Jesse Weippert from DHBW Mosbach studying a Diploma in Business at USC Sunshine Coast

a9862114-a0fe-4fe9-b9ab-e07947b2a827Cheers mates,

My name is Jesse Weippert, I am from Germany and I was studying a Diploma in Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) for one semester. Probably not the best time to come over to Australia due to COVID-19, nevertheless it was a great experience studying overseas and an enjoyable lock-down as well.

Back in Germany I am studying a dual system, which includes an iteration of studying three months and working three months. Within three years, I will finish my degree and will have a high chance of retaining at the company I am currently working for. Part of this dual system is a semester abroad, which was supported from my company. The decision-making process of applying at USC was easy, since Australia has always attracted me very much and I wanted to improve my English. The application process was easy doing as well. The biggest hurdle was the payment of the semester fees, which, however, were financially supported by my company and for which I received a discount from my university. So, I only had to fill out the application form, show my academic transcript and show my English B2 level. By completing these forms, I got a lot of support from my home university and USC. The last step was then to select my courses for the semester. In order to complete a diploma, four courses are required, which I have arranged in consultation with my course director at my home university. However, I have to note here that I would have had to take more courses during my regular semester at home, so I have to retake exams after my semester abroad.

img_7698I arrived in Australia end of January prior to governments restrictions. I started doing a road trip at the west coast of Australia for four weeks, which I can highly recommend. After my road trip I headed to the Sunshine Coast to start the semester. At the beginning of the semester I had many plans to use my long weekends every week, and I wanted to see as much of Australia as possible. Due to my choice of courses I had no lectures from Friday to Monday evening, which would have been perfect for weekend trips. So, the first weeks before the lock-down, I was in Noosa, Byron Bay and Sydney. In retrospect, it must be said that the time in the lock-down was probably nowhere in the world faster than in Australia on the Sunshine Coast. The beach in Mooloolaba was still passable despite the lock-down, so I used the free time for surfing. I learned to dive and the connection within the student accommodation in Varsity became stronger. You got to know many new people, even if a large part flew back to their home countries at the beginning of the crisis.

All in all, I had a great time at the USC and I am proud to be a part of the USCi Brand Ambassador program.

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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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Inès Naceur from Paris Business School/Studies UP in France studying abroad at USC Sunshine Coast

inesMy name is Inès Naceur, I am 21 years old and I come from Paris, France. I am at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) because for my 3rd year in the business school, where I have to do a one-year university exchange. Back in France I am studying at the PSB Paris Business School.

I decided to come to the Sunshine Coast because, first of all, I had heard many positive things from former students of my school, and I wanted to leave the city. I have lived in Paris for 21 years, and with the option to live near the beach, surrounded by exotic animals such as kangaroos and koalas, made me dream. Moreover, the campus is large and full of greenery, and living in such a place is an incredible opportunity. In the end, I didn’t hesitate once and decided to come to USC.

Places I’ve explored

2It is very easy in Australia to make friends, so I was lucky enough to be able to discover several incredible places near the Sunshine Coast. Indeed, during the holidays, I was able to do a road trip to the Whitsundays, which are islands in the north of the Sunshine coast. I am surprised at the size of the country. On the map it doesn’t seem that far away. Noosa, being my favourite place for the moment, is nevertheless closer to USC, which is a huge opportunity because the beaches are heavenly.

Another of my great memories is when I first arrived at USC were being able to touch a kangaroo, a snake and a koala brought to campus by Wildlife HQ Zoo during Orientation Week. It was a wonderful welcome! Surfing at Alexandra Headlands is also one of our favourite pastimes here, and I must admit that I’m not disappointed because that’s exactly what I thought of Australian life. During our road trip, we also saw Rainbow beach, which is a huge beach, with colours on the hill, yet another breathtaking landscape. At Cape Hillsborough, we saw kangaroos on the beach, and it was once again an unexpected and feasible experience only in Australia.

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Unfortunately, some of my friends will have to leave in a few months because they are here for only 6 months, but I am very happy to be here until June 2020 because leaving in a few months would have given me a feeling of unfinished business. There are so many beautiful places to discover.

When I leave, I will miss the kangaroos, the teachers (who, unlike my country, are very close to the students and really want to help them and make them progress), the kindness of the Australians, and the landscapes like nowhere else…

In conclusion, this beginning of adventure and studies in Australia is only positive and I look forward to better discover this country I love. I couldn’t have dreamt of a better way to break my Parisian routine and go on an adventure!

– Inès Naceur @ines.ncr

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Sairah Benz Alonzo from the Philippines (AMS BridgeBlue) studying a Master of Business Administration at USC Sunshine Coast

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Hey there – I’m Sairah Benz Alonzo. Feel free to call me Benz (yes, just like the car Mercedes-Benz). I accomplished my bachelor’s degree in University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines. Currently, I’m taking up my master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Healthy Habits When Visiting the Sunshine Coast Beaches

I’m surprised on how accessible it is for anyone in this state to head down to the nearest coastline. Approximately by 10-20 mins, I could find myself lost in the breeze of Sunshine Coast beaches. Later on, I’ve learned new practices which I like to apply when facing the waves of the ocean. Allow me to share these with you!

Find Peace

Discovering the hush and solitude of what the beach can offer us – silence. Silence, along with the lullaby of waves, brings in peace. If you want more of this, Sunshine Coast is the place to be.

Breathe in, breathe out… Take a deep breath for 5 mins (or up to you!