Southern Cross University


Student Services

Southern Cross University

PO Box 157

LISMORE NSW 2480 Australia

Telephone: Freecall 1800 626 481, International +61 2 6620 3444
Facsimile: (02) 6622 4341


Southern Cross University (SCU) is a vibrant, contemporary university with campuses at some of the best locations in Australia – the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour. The University also operates The Hotel School Sydney in partnership with Mulpha Australia and in 2014 is expanding its operations with a new Sydney branch campus.

The University is committed to innovation and excellence in teaching and research and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across eight academic schools – Arts and Social Sciences; Business; Education; Environment, Science and Engineering; Health and Human Sciences; Law and Justice; Tourism and Hospitality Management; and Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples.

Newer degrees include contemporary studies (subject to approval), educational studies, urban and regional planning, civil engineering, social welfare, science and creative arts. An expanding profile in allied health includes osteopathy, speech pathology, podiatry and pedorthics.

The University has also introduced two-year, broad-based associate degrees in arts, science, allied health and business. SCU’s industry-relevant degrees combine a strong, practical emphasis with rigorous theory. Many of the courses include work placements and internships. Overseas study opportunities are offered in Europe, Asia, the USA and Canada.

SCU undertakes research of national and international significance, and has special research centres in geoscience and plant science, along with research centres in coastal biogeochemistry, forest science research, gambling education and research, children and young people, marine ecology, and tourism leisure and work.

Gold Coast campus

At the Gold Coast campus a shared services hub provides integrated student services. State-of-the-art learning spaces, health science laboratories, lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, library and computer labs are available, as well as lounge areas, a coffee shop and a bookstore.

Lismore campus

The picturesque Lismore campus, set on 75 hectares of landscaped grounds, is the administrative centre of the University, featuring sporting facilities and an indoor heated swimming pool, specialised teaching facilities (such as science, anatomy and nursing laboratories), moot court, and contemporary music and visual arts studios. The SCU Health Clinics at both the Lismore and Gold Coast campuses provide professional health services and clinical experience for students.

Coffs Harbour campus

The Coffs Harbour campus, which is shared with a TAFE college and a senior high school, features contemporary facilities, including nursing laboratories with simulated wards, purpose-built psychology research facilities and a human biosciences laboratory. SCU also operates the National Marine Science Centre, a teaching and research facility, in Coffs Harbour.

Three session year

The University operates a three session academic year. In 2014–2015:
Session 3 2014: 20 October 2014 – 31 January 2015
Session 1 2015: 16 February – 30 May 2015
Session 2 2015: 22 June – 3 October 2015
For the latest information visit the SCU website.

Courses requiring special entry procedures/tertiary prerequisites

The Bachelor of Visual Arts and the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management (at The Hotel School Sydney) have additional or alternative selection criteria (interview/portfolio). Some education and law degrees are also available by graduate entry only.

Distance education

SCU offers many courses by distance education through direct application to the University. Visit Distance and Online Education on the SCU website.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

Indigenous Australian applicants who believe they may not meet the usual admission requirements are invited to a testing and assessment program for consideration for admission to their preferred course. For information contact IASS (Indigenous Australian Student Services), email iass or phone 1800 769 763.

Recognised Prior Learning

SCU recognises qualifications from TAFE institutes and other educational providers including SAE Creative Media Institute (School of Audio Engineering) in formal agreements that grant credit toward a number of SCU courses. Visit Recognition of Prior Learning at SCU.


Discipline-specific facilities vary at each campus. For health these include clinical nursing labs with simulated wards, anatomy and cadaver labs, and specialised pedorthics and psychology labs. Science facilities include a new science and engineering precinct with state-of-the-art facilities, environmental analysis labs, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing facilities, and a research vessel. Arts and social sciences facilities include recording, performance and production studios, a multi-camera television studio, radio broadcast and editing studios, and purpose-built studios for painting, printmaking, 3D studies, photography and digital arts.

Other student facilities vary at each campus but may include cafes, newsagents and/or bookshops, gymnasium and sporting facilities, swimming pool, travel agency and banking facilities.

Student accommodation

All the University’s campuses provide a list of off-campus accommodation available in their area. For accommodation in colleges at both Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses go to SCU Village.

Student support services

Academic support is available to all on-campus and distance education students. Staff run workshops, group study sessions, individual consultations and offer the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) program in selected units. The UniMentor program connects new students with a second or third year mentor studying in the same discipline. The University has a free counselling service for all students. The Lismore campus has a fully accredited medical practice, with a limited service also available at the Coffs Harbour campus. Gold Coast and Tweed Heads students access nearby medical services.
The Chaplaincy services are ecumenical and multi-faith in nature.

Students with disability have access to a range of support services to assist them in their studies.

Visit the website for a full list of student support services.

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