My name is Julian Hofstetter and I am pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in European Business at the University of Applied Sciences (OTH) Regensburg in Germany. European Business is a double degree program, so I also have the opportunity to gain a Bachelors degree in Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). This gave me the chance to live in Australia for 15 months.
Leaving Germany to move to the other side of the world for such a long time is certainly a big step. However, the USC community makes you feel at home from the beginning, whether it’s other students living at the student accommodation next to USC, your lecturers, or the Sunshine Coast locals. I was also instantly excited about the quality of teaching at USC and the commitment of my tutors and lecturers.
The Sunshine Coast is everything you could want in a holiday destination. Living and studying there is even better. Pristine beaches and natural wonders give you heaps of possibilities for the time after your lectures. Surfing some of Australia’s best waves in Noosa or hiking one of the Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland are only a few to mention. Furthermore, anyone who gets the chance to travel should take it. During my semester break, I was happy to have experienced an amazing road trip while travelling from the Gold Coast up to Cairns. Whether it’s the East or West Coast, Great Barrier Reef, or the Outback – any part of Australia offers incredible scenery you cannot see in any other part of the world.
One of the best experiences during my time in Australia was representing the University of the Sunshine Coast at the Australian UniSport Nationals with the USC Spartans soccer team. Competing against other universities from Sydney, Melbourne and all over Australia was an unforgettable time.
Overall, studying at USC Australia was the best decision I could have made and I’m very grateful for the people I’ve met and the new friends I’ve made.
I hope to see you again Sunshine Coast!
– Julian Hofstetter – julian.hofstetter