Thomas Gossner from HFWU in Germany studying a Master of Business Administration at USC Sunshine Coast

Hey mates,

I did the master’s double-degree program from February till July 2017 at our sister university ‘The University of the Sunshine Coast’ (USC). It is a public university located at the south-east of Queensland, has around 12,000 students, and well-known for its modern facilities. Because of my previous work experience of over two years, I was eligible to enrol in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

The MBA is the perfect addition to our Finance Master and I decided to enrol for the following courses:

  • Strategic Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Leveraging Innovation, Design, and Creativity


Studying in Australia is different to the German study system. Instead of writing one exam at the end of the semester, students must work continuously on assignments during the whole semester to keep on track. Especially in the master’s program, composing your own papers is a main part and comes along with a high workload. Overall, I have to admit that I liked the Australian master’s system, because it forces you to work on your own, makes you an independent worker and forms your ability of self-management. Furthermore, it gives you the flexibility to enjoy the mild climate and to spend your spare time outside.

I can definitely recommend to study in Australia. I made a lot of new friends, experienced a new continent, and enjoyed a different environment compared to Germany.

Cheers, Thomas

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