Florentine Maerz from the University of Media, Communication and Business (HMKW) in Berlin studying at USC Sunshine Coast

Hi y’all! My name is Florentine and I’m studying Media and Business Psychology at HMKW in Berlin. On February 14th, I decided to leave Germany to spend my 4th semester in Australia at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The semester started with an extensive Orientation Week where students can get all the information they need about the campus, the study system and life in Australia. Being able to attend all kind of workshops, it is the perfect way to get started and make some friends.

The campus is located in Sippy Downs which is in the centre of a nature reserve and has a lot to offer. From jumping kangaroos, a huge library, a gym, various coffee stands, a swimming pool and a sports team with various sports, and more. The campus has everything you need for a successful study experience.

The university consists of a very good personal support, it is very modern, well-structured and organised. The system consists of a broad variety of courses. One reason why I have chosen USC is because it made it easy for me to match my studies in Germany. This allowed me to enrol and receive a Diploma in General Studies. Through the online and in-class activities I am able to gain more theoretical as well as practical knowledge. Of course, it sometimes differs from my university back home in Germany where I have presentations, exams and essays to write during the semester. Nevertheless, I have plenty of time for travelling and discovering the country with friends. Another reason for choosing USC was definitely the great location, studying at the beautiful Sunshine Coast close to mountains, national parks, the ocean and many leisure possibilities. In addition, I live 5 minutes away from campus at the student accommodation Varsity Apartments, with the next beach in Mooloolaba, next to Maroochydore, just 20 minutes away by bus.


In the past few months and during my semester break I explored new cities, islands, food, and wildlife. Along the way, I’ve met some of the most incredible people. They have helped create my exchange semester to be one of my best and most interesting semesters so far. Together we explored parts of the Sunshine Coast, went on hikes, for example up to Mount Column, or to the Buderim waterfall for a quick dip. We’ve travelled together to Fiji and Bali making some truly unforgettable memories and experiences that will last a lifetime! Before going back to Germany, I definitely want to see more of Australia. I already have plans to travel down south to Victoria and up to far North Queensland.

The past few months I have learnt a lot, broadened my horizon and made friends for life from all over the world. I appreciate the great cooperation with students as well as the great support from the tutors and staff in all areas and offices. From personal experience, studying in another language, another university and another culture, it enriches one’s studies and also personality. I would highly recommend a semester abroad at USC Sunshine Coast to anyone who wants to get involved with something new and exciting.

With having not much time left I am already making plans to visit this country again someday in the near future, along with the amazing people I’ve met. I hope to be adventuring with them once again very soon!

Stay groovy!

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Tehlia in Germany

The East Side Gallery, in my eyes was one of the most iconic aspects of Berlin. The amount of history and character that this one tourist attraction holds was definitely a highlight of my Deutschland experience.

It never fails to astonish me where you can find a Kombi…shortly after arriving in Germany having journeyed a long 31hours including planes and trains, high expectations and a little uneasiness started to kick in…But finding a bright orange VW Kombi Van on the main street of my city Remagen made me feel right at home!!!

Carnival in Germany begins on November 11th at 11:11 a.m. But it’s not what you think…. It’s where everybody and anybody gets dressed up in the wildest costumes imaginable and heads out to the street for a tonne of fun! The “crazy days” of Carnival are celebrated with parties on the streets, in public squares and in pubs. Closing times for all pubs and bars are suspended for the duration of the festival!!!

-Tehlia

Jessica’s summer break in German winter

I would highly recommend anyone taking the opportunity to go on the Go Program! I was lucky enough to go to the University of Fulda in Germany to participate in the International Winter University Program over the summer break. The course was enjoyable academically, but also gave me the opportunity to travel through Europe, meet new people and become immersed in the culture and life of people in another country.

Germany was an exciting country and the course included plenty of great weekend trips to various cities throughout the program including Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Weimer.

Another highlight of the trip was cooking class each week, where we got to cook traditional German dishes and then enjoy a group dinner together!

If you want to see the world, whilst taking steps towards completing your degree, this is the way to go.

Jessica Tassie