Study Abroad

The Study Abroad program offers you the opportunity to study for 1 or 2 sessions in Australia and gain credit back to your home institution. The program is designed so that students complete a single study session of academic study at The Hotel School, followed by an optional session of internship.

The internship or work experience session is coordinated through The Hotel School with a tourism/hospitality organisation at a range of locations around Australia. During the internship or work experience, students are provided with advice, academic supervision and mentoring by the Professional Learning Centre team. Ongoing support and feedback on career development is also available with access to the University’s employment and career information website.

Upon completion of the study abroad program, students will receive a Southern Cross University transcript.


Anyone studying for a bachelor or master degree and have completed at least 1 full-time academic year are eligible to apply for Study Abroad program.


  • Apply university studies to the workplace
  • Build valuable hands-on skills in the workplace
  • Test career choices
  • Improve your intercultural communication skills
  • Develop an international network
  • Gain a competitive advantage in the global job market
  • Live and work in a world-renowned tourism destination


Academic Units

Students will be required to choose either a 3 or 4 unit program for their first session. Students will need to liaise with The Hotel School to see what subjects are on offer in their chosen session.


  • Hospitality and Tourism Financial Management
  • Accommodation Operations
  • Marketing Principles
  • The Human Resource Management Expert Practitioner
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Accounting and Finance for Business
  • Accommodation Operations
  • Hospitality and Tourism Financial Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Tourism and Hospitality Sales and Promotion
  • Festival and Special Events Planning
  • Production Management for Conventions and Events
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Revenue and Yield Management for Tourism and Hospitality

For bachelor units and course guides, visit Bachelor Course Structure

For master units and course guides, visit Master Course Structure

Work-Ready Program

In addition to undertaking the minimum 3 academic units, it is mandatory for all Study Abroad students to complete the Work-Ready Program if they are undertaking Internship or Work Experience as part of the Study Abroad program. This Work-Ready Program is a complimentary add-on for these students.

The Work-Ready Program introduces the skills necessary to move from the classroom into hospitality organisations, specifically for the 6-month internship or work experience, and includes the range of skills incorporated in the employment process such as customer service, the language of hospitality and professionalism, and expectations of the workplace.

Internship or work experience

An internship or work experience offers an authentic experience of professional service and workplace practice within hospitality industries.

Undergraduate students undertaking the Study Abroad program combined with internship or work experience may gain experience in any sector of tourism or hospitality. Should you decide to select an InterContinental Hotel or a Mulpha-owned property for your internship, The Hotel School will assist with placement, however, students are still required to pass the entry requirements and/or interview with the property itself.

Students undertaking Internship will complete 6 months (minimum 600 hours) of internship.  Students undertaking Work Experience (must study holding a working holiday visa) may work up to 6 months, with no minimum duration of work duration or hours required. Internship and Work Experience opportunities may be paid or unpaid. Paid opportunities generally start at $25.26 per hour and are based off a student’s existing work experience. Unpaid opportunities are generally more specialised.

The Hotel School has connections to leading hotels, resorts, restaurants and other hospitality and tourism organisations that will help you take your classroom skills into the workplace. With thousands of opportunities to choose from, you may find paid positions as an administration assistant, airline passenger officer, attendant care worker, bar attendant,caterer, concierge, events attendant, sales attendant, gaming worker, hotel/motel front office attendant, and much more.

Internships and Work experience may be undertaken across Australia and Asia-Pacific. They are a unique part of our degrees, designed to assist in working out which career pathway is best suited to you and to add valuable experience to your career. For more information on internships, please visit https://hotelschool.scu.edu.au/our-advantage/internships/

Cost of Living

Your tuition and study fees do not include personal costs like accommodation, food, and other things you will need while in Australia.

A useful budgeting tool for living costs can be found at Budget Planner

Living Costs AUD$ per week (guide only)
Accommodation Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150
Shared Rental - $85 to $215
Homestay - $235 to $325
Rental - $165 to $440
Food $80 - $280
Public transport $15 - $55
Utilities (electricity, gas) $35 - $140 (depending on whether you’re splitting costs with flatmates)
Mobile/internet $22 - $55
Entertainment $80 - $150

For more details on cost of living, visit https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/english/live-in-australia/living-costs


Undergraduate Fees in AUD$
4 Academic Units $13,400
3 Academic Units $10,050
4 Academic Units + Work Experience Program* $14,400
3 Academic Units + Work Experience Program* $11,050
3 to 4 Academic Units + 4 units internship $27,200
Postgraduate Fees in AUD$
3 Academic Units $9,750
3 Academic Units + Work Experience Program* $10,750

*Work Experience Program is only available to Working Holiday Visa Holders.  

All students undertaking Work Experience or Internships programs will have access to the Work Ready Program. 
OSHC is not included in fees quoted above.
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