Billable items on UMass Amherst Bursar's bill include: Tuition, mandatory fees, Australian insurance (OSHC) & Accommodations (housing), Orientation, One SCU Excursion.
NOTE: SCU offers additional excurions, including an outback trip. There will be an addtitional charge for RT airfare for Outback Excursion.
Student responsible for: Meals, RT airfare, Passport & Visa, local travel, personal expenses (books, supplies, vacation week, misc), SCU gym membership (AUD $145/sem), internet service, and educational excursions.. For example Personal Expenses & Excursions vary from US$1500 - $3000. such as a one-week trip to New Zealand or northern Australia.
Make sure your budget is flexible enough to allow for unexpected costs such as emergencies and health expenses, and study-related costs such as field trips and textbooks.
Southern Cross University Budget Detalis, 2017:
All costs are estimates in US Dollars and subject to Australian - US Dollar fluctuations. 1 AUD = 0.7338 USD 1 or 1 USD = 1.3626 AUD as of Jan 9 2017
Regional students pay a tuition fee of approximately $500 more per semester than in-state students. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Housing: Accommodations are guaranteed for students on the Lismore campus. All units are apartment-style and "self-catered" meaning, students buy groceries and cook in kitchens (no meal plans). The Exchange & Study Abroad with UMass is new in Gold Coast so cost estimates and Housing online reservations must be done through SCU website.
Meals. The estimate for meals is based on weekly groceries. Costs do not reflect all possible expenses nor does it take into account meals out.
Educational Excursion. Based on past student reports, the estimate reflects one small excursion (RT in-country airfares are US$300-500; plus hostels/meals). Personal expenses may vary from US$1500-$3000. For example, a week-long trip to New Zealand may range from $800-$1200.
Visa/Residence Fees: This is the cost of applying, online, for the Australian Study Permit. Additional costs may be incurred for students with citizenship outside of the USA.
Visa - Medical Clearance Fees: Students may be randomly selected for an additional, specific "Medical Clearance." This is required for some students' visas and is an additional cost.
Passport Fees: $135 for US Passport, new or renewals. Students who are applying for their passport for the first time or for a renewal passport can expect to pay application costs and cost of photos.
OSHC Health & Liability Insurance: Students are required to enroll in the Australian National Health Insurance Plan. The premium is based on the specific Australian university as well as duration of stay (one semester or one year). In addition, students need to stay enrolled in whatever health insurance plan they now carry when the semester ends, through the study abroad period, and until returning to UMass/Amherst after completion of the program. Specifically, if students' primary insurance is the UMass Health Insurance, then they must contact UHS to activate continued coverage while abroad. Please visit "Health & Safety" on the IPO website for information regarding health insurance including the UMass insurance policy.
Local Transportation: This is an estimate of cost for getting from the airport to campus (3 hour busride estimated at US$50. Must be reserved through SCU prior to arrival),
Dates of Terms (approximate):
Arrival: (fall), July 3 2017 (spring) February 20 2017
Orientation: July 5; February 22
Classes Start: July 10 (fall), February 27 (spring)
Classes End: October 11 but must stay through exams Oct 21 (fall), May 28 but must stay through exams June 10 (spring)
Exams: October 12-21 (fall), June 1-10 (spring)
Mid Semester Break: August 21-25 and Oct 9-11; April 10-13 and May 29-31