Studying here offers you a unique cultural experience and the opportunity to immerse yourself in diverse, friendly and welcoming communities.

With a focus on practical skills, critical thinking and collaboration, we offer an ideal environment for you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a rapidly changing global job market.

We have a diverse student body and a commitment to cultural inclusiveness, making us the perfect place to start your career journey, wherever it may take you.

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Jairo Escobar Lopez, Master of Teaching student sits smiling in the Gold Coast Library at Southern Cross University in a study nook, while working on a laptop.

“As an international student with a teaching background, I enrolled in a Master of Teaching to broaden my horizon. I think it’s the right path for my final destination: not only working as a teacher in Australia but also getting that international experience for when I’m back home in Colombia.”

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International student support

The international student support at Southern Cross University focuses not only on the academic well-being of our students but also on their personal welfare.

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Download our International Student Guide 2025 for a complete guide to our Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses for 2025.

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Pathway options

We also offer a range of pathways into Southern Cross University degrees through the University’s SCU College.

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Who is an international student?

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen or have permanent or temporary residency in Australia when you start your study, you are considered an international student. International students wanting to apply for a student visa in Australia can only apply for a full-time CRICOS registered course.

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English language programs

Begin your journey to Southern Cross University with our pathway programs for general English and academic purposes.

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Study abroad

Study one or two teaching sessions in Australia, with the provision of credit back to your home institution.

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Global experiences

Make new friends and study overseas, with a global exchange for current students.

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Higher Degree Research

Further your knowledge with a postgraduate research degree (Masters by Thesis and PhD) through our Graduate School.

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How to apply

International students can search the variety of courses available to those wanting to apply for a visa to study in Australia, including English language Study abroad programs. We encourage everyone to explore our locations, the tailored student support we provide, International scholarships and our list of Education Agents who you may need to contact for assistance with application, depending on where you’re travelling from.

Click on any course in our International courses list to see the comprehensive course information including an overview of what you will learn, availability, course structure, entry requirements, English language requirements and fees. Our course pages also include details around any placements which may be required, professional recognition or accreditation and career opportunities upon graduation.

See the key dates for International application page for information on start dates and application closing dates. Southern Cross accepts direct applications online and through an education agent, however this will be dependent on your home country so check the list of countries that are required to apply through an Education Agent If you are able to apply direct, look for the Apply Online button under International students in the How to apply tab on the course information page.

Once submitted, your application will be acknowledged by Southern Cross or an approved Education Agent (depending on your path to application). If you are successful, detailed information will be provided to help you accept your offer. If unsuccessful, we may offer an alternative pathway to help get you closer to undertaking your future studies.

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