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Australia, Lismore
Lismore, Australia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Calendar Year (SH),
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
Fact Sheet:
2.50 (may be flexible) Language of Instruction: English
Year in School: May apply as freshman; must have at least soph. standing by program begin Academic Pre-requisites: None
Coordinator: Jenna Krosch
Program Description:
Lismore, Australia

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been sending students to Southern Cross University in Lismore since 1995. Hundreds of students have studied on the program to date.

As a UW-Eau Claire student at Southern Cross, you will be immersed in the life of an Australian university student. You can choose from all courses offered at SCU that semester. You will take classes from Australian professors, with Australian classmates and other international students. When you have finished your semester, you will be able to say that you truly experienced life in another culture.

With a population of 45,000 the city of Lismore is set in an area of unsurpassed natural beauty. Lismore is only half-an-hour drive from the beaches at Ballina and 45 minutes from Byron Bay, Australia's most eastern point. Located to take full advantage of both rain forest and the ocean, the city is the administrative center of the region. You will find the lifestyle relaxing, friendly, and mentally stimulating.


You will live in campus housing in a six bedroom co-ed apartment. Recreational facilities and organized social events are available, and a strong effort is made to house international and Australian students together, but is never guaranteed. You'll cook your own meals in the apartment kitchens or eat at one of several campus cafeterias.

Students can choose courses in a number of disciplines including Humanities, Computing, Criminal Justice and Management. To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here:  Academics - Lismore. **Please note the semester dates for both terms, as they are different than the normal American semester.

Below you will find more information on program costs: Fall 2017, Spring 2017 updated


  • Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
  • Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.



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SCU has two organizations that help students get involved with life on campus and in the community. The Unilife office runs trips, organizes cultural events, sporting events, and coordinates volunteer opportunities. SCU also has a vast number of student clubs that are run through the Lismore External & Undergraduate Student Association (LEXUS). If you want to get involved and volunteer, there are opportunities to do so at the Koala Care Center or with AIME, an education center that works with Indigenous youth. Check out your other options at

Best life decision I've made. I had the time of my life, making amazing friends, with many unforgettable memories while seeing a beautiful country. These last fourth months abroad was exactly what I needed, it inspired and helped me to figure out who I am and what I want to do in life. -  Anonymous

Studying at SCU-Lismore has been the greatest time of my life. You are so close to so many beautiful places; 40 minutes away from Byron Bay and only 2 hours from Brisbane. There are so many amazing opportunities to have and friends to make! -Taylor

It was an eye opening experience, not just to another culture but also to who I am and where I want to go with life. - Theresa

Studying abroad will be by far the best experience in your college experience and will profoundly change you as an individual. Why wouldn’t you want to immerse yourself in a new culture and make friends with people around the world? – Taylor

SCU helps you experience the different faces of Australia through classes and organized trips. Many students opt to take the Outdoor Education class which includes camping field trips in the area around Lismore.  Each semester, SCU also offers low-cost trips for international students.  Past trips have included Fraser Island, an outback excursion, and a surfing safari. 

An on-campus travel agent can help you plan your individual adventures. From the night life of the Gold Coast to the rugged wilderness of Central Australia, there are travel opportunities for all budgets.

To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 02/03/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 04/03/2017 04/04/2017 TBA TBA
Calendar Year (SH) 2018 04/03/2017 04/04/2017 TBA TBA

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