Southern Cross University


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Tuition (International)
A$9,600 ~ A$35,947

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Postgraduate, Undergraduate
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Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary Australian university with beautiful campuses at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour, and branch campuses in Sydney and Melbourne.

The University also operates The Hotel School Sydney and The Hotel School Melbourne in partnership with Mulpha Australia.

We welcome students from more than 60 countries throughout the world and offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in an inspiring and supportive learning environment. The University has a strong student focus and takes pride in the quality of its lecturers, many of whom are recognised as leaders in their fields.

Our degrees are offered across a broad range of disciplines, and are designed in consultation with industry. Many involve work placements and internships and other forms of hands-on learning to produce work-ready graduates. Research is undertaken in areas that are regionally relevant and globally significant, in disciplines as diverse as geoscience, plant genetics, cetacean research, health and wellbeing and tourism.

Ratings and rankings

  • Southern Cross University is ranked in the top 500 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16. The rankings, now in their 12th year, draw on data from 1126 institutions world-wide and are based on teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
  • Southern Cross University is also among Times Higher Education  150 world's best young universities for 2016. The rankings are based on the same performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings - teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

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Campus services and facilities

Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary Australian university with beautiful campuses at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour.

Personalised campus tours, guided by current Southern Cross University students, are available for you to see what our University is like. To book a tour freecall 1800 626 481 or email

Lismore campus

Lismore CampusLocated in the vibrant Northern Rivers region, the Lismore campus is set on more than 75 hectares of lush landscaped gardens and rainforest walkways. The Lismore campus houses specialist facilities including the Law Moot Court, Nursing and Massage and Osteopathy Room, Sport and Exercise Science facilities including a Biomechanics laboratory and purpose built facilities for Contemporary Music, Visual Arts and Media students. [ More about the Lismore campus ]

Coffs Harbour campus

Coffs Harbour CampusLocated midway between Sydney and Brisbane, the Coffs Harbour campus offers a friendly learning environment, close to some of the finest surf beaches and a spectacular World Heritage listed rainforest. Contemporary teaching facilities include a purpose built Nursing laboratory complete with simulated wards, and early childhood teaching facilities. [ More about the Coffs Harbour campus and campus video ]

Gold Coast campus

Gold Coast CampusOnly 400 metres from North Kirra Beach and next to the Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta, the Gold Coast campus is the University's newest. With views of the Pacific Ocean, an innovative shared services hub and industry standard facilities, the campus provides a great study environment in a contemporary setting. [ More about the Gold Coast campus ]

Sydney and Melbourne branch campuses (International students)

SCU Sydney campusSouthern Cross University's two new branch campuses Sydney and Melbourne are both conveniently located in the central business districts. Studying at SCU Sydney or Melbourne gives international students the opportunity to study undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in two of the world's most liveable cities. [ More about SCU Sydney and Melbourne ]

The Hotel School Sydney and Melbourne

The Hotel School SydneyThe Hotel School Sydney is a unique educational partnership between Southern Cross University and Mulpha Australia, a major player in the hospitality industry. The combination of excellence from Southern Cross University and industry connectivity from Mulpha Australia creates an innovative learning environment. The Hotel School delivers the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management, Graduate Certificate in International Tourism Management, Graduate Diploma of International Tourism and Hotel Management and the Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management.

The Hotel School opens its new school in Melbourne from October, 2015. The Hotel School Melbourne will be located in the heart of the city and will delivering the same programs. 

More about The Hotel School Sydney ] [ More about The Hotel School Melbourne ]

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