Neele Doepkens from HS Bremen in Germany studying at USC Sunshine Coast

Spending one semester abroad at the University of the Sunshine Coast was truly the best decision I could have made. Words cannot describe how amazing this experience was!

Australia itself is just a beauty and I enjoyed the Australian lifestyle while studying at the Sunshine Coast – incredible beaches, national parks and the best surfing spots are just around the corner. Therefore, the weekend was always used to explore our new home. With friends from all over the world I relaxed in the Fairy Pools in Noosa, kayaked the Noosa Everglades, climbed Mount Coolum, celebrated in Brisbane and watched the sunrise on Fraser Island. In the Easter break we travelled to Melbourne and drove along the Great Ocean Road. I am very thankful that I met so many amazing people I can share all these memories with. In fact, the people I met made my stay in Australia so special and I can honestly say that I’ve made friends for life.

Besides the stunning nature, the Sunshine Coast also provides great education at USC. The University of the Sunshine Coast offers a pleasant and friendly learning environment in which students can develop on a professional, as well as on a personal level. I studied in the Master of Management program and USC offered me the unique opportunity to complete a double degree in only one semester. From the first day on, I felt very comfortable on campus. I really appreciate the small sized classes and the friendly interaction with professors and lecturers, making it easy to integrate and communicate. As all my lecturers had practical business experience I gathered insight into the Australian market. In every class the theoretical knowledge was applied to a business example, what I found expedient. I really enjoyed all my classes and I also liked the fact that I had three small assignments per subject instead of one big exam. USC institutions offer a business drop in and proof reading sessions to help with assignments and also the lecturer, fellow students and the library staff are always willing to help. The provided support for all students is truly unique.

Looking back, I had an incredible time with incredible people and I am really thankful for all the amazing friends I’ve made. The USC makes it fairly easy to feel comfortable and I found a second home on the other side of the world. I will have my stay in Australia in very good memories and I can only encourage everyone to seize the opportunity and study at USC.


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