Southern Cross University is a young, flexible and innovative multi-campus university, celebrating 25 years of operation in 2019. It proudly engages with local communities and creates change that has impact around the world.

Southern Cross has three main campuses located on Australia’s east coast at the Gold Coast in Queensland, and in Lismore and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.  It operates The Hotel School in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in partnership with Mulpha Australia.

The University welcomes students from more than 80 countries and provides an inspiring and supportive learning environment to more than 18,900 students. Work placements and developing practical, industry-specific skills are a feature of the degrees it offers, as is hands-on learning in laboratories, on field trips or through real-world projects.

A strong focus on industry and community collaboration produces engaged teaching and research outcomes across a broad range of disciplines. Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are available in a range of study areas that include science and health disciplines, law, engineering, education, humanities, creative arts, tourism, business and information technology. Specialist degrees in Indigenous knowledge, marine science, osteopathy, midwifery, speech pathology, pedorthics, podiatry and psychology as well as a suite of double degrees, round out a rich academic portfolio.

The University is home to nine research centres, all with deep connections to the communities they serve and a commitment to research output that has global relevance, be it marine ecology, organic agriculture, plant and geoscience, adolescent development or flood mitigation. In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia report, Southern Cross achieved outstanding ratings.


A few words from the Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University

On behalf of Southern Cross University, I am pleased to welcome you to the thousands of Southern Cross graduates who comprise the global community of leaders in the hospitality and tourism business.

Southern Cross University, with our industry partner, Mulpha, pioneered the innovative, committed and industry-focussed Hotel School 30 years ago. That spirit of contemporariness, bespoke and student-centred education remains central to the ethos of the Hotel School. When you study with us at The Hotel School, you get the combined gravitas and credential of a public university with the assurance that every student will have an industry placement in the hotel or hospitality sector. The Hotel School is owned and run by experts in the field and your education will position you well for the exciting development in the sector, locally and globally.

It is my promise to you that both the academic and professional staff of The Hotel School will ensure you have an exciting and rewarding study journey and it is my commitment to you that you will experience the best value education experience compared to any other.

I welcome you and invite you to consider your future with us.

Professor Adam Shoemaker
Vice Chancellor
Southern Cross University