Teresa Fuchs from the University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication Vienna studying a Diploma in Business at USC Sunshine Coast

IMG_8458Hi there! My name is Teresa, I’m 22 years old and I am from Italy. Back home I am studying Management & Entrepreneurship at the FH Wien der WKW in Vienna. Here at USC Sunshine Coast, I did a Diploma in Business for one semester.

For years I’ve dreamed about travelling to Australia, and when the opportunity came to study down under, I knew I have to seize this chance.

It’s no surprise that Australia has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for European students. If you’re looking for a culturally diverse society, fantastic weather and spectacular landscapes, Australia might be the best place.

Suddenly after an amazing semester, my final couple of weeks in the Sunshine Coast were approaching and it was time to make the most of the limited time I had left. The last weeks were filled with sharing farewells and funny trips, making plans for traveling and for my return to Italy. But let’s start from the beginning…

After 20 hours on a plane, I had finally arrived in Sippy Downs, Australia – my new home for the next six months. Overwhelming, but I wasn’t having a mental breakdown, so I was off for a good start. Living in the student accommodation Varsity, I learned a lot about Australian culture as well as a lot about Scandinavians and other international cultures due to my social circle and the people I surrounded myself with.

During this semester, I visited some of the most magical beaches, learned how to catch a wave, drove 3,500 km along the east coast, explored new cities, food, the wildlife, and I’ve had some crazy nights. The Sunshine Coast was the perfect spot for living the real Aussie lifestyle and USC therefore the best option to get educated. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Attend interesting lectures and workshops on the beautiful campus

2. Explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Within only a 15-minutes ride by bus or car, you can find numerous beaches where you can learn to surf, play beach volleyball or just retreat your hangover.

3. Gain an understanding of diverse cultures

Australia is home to an indigenous population with a rich history that stretches back more than 50,000 years. Through all the events like the markets on the campus, you’ll have ample opportunities to learn about their history and explore the traditional dance performances.

4. See plants and animals that can only be found in Australia

Imagine, walking to a lecture and see kangaroos hopping around. I will miss this walk so bad when I’m back home in Vienna.

IMG_73445. Meet friendly, welcoming people

With these gorgeous beaches and phenomenal weather, it’s no wonder that the locals are easygoing and friendly!

While briefly reflecting my time here, during preparations for my next adventure, it is incredible to think of all the amazing people I’ve met, the new experiences I had, and everything I have learned.  During these 5 months I’ve had the time to foster some amazing connections, and with all of us leaving so soon I will sincerely miss the people I’ve met. However, this is not goodbye, but a see you soon.

A truly unforgettable experience, and memories that will last a lifetime!

– Cheers, Teresa Fuchs : )

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