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  • Locations: Maroochydore, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Univ of the Sunshine Coast 
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/29/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester GPA minimum: 2.5
Class Standing: 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Program Description:

University of the Sunshine Coast
Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

Program Overview

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) provides students with the perfect study and living environment.  The USC campus is located in the centre of the Sunshine Coast region.  Located on the edge of a national park, the campus is home to kangaroos.  The campus is approximately 90 kilometres from Brisbane.  Major centres such as Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Caloundra and Noosa are between 15 and 40 minutes drive away. 

USC has the highest proportion of academic staff with Doctoral or Masters qualifications of any university in Queensland, and the fifth highest in Australia.  Graduates consistently give the University top marks, with a five-star satisfaction rating for overall educational experience.  USC is the highest ranked university in Australia in relation to graduates' satisfaction with teaching.  USC received five-star ratings for both electronic support and academic services in the 2006 Good Universities Guide.  The University library houses more than 23,500 digital resources that supplement the print resources held in the University collection.  Students can choose from a wide range of courses in three faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Business, and Science, Health and Education.   Many courses offer insights into Australian society from historical, political, environmental, geographical, business, scientific, social and literary perspectives.  There is also a wide range of courses with a more global perspective.  Students can take courses in liberal arts concentrations, professional studies, or the sciences and may find courses that are discipline-specific or interdisciplinary.  Areas of study include:  Creative Writing, Journalism, Public Relations, Computer-Based Design, International Business, Languages, Marketing, Management, Biotechnology, Tourism, Education, Environmental Restoration, Marine Science, Sport and Exercise Science, Human Services, International Relations and Communication Studies. 

Read more about studying abroad at the USC by clicking the link here.


  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session

  • Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program.  This program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

  • Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.

  • Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester

  • Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application


Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information.  Students must next apply to  The University of the Sunshine Coast by their published deadline.  Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.  


General Program Dates

Australia Semester 1: Mid-February through late June
Australia Semester 2: Mid-July through mid-November

Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.


USC is known for its excellent student experience, first- class support services, professional teaching staff and high-quality programs.  Study Abroad programs are available in Business, Communication and Design, Education, Engineering, Health, Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences.  

Goucher students will find themselves directly enrolled in courses with Australian and other international students, therefore it is critical to be prepared for immersion in the Australian education system by understanding some of its important characteristics.  Please read the article Ready To Go To Australia.  

You can select from a comprehensive range of courses and design your program to suit your own individual requirements. You can select courses from a list that do not require pre-requisites or from a list that require pre-requisites. 

Please see the USC course information for study abroad students.

USC allows you to register for your courses online with the first round of Australian students.   This allows you to select your timetable prior to arrival and helps you get the best class schedule possible.

Credit and Grade Translations

One 12 credit USC course equals 4 Goucher credits

Australia Qualification Goucher Grade
High Distinction (HD) A
Distinction (D) A
Credit (C) B
Pass C
Conceded, Conditional or
Compensatory Pass (D)
Failure F


Academic Policies

  • Grades count toward a Goucher GPA

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis

  • Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits

  • All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.

  • Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad


Language Skills and Language of Instruction


Program Costs

Budget Sheet

Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program.  Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program.  You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.

To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:

OIS Scholarships



A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees.  Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.


The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.

If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.


Goucher students stay at Uni-Central Apartments which is a 10 minute walk from campus. Students must apply and pay directly to Uni-Central for housing.  

Will I have a meal plan?

No, your apartment  has a kitchen just outside your room which is shared with three other students.


USC Sippy Downs, Queensland Australia

Sunshine Coast


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.   Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad.  Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.

Additional Information and Links

Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs.  Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program.  Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S.  Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports

U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Australia

Students are required to obtain a student visa for studying abroad for a semester in Australia. You cannot apply until official acceptance from the university, at which time you will receive a Confirmation of Enrollment that will allow you to proceed with the online visa application.   Please read more about the visa process from USC.

Health and Safety

You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad.  Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance: 

Study Abroad Insurance

All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.

Students with Disabilities

Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad.  OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have.  However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests.  More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website. 

Student Identity

Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.

On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.

Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.