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  • Locations: Queensland, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: English
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student Housing Options: Apartment (alone), Apartment (shared), Homestay
Areas of Study: Business, Communications, Computer Science/Computer Engineering, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences/Public Health, Humanities, Law, Psychology, Sciences, Visual Design Program Category: Internship abroad, Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

****There are currently NO exchange slots available for this program. You must apply as a direct enroll study abroad student. To learn what this means click here. Please contact for questions. 

UMass Boston   Queensland, Australia - University of Sunshine Coast


The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities. Since its opening in 1996 it has grown to service around 10,000 enrolled students and about 10% of these are international. We have a proud record of achievement in learning and teaching, being the only public Queensland university to consistently earn five stars for teaching quality in the The Good Universities Guide 2015.
Read a guide for international students

Adjacent to a Mooloolah River National Park, USC’s environmentally sensitive Sippy Downs campus is located approximately 90km from Brisbane city; only a short drive from the Sunshine Coast's major centers and some of Australia’s best beaches and national parks. The modern buildings are fully-equipped with the latest technology, students will find sport and health facilities, cafes, a large library, open air study areas and dedicated student services and social spaces. With resident kangaroos, resort style accommodation, relaxed lifestyle and quality education, USC offers students a unique and ideal study experience.

USC offers Study Abroad students the opportunity to choose courses across a range of disciplines from our Faculty of Arts and Business and Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering. Course are offered from introductory to advanced levels allowing students to choose courses in areas that they may not have studied before or to build on prior learning. Please scroll down to "Course Transfers Reference Table" to see how courses from USC transferred to UMB. 

Students must study full time at the home and host Institutions. With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer towards your degree at UMass Boston. This form can be obtained from the Study Abroad office.

Spring Semester (Semester 1): February - June
Fall Semester (Semester 2): July - November

University of Massachusetts students only. Undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 2.75 GPA) with no disciplinary problems. 

Applying to USC is done in 3 easy steps:
  1. Complete the UMass Boston Study Abroad application online 
  2. Complete the USC Study Abroad application form and return it to the UMASS - Boston international office. The Study Abroad form can be found here: 
  3. The UMASS - Boston international office send the completed USC Study Abroad application form and a copy of the students transcript to
Umass Boston’s Reciprocal Exchange programs are based off reciprocity with partner institutions, meaning exchange slots are limited and vary by semester. Please check with the Office of Global Programs in advance for additional information. 

See budget sheet.

Please note, the Office of Global Programs use estimated price values for our Umass Boston Reciprocal Exchange’ budget sheets. Actual prices may vary, please contact your program provider for more details. 

Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, prior to applying it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:

There are a variety of housing options, including student accommodations next to campus, private rentals, and homestays. Varsity Apartments offers the largest student accommodation for USC students. 



You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa before you travel. 

Students who are U.S. citizens must apply for a Student Visa (subclass 500). The application is available online through the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. Some visas can take several weeks to obtain. Make sure you understand the requirements for your specific visa.  

USC provides a start guide, which includes a lot of useful information on preparing for your tip in Australia.This includes a section on visa applications. Please see the start guide here. 

Be sure to check out the following Visa Process link provided by NAFSA for more information:

Download: Australia Country Information and Visas.pdf

Course Transfers Reference Table
Course # abroad Course Title Credits abroad Course Transfer # Course Transfer Title Credits Transferred to UMB
COU 200 Communications and Relationships 3 COMM 225 Relational Communication 3
CMN 120 Public Relations 3 COMM 280 Special Topics 3
CMN 1230 Intro to Journalism 3 COMM 9000   3
ENP 255 Urbanism and Urban Design 3 ENVSCI 270 Cities and the Environment 3
HIS 100 History of Australian Popular Culture 3 HUMCTR 9000   3


Pre-decision Phase Instructions: 
This is a UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange Program. There are two separate applications. First, students apply to the program by completing this online UMass Boston application. If eligible to study abroad, the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office nominates the student to the university abroad. The student is then informed with a letter or an email about next steps to complete the university's abroad application (online or hard copy forms). Please click here for application instructions. 
Post-decision Phase Instructions: 
The final decision to accept a student is made by the university abroad and the student will be emailed. Once accepted by the university abroad, UMass Boston students must complete all the requirements indicated by the university abroad, in addition to completing all forms and submitting all the post-acceptance documents to UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Please click here for instructions and forms. 

Study Abroad Contact Consent.pdf
Disciplinary Clearance Form.pdf
Program Agreement Release Form.pdf
Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credits Form Spring 2019.pdf
Mandatory Travel Departure Interview.pdf
Study abroad waiver for parents-guardians.pdf