Health Scholarship (future student)

?             Vice Chancellor’s Academic Excellence (future student)

?             Vice Chancellor's Diversification Scholarship (future student)

?             Vice President (Global) Scholarship (future/current student)


Scholarships for both International and Domestic students

The following provides a list of scholarships for which both International Students and Domestic students are eligible.

            Neil Leiper Tourism Honours Scholarship

?             Peter Baverstock Research Career Path Honours Scholarship

?             Ralph Barclay Braun Memorial Honours Scholarship

?             Scholarships for Research Students

?             SCU Alumni Scholarship

?             SCU Business and Information Technology Honours Scholarship

Quick Facts





Fees may vary from 20,560 AUD$ TO 28,000 AUD$ annually . It depends on your course.


The Australian Government requires students to have access to AU$19,830 (Australian dollars) per year to meet their living costs. More information can be viewed on the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.



QS World University Ranking  :: 801-1000

QS Australia University Ranking :: 33

Times Higher Education World Ranking (THE WUR Rank )  :: 501-600

Times Higher Education Australia Ranking  :: 30

U.S News & World Report(USN)   ::  896



1 Military Road, East Lismore, New South Wales, NSW 2480, Australia

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