SCSU: Study in Australia at Southern Cross Uni

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Hobbiton and NZ camping road trip!
Australia Zoo with few of the many amazing people I met!
Scuba diving and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef!
Hobbiton In New Zealand
Sydney Opera House
The 12 apostles on the Great Ocean Road


This semester-long exchange program facilitated by St. Cloud State University offers students an unforgettable cultural and academic experience in the unique setting of Lismore. As an exchange student at Southern Cross University, students will have the opportunity to take classes with Australian students and be taught by Australian professors in a rich and inviting environment. Please note: you don't have to be St. Cloud State student to apply!

Lismore is located at the northern point of the region known as New South Wales along the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by rainforests and beaches, this university is situated in a region known for its unique characteristics. The campus at Lismore is the largest of the Southern Cross Universities with a student population of 6,000 students. As a student, you will have access to a modern library, information center, computer labs and many other student services!

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9.67 Rating
based on 6 reviews
  • Academics 6
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.3
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Yes, I recommend this program

How 'Straya Changed My Life

Studying at Southern Cross University in Lismore was a dream come true! I have always been so interested in Australia and the lifestyle. This little town gave me a perfect understanding of how living as an Australian is. As we are a little further from the tourist areas, we were able to see the ordinary life of the Aussie's. Being on the other side of the world gave me the perfect excuse to travel to places I otherwise would not have been able to! I was able to visit Thailand, Bali, and many places in Australia that changed my outlook on life. To see different cultures and how people live in other parts of the world was incredibly eye-opening. I was able to create amazing relationships with people from all over the world throughout my traveling and have added a large number of countries to my list of places to visit. This program has motivated me to save up some money after I graduate in order to move back to Australia and spend the rest of my life here.
I was surprised to find out that Australia does, in fact, get pretty cold!! I came over believing it was always hot and sunny but was surprised when it started getting near freezing over night. One blanket was definitely not enough! To anyone who plans on visiting here in the future, try your best to travel to different countries! My time in Thailand could possibly be the best experience I have ever had. Being able to visit an ethical and responsible elephant sanctuary was a dream come true and something you really can't do anywhere else. However, even if you just stay around Lismore throughout your study abroad experience, you will have the time of your life!

What would you improve about this program?
This program was absolutely amazing. I only wish our apartments would have been cleaned a little better before we moved in! Other than that, I could not imagine this program getting any better.
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My First Study Aboard Trip

I recommend studying at Southern Cross University, lismore Campus to anyone who can afford it. It is a real eye opening experience to meet a bunch of new people from all over the world. I can say I have some long life friends from places like California, Germany, Japan, Australia and more. Australia really gave up the opportunity to travel and see some amazing places such as Bali, the Great Barrier Reef, sydeny opera house etc. The list goes on and on. If trying to decide a place to study aboard I 100 percent would choose Australia.

What would you improve about this program?
I would if you can warn students of costs without a car. Buses,taxis,trains are more expensive that they might seem. Also hidden cost like paying for WiFi data. But overall this program is amazing.
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Too Amazing

My time in Australia was beyond amazing! It has always been on my bucket list and I was finally able to cross it off! I literally fell in love with it the minute I landed! The weather was gorgeous, the people were the best family I have had and all the opportunities available while being there were outstanding! I would definitely recommend this program, no questions asked!

It was great to be able to be submerged into the Australian culture. Everything about it was memorable. I wish I could go back right now!

