My Study Abroad program at USC was a great and interesting experience which taught me that attending lectures, tutorials and writing assignments can be fun. I had the opportunity to study at a wonderful campus with new facilities, an amazing nature, wildlife and always good weather.
USC offers many services for international students which help you to get through the student life. Workshops such as Referencing or English for Academic Study helped me writing assignments and being able to understand the lectures or tutorials. Everyone is friendly, offers support and gives you feedback that you can improve yourself. I really enjoyed the lectures and tutorials because instead of learning boring theories you learn how to apply them. It is also a great way to communicate with tutors and other students which made me more self-confident about speaking English. The lecturers are so clever and motivating, they know exactly what they are talking about because they have heaps of work experience.
Sometimes it was hard to focus on studies because the USC and the Sunshine Coast offer cute kangaroos, stunning beaches, waterfalls, a really nice swimming pool, parties and mountains. My absolute highlight are the many different beaches around Sippy Downs and mountains which you can reach by car. I love climbing and hiking, watching the sunset and sunrise. I made the best friends at USC Activates, which is a club organised by students. We go on trips, explore the nature and have heaps of fun.
I am still in love with this amazing place and there are so many more reasons for that. The nature and especially the Australian lifestyle make me feel free and independent. Everyone is friendly, happy and appreciate this wonderful place. It is my place of peace and energy.
I think it is hard to find a better place where you can study, live and enjoy life.
By Patricia Selhorst