Bastien from Reunion Island (Study Experience – Paris) studying a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at USC Sunshine Coast

Hi, how are ya? My name is Bastien and I am from Reunion Island, a French island located near Madagascar. I’ve been in Australia for a year, and I am currently finishing my Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing. Studying in Australia has been a significant and positive influence on my life. It has completely changed me as a person and I am forever grateful for this experience. That is why I will explain to you the 4 Life Lessons that I have learnt in Australia:

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  1. Meet new and many different people

Studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is the perfect opportunity to meet people from all over the world. United-States, Nicaragua, Norway, Japan, Egypt, Papua New-Guinea, etc. People are from everywhere and you’ll miss a massive opportunity to expand your mind and discover new cultures if you choose to only hang out with people from your own country. You probably won’t get along with everybody, but you’ll meet an abundance of beautiful and like-minded people and truly be accepted. No matter where they are from, no matter what their religion, ethnicity, habits or social class are, international students are similar to you in more ways than you think. At the end of the day, we are all here to study and have fun!

2. Do things you are afraid of

 At the beginning of my first semester, my marketing teacher told me “The magic happens when you step outside of your comfort zone!”. During your Australian journey, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do scary new activities like travelling by yourself, skydiving, talking in front of a crowd, going to a random party and talk to strangers, create online content and driving on the right side of the road. These things have terrified me for years. Now, I am beyond proud to say that I have faced and controlled these fears, and they have made me a brighter, louder and a more confident person because of it.

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3. Take care of your physical and mental health

Whether you’re living at Varsity or Unicentral, try to be active every day. Student accommodations provide pools, a volleyball court, and tennis courts. Make the most of these to feel good in your body. If you live in a private unit, you can go for a hike, surf or run in Mooloolaba. 10 to 15 minutes of daily physical activity is enough and keeps the mind healthy. When studying at USC, your courses will also give you enough spare time to cook healthy dishes. Do it. In a few years, your body will thank you. If you need help to maintain your mental health, feel free to reach out the Student Wellbeing, which provides psychologists, social workers and health promotion practitioners services for students. Or if you’re not interested in that, talk to your friends! We are all in this together.

4. Do not waste too much time

The biggest lesson I have learnt in Australia: realise how precious time is. A semester, a year, and even a whole degree abroad, goes by so fast. Especially when you’re in a paradise like Australia. Therefore, I advise you to do what you want as soon as possible. You want to go to the beach? Do it. You want to go for a road trip? Do it. You want to have a night out? Do it. Every day is precious in your Australian adventure, and you won’t have the opportunity to do those things ever again when you’ll be back home. Enjoy every second that you have in Australia, embrace every opportunity, and don’t waste time with what drags you down. Memories are more valuable than any other souvenir you could take home – take pictures, make friends and have the time of your life while studying abroad.

Well, I hope those tips will help you to enhance your abroad experience. Thank you for reading until the end. Enjoy!

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USC student Luke Booker studying overseas at Akita International University in Japan

received_1426472970850174Hi! My name’s Luke and I’m a third-year student studying a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management). Having just experienced a semester abroad in Japan, there are lots of amazing things to share!

I remember hearing about the Study Overseas program and instantly deciding it was an opportunity too good to miss. I chose Japan because the culture is intriguing, and I knew it would be a beneficial step outside of my comfort zone. The possibility of future career paths also interested me, as Japan and Australia share increasingly strong foreign relations.

I decided to study at Akita International University (AIU), which is located in the countryside of Akita prefecture. Away from the neon lights and bustle of Tokyo, this seemed like an unlikely choice for me. However, I thought it might be nice to experience a quaint slice of Japanese life – and save Tokyo for the weekend trips. I’m happy I made this choice, because little did I know, I was about to fall in love with a side of Japan that I had never really thought about. And besides, it took only 30 minutes to get to Akita City which was good for getting my city fix. Akita Prefecture is renowned for its natural beauty, and if you like the outdoors, then there is a lot for you to do and see! It was lovely to see the landscape change with the seasons, and also to have my first snowy winter.

