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Australia - Southern Cross University: SCSU Semester
Lismore, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/03/2018 06/20/2018 10/13/2018
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Host University Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Minimum Class Eligibility:
Non-SCSU Student: Yes Housing Options: Apartments
Language Courses Offered: No Credit Type: Undergraduate
Program Length: Long-Term Program
Program Description:



Southern Cross University is located within the youthful, vibrant city of Lismore in the region known as New South Wales. Surrounded by rainforests and beaches, this campus offers an unforgettable experience with access to environmental and cultural opportunities that you can’t get anywhere else. On the campus of 6,000 students, you will not only have access to topline academic and research units, outstanding international support, and local hotspots such as Byron Bay, but other unique offerings such as the on-campus koala sanctuary.

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Fast Facts

Academic Calendar: Fall / Spring
Credits: 12 SCSU Credits 
Faculty and StaffOn-campus international office available for students
Housing: Furnished residence hall with single rooms

Meals: Kitchens and cooking areas available
Language of Instruction: English
Local Currency: The Australian dollar (AUD)
Population of Lismore: 29,413



As an international student at Southern Cross University (SCU), you will have the ability to register for any of the courses offered on campus on a space available basis and providing that you meet all pre-requisites of the course that you select. Southern Cross University offers a large variety of courses such as Arts/Humanities, Business & Computing, Education, Criminal Justice, and Travel and Tourism, etc. Many education abroad students choose to take the Outdoor Education class, which includes intensive field experiences.

You can start the course selection process by visiting the resource library at CIS where we have physical copies of the SCU course handbooks. In addition, the College of Business has developed an outline of SCU courses and their equivalents at SCSU (
Southern Cross equivalence Business.pdf) If you have any questions about how to find courses at SCU, please contact the Center for International Studies. Southern Cross University course information is available on-line at their website. The credits that you earn at Southern Cross University will transfer back to St. Cloud State University.


Lismore offers a wealth of art galleries for visitors and locals alike to explore. A good example would be the Aboriginal Art Gallery where visitors can learn about the Aboriginal culture of the traditional land owners of the Lismore area, the Bundjalung People, through the artwork they’ve created.

Australia in general has amazing outdoor opportunities, but Lismore in particular boasts the nearby rain forest which is recognized as a World Heritage Site. Hiking opportunities are also abundant in the nearby Nimbin area.

Other nearby attractions include Byron Bay, a popular surfing destination for travelers, locals, and backpackers alike. The beach is noted for whale watching and other significant wildlife.


Students will live in University sponsored apartment housing within walking distance to Southern Cross. In addition, students will share these apartments with other exchange and study abroad students from around the world. Their residential life program is designed to create a living situation that will help students in all aspects of their study abroad experience. 


  • Sophomore status or above
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Open to all majors