What would you improve about this program?
To go longer!!
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If you want to go to a country where the whole country looks like a page out of a "National Geographic" book. Go to Australia. Within the first week I fell completely in love with this amazing country. Coming from central Minnesota, there is not too many hills or mountains of any sort in the area. Within an hour or so of being in the country I saw bigger hills and mountains than I have ever seen in my life.
Another great thing about Australia that Minnesota doesn't have, the beach. The ocean is incredible! My first time ever going to the ocean, at the age of 20, was at Byron Bay in Australia. Only a quick 45 minute drive away from the beloved Lismore, and easily one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country.
The only thing that might be better than the scenery in Australia is the people you meet there. Minnesotans are known for being "Minnesota nice", Minnesota nice is nothing compared to the niceness that Australians treat people with. Hands down some of the nicest and most generous people on earth. Besides meeting and befriending heaps of Australians, my fellow SCSU students and myself met so many people from around the world and around America, which just opens up more, and more opportunities to travel in the future! In the few months of being in America, I have already had the pleasure to get to travel to New Jersey and visit some of the absolutely incredible friends that I met while studying at SCU.
Australia gives you the opportunity to do some of the most amazing things you'll ever do in your life. I can hands down say that scuba diving in the great barrier reef is the most incredible experience of my life, and its dying real fast, so you better get there soon! I also got to Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge, share a drink with some mates at the Sydney Opera house, learn to surf, spend my 21st birthday in the Gold Coast with my favorite people on the planet, and run with wild kangaroos, while also falling in love with camping.
Oh and did I even mention New Zealand?!? New Zealand is only a short plane ride away from Australia and in a definitely a "must go" country. The majority of the country is mountains, especially the Southern Island. It is also the location where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed, which is a big plus when travelling to New Zeal are someone that is trying to grow as a person, see new things, meet new people, and completely change who you are as a person: the greatest decision of your life to go to Australia should be "Too Easy".

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Won't regret it

Going to Australia was by far the best decision I have made in my young life. While I was there I was able to connect with people across the country like New York, New Jersey, California and North Carolina. I also met people from other countries and am good friends with a guy that lives in London. The people there were very friendly and encouraging to get us involved in activities. I was able to go to Sydney for 5 days during my birthday weekend where I did the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb, I went to Cairns where I went scuba diving and snorkeling in The Great Barrier Reef and I also went skydiving. At the end of my trip I was able to fit in an 8 day trip from North Island New Zealand to South Island. I will never forget the things I got to experience and Australia will always have a special place in my heart.

What would you improve about this program?
If the trip to the outback was included in the tuition price like it was for a couple of other schools from the states.
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Life in the Land Down Under

My experience of studying in Australia had a huge impact on me. I will surely enjoy the memories from my time abroad for the rest of my life. The laid back, 'no worries' attitude I was surrounded with helped me to breathe easy for a while and discover what kind of career I want to pursue in such a pivotal time in life. I liked it so much that I have returned and am writing this review from Australia!

Southern Cross University (SCU) in Lismore, Australia is an incredible place to plant yourself for a semester. The campus is built on a rain forest remnant, so if you are looking forward to seeing a lot of wildlife, you will not be disappointed. Koalas are seen daily as there are close to 30 of them on campus. You can also see kangaroos and wallabies early in the morning. Small parrots called lorikeets are always flying overhead and water dragons hang out in the streams around campus.

SCU is located near some of the best surfing beaches in the world, including the beautiful Byron Bay, where I spent most of my time. The area around the campus is surrounded by green rolling hills and it doesn't take long to drive out of town to go swimming near waterfalls.

The courses in Australia are a bit different. You have lectures and tutorials (applying the lessons learned from lecture) for each class. This makes for more in class learning and less work to take home with you. All of my professors were good at engaging the students and making the lecture interesting and fun. Outdoor Education is a must take if you go to SCU. This course is comprised of two camping trips in the Australian Bush and lessons in outdoor living and survival in the classroom.

I highly recommend this program.. Even for those of you who are afraid of snakes and spiders ;) (although you won't see many at all unless you go looking). You will be amazed at the generosity of Australians and the open arms you will be welcomed with at SCU. Don't think about it, just do it!

What would you improve about this program?
I was only allowed to take 3 classes (12 credits) while at SCU. This allowed for more time to enjoy experiencing living in another country, which is why I was there in the first place, but I felt like I was getting behind in my academics. Although, I believe there is a way around this problem but I didn't look into it. It may have changed since I was abroad.