IMG_20190824_132013Studying at AIU was really a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it’d be very hard to find something else like it. There is always a large number of international students studying there, making the campus a wonderful cultural melting pot. It’s compulsory to live in an on-campus dorm, and international students are paired with a Japanese roommate – this helped a lot with making friends. The campus is similar in size to USC Sippy Downs, so you’re always seeing familiar faces. Most students also eat together in the cafeteria, and this quickly became one of my favourite things. AIU also offers a variety of clubs, social events and common spaces, and I can guarantee you will make lifelong friends and connections. The fact that you are always seeing and experiencing this new life with other students really builds a strong community atmosphere. I made some of my best friends through hiking, playing badminton and jamming in the music room. I will never forget the peaceful (and sometimes quite demanding) mountain hikes we did and the stunning views that Akita had to offer. After each hike we would eagerly make our way to an onsen (a natural hot spring) and ease our aching legs in the steaming volcanic water… aahhh!

IMG_20190920_151948I was also lucky enough to be invited to the Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue reception hosted at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. I met some other Australian students and also some professionals who play a key role in managing the foreign relations between our countries. It was an inspirational night!

This has been one of the best and most fulfilling things I’ve done so far. If you decide to study abroad, I do have a piece of advice. You should be willing to adapt to all cultural aspects and approach it as a personal challenge. In doing so, you will get a lot more out of the experience. If studying abroad is something you’re unsure about, I would love to help out – feel free to get in touch via my student email: L_B132@student.usc.edu.au

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High Performance Student Athlete and Surfer Mason Schremmer from Hawaii studying a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at USC Sunshine Coast

1.v1Hi, my name is Mason Schremmer and I’m 19 years old. I’m originally from Florida but moved to Hawaii when I was 11, and that’s when I started surfing. I’ve been competing for almost 7 years now, and this is my second year on the WSL Longboard Tour.

When I first started competing, I entered junior contests and worked my way up to state and national titles, and won three national titles for longboarding. Winning my first national title is what really inspired me to want to keep competing and stick with surfing. One of my biggest goals since then has been to win a WSL world title, which is not an easy task.

Competing comes with quite a few ups and downs and lots of learning how to lose, and taking something away from it each time. Sometimes your biggest competitor can be yourself, and I think I’m still trying to overcome that aspect of competing. Last year, the WSL revamped the world longboard tour. We have a new commissioner, who is a
very accomplished surfer himself, and we now have three to four events per year instead of just one event to determine the world champion. This is really exciting to be a part of because now there are so many more opportunities for long boarders to have a chance to showcase their surfing in different types of waves around the world and in more than just one event.

2For longboarding, the best training you can have is just going out in the water and practising maneuvers or feeling out new boards, that’s why I like to surf as often as possible. Of course, it’s always good to stay fit for those moments when you just need to paddle, surf a bit further or a bit faster, and I like to do this by running when I can.

Between the new WSL events and a few invitational contests throughout the year, it’s really easy to have an overwhelming schedule, which is why I was so glad to find out about USC’s HPSA program which helps me to accommodate the travelling that comes with competing. This year I’d really like to keep up with my classes as much as possible while also trying to work my way up through the WSL rankings.

– Mason Schremmer

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Patricia Mueller from Hochschule Koblenz in Germany – 3 Places to Stay on the Sunshine Coast during your Studies

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Hello, my name is Patricia Mueller and I’m studying business management at Hochschule Koblenz in Germany. I’m in Australia for one year for my double degree in business.

As I knew that I would stay in Australia for a really long time and I’m really interested in learning about other cultures, I had a look on what accommodation opportunities that were available next to the USC campus.

One option is three different student accommodations: Varsity Apartments, UniCentral or The Village, only 5 minutes away from campus. International students and local students share kitchen and living room with 3 roommates. The differences between the student accommodations apply, but they are minor. The application is an easy online registration.

