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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Direct Enrollment, Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment (shared), Apartments, Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Basic
College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business Class Standing: 2nd Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
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Study in Australia for a Semester!


Exchange spots are filled for Fall '20.  Students may still apply as a fee-paying student (Southern Cross tuition rate).

Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary Australian university with beautiful campuses at Lismore and the Gold Coast. SCU has students from more than 60 countries and offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a broad range of disciplines. The University has a strong student focus and takes pride in the quality of its lecturers, many of whom are recognised as leaders in their fields.


Stretching from just south of Brisbane to the halfway between Brisbane and Sydney, SCU offers a diverse array of campuses. Students can choose between the beaches of the Gold Coast to the eclectic university town of Lismore.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Early July to Late October (Semester 2 in Australia)
  • Spring Semester: Early February to Mid June (Semester 1 in Australia)
For more information about the academic calendar please visit Southern Cross’s website


Students staying on the Lismore campus will be able to apply for the SCU Village. Students on all either campuses will also be able to apply for off-campus housing.

Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options. Students will submit their housing payment directly to SCU or their housing provider.

For more information about housing please visit the SCU accommodation web page


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
  Semester Exchange Semester Fee Paying
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency 8,400/9,100 AUD (Currency Converter)
1OIED Program Development Fee $200 $200
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

*If no exchange spots are available students will be able to attend Southern Cross as a fee-paying study abroad student and Tuition and Fees will be charged at the Southern Cross rate (9,100 AUD includes Explore Australia Excursion, student's make decision about this option when completing application to Southern Cross-if added on site in Australia, students will submit payment for excursion directly to Southern Cross).

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1800 - $2200  $1800 - $2200 
1Housing $2900 - $3400 $5200 - $6000
Refundable Housing Deposit $500 - $700 $500 - $700
Housing Application Fee $40 - $50 $40 - $50
Housing Additional Fees $100 - $120 $100 - $120
Meals $1500 - $2000 $3000 - $4000
2Personal Expenses $1200 - $1800 $2400 - $3600
Books and Materials $200 - $400 $400 - $800
Local Transportation $200 - $400 $400 - $800
Required Australian Health Insurance $325 $650
Visa (for US Citizens) $540 $540
Passport $150 $150
3US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
4Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000 $2000 - $4000
1Housing costs will vary by housing type. 
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
3Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. Please visit the Southern Cross website for additional information about living costs. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpring.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


For a listing of SCU schools please visit the Academic Schools web page. To locate specific course offerings please visit the Unit Search web page. Clicking on the course name will bring you to a course description. When searching for courses please be sure to take note that the semesters are reversed in Australia (Fall in the US is semester 1 in Australia and Spring in the US is semester 2 in Australia).

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the SCU program will be required to enroll in 48 SCU credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.