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Southern Cross University
Coffs Harbor, Australia; Lismore, Australia; Tweed Heads, Australia (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring,
Year (SH)
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Language Requirement: None
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
Southern Cross University


Australian Flag

 
Southern Cross University (SCU) is named for the famous constellation of the southern hemisphere; the very one that appears on the Australian flag.  It is an internationally recognized university, known for it’s high achieving graduates and for conducting innovative research.

Academics
SCU has four campuses: Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast &Tweed Heads, and The Hotel School Sydney, and offers classes in the following fields:  Arts & Social Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Law, Business, Indigenous Studies, Education, IT, Exercise Science, Media, Education, Tourism, Visual Arts, Psychology, Environmental Science & Marine Management, and many more.  Course descriptions & other useful downloads can be found at:  http://www.scu.edu.au/coursesin2013/search-units Housing & Meals
On-campus housing is available for exchange students at the Lismore & Coffs Harbour campuses.  SCU also offers students information about off-campus living options, as well as homestay options:  http://www.scu.edu.au/international/futurestudents/index.php/31/

Cost Information
Exchange students pay their regular tuition to UM, and their room and board in Australia.  On-campus and off-campus housing cost about AUD$115-140/week.  Homestays cost about AUD 180-AUD200/week, including meals.  The estimated cost for food is AUD$70/week where food is not included.     Students must also budget AUD$185/semester for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and US$360 for a student visa to Australia.  UM financial aid can be applied towards living and travel expenses while on this exchange program.

Credit Transfer
Students register for classes upon arrival at SCU; space will be held in the courses UM students request.  Students should enroll in four 10-credit courses at SCU (10 Southern Cross credits = 4 UM credits). 

Program Dates
Semester 1:  mid-February to  late June
Semester 2:  mid-July to  mid-November

New South Wales, Australia
With one of Australia’s most popular cities as its capital, New South Wales (or NSW) attracts thousands of travelers each year.  But Sydney and its Opera House aren’t the states only attractions.  NSW is also famous for its beaches, tropical forests, natural parks, snowy mountains, and vineyards.  
Lismore  Lismore is the location of the SCU’s main campus—a 60 hectare complex of modern facilities.  Lismore’s proximity to beaches and rain forest, and the university’s location at the center of town make it an ideal study location. 
Coffs Harbour
Situated beach-side, Coffs Harbour is a scenic city beneath tall gum trees.  The campus is only 2 miles from the business district, and is also close to some of Australia’s diverse environments from tropical rainforests, coastal heath, and pristine beaches.
Tweed Heads
The Tweed Heads campus is part of the Gold Coast, a series of  towns and suburbs that border the eastern coast of southern Queensland and northern NSW.  The Gold Coast, home to 500,000 people, has world famous surfing beaches, vibrant nightlife, and numerous theme parks such as Sea World, Wet n’ Wild and Dreamworld.

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: English
Language requirements: none
University website:  www.scu.edu.au
Length of  exchange: semester or year; note that SCU’s academic year is from February-November, with a semester break in July

New South Wales at a Glance
Population
7,017,000

Climate
Varies across state: subtropical with mild winters and warm summers.  Southern NSW tends to be cooler.

Proximity to
Sydney: 450 miles
Melbourne: 999 miles
Coffs Harbour to:
Sydney: 330 miles
Melbourne: 870 miles
Tweed Heads to:
Sydney: 512 miles
Melbourne: 1,050 miles

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 02/10/2015 05/31/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.
Year (SH) 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 02/10/2015 10/01/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.