University of the Sunshine Coast

University of the Sunshine Coast

About the University of the Sunshine Coast

Established by the Australian Government, The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is a modern and dynamic university.  The university has about 8,000 students, offering a personal and friendly campus environment.  It is a great place to meet Australian students and to experience the Australian lifestyle.  Wildlife such as eastern grey kangaroos from the neighboring Mooloolah River National Park roam freely around the campus grounds.  USC's environmentally sensitive architecture has received national awards, and the campus offers modern learning resources, as well as an art gallery, bookshop, sporting facilities and eateries.  It is only a short walk from the university to shops, banks, cafes and student accommodation villages.

The University of the Sunshine Coast campus is located in Sippy Downs, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The university is situated on a 100-hectare campus in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. The campus is approximately 100km north of Queensland's capital city, Brisbane. Major centers such as Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Caloundra and Noosa are a short drive away. The Sunshine Coast region begins at Caloundra, just an hour's drive north of Brisbane and extends to Cooloola, the gateway to Fraser Island. It takes in tranquil hinterland including the Glasshouse Mountains, Blackall Range, Noosa Hinterland and the Mary Valley; as well as more than 100 kilometers of beaches stretching through the coastal towns of Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum, Noosa and Rainbow Beach.

USC also operates a research station on Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world.  It is a complex ecosystem of sand dunes and lakes with subtropical forests growing solely on sand and contains half of the world's perched lakes. Fraser Island was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992, in recognition of its exceptional natural beauty.

To watch videos about the University of the Sunshine Coast, visit its YouTube Channel:

See USC's Facebook page for exchange students to get another glimpse at the university:


This program is available to Millersville University students.  Most students who study abroad are traditionally juniors. However, students can and do study abroad anytime after they have completed 24 credits. Students should complete an application to study abroad one semester before wishing to go abroad.  A minimum of a 2.5 GPA, an official transcript and two recommendation forms from professors are also required. The Office of Global Education will then review all applications.  Approval will be determined shortly after the application deadline and students will be notified via email at the address noted on the application.


USC semester courses are offered to full time students, in which international undergraduate students attend classes with their USC peers. Students at USC are registered for 12 total academic credits. While students must take at least 12 credits to be a full time student, it is not possible to take more than 12 credits per semester at USC.

Exchange students receive a comprehensive orientation to the university upon arrival at USC including a campus tour, an introduction to USC International Office staff, campus facilities and services, and assistance with finalizing enrollment.  Students will also be invited to become involved in the social activities organized to help them meet other students.

USC Offers Courses in:

  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Education
  • Health
  • English
  • International Studies
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Math

A full selection of courses can be found here.

Due to USC's location in the Southern Hemisphere, their academic calendar is very different from MU's.  Students who will study abroad during the fall semester should refer to Semester 2 classes at USC, while students going in the spring semester should refer to Semester 1 classes.

Housing & Meals

Millersville University students will stay at UniCentral, one of three private student accommodation villages that are located next to the university.  These modern apartment-style complexes have been built especially for students and are linked by pathways to the campus, which is a short walk away.  The local shopping center is also within easy reach.

At UniCentral, students live in shared apartments with other international students and at least one Australian student.  Each apartment includes four lockable private bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, study area, two built-in wardrobes, private telephone and internet connection (additional charges for usage) and free intranet service to the university.  The common areas of each apartment include laundry facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with dining furniture, and outdoor furniture in either a balcony or courtyard setting.  The complex includes a 25-meter lap pool, floodlit tennis/basketball court, recreation pavilion, game room and central barbeque area.

Click here for more detailed housing information.


Students may choose to study abroad either for a semester or for a full academic year. The USC academic year begins in February and ends in November of the same year. The first semester runs from mid-February to late June.  The second semester starts in mid-July and ends in late November. Before classes begin, study abroad participants will have a one week orientation program in country.

See the USC Academic Calendar (semester based) for important dates.


Studying abroad requires a student to plan for both academic costs/fees and personal travel expenses. It is important to keep in mind the cost of living and currency exchange rates compared to costs associated with living in Millersville. For example, living in a large city will be more expensive than living in Millersville. However, in other areas of the world, the cost of living may be less. Traveling while you are abroad is an additional expense for which you must also plan for realistically. Always keep your travel plans in financial perspective. 

To help students plan for all academic costs, the Office of Global Education prepares cost worksheets for all official MU study abroad programs. These cost worksheets take into account all academic costs associated with studying abroad. Some of the amounts listed are estimated for budgeting purposes (airfare, meals, and living expenses); others are actual fees (tuition, passport fees, insurance, participation fees, etc.). Global Education does not provide estimates for additional personal travel.

Cost Worksheet(s):

Below is the most recent estimated cost worksheet for USC:

Cost Overview:

Students pay MU tuition (in-state or out-of-state depending on residency), the mandatory MU technology fee and an ABS program charge directly to Millersville. There is an additional non-refundable, non-transferable MU program participation fee and application fee paid directly to Millersville, due at the time of application. Students pay separately for accommodations.

Billing for study abroad at USC follows the regular Millersville billing cycle. Bills are sent out and due to MU on the customary schedule.

Students pay Millersville University tuition, a USC program charge, and general fees directly to MU.  Room and board are separate and are a student's individual financial responsibility.  There is an additional non-refundable, non-transferable MU program participation fee and application fee paid directly to Millersville, due at the time of application.

Funding Your Experience

Students should investigate loans which may be available, such as Federal Student Aid.  Students should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if their scholarships are transferable, since scholarships have individual regulations.  One option is to research online on or stop by our office for additional opportunities. Please see Financial Considerations for more information.

Transfer of Credit

Students should work with their major/minor advisors to select courses which help them make academic progress. Courses may fit into their major(s), minor(s), and General Education requirements, where appropriate.  The Office of Global Education cannot provide academic advice or determine class equivalencies. 

After being accepted to study abroad, Study Abroad Transfer of Credits Form and detailed instructions are  made available to students and must be completed before a student leaves. This form gives students and their major/minor departments the opportunity to determine potential course choices abroad and the MU equivalencies before departure.  With advisor, department, and The Office of Global Education approval, the Transfer of Credits Form can also be amended while abroad, should students choose to register for other classes that was not originally approved. 

After the study abroad program is completed and a transcript is sent to Millersville University, all courses taken will come back to Millersville as transfer credit. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog ("Transfer Credit") for details regarding Millersville University’s transfer policy.

To Apply

Refer to Global Education's home page at for the application release date and the final application deadline for each cycle. Approximate deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • Spring: mid-Sept
  • Fall: mid-February
  • Year-long: mid-February

Before completing and submitting an application to study abroad through this program, students are STRONGLY encouraged to research the program thoroughly and discuss their plans with the Office of Global Education, their academic advisor(s) and any family members or other parties involved in the decision making process.

To apply, click on the following link to be directed to the "To Apply" webpage. Be sure to read all instructions before completing an application to study abroad: To Apply webpage