IMG_0967Another- probably cheaper option: living in private accommodation, solo or in a shared apartment. You will meet locals and/or students, and the place might be more quiet. However, private accommodation does not include the option of security guards as the student accommodation complexes (e.g. if you lock yourself out of your room, they can open it up for you after hours).

The third opportunity is staying with a family. Two options apply: Home stay with food included and living with the family, or staying in a room in the family’s house excluding food and living on your own. This opportunity is cheaper and you will have the opportunity to get to know the Australian or family’s culture, but you might be further away from campus, depending on where you stay.

To find an accommodation, I had a look a few weeks before I left Germany on websites like Flatmates, Gumtree and Realestate. Compared to finding an accommodation at the student accommodation complexes, you have to look for a room on your own. However, regardless of where you’re gonna stay, the bus shuttle Con-X-ion is very easy to organise and it will take you to your new home from Brisbane Airport when you arrive.

IMG_2284I decided to stay in an Australian family including food, a bike and trips on the weekends. I’m really lucky with my family. The kids are in my age so we spend nice times together. We go on day trips, to the beach, small hikes or just spend the evening at home together. The family also supports me in my studies, which is really helpful the first days in terms of settling down and get some insight information about Australia and the University.

The stay in Australia has a formative influence for your personality and future career. I look forward to my second semester here at USC!

– Patricia Mueller @piiinnz

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Jasmin Sillah from the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Germany: 3 things you should stop doing whilst studying in Australia!

img_6110.jpgHi! My name is Jasmin, and I’m currently enrolled in the Double Degree Program at the the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) School of Business. I will complete two semesters in Sippy Downs which will provide me with enough credits to go back to Germany next year to write my bachelor thesis in business psychology at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. Thus, I’ll have two bachelor’s degrees shortly after the end of my stay in Australia. Speaking of which, I’ll provide you with 3 helpful tips that can make your time abroad even better, if you stop doing those things!

3 things you should stop doing when you want to enjoy your stay in Australia!

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1. Stop looking at your phone 24/7

This might be one of the hardest ones, especially for our generation! Of course, don’t forget to take lots of pictures and videos from the beautiful sceneries, beaches and animals in Australia, these are beautiful memories to look back on and cry your eyes out about when you are back home. Nevertheless, leaving your phone in your bag once in a while can help you to fully enjoy the marvellous moments you are experiencing overseas without distractions. I promise the best memories are stored in your head forever!

2. Stop speaking your native language

IMG_3651I bet we all wrote roughly the same sentence in our motivational letter: ‘I want to study abroad to improve my English communication skills’. Then do so! It is extremely easy to get carried away with a native group of students at USC as there are so many people with so many different backgrounds and you’ll find someone from your home country for sure. But this is something that hinders you a lot to experience the real Australia and not only the tourist version of it. Don’t be shy and start talking to people from other countries and especially to Australians! For sure, they will embrace it a lot, and you’ll get to know their culture from a whole new perspective.

3. Stop being too rigid about plans

IMG_6001I’m German, so I know about what I’m talking about right now. We love planning months ahead, making checklists, calculating every cent we pay and every minute we spend. Letting go of some of this control-behaviour can open up doors that were closed before. Live your life, be spontaneous and embrace change! Not everything will go according to plan and these moments are great opportunities to go with the flow and do what feels right. You won’t regret it!

– Jasmin Sillah @jasminsillah

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Nathalie Lundin from Blueberry World Wide in Sweden studying a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at USC Sunshine Coast

Blog3_-_Koala-triangleHello! I’m Nathalie Lundin from Sweden, and I’m studying for a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at USC Sunshine Coast. I am currently on my second year out of three in total and it’s only getting better and better! I came here with help from Blueberry World Wide and they made everything so incredibly easy. I had a spontaneous wish of studying in Australia, clicked on ‘apply’, and a few months later I was on my way to live my best life, away from cold and grey Sweden! Best decision I’ve ever made.

