Queensland, Australia

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Queensland is located in one of Australia’s most beautiful regions, which features world-class surfing beaches, national parks, state forests and a sub-tropic climate.  The USC campus is within a 10-minute drive from the beach and one hour from the Queensland capital, Brisbane. The campus borders the Moolooah River National Park, which is home to families of wild kangaroos, rare native birds and frogs.

The Sunshine Coast region is alive with restaurants, night clubs, art galleries, sporting facilities and cultural opportunities; many within 15 minutes of campus. Many world-class tourist attractions are also easily accessible from the USC campus.

USC offers a wide range of courses in arts and social sciences, business and science, and its staff has one of the best academic profiles in Australia.  Many courses offer insight into Australian society from historical, social and cultural perspectives. 

A fully equipped student apartment complex is located adjacent to the USC campus.  Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, game rooms, barbeques and on-site management.

City, Country

Queensland, Australia

Language of Instruction


Subjects of Study

Full Range of Courses Offered

Eligibility & Admission

3 Semesters of College Level Study

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Two professor recommendations

Semester Available

Fall & Spring

Credits Earned/Term


Application Deadline

Fall Semester - February 2, 2015 

Spring Semester - March 2, 2015

Program Dates

Fall Semester 2015
Departure Date: Approx. July 15, 2015 
Orientation Week: July 20-24, 2015
Program Dates: July 27 – November 20, 2015
Semester Break: September 28 - October 2, 2015
Study Break: November 2-6, 2015 
Exams: November 9-20, 2015 
Return Home: Approx. November 22, 2015

Spring Semester 2016
Departure Date: Approx. February 19, 2015 
Orientation Week: February 22-26, 2016 
Program Dates: February 29 – June 24, 2016                                     Semester Break: March 28-April 1, 2016                                                       Study Break:  June 6-10, 2016                                                           Exams:  June 13-24, 2016                                                                   Return Home: Approx. June 27, 2016


Program Costs

Fees(to be paid to Canisius):

Canisius tuition and study abroad fee ($500). These fees include pre-departure and in-country orientation, Australian Health Insurance, program costs, and tuition. 

Additional Fees:

The following estimated expenses are not included in your program fee; however they should be factored into the overall cost of your experience abroad: passport ($135), Australian visa at approx. $535 AU ($589), airport pick-up at approx. $40 AU ($44), round-trip airfare to Brisbane at about $1,800, spending/travel money varies widely. Self-catering apartments at Varsity Apartments (share-basis for 20 weeks) are estimated at $3700 AU ($4070) (w/o air conditioning) $3900 AU (with air conditioning) ($4290). Students weekly, fortnightly, or monthly and can pay using direct debit (3% will be charged for bank fees). A housing deposit of $475 AU ($523) is required. This deposit includes two weeks rent, $40 internet connection fee, $25 ID Card, and $20 phone credit. Students will pay a security bond of $740 or $780 AU ($814 or 858) two weeks before arrival or at check-in. A cleaning fee of $200 AU ($220) will be deducted from the security bond. The remainder of the bond is refundable if no damages are determined at the end of the term.

Currency conversion estimated at $1.00 AU = $1.10 U.S.

Program cost subject to currency fluctuation. 

Program Highlights

Internship available, optional excursions, week-long orientation


Apartments with single room and private bath;
swimming pool; tennis courts

Travel Information

Assistance with flight through travel agent (The Travel Team)

Host Website

University of the Sunshine Coast