Southern Cross University (SCU)

Postal address for enquiries:

Student Services
Southern Cross University
PO Box 157 
Lismore NSW 2480 Australia

Telephone (National) 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.
SCU offers 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. Many degrees feature work placements, practicums, internships, fieldwork and other forms of hands-on learning to produce work-ready graduates.

International exchange opportunities are available in places such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, India, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.

The University’s newest campus, at the Gold Coast, provides a nurturing and supportive study environment. The campus has grown rapidly since opening in 2010 with new buildings and facilities coming online in 2013, including the public SCU Health Clinic.
A range of degrees is offered here in health science (with majors in podiatry and speech pathology), nursing, midwifery and occupational therapy. Other degrees are business, education (early childhood, primary and secondary), information technology, law, social science, social welfare, sport management (surfing studies) and tourism.

The campus includes an integrated student centre, lounge areas, coffee shop and bookstore, state-of-the-art learning spaces, health science laboratories, lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, library and computer labs.

The University operates a nearby teaching facility at Brett Street, Tweed Heads, home to SCU College, which offers a range of associate degrees as an alternative entry pathway to further study with the University.

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), a moot court, and contemporary music and visual arts studios. The SCU Health Clinic provides professional health services and clinical experience for students.
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.

SCU is a research intensive university. In the Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 National Report the University was evaluated at world standard or above in the specific fields of geochemistry, crop and pasture production, zoology, forestry sciences, nursing and tourism. All SCU campuses are linked electronically for coursework and research purposes. The University has announced a $38 million investment in a new Learning Centre and the creation of a science and engineering precinct following a $27.9 million grant from the federal government.

Three session year

The University operates a three session academic year.

In 2014:
Session 1: 17 February – 31 May; Session 2: 23 June – 4 October;
Session 3: 20 October – 31 January 2015. For latest information visit

Courses requiring Special Entry Procedures/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

Southern Cross University offers many courses by distance education through direct application to the University. Visit the website

Indigenous Australian Applicants

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

Recognised Prior Learning

Southern Cross University recognises qualifications from TAFE institutes and other educational providers including SAE Institute (School of Audio Engineering) in formal agreements that grant credit into a number of SCU courses.



Discipline-specific facilities vary at each campus. These include clinical nursing labs with simulated wards, and anatomy and cadaver labs. Science facilities include an environmental analysis lab, 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. See For accommodation in colleges at both Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses go to

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. For a full list of student support services visit


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