University of the Sunshine Coast
University description (as per official university website)
Why choose USC?
Here are 15 reasons, just for starters...
USC’s academics are experts in delivering a quality education—USC was the only public university in Queensland to be awarded five stars for teaching quality in the 2010 Good Universities Guide.
One of the first things you'll notice on campus is the friendly, relaxed atmosphere. It’s not unusual to see kangaroos on the way to class—they are just another part of the campus community.
Choose from a wide range of degree programs and tailor your studies to meet your needs. USC offers more than 100 degrees in the areas of business and information technology, communication and design, education, health, humanities and social sciences, and science and engineering.
USC’s support staff know how to help you through your university experience. You can access a full range of support services on campus, including academic skills support, careers and employment services, counselling, financial support, and Indigenous, disability and welfare services.
Plan your own degree. Many USC degrees have flexible program structures where you can study electives across different areas, even in different faculties.
You can even study a minor in entrepreneurship or sustainability as part of most degrees. Make the most of this flexibility to customise your studies and expand your career opportunities.
"Engage in as much work experience as you can, as I found that helped me to apply what I was learning as I was going, rather than at the end of my studies."
Jonty Bush, Young Australian of the Year 2009, graduate, Bachelor of Business
Work integrated learning adds experience to your studies and gives your employment prospects a real boost. Most USC degrees include work experience, production workshops or professional placements as a study option.
Paramedic students can undertake a six-week clinical practicum, working as part of an on-road paramedic team. Journalism students can immerse themselves as a newsroom intern, while education students start classroom placements from their first semester of study.
Personal attention: “Lecturers and tutors were easy to reach and talk to about any issues. There was no need to make appointments – you could usually knock on their door and see them straight away.”
Amanda Bruce, graduate, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, Graduate Diploma in Education
There are plenty of wide, open spaces on campus to chill out, study and meet friends. USC is renowned for its environmentally sustainable design, distinctive architecture and modern facilities.
Best of all, you are close to everything the beautiful Sunshine Coast has to offer! Learn more about what else is on campus and on the Sunshine Coast.
With an award-winning business incubator and accelerator on campus, you have access to the best in business. The Innovation Centre offers mentoring opportunities for entrepreneurial students, an extensive program of business events, and the chance for
students to undertake work experience
with resident businesses.
Free parking and public transport make the campus more accessible. There are regular bus services to locations across the coast, a connecting bus to Queensland Rail at Landsborough, and plenty of bike paths to surrounding suburbs.
There is a wide range of scholarships and financial support available at USC to help make university education more affordable.
“The scholarship assistance helps pay for textbooks and living expenses so that I can concentrate on my studies more, and work less.”
Samantha Forrest, student, Bachelor of Paramedic Science
Research and discover at USC. Many USC students continue on for further research qualifications, often specialising in either regional engagement or sustainability.
You could study alongside experts like Professor Abigail Elizur—her research on ‘tank-bred tuna’ claimed second place in Time Magazine’s report on the 50 best inventions of 2009.
Flexible study loads: If your circumstances change, so can your enrolment. You can drop your full-time study load from four courses to three, and still be considered a full-time student (and remain eligible for government assistance).
Taking on a fifth course will get you to graduation day sooner. If you have a timetable clash or work commitments, you could even pick up some external (distance) courses at another university to keep your USC studies on track.
If you have previously studied at another university, TAFE or other higher education provider, those studies can be credited towards your USC degree. Why learn things twice?
Fast track your education by showing us what you already know. Program advisers in the faculties can tell you more.
The Sunshine Coast is now home to around 300,000 people. As the coast continues to grow, so do the career choices—USC graduates are increasingly able to study and embark on their career in one of the country’s most popular lifestyle destinations.
Plus... Go overseas.
“Having the opportunity to study overseas, while gaining credits for my degree, was an invaluable experience that I would highly recommend. It was undoubtedly the best experience I have had in my life, not to mention – it looks great on my resume!”
– Katherine Duncker, graduate, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business (Japanese and International Business) GO Program student to Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan
The award-winning Global Opportunities (GO) Program gives students the opportunity to study overseas at one of the 70-plus partner institutions around the world.
Participating students can earn credit towards their USC degree, and can also apply for a $3,000 Overseas Study Grant.