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Southern Cross University
Lismore, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Calendar Year,
Year (SH)
Host University Website: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
Rolling Admission 06/17/2015 10/03/2015
Year (SH) 2015-2016 03/01/2015
Rolling Admission 06/17/2015 05/30/2016
Spring 2016 10/15/2015 ** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Residence Halls
Language Courses Offered: No Internships Available: No
Exchange Program: No
Program Description:


Program Overview   Academics   Logistics   Program Cost

Program Overview

University of Wisconsin-Stout students in any major have an opportunity to gain international experience studying and traveling in Australia while earning credit toward their degree program. Southern Cross University has about 6,000 full and part-time students including students from many different countries. Located in the commercial hub of culturally rich and rapidly developing northern New South Wales, Lismore campus is only a thirty-five minute drive from iconic Byron Bay. The campus has been designed to blend with the surrounding countryside, providing state-of-the-art facilities in a tranquil, harmonious learning environment. The adjacent rain forest and coast provide natural laboratories for research activities. An outdoor activities field trip is also included in the program. Field trip choices range from camping in the outback to staying overnight on a sand island.

The Lismore campus houses the majority of the University's academic facilities, electronic information services and state-of-the-art library. It provides the full range of recreational facilities expected by students including access to email, sports facilities, and residence halls. Additionally, the SCU International Office provides regular excursions to the nearby beaches, rain forests, the Outback, the Gold Coast and other areas so students can deepen their experience with the Australian culture.

Australia Opera House

Southern Cross Universtiy is located in the semitropical city of Lismore, (population 45,000) New South Wales about one hour by airplane from Sydney and Brisbane. The surrounding hills are dotted with historical villages and rustic hamlets. Nearby is  imbin, site of the Aquarius Festival and the 'spiritual home' of Australia's alternative lifestyle movement. From Lismore, students have easy access to Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point. 

Only 35 minutes from Lismore, Byron Bay provides an international focal point for the area's thriving hospitality industry. The coastline in the region is one of Australia’s best, offering long stretches of beaches for swimming and surfing. The Gold Coast, Australia’s premier tourist spot for nightlife, casinos, surfing and theme parks, is located about an hour north of Lismore. The Great Barrier Reef is only a few hours to the north. The region around Lismore is also noted for its world-renowned rain forests where students can enjoy mountain climbing and bushwalking.


Students should work with their academic adviser or program director to choose 3 classes for their semester at SCU. The method of instruction is similar to that in the U.S., but students are expected to do more independent work outside of class. Grades are based more on written work and a large exam at the end of the semester rather than on periodic quizzes. In general, students studying in Australia need to be mature, self-directed, and have excellent writing and thinking skills to have a fulfilling learning experience abroad. Australia Beach Jump

Students should register for courses based on their program requirements; however, if students have general credits available, courses pertaining to Australian culture will enrich the student’s experience. SCU offers courses in Australian Perspectives and Outdoor Education that are popular among study abroad students. 

When choosing courses to take at SCU, keep the following in mind:


  • UW-Stout's Fall semester is SCU's Session 2.

  • UW-Stout's Spring semester is SCU's Session1.

  • You can only take courses with an 'L' (Lismore) listed under availability.

You may not take courses with an EXT (external) or ONL (online) listed under availability.

Use this link to see the schedules for this year, which can be used as a guide to avilability. The official schedule for 2014 will not be released until September.


Australia HikeAccomodation: The International Office at SCU houses students in the residence halls on campus or in university-managed, co-ed apartments near campus. Students generally have private bedrooms but share the bathroom, kitchen and lounge with four to six other students. Students prepare most meals at their accommodation, but there are snack bars on campus where students can purchase food items. 

Passport: Students will need to have a passport study in Australia. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a valid U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity – your passport must be valid six months beyond your return date.

Visa: Students will need to have a visa to study in Australia. The current visa fee is AUD$550. The Office of International Education can assist you with the visa process.

Travel: Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Australia. Depending on the starting and ending date of the term, students may have the option of traveling in Australia before or after the program.

Program Cost

Asutralia KangarooTo help you to prepare for your semester abroad the Office of International Education has created semester budget sheets for your reference. These budget sheets are only an estimation and actual expenses may vary depending on changes in currency exchange rates, tuition increases, airfare and personal spending habits. We suggest that you set up a personalized budget to follow for the duration of your program. To view the estimated budget sheet please click here.

We strongly encourage you to print this budget sheet, and set-up a meeting with your financial aid counselor early during the application process to discuss how you will be paying for the program. Students who are eligible for financial aid may use such aid to help pay for all of the costs outlined on the budget sheet. Give your financial aid counselor a copy of the budget sheet for your program so your financial award can be adjusted to take into account the increased costs.

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SCU Campus
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