5 Things that will make your friends back home jealous when studying at USC Sunshine Coast:

Blog2 - BuderimFalls1. Take a cheeky waterfall-shower 15 minutes away from campus:

Buderim Falls is located only 15 minutes from USC and it’s the perfect little break from studying or to just chill out for a hot second. Buderim Falls is just one of an amazing amount of beautiful waterfalls so see in Australia!

2. Cuddle with ‘Australian-only’ animals:

Blog4 - KangarooOne of the first things I saw walking to the USC campus was the kangaroos, just casually hopping around freely and to my surprise, I saw them almost every day somewhere around campus and it never gets old! And if you get a chance to see a Koala, go for it! They’re even cuddlier than you think.

Blog5 - Surfboard3. Try surfing and other cool water sports:

With Sunshine Coast’s absolute amazing beaches it’s definitely a bucket list thing to try out surfing! USC is located very close to many beaches, so it’s pretty much which one you feel like that particular day! Mooloolaba Beach, Alexandra Heads, Kawana Waters, Coolum Beach and Noosa just to mention a few of Sunshine Coast’s beaches. So far I’ve tried surfing, skimboarding, kneeboarding, wakeboarding and surfing after a boat. I can’t say I’m amazing but it’s so much fun to just go for it and try! Or just get an Instagram photo with the board, whatever floats your boat 😉

4. Relax with some beach volleyball and pool hang with other students between classes:

blog8 - volleyballI lived at Varsity apartments for my first year and I’ve never had so much fun in my life. Moving to Australia without knowing anyone was no issue at all, from day one I met other students in the same position and here I am today with friends for life and some crazy memories. Just walking outside of the apartment for some volleyball, pool hang or tennis makes Uni-life so much better. You meet new people constantly, and really, the only bad part is when someone is going home after their semester here in Australia.

Blog8 - Great Barrier Reef5. Try out the city life in Sydney and Brisbane:

The Opera House, Blue Mountains, and Darling Harbour in Sydney. Eat Street, the concerts, the sports events, and South Bank beach are a few things worth doing and seeing in the big cities. Take a weekend or the mid-semester break to go crazy and explore the city life before heading back to the beautiful and calm beaches home in Sunshine Coast.

– Nathalie Lundin @nattlundin

Emilie Lie & Johan Mowinckel from Kilroy Norway studying a Bachelor of Business at USC Sunshine Coast

Photo 01-10-2019, 02 58 23Hi everyone, this is Emilie and Johan. We are two Norwegian Vikings, studying business at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Emilie started the Bachelor of Business the first semester of 2019, and Johan started his last year of his bachelor here at the same time. Through Kilroy, we found this university and chose to give it a try, which we never regretted. Kilroy helped us with everything and made it super easy for us to apply.

USC is an amazing university which helps and adapts to each student needs. It has a big support system for students that can help you and give you advice along the way, both academic and on a more personal level. Photo 22-09-2019, 18 05 34During the semester you have several assessments and tests in each course, which gives you a guideline on how you are doing and contributes to your final grade. This takes some of the pressure of the exams, as you often can pass the course before you attend the final exam. The teacher-student relationship is really close at USC, and if you are struggling with your assessment, the teacher helps you from an early stage and make sure that you get the right help. Our university have a very high learning quality but also consists of great architecture and an incredible wildlife.

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Throughout our first year here, we have gotten to explore some breathtaking places, all the way from Melbourne in south to Port Douglas and Cairns in north. We have mostly travelled by motorbike or car, which we found was the best and easiest way to explore all the beautiful places along the way.

