Phil from Austria studying at USC

Australia 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast

Studying right next to kangaroo families, in the middle of a wildlife resort and just 20 minutes away from Mooloolaba beach. At Australia’s youngest university, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary, you’ll receive gorgeous support for your studies as well as almost endless opportunities to experience adventures on the weekend.

Having never considered an exchange semester during by bachelor studies, a variety of random events led me to one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. Going abroad within the last semester of my masters, especially in combination with the creation of my master thesis seemed to be quite challenging to me. But here at USC you really see what your study fees are used for. Getting a huge variety of introductory courses on assignment and essay writing, CV checks and English language courses. All contents are well organized and also available online for later research, just for the unlikely case someone missed the attendance in-class.

The classes I’ve chosen, with a strong focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, showed a completely different learning style, way more interactive and group oriented than I was used to. My favorite course e.g. had just four in-class students, which gave us the opportunity to talk about personal business stories of each participant. Even though the topic of my master thesis was not directly related to the course outline, I received huge support from my lecturer and were able to attend multiple events at the Innovation Center, which is located on USC’s campus. It’s simply all about the students.

In parallel to these academic hard facts, which might not be the main priority of all exchange students, there are a lot of other activities to join as well. Living at Varsity, for the party oriented dudes out there, is an awesome opportunity to meet new people from all around the globe and to build friendships which might last for a lifetime. Living at the beach, to take the best waves in the morning or maybe to enjoy the sunrise, while doing a morning run with an unforgettable scenic view around you. And then there are also the USC Activates, which organize outdoor activities on the weekends to experience this awesome country. The continent itself, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and an unparalleled variety on different landscapes. Therefore Australia never gets boring, there is always something to discover.

Philipp Roessler (Study Abroad – postgraduate level, from Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences, Steyr Campus

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