Julia Straubinger from FH Deggendorf in Germany studying a Diploma in Business at USC Sunshine Coast

Prior to the semester at USC, I had my internship semester and therefore not much time to think about the time in Australia. I realised what I was about to do just when I left the company on my last day and finished packing my stuff for the flight on the next day. After a total travel time of 35 hours, I finally set foot on the Australian soil and immediately fell in love with the country which would be my home for the next half year. I settled down in my apartment at UniCentral dorm soon and quickly made new friends during the orientation week. When the courses commenced, I had to write several assignments, which was quite different to university in Germany. But as the professors in Australia are really nice and helpful, it wasn’t hard to get familiar with the Australian study system. And even if you spent an exhausting day in the library writing on your assignments, you can’t help but smile if you leave the library building and see one of the campus kangaroos hopping past.

Besides university, there remained enough time to visit various spots along the Sunshine Coast or travel further, as well as to try amazing activities. First of all, I visited Australia Zoo, where you can pat and feed kangaroos, cuddle koalas and see all the amazing animals rendering Australia. I gained fantastic views of the coast when I did a skydive in Noosa and a hands-on action flight, where I could fly the aircraft myself in the company of an instructor. Australia is wonderful for doing water sports, so I attended a surf camp at Spot X in New South Wales and tried kitesurfing. I also visited Brisbane, Byron Bay and Sydney, and during the study break at the end of the semester I flew to New Zealand, where I could fulfil my dream of a bungy jump from the Auckland Bridge.

All in all, I don’t have words to express how grateful I am for this unique experience! I discovered an absolutely amazing continent, found friends for live, headed out for great adventures, and just had – without exaggerating – the best time of my life so far!

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