After exploring all these beautiful places, we couldn’t be happier about the place we chose to live. Sunny Coast has the best of both worlds. It allows you to live the Australian dream by the ocean, where you can have a morning surf, sunbath, go for a walk or a refreshing swim, while also having access to a great university, beautiful mountains and a lot of authentic cafes. If you ever get Photo 02-10-2019, 18 53 25sick of snorkelling with turtles, dolphins and sharks, you can always take an hour-long drive to Brisbane, which is one of the largest cities in Australia.

Last but not least, while studying at USC, you get the opportunity to establish friendships and connections with people from all over the world. With common interests and a lot of experiences together, you will make friends for life.

If you have any questions, need advice or inspiration about life at USC or places to go, do not hesitate to contact us on social media:

– Emilie Lie @emilie_lie & Johan Mowinckel @johanmarkusm

Espen Foss Skavlem from Kilroy Norway studying a Bachelor of International Business at USC Sunshine Coast

fullsizeoutput_b25My name is Espen Foss Skavlem and I am a Norwegian student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). I am currently in my second year undertaking a degree in Bachelor of International Business, minoring in Supply Chain Management. Considering my degree, I could not think of any better option than moving to the other side of the world to get educated. However, the process of moving across the globe to study can be challenging. Kilroy in Norway is assisting students that wants to study abroad, and they were really helpful and assisted me with everything I needed and made the process as comfortable and easy as possible.

I moved down under in July 2018 with the expectations of meeting new and interesting people from all around the world, and I can IMG_1174fairly say that my expectations were exceeded as this has been one of the most memorable years of my life. I have made many friends from all around the world and have been able to travel and work with students from many different cultures, and I am only half way there!

The Sunshine Coast lives up to its name, however, keep in mind that the winter mornings and evenings can get pretty chilly so bring enough sweaters. Living on the coast also brings many travel opportunities to several IMG_0877close distances. Byron Bay is one of my favourite places to travel and is only a three-hour drive south from the sunny coast. Two hours north of the coast you can also find Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island, which are some of the most unique places I have ever been. Fraser Island is almost completely made of sand and you can rent a four-wheel drive car and camp at amazing spots on the Island, a great experience!

fullsizeoutput_f58As you now know, studying at USC and living on the Sunshine Coast is an amazing experience and I am happy for anyone that has the chance to do it! I am going to study overseas in the US next semester and I know that one of the things I am going to miss the most is the opportunity to just drive to the beach, enjoy a morning swim, and hang with my friends just having a couple of cold ones!

– Espen Foss Skavlem

Johanna Fuersattel from OTH Regensburg in Germany studying at USC Sunshine Coast

Hey guys, my name is Johanna and I’m studying European Business at OTH Regensburg in Germany. Part of my bachelors’ program is the fantastic opportunity to do a double degree program at the University of the Sunshine Coast for one year. I am currently finishing my second and last semester here and I couldn’t be more grateful for everything I experienced and the amazing people I met that I will keep in my heart forever.

USC is a rather small university on the Sunshine Coast and is everything I wouldn’t have expected, compared to what I knew from my German university. Walking to my classes and saying hello to kangaroos living next to campus, spending my breaks laying in the sun and experiencing the beautiful weather are the things I will miss most about USC. Additionally, the student experience at USC is very different and classes are much more relaxed and open-minded than what I was used to. Instead of having one exam at the end of the semester, every course has about three tasks that are spread over 13 weeks of classes plus two weeks of exam period after the semester. This, and a system of lectures and tutorials where the students can deepen their knowledge and ask questions to their tutors, makes USC a very attractive destination to study.

But there is so much more than studying here. Drive for 15 minutes and find yourself at beautiful beaches, mountains and national parks, but also shopping centres and everything else you need. The Sunshine Coast is very local and chilled compared to big cities like Sydney or Melbourne, but if you have the urge to visit one of these: Brisbane is just a one hour drive away.

In my 4-month semester break, I had enough time to travel around Australia and do several road trips with friends I met at USC and at my student accommodation. Waking up in a different place every day, breakfast at the beach and camping in the most beautiful and remotest camping spots I have ever seen made these trips too amazing to end.

