SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY - Seven peaks education


A. Overview

About the University

Southern Cross University is a progressive, young and connected regional research university, with vibrant campuses in two states. They are in locations of extraordinary natural beauty and creativity: Coffs Harbour in the Mid North Coast and Lismore in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Southern Cross University's fastest-growing campus is uniquely located at the Gold Coast Airport in southern Queensland, overlooking Kirra Beach.

We also offer degrees in Sydney and Melbourne at branch campuses and through The Hotel School in partnership with Mulpha Australia.

Many of our degrees are available in a dynamic online form. Whether studying on-campus, online, or both, we deliver exciting, contemporary and high quality learning experiences. We also deliver degrees with collaborators in China, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

We aim to produce graduates who are career ready, world ready and digitally literate, and who experience an academic environment distinctive for its personal approach.

The University has a strong focus on industry and community collaboration to produce engaged teaching and research outcomes. This connectivity is seeing Southern Cross University lead the $13.8m national Farming Together Pilot Program, partnering with the Northern Rivers Co-operatives Alliance and the Australian Government.

The University has also introduced an important new Centre for Organics Research with the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

University rankings

Southern Cross University is in the top 150 universities in the world under 50 years old (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings for 2017). The University has also been named in the Top 50 of Generation Y universities.
The rankings are based on the THE World University Rankings - teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 national report, SCU achieved outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 24 research fields. In nine research fields SCU was evaluated at the highest possible classification of 'well above world standard'. This was achieved in the fields of Geochemistry, Oceanography, Environmental Science and Management, Zoology, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Crop and Pasture Production, Forestry Sciences, Nursing, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Southern Cross University has been consistently ranked in the top two in Australia for international student support by the International Student Barometer survey.

B. Why study with Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary Australian university with campuses at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour, with branch campuses in Sydney and Melbourne. The University operates The Hotel School Sydney and The Hotel School Melbourne in partnership with Mulpha Australia.

- Southern Cross University was ranked in the Top 100 in the Times Higher Education 150 under 50 Rankings 2016
- Southern Cross University is a research intensive university and was evaluated at 'well above world standard' in nine key areas in the Australian Research Council's 2015 Excellence in Research Australia Report .
- SCU International Student Support team has been recognised for their outstanding - - international student support in the International Student Barometer (ISB) survey 2016 .
- Industry-relevant degrees with a strong practical component that enables students to generate and apply knowledge. Southern Cross University is in a unique part of Australia where students can access some of the best surfing beaches and marine environments in the country. World Heritage rainforest areas and national parks are also regional attractions - perfect for bushwalking and camping experiences.

Commitment to our international students

Southern Cross University has a dedicated team of staff at SCU International who are committed to assisting international students. Whether it's the application or acceptance process, orientation support throughout your studies, our International Student Support team will help make the transition easier.

Our name

The university is named after the constellation of stars that appears in the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere and that also appears on the Australian flag. It is a proud and significant symbol in Australia's history associated with this country's move to establishing its national identity and is a fitting symbol for this progressive university.

Available Courses

- Business
- Creative and Performing Arts
- Education
- Environment, Science and Engineering
- Health and Human Sciences
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Indigenous Studies
- Information Technology
- Law and Justice
- Tourism and Hospitality

English language comparable scores to Academic IELTS

IELTS5.5 with no band less than 5.06.0 with no band less than 5.56.5 with no band less than 6.07.0 with no band less than 6.57.0 with no band less than 7.0
TOEFL PBT500 min 4.0 (TWE)550 min 4.5 (TWE)570 min 5.0 (TWE)592 min 5.0 (TWE)600 min 5.0 (TWE)
TOEFL iBT46 with no less than 16 in writing60 with no less than 17 in writing & speaking, no less than 11 in reading & listening79 with no less than 21 in writing and 20 in other areas94 with no less than 24 in writing94 with no less than 25 in writing
PTE42 with no communicative score less than 3650 with no communicative score less than 4658 with no communicative score less than 5065 with no communicative score less than 5865 with no communicative score less than 65
ISPLR3 in all 4 skills3+ or better in all 4 skills4 in all 4 skill areas4 in all 4 skill areas4+ in all 4 skill areas

Variations to English language entry requirements

Academic and English language pathwaysAcademic IELTS+
Career Start (Study Abroad) - 20 weeks English
Career Start (Study Abroad) - 10 weeks English
Undergraduate Qualifying Program (UQP)
Diploma of Business
Diploma of Science
Associate Degree of Business
Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP)
4.5 with no band less than 4.0
5.0 with no band less than 4.5
5.5 with no band less than 5.0
5.5 with no band less than 5.0
5.5 with no band less than 5.0
5.5 with no band less than 5.0
6.0 with no band less than 5.5
Variations to English language requirements
Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies)
Bachelor of Midwifery
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Podiatry
7.0 with no band less than 7.0
Bachelor of Pedorthics7.0 with no band less than 6.5
Bachelor of Social Welfare
6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0
Bachelor of Speech Pathology*
7.5 with no less than 7.0 in reading, writing 8.0 in listening, speaking
Graduate Certificate in Business
Graduate Certificate in International and Hotel Management
Graduate Diploma in Business
Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hotel Management
6.0 overall
Graduate Certificate in Accounting
Graduate Diploma in Accounting
Master of Business Administration
Master of Professional Accounting
Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management
Doctor of Business Administration
Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies
6.5 overall