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  • Locations: Lismore, Australia
  • Program Terms: Calendar Year, Fall, Spring, Year (SH)
  • Host University Website: Click to visit
  • Cost Estimate: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** 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.

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
Faculty Led: No Exchange Program: No
Program Description:


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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.

Location: Lismore, Australia

Southern Cross University 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

Click on Southern Cross's Flickr page to see photos from UW-Stout students who studied there. 


Students will choose 3 or 4 'units' (classes) for their semester at SCU. SCU offers courses in Business, Arts & Social Sciences, Education, Environment, Science and Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Indigenous Studies, Law and Justice, and Tourism and Hospitality. SCU also offers courses in Australian Perspectives and Outdoor Education that are popular among study abroad students. For more information and to search for courses, please visit SCU's website

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. 



Accommodation: 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. For more information on housing, please visit SCU's website

Passport and Visa: Please visit the Education Abroad website for information on passports and visas.  



The Cost Estimates at the top of this program website are used to determine the costs for the term you would like to go abroad. For information on financing your education abroad program visit the Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships link on our website.