Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University is a multi-campus university on Australia's east coast with a dynamic teaching and research profile. We have three main campuses: at the Gold Coast in Queensland, and in Lismore and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. The University is proud of its reputation as a progressive institution, engaging with the communities we serve to create change that has impact around the world. The regions we call home all have unique characteristics as study locations - from cosmopolitan cities, thriving industries and coastal lifestyles to living laboratories of great natural beauty and ecological diversity - all just outside the classroom. Branch campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth operate in collaboration with EduCo. The University also operates The Hotel School Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in partnership with Mulpha Australia. Southern Cross offers a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in science and health disciplines, law, engineering, education, humanities, creative arts, tourism, business and information technology. Specialist degrees in Indigenous knowledge, marine science, osteopathy, midwifery and psychology as well as a suite of double degrees round out a rich academic portfolio. Our online courses are delivered with teaching technologies that offer interactive and immersive learning experiences. Work placements and developing practical, industry-specific skills are a feature of our degrees, as is hands-on learning in laboratories, on field trips or through real-world projects. The University is home to nine research centres with global relevance, be it marine ecology, flood mitigation, organic agriculture, plant and geoscience or adolescent development. In the latest 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia report, Southern Cross achieved outstanding ratings of at world standard or above in 23 research fields.

Provider CRICOS: 01241G

This provider is accredited to deliver courses to international students, (CRICOS code 01241G)

Entry requirements for Southern Cross University

Standard entry procedures apply but some courses have additional or alternative selection criteria (the Bachelor of Art and Design requires an interview and portfolio). A range of Special Entry Schemes also apply. These include a Regional Entry Scheme, Tertiary Preparation Course and Alternative Entry as follows: applicants who are 18 years or over, in the year of intended enrolment, may be considered for admission on the basis of a range of other qualifications. These qualifications include: TAFE studies at Certificate III level or higher; results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); work experience (including voluntary work experience for some courses); and professional qualifications. Standard admission requirements apply for overseas students. SCU International coordinates its international programs and an international adviser and English lecturers provide ongoing and English support to international students. Countries of origin include China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, USA, Japan, UK and India, among others.

Transfering your previous study credits

Advanced standing (credit transfer) may be granted to an enrolled student for studies completed at another institution or experience at a professional level in an area relevant to the current course. Advanced standing is determined on a case by case level by each School Board. Not all schools grant advanced standing on professional experience. For more information, visit:

External study opportunities

The University is a major provider of distance education. Students can study from home or their workplace or almost anywhere in the world if they can access the internet and have a computer. Web-based technologies and virtual classrooms are employed, assisting students to actively engage with each other and their lecturers, no matter where they are located. Study may also involve field trips, work experience, lectures, tutorials, workshops or face-to-face teaching.

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