During my Business Master’s degree in Kiel, I took the opportunity to go to the Sunshine Coast to achieve the double degree with a Master of Business Administration. Looking forward to spending the fall term in the Australian summer made up for all things to organise in advance and I will always look back with joy and miss the study time at the USC.
The preparation for the stay at the Sunshine Coast mainly consisted in choosing the right courses and organising the visa. With my plan to stay more than one semester and to find an internship here in Australia I chose the working holiday Visa. I also took the challenge to go abroad without having organised a permanent place to live. Though, the plan to team up with people of similar intentions in the Mooloolaba Hostel didn’t go as expected and due to convenience reasons, I ended up in one of the student accommodations next to the campus. My recommendation is to find a place in a shared house or flat (www.flatmates.com.au), as it offers a much more local life. Upon arrival it is highly useful to organise an Australian Sim-card, a bank account (Commonwealth bank offers the suitable account without fees) and the GoCard, which is the pass for public transportation. Keep an eye for a suitable bus connection to the campus (www.translink.com.au).
The openly designed and modern campus offers a variety of places to have a coffee and meet up with friends. In the master’s course there are mainly assignments that need to be delivered throughout the semester, which is different to the German system. It was quite challenging to adapt to the system, but it’s easily possible to follow the course contents and accomplish a satisfying grade with some discipline and, more importantly, early motivation. Professors are always willing to support in case of individual questions and concerns. Since the assignments all end before the exam period begins, most students have more than sufficient time to travel and explore the area. Connecting with Australian fellows always helps and, if you are keen on camping and/or hiking, the University Club USC Activate is a great opportunity to meet great people, friends, and dive into awesome adventures in exciting places. Besides many fun nights being out in Varsity, the Helm (local club in Mooloolaba) or the Ocean St. in Maroochydore, I found myself on more than a dozen short- or week-long trips and am happy for how much the people and the Sunshine Coast give. For a stay that exceeds one semester I recommend buying a car on the Australian counterpart of eBay, Gumtree.
With the local and international community, paradise-like weather and a great area with possibilities to travel quickly and cheap, you will not regret the decision to come to the University of the Sunshine Coast!