University of the Sunshine Coast

University of the Sunshine Coast

Top reasons to study here

  • USC is a community which recognises and embraces diversity among our staff, students and community partnerships.
  • We’re one of Australia’s highest-rated public universities rated five stars in key areas of undergraduate student satisfaction – teaching quality.
  • At USC, our goal is to provide quality learning experiences that challenge and engage our students and prepare them to live and work in a changing world.

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (7)
Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Journalism & Media (2)

Pre-Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Since opening in 1996, we have rapidly expanded in size, footprint and reputation, creating greater opportunities for regional communities from Moreton Bay to the Fraser Coast.


Supercharge your career prospects by becoming equipped with high-level professional skills. USC is now offering the Master of Information and Communications Technology face-to-face at the Sunshine Coast campus. In this program, students will develop their understanding in data analytics, data science engineering, data and process management, domain knowledge and research methods. 


Addressing the key challenges of tomorrow, USC researchers are powerful innovators, bringing groundbreaking knowledge to complex issues facing our region and our world. USC has 26 research fields ranked at world standard or above (Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)). USC also ranked 1st in Queensland in Global Impact Rankings, and top 3% globally for Climate Action in Times Higher Education Impact Ratings 2022. 


We are here to help you enhance your employability and achieve your career goals. Whether you are in your first or final year, you can access workshops, consultations, self-guided resources, and leadership opportunities to build your skills and ensure you are industry ready. Thinking about your employability throughout your studies is important- it can enhance your education, help you to achieve your goals and remain competitive.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
601 200
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
965 11
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Housing services

USC offers flexible study options at a network of teaching locations between Brisbane and the Fraser Coast. Many programs include courses that can be completed at any campus, and some are available through off-campus study hubs. USC has something to offer you at study locations across coastal South East Queensland:

● USC Sunshine Coast

● USC Moreton Bay

● USC Caboolture

● USC Fraser Coast

It is essential for international students to organise either short or long-term accommodation before you arrive so you know you have somewhere to stay when you get here. There are a variety of accommodation options close to campus whether you want to live in a student village, share a house or find a place of your own. 

Library services

The mission of the USC Library is to provide quality services and collections that support the teaching, research and scholarship activities of the University.

We recognise that we need to work in partnership with our clients to ensure that Library services, collections and facilities meet our clients’ needs. The Library has a policy of open access to the collections for study and research.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus sits on a 100-hectare designated wildlife reserve, which provides sanctuary to native Australian wildlife, including the resident Eastern Grey Kangaroos, reptiles, and birds, and provides a unique learning environment for students at locations like USC’s K’gari Research and Learning Centre on Fraser Island. USC is also a sustainable campus, which has been recognised for its environmental initiatives and award- winning building design. USC facilities include modern learning and teaching spaces, advanced 3D visualisation facilities, an art gallery, a large on-campus library, multiple 24-hour computer labs, and various cafés providing a wide range of healthy eating options.

Student clubs

In addition, The Student Guild at USC Sunshine Coast provides a range of support and social services which include recreational activities and events, clubs and societies, student advocacy and support, confidential welfare services, emergency food bank, community kitchen, tenancy advice and free legal referrals. 

Student Reviews

It's not worth it
Ove E rated 1 out of 5 stars

My program is very interesting and I enjoy learning about Exercise Physiology. However, Australia is the worst country to study in because they exploit the international students and they are second class citizens in the eyes of the government. I regret picking Australia.

Mature aged student and home studies
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I have only started full time studies and enrolled in a diploma in sports and fitness to complete all the prerequisite degrees needed to enter UQ’a master of physiotherapy. Studying all the courses online while running a fitness business is challenging. I wish I could just study full time without having to worry about keeping my business running.

USC Australia
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great community, teaching staff and campus facilities.

Buderim, Queensland, Australia

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