Southern Cross University

East Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
At SCU it's all about our students and achieving excellence in teaching, learning and research. We are committed to providing inspirational learning experiences that equip our students to live a life they value and to be effective global citizens.



1994 - 2014 was an exciting time for Southern Cross University as it evolved from what was a Teachers College, in the 1970s, into a fully-fledged University with its own identity in 1994.


Southern Cross University offers undergraduate (your first degree) and postgraduate courses in study areas that suit your interests and professional goals.

Academic Schools

  • School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Business and Tourism
  • The Hotel School Sydney | Melbourne
  • School of Education
  • School of Environment, Science and Engineering
  • National Marine Science Centre
  • Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
  • School of Health and Human Sciences
  • School of Law and Justice


Southern Cross University (SCU) is dynamic university with a vibrant and innovative research program that focuses on issues that are both regionally relevant and globally significant. We work closely with industry, the government sectors, and our community to fulfil this program.


As a student, it's never too early to start thinking about career options and possibilities. The Career Development Service can assist you with this process at all stages of your studies. We can do this with personalised appointments or you can access the online SCU Career Development Program. Book and confirm your appointment on CareerHub (use your MySCU details to log in). CareerHub can also be used to search for graduate employment or part-time jobs.

Distance Learning Courses

Business & Management (23)
Law (10)
Social Sciences (9)
Arts, Design & Architecture (8)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (5)
Medicine & Health (5)
Applied Sciences & Professions (4)
Engineering & Technology (4)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Humanities (1)


Student services

SCU International is committed to assisting international students. In 2015, our team was ranked #1 in Australia for international student support by the International Student Barometer (ISB) for the third year in a row.SCU International will help with:

  • pre-departure information
  • settling in
  • orientation
  • student visa advice and health insurance advice
  • dedicated advisers
  • wellbeing and welfare.

Housing services

Southern Cross University offers services to help you find private rental off-campus (UniStays) or accommodations at one of our on-campus residential colleges (SCU Village).

A range of on-campus accommodation options are available at four residential colleges across the Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses. Apartments are modern and fully furnished, with their own kitchen, lounge, dining area and bathroom.

Library services

Databases relevant to your School

  • Arts & Social Sciences
  • Business & Tourism
  • Education
  • Environment, Science & Engineering
  • Gnibi College
  • Health & Human Sciences
  • Law & Justice
  • SCU College
Dictionaries, encyclopedias and general reference
  • Credo Reference
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Newspaper indexes
  • Factiva
  • Newspaper Source
Special purpose databases
  • Libraries Australia
  • Trove
  • Ulrichsweb

ICT services

Students with their own personal computers will find installing the free software below will ensure that SCU teaching and learning resources are all accessible on their computer. For anti-virus software please review the Information Security anti-virus/malware software suggestions.

  • Adobe AIR
  • Microsoft Office 365 for Education
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • NCH PDF Writer/Converter for Mac
  • Qualtrics

Medical services

SCU students at the Gold Coast and Lismore have access to the SCU Health Clinic's general practitioners who can provide bulk-billed medical services.

The Health Clinic also has a range of other health services including:
  • Dietitian
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Podiatry
  • Massage therapy
  • Osteopathy
  • Psychology
  • Student Counsellors
  • Student Disability Services

Student Life

Campus life

Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary Australian university with beautiful campuses at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour.

  • Lismore Campus Located in the vibrant Northern Rivers region, the Lismore campus is set on more than 75 hectares of lush landscaped gardens and rainforest walkway
  • Located midway between Sydney and Brisbane, the Coffs Harbour campus offers a friendly learning environment.
  • Only 400 metres from North Kirra Beach and next to the Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta, the Gold Coast campus is the University's newest.
  • Southern Cross University's two new branch campuses Sydney and Melbourne are both conveniently located in the central business districts.

Sports facilities

SCU offers a wide range of sporting, recreational and cultural activities, with something for everyone.

Campus sport
  • A fun, social sporting opportunity for the entire University community.
Elite student athletes
  • We support elite athletes so that they can balance their dual careers of training and competing at an elite level whilst undertaking their study
Fitness centres
  • Our sport and fitness centres provide arrange of sporting facilities across the three campuses including 2 gyms, an aquatic centre, 2 indoor sports courts, and 2 sports field and 4 tennis courts.

Student clubs

There are a variety of clubs and societies on offer at SCU. You can join a club or society and get involved with campus life - learning new skills on the way and meeting other students for around the University!

  • Sports clubs
  • Cultural clubs
  • School-based clubs
  • Community sporting clubs - Gold Coast


  • EAL is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)

East Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

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