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USC is one of Australia's newest and fastest growing universities, serving the Sunshine Coast and extended region from north Brisbane to the Fraser Coast - with our newest campus USC Moreton Bay located in Petrie, QLD.

USC plays an active part in contributing to growth of the Sunshine Coast economy and has formed important partnerships with the local business community and peak industry bodies.

Working together, the university, Sunshine Coast Council leaders and industry have created a blueprint to triple the size of the local economy over the next 20 years and are working to grow 100,000 jobs in high value industries such as health, tourism and agriculture.

Website
www.usc.edu.au
Founded
1996

Reviews

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Margrethe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing

I am loving it here at USC! I started off with a Diploma and now I'm onto a bachelor's. Everything about the campus is amazing. The teachers really care about the students, they are so supportive and knowledgeable. The campus is beautiful and open, full of wild life too. That also have a really good international team to assist the international students.

There's plenty of study spaces and learning resources. So easy to make friends and so many people who share interests. Living on the coast is the greatest! Close to the ocean but still not far away from the greatest hikes I've been on.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I'm getting used to it now but the kangaroos are everywhere on campus :)
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Malin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bachelor of Criminology and Justice

I loved my time at USC. I completed my Bachelor of Criminology and Justice back in 2019 as an international student and was extremely happy with the support I received from the academic staff. I applied as a Study Abroad student in 2016 but decided to extend to a full-degree program which I do not regret one second. USC has provided me with great knowledge and the staff and students support has been fantastic. I can only recommend studying Criminology at USC, especially if you want to improve not only academically within several areas, but also in a practical setting when you get to go on placement your third year.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing I experienced whilst studying at USC was how friendly people were, and not to mention supporting when you needed any assistance with your studies. I was also surprised to see how green and close to nature the USC Sippy Downs campus was!
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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Malin Gregor

Malin graduated from her High-School back in Norway in 2014 and after 2 years of working, she decided to move across the globe and ended up on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. From there, Malin pursued her passion as an athlete and started studying a Bachelor in Criminology and Justice.
Malin Gregor

Why did you choose this program?

My plan was originally only to go for 6 months and see how I liked living on the other side of the world, and also so far away from home. I quickly realised after 2 months of living on the Sunshine Coast that I did not want to go back home, and started exploring any options for a full-degree program. The reason for choosing USC was seeing how close to nature the campus was, as it is located on the coast of Queensland. I loved that there were kangaroos on campus, lots of activities to do such as visiting the Australia Zoo, Glasshouse Mountains and Noosa National Park. I've always had a passion for crime and find it very interesting and exciting, so choosing this degree was a no-brainer for me.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I received assistance through Kilroy Education in Norway, and they were the ones that put me in contact with USC and assisted me with the application process. USC was however very helpful when I wanted to apply for my Criminology degree and made the credit transfer process easy. I also had a couple of courses from my Study Abroad semester that I could use towards my Criminology degree, making my 3-year degree only 2,5 years with the credit transfer. That way I sawed money and time, which was great and made it an easy choice for me to stay longer.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I would definitely recommend students coming to study on the Sunshine Coast to stay for at least 1 year! 6 months will go by so quickly you won't even know what happened. There is so much to see and explore here, and you'll really get a grip on the academic side of things once you stay a bit longer at USC and get more into the way of study. I found it easier to study in Australia in comparison to Norway, so that was just a big bonus for me.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

In this program you will study 4 courses each semester, and you have 6 semesters to complete (24 courses in total). Each week you will normally have 1-2 hour lectures per subject, and 1-2 hour tutorials per subject. All in all, you'll have a lot of time to study during the week and you won't be in class all the time. Sometimes, depending on the semester and class structure, I had classes Monday-Wednesday, and long-weekends from Thursday to Sunday!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear were a couple of things: not enjoying myself, not knowing anyone (I travelled alone which I highly recommend now!), and finding the studies way too hard for my liking. Luckily, I enjoyed myself so much I am currently still in Australia 5 years later, I got to meet so many people and make life-long friends mostly because I did travel alone which made me seek these friendships more rather than leaning on a friend from home, and I loved the studies! I would do it all over again.

For future students wanting to travel to / study on the Sunshine Coast, there are a couple of things I would have loved to know before I got here:

  • Live in student accommodation your first semester: you'll meet so many people and maybe move out with some of them eventually.
  • Get a bank card with Commbank: You'll need it so you don't have to constantly pay fees for using your card
  • Get an Australian ID (drivers license): They use these everywhere for ID and they'll probably struggle to ready your overseas drivers license, and sometimes not accept it...
  • Get a phone sim card with Optus or Telstra
  • Visit mountains, explore Maleny and Noosa, and travel!