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  • Locations: Sunshine Coast, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: 1-Sophomore and Above Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Course Prerequisite(s): None Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment
Click here for a definition of this term Internship Option: NO Click here for a definition of this term Volunteer/Service Opportunities: YES
Click here for a definition of this term Max Credits To Receive/Transfer: 18 Click here for a definition of this term Disciplines of Classes Available: Accounting, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Information Systems, Computing Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, Finance, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Human Service Studies, Indonesian, International Studies, International Studies: Asia, Italian, Japanese, Leadership Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Physical Education & Health, Physics, Policy Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health Studies, Sociology, Sport & Event Management, Theatre Arts
Click here for a definition of this term Program Capacity: Unlimited Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor/Manager: Maria Papapietro
Click here for a definition of this term Merit Scholarship: NO Click here for a definition of this term Need-Based Scholarship: YES
ELR Unit: 2 units
Program Description:
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The fall 2021 program has been suspended due to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will return for spring 2022.  

About the Location 

Australia is the world's smallest continent and has a population of slightly over 24 million people. Sunshine Coast is located about 90 kilometers north of Queensland's capital city, Brisbane.

USC's Study Abroad Program offers an exceptional educational and intercultural experience, allowing you to study at one of Australia's fastest growing universities, while living on the picturesque Sunshine Coast. As an international student, study abroad allows you to earn credit toward your home degree while living and studying in Australia. You can join the study abroad program for one or two semesters and at the same time experience different cultures and make long lasting Australian and international friendships. 


The University of Sunshine Coast has almost 14,000 students and offers a variety of courses for study abroad students including courses in business, environmental science, communications, exercise science and liberal arts. Please remember that the Australian academic year follows the calendar year, and students will want to verify that courses are available the semester they plan to study abroad. Students are to enroll in four courses while at USC.
USC Course Listing

  • Semester 1: mid-February to late June
  • Semester 2: mid-July to mid-November 
**Note:  If you want to take any 200 level psychology courses at USC, you must have taken Intro to Psychology and any one 200 level psych course at Elon. If you want to take any 300 level psychology courses at USC, you must have taken Intro to Psychology, any one 200 or 300 level psychology course, and must have taken both Psych 302 & 303.
Points to note about taking courses abroad:

General Program Dates

"Southern Hemisphere" Year program – February to November
Fall semester – mid-July to mid-November
Spring semester – mid-February to late June


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Students arrange their own housing with one of two privately-owned, fully-furnished student accommodation complexes located conveniently next to USC. Both complexes are linked to campus by pathways, with the walk being about five minutes. Students may be housed with international and Australian students. Apartments in both complexes have fully equipped kitchens, shared living areas, and single bedrooms. Other amenities include laundry facilities, gym, pool, etc. The apartments are a 10-minute drive or 20-minute bus ride to the beach. Public transport and the local shopping center are also within walking distance.
**Please note that there are no meal plans at USC - students will be responsible for cooking for themselves, or eating out.

Please visit the links below for the two accommodation providers described above:


Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by the University of Sunshine Coast.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

View the pre-departure orientation schedule for semester programs.

Additional Links and Information

Check out the University of Sunshine Coast's study abroad program.

Join the Global Education Center Facebook page to learn more, connect with alumni, meet other interested students, and get program updates.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

More information on living and studying abroad in Australia can be found on the Study in Australia website.

Embassy and Consulate Resources

LGBTQIA Resources

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It has. After being in Australia, I was able to obtain new ideas from different cultures. Many of my friends were from different countries all over the world and they helped me shape my confidence as well as my view of the world. This semester even changed my view point on traveling and has made me want to continue traveling before I head over to grad school after graduation. Even now, I am trying to become an Au Pair so I can learn more about living in a country and their idea's on speech therapy before I head off to grad school for Speech therapy.
     — Julia Giordano, Fall 2015
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2021 09/10/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/11/2021
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 02/11/2021
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.