Brief Introduction

The Southern Cross University was established in 1994 with campuses at Lismore and Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales and at the southern end of the Gold Coast in Queensland. 

The campus at Lismore includes a science and engineering precinct, environmental laboratories, contemporary music and visual arts studios and the SCU Health Clinic. The Gold Coast campus has specialist teaching facilities for nursing and midwifery and allied health disciplines such as occupational therapy, podiatry, pedorthics and speech pathology. The Coffs

Harbour campus has specialist nursing laboratories, a biosciences laboratory, and psychology research facilities. 

The Southern Cross University also runs the National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour along with The Hotel School Sydney and The Hotel School Melbourne in partnership with Mulpha Australia.

The schools and colleges under the university are - 

  • School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Environment, Science and Engineering
  • School of Health and Human Sciences
  • School of Business and Tourism
  • School of Law and Justice
  • Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
  • SCU College
  • National Marine Science Centre
  • Centre for Peace and Social Justice 

Infrastructure

A range of research facilities are available in the Southern Cross University like Analytical Research Laboratory Southern Cross Plant Science, Aquaculture and Hatchery, Environmental Analysis Laboratory, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory.

Accommodation

If you are considering on-campus accommodation, SCU Village is your only option. SCU Villages provides you with fully furnished apartments, easy transportation options, and unique residential life programs.   

4 bedroom apartments start from $200.50 in Coffs Harbour. The Lismore campus has rooms starting from $178.50 and ranging upto $200.50. 

For off-campus accommodation, SCU Unistays provides you with a database of options.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for both domestic and international students. They are open all year. The scholarships on offer are: 

  • International Advancement Scholarship (current student)
  • Dr Alan Phan Scholarship (future student)
  • International Outstanding Academic Performance Scholarship (current student)
  • SCU International Women in STEM Scholarship (future student)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Academic Excellence (future student)
  • Vice Chancellor’s International Diversification Scholarship (future student)
  • SCU International Regional Scholarship (future student)
  • International Advancement Scholarship (current student)
  • Dr Alan Phan Scholarship (future student)
  • International Outstanding Academic Performance Scholarship (current student)
  • SCU International Women in STEM Scholarship (future student)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Academic Excellence (future student)
  • Vice Chancellor’s International Diversification Scholarship (future student)
  • SCU International Regional Scholarship (future student)

Jobs and Placements

There are graduate programs available which offer opportunities for training with Australia’s top organizations, and hence, can prove to be very beneficial. To find out about local and international job vacancies, you can go on CareerHub which is SCU’s online employment vacancies site. SCU also organizes The Big Meet which is a career fair where you can interact with employers directly. As per the official reports released by the university, graduates of the business school enter the accounting, finance, marketing, advertising, public relations, investment and human resource management industries, among others. 

Location

To arrive at the Gold Coast campus, you can take a flight to the Gold Coast Airport, from where the university manages a free pick up. If you are arriving via Brisbane International Airport, you can use the Pacific Motorway or AirTrain to reach Gold Coast. You can either drive from Sydney, or take a flight. 

To reach the Lismore campus, you are recommended to fly to Sydney and then take a domestic flight to Lismore.   Premier Motor Service and countrylink have buses and trains respectively running from Central Railway Station, Sydney. But you are advised to use the Airport Link Train.

If you are coming from Brisbane, Byron Easy Bus and Premier motor service offer bus services there.

To reach the Coff Harbour campus, you can fly to the Coff Harbour airport, from where a University staff can pick you up. There are flights available from Sydney to Coff Harbour. Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service also provide bus services from Sydney and Brisbane. You can also use the NSW Train Link.  



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