If you have the opportunity to come to this university, I definitely would recommend it. But be warned – once you’re here, you’ll never want to leave. I honestly had the time of my life at USC and I am sure that I will never experience something like it ever again.

Inga Benthack from the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund studying a Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management) at USC Sunshine Coast

My time in Australia comes to an end and I have to say goodbye to this beautiful country for the second time in my life. After a year doing work & travel, I knew I had to return at some point and was lucky to have the possibility to do a double degree in corporation with my home town university and the USC.

I was enrolled for two semesters in the course Tourism, Leisure and Events Management and not only learned a lot about the industry but also about the Sunshine Coast itself. The university system differs from the one at home because you have 3 tasks for each course during the whole semester which all contribute to your mark. This can be exams, reports or presentation but once started you get the hang of it quickly. The lecturers are very supportive and open minded to international students. I always felt welcomed and knew I could ask whenever I needed advice. The USC in general offers various support services, has a great library and quite modern campus facilities which makes it a great place to study (not to mention the occasional kangaroo hopping by).

However, there is more to a uni year abroad than just studying: Travel, leisure and social life! During the first semester, I was living in the student accommodation Varsity where I met lots of great people, internationals and Aussies. There was always something going on, like Beach Volleyball, or a party every now and then. At the end of the first semester it was sad to see some of the friends I made leaving, as they were only staying here for one semester. This made me appreciate the choice of staying for a whole year even more because I still had a three-month summer break which I used to travel around Australia and Bali and another semester with incredible experiences ahead. During the second semester, I lived in a share house in Mooloolaba and enjoyed the proximity to the beach, the esplanade with plenty of nice cafes and the laid-back Aussie lifestyle I love. I can only recommend the Sunshine Coast as a study location because it is a beautiful place with gorgeous beaches, stunning hinterland and lovely people. It will always have a place in my heart.

Delaram Shah Hosseini, Sara Sajadi & Franziska Kemper from the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer in Germany studying at USC Sunshine Coast

Us three girls from the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer in Germany, had the opportunity to choose from several partner universities to spend our semester abroad. The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) was the most attractive one due to its Diploma in Business program and excellent education rewards. With the completion of four courses at USC and getting full credit for 30 ECTS of courses we have completed in Germany we were able to complete a Diploma at the USC within one semester, instead of two.

The perks of studying at the USC were the variety of different courses one can choose from, its great lecturers that provided constant support and help as well as the general services provided to students.

Beside the university, the beautiful surroundings consisting of various beaches and national parks were also a bonus.

We can recommend everyone who wants to have a life changing experience to spend a semester abroad at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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Benjamin Koberstein from the University of Applied Sciences Landshut in Germany studying a Bachelor of Business at USC Sunshine Coast

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My name is Benny, I’m 26 and study International Business in Germany. The last two semesters of my Bachelor degree have been at USC and therefore in Queensland, Australia. Studying here is totally different from the system back in Germany as in addition to the regular lectures there are tutorials for every subject. Furthermore there are mostly three tasks/assignments in every course, consisting of reports, presentations and exams. Most of the lecturers know you by name and will support you with any questions you may have. There are actually kangaroos hanging around on campus almost every day which are the main attraction for all international as well as new students.

I lived in an apartment close to the beach and everything else that makes Mooloolaba and the Sunshine Coast so lovely. There are a lot of cafes, restaurants and bars on the ‘Mooloolaba Esplanade’ offering amazing views of the ocean. For a few months I worked at a German restaurant/café and enjoyed getting to know the local people and their culture as well as all the travellers around. The summer (Nov-Feb) is hot and humid; the winter is still warm and enjoyable. Queensland calls itself ‘The Sunshine State’ which perfectly describes the  lifestyle around here. In all semester breaks I’ve been travelling around Australia and enjoyed this beautiful country. I learned how to surf, went to footy-games (rugby league for non-Australians) and met koalas and kangaroos on bushwalks.

I could write another 100 pages about the amazing time here, but I would say – come Down Under and live the dream on your own.

Cheers mates!!

Benny

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Johanna from the University of Applied Sciences Regensburg, Germany studying at USC!

Hi everyone!

I am a Business student from the University of Applied Sciences Regensburg and as part of my study program I had to go abroad for two semesters. There were so many different options to choose from, but I decided to leave Europe and travel to the other side of the world. And I have to say, that doing a Bachelor of Business at the USC, was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

When I came here, I was impressed by the new facilities, friendly lecturers and tutors as well as the wonderful nature surrounding the university. In general you can say that the system differs from the German one. There is a lecture and a tutorial for every course and the examination consists out of assignments, presentations and exams. This might sound a bit overwhelming to you, but with the help of the lecturers that know you by name and will support you with any questions you may have, it is definitely manageable.

But there is more to two semesters abroad, than just studying! For me, being part of Activate was one of the best experiences. USC Activate is an outdoor activity and adventure sports club for USC students that among other things organises camping trips in the beautiful national parks of Queensland as well as a Fraser Island trip at the end of each semester. And don’t forget that you can go to the beach daily and enjoy the warm weather even in the winter months!

I got to know amazing people from all around the world, made some lifelong friends and had the opportunity to visit some of Australia’s most beautiful places during my time abroad.

I absolutely loved studying at the USC and can just recommend it to everyone!

Cheers!

 

Thomas from Switzerland studying at USC

 

University of the Sunshine Coast, when I first heard the name I immediately fell in love with it and my choice was made. It is the perfect place for me to finish my studies, improving my English skills and discover the nature and culture of a beautiful country.

I am studying business on a bachelor level as a double degree in addition to my business engineer studies in Switzerland. Studying abroad has always been part of my study plan; the only question was where and how long. The opportunity to do a double degree, the modern campus, the big variety of modules, and apparently the location very close to the sea made my decision very easy and I could not be happier with my choice.

My main goal was to improve my English, especially the formal writing. Thanks to very helpful lecturers, other students and the Academic skills department, which supported me for all my reports and essays throughout the semesters, this goal was easy to achieve. Furthermore, you gain unpayable live experience by adapting to another culture, education system, economical system, and living style.

The campus has its special charm and the kangaroos, which are hopping around the campus, are only one reason. The different cafes are tempting to take a rest from studying in the comfortable library or at the numerous tables outside.

The best thing about studying at USC is the cultural exchange with other students from all over the world and of course the Australians. Especially the community of international students is very strong and you always find some friends to go to the beach, play volleyball or to have a party together.

Apart from Uni there are nearly endless possibilities to enjoy your life. I like to do day trips to National Parks, waterfalls, and beaches. In the Semester break, I visited several National parks, little towns, and enjoyed the flair of Sydney.

If you like sports, you are at the right place as well. Plenty of facilities, such as gym, swimming pool, athletic stadium and so on. With some friends, I could even represent the USC at the Snow Uni Games on Mt Buller, which is Australian wide Uni competition in snow sports. Apart from Uni sport, I act as a soccer referee at the Sunshine Coast, which provides me some insight on local sports and where I gained many new friends as well.

Thomas Nafzger, bachelor double degree in business from University of Applied Sciences Lucerne, Switzerland

Andre from the University of Applied Sciences Munich in Germany studying at USC Sunshine Coast

20150814_111016.jpgHi! My name is Andre, I’m 24 and from Munich.

I chose the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) as I always wanted to study in an English speaking environment outside of Europe. So far my experience at USC has been very enriching, you meet a lot of different people from various countries every day and the staff are very helpful and friendly. Uni life at USC differs a lot from what I know from Germany, for example students are challenged throughout the semester with assignments and presentations which all influence their end result, instead of having just one exam at the end of the semester.

I think a year of studying at USC and completing my studies with a double degree will help me to start an international career in the future.