The SCU Lismore campus is located at Australia's best address, the north coast of New South Wales. This idyllic region is famous for its wonderful natural environment. The rainforest, unspoiled beaches and colorful lifestyle are a magnet for travelers from around the world.
Lismore has the services of a large city, but with a far more relaxed lifestyle. Dairy and beef farms, macadamia nut, tea-tree, banana and sugarcane plantations, as well as vestiges of an ancient subtropical forest surround the town.
The countryside is lush, alternating between spacious river flats and rolling wooded ridges and hills. In the higher country where many of the villages are located, there are excellent bush walks, picnic spots and scenery.
Looking North from Lismore you can see the Nightcap Ranges, the edge of the ancient caldera of a once gigantic volcano-all that remains is the volcano's core, Mt Warning, which is visible from the higher points in Lismore.
Lismore is perfectly located only 45 minutes from Byron Bay and 90 minutes by car south of the Gold Coast. Byron Bay, Australia's most easterly point, is justifiably famous worldwide.
It offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle set amongst some of Australia's best swimming and surfing beaches, with whale-watching, scuba diving and hang-gliding as some of its many attractions.
Southern Cross University is a highly regarded Australian Government university that is recognized throughout the world. It offers high quality academic programs in an environment that is safe, relaxed, friendly and supportive. It is named after a constellation of stars that appears in the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere and that also appears on the Australian flag. The University has a 30 year history of excellence in teaching and has a well-developed and successful research profile with more than 25 research centers and programs on campus. SCU Lismore is the largest campus in the system with 6,000 students. The University is a popular destination for study abroad students who are seeking a unique experience with the opportunity to discover the true culture, environment and hospitality of Australia.
At Southern Cross University (SCU) you will be directly enrolled with Australian students. University of Massachusetts Amherst students may apply in fields for which they have sufficient background and must meet necessary prerequisites for certain courses.
Students in the past have recommended taking courses at the 100 or 200 level. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in Australia offer upper-level courses at the 100 to 200 level. Courses at the 300 level tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and may not be suitable for you, especially if you have never had a course in the particular department. However, you may request a 300-level course if you really feel it necessary and appropriate. You should plan to take three to four classes which are each worth 4 UMass University credits. Thus, taking four classes will give you 16 UMass credits per term. You may not take fewer than three classes or more than four classes at the university per term.
Course Database - This link will take you into the course database at the University of Southern Cross. You can start here to search for classes you want to take while abroad. Keep in mind that you should search only for classes offered during the semester you will be abroad. (UMass Spring = Semester 1, UMass Fall = Semester 2)
Popular units can be found here. Pay attention to the campus location.
On-campus accommodation: The University guarantees placement on-campus to students applying early. The University has accommodation for 500 students in Lismore and is expanding its accommodation facilities in response to increasing demand. The accommodation provided is self-contained with two to six bedroom houses or units within modern complexes in leafy settings.
The residences are all within walking distance of the campus.
Students have a single bedroom and share kitchen, living and bathroom facilities with small groups of other students. All units are self-catering with students being responsible for food, cooking and cleaning. The student residences are educationally oriented and provide excellent opportunities for academic and personal growth of students. All residences are fully supervised by residential staff and are provided with well-equipped study centers.
A range of recreational facilities is also provided to residents as are regularly organized social, cultural and sporting events.
Another alternative is to find full-board Homestay accommodation with a local family. Students staying in Homestay pay a weekly fee. Find out more under what will it cost.