Southern Cross University - Gold Coast
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Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus is located at Coolangatta just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach, and adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport. Views of the Pacific Ocean can be seen from many vantage points in the campus' buildings.

The campus includes a student services hub, designed to provide a one-stop shop for student support and enquiries. The library offers stunning views of the ocean and Gold Coast hinterland. Other facilities include innovative learning spaces, health science laboratories, lecture theatres with live video broadcasting, computer labs and student lounges.

The public SCU Health Clinic, clinical laboratories for nursing and midwifery, laboratories for occupational therapy students and physiology, anatomy and biomechanics laboratories are also located at the campus.

Degrees on offer include arts, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, podiatry and pedorthics, speech pathology, social science and social welfare, business, education, information technology, law and tourism.

The Gold Coast is Australia's sixth largest city, with a population of just under half a million people. Attractions include 70 kilometres of beaches, tropical rainforest hinterland and numerous bush walks, parklands, major shopping centres, markets and entertainment.

History of the Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University was established on 1 January 1994, following the decentralisation of the network of the University of New England, Australia as a university with several campuses, which had been established in 1989. The University of New Englandcontinues to exist as a single campus in Armidale, New South Wales, as it had been established in 1954.

The old college in Lismore, New South Wales, was the Lismore Teachers College, founded in 1971. This institution was expanded and renamed the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education in 1973. Following the publication of the Australian Government's White Paper on Higher Education in 1988, with its emphasis on the development of larger institutions, the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education was sent into an association with the old University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, and it formally became a network member of the newly constituted University of New England, under legislation that was enacted in 1989.

During 1992, in response to a proposal from the Board of Governors of the University of New England, the State and Commonwealth Ministers responsible for Higher Education established an Advisory Group to consider the implications of the Board of Governors' proposal that the network-style University of New England, Australia, be abolished, and that at least one new university be established.

The Advisory Group recommended that a new university be established in the North Coast Region of New South Wales as an academically-integrated institution incorporating the two University of New England network centres at Northern Rivers and Coffs Harbour, with the prospect of establishing additional North Coast centres as required. The Advisory Group also proposed that the new university develop under the sponsorship/supervision of a major metropolitan university for its first three years, while operating under its own name and with its own Council, and awarding its own degrees.

The Commonwealth and State Government Ministers jointly appointed an Implementation Advisory Panel to advise on the strategies necessary to give effect to the proposed new structures and announced that the successor institutions to the University of New England network would be established in time for the 1994-95 academic year. The University of New England, remains where it had originally been, in Armidale, New South Wales, as a single campus.

On 29 June 1993, the Commonwealth Department for Employment, Education, and Training and the New South Wales Department of Education and Training announced the outcome of the joint Commonwealth/State review of the continued offering of higher education in northern New South Wales. The announcement included the decision that a new university would be established on the North Coast of New South Wales, which would consist of campuses at Lismore (formerly the University of New England, Australia-Northern Rivers) and at Coffs Harbour (formerly the University of New England-Coffs Harbour Centre). It was later announced that the new college would be called the Southern Cross University. Legislation was passed by both houses of the Government of New South Wales Parliament in October 1993.

In 2010, Southern Cross University opened a new campus in the Southern Gold Coast area of Queensland, at Coolangatta just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach, and adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport. Views of the Pacific Ocean can be seen from many vantage points in the campus' buildings. A dedication ceremony was attended by then Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP. The Foundation Building was opened in 2010 and a second 10-story building opened in February 2013. The campus includes a student services hub, designed to provide a one-stop shop for student support and enquiries. The library offers stunning views of the ocean and Gold Coast hinterland. Other facilities include innovative learning spaces, health science laboratories, lecture theatres with live video broadcasting, computer labs and student lounges.It is projected that all programs currently offered at the Tweed Heads campuses will be transferred to the new Gold Coast campus progressively over 2013.

Australia requirements for international students

In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition: Department of Education and Training, Australia

Southern Cross University 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.
  • For the third consecutive year, SCU has also been ranked number one in Australia for international student support by the International Student Barometer 2015 survey, and ranked number two in Australia for overall learning experience.

Student life at the Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus

The Gold Coast region includes more than 70 kilometres of beaches, tropical rainforest hinterland, parklands, theme parks and shopping. With a population of more than 537 000, the Gold Coast’s relaxed lifestyle, sunshine and sub-tropical climate is perfect for yearround outdoor activities.

Top 5 things to do

  • Beaches – Embrace the beach lifestyle and find your perfect spot, from popular to private, the Gold Coast beaches are clean and stunning.
  • Explore the natural environment – The Gold Coast hinterland is home to spectacular rainforest areas, skywalk and mountain trails. Wildlife sanctuaries mean you can get very close to our amazing animals.
  • Local markets – Whether it’s farmer’s or beachside markets, the region has lots on offer.
  • Festivals – With Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach Jazz Festival and the Swell Sculpture Festival there is something for everyone
  • Sporting Events – The Gold Coast is renowned for its world standard sporting events including the Quicksilver and Roxy Pro surfing contest, Gold Coast Marathon, and major AFL and rugby league matches. The Gold Coast will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Services of Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus

Located at Bilinga on the southern Gold Coast, the campus features views of the Pacific Ocean from many vantage points. State-of-the-art health science laboratories include the activities of daily living lab; anatomy and physiology lab; anatomy wet lab; audio lab; manual therapies room; pedorthics manufacturing lab; midwifery birth suite; and nursing labs (clinical and simulation). A shared services hub provides integrated student services. There are modern learning spaces, lecture theatres and tutorial rooms. Library services and computer labs are available, as well as lounge areas, coffee shop and bookstore. The SCU Health Clinic provides opportunities for clinical experience for SCU students studying health degrees. It also provides professional allied health services to the general public, students and staff. The Gold Coast campus is also home to SCU College which provides academic and English language pathways to Southern Cross University.

  • I.T. and Technical support
  • Library
  • Student Representation and Student Associations
  • AFL - Lismore Swans
  • Badminton
  • Netball - SCU Netty Rats
  • Rugby Club - SCU Gold Rats
  • SCUL Riders (Surfing)
  • SCU Swimming Club
  • SCU Cheer Team
  • SCU Mountain Bike Club (SCUMB)
  • SCU Soccer Club
  • SCU Waterpolo Club
  • Aboriginal Student Kinship
  • Animal Law Club
  • Bouldering Club
  • International Social Student Club (ISS)
  • No More Noodles
  • OPUS
  • SCU Accessibility & Social Inclusion Group (SCU ASIG)
  • SCU Chess Club
  • SCU Enviro Club
  • SCU Fire Club
  • SCU Mixed Up Reels Film Club
  • SCU Women's Group
  • SCU Words

Why choose us?

Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary Australian university with campuses at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour, with branch campuses in Sydney and Melbourne. The University operates The Hotel School Sydney and The Hotel School Melbourne in partnership with Mulpha Australia.

  • Southern Cross Universitywas ranked #401-500 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • Southern Cross University is a research intensive university and was evaluated at 'well above world standard' in nine key areas in the Australian Research Council's 2015 Excellence in Research Australia Report .
  • SCU International ranked number one in Australia, for the third year running, for international student support in the International Student Barometer (ISB) survey 2015 .
  • Industry-relevant degrees with a strong practical component that enables students to generate and apply knowledge.

Southern Cross University is in a unique part of Australia where students can access some of the best surfing beaches and marine environments in the country. World Heritage rainforest areas and national parks are also regional attractions - perfect for bushwalking and camping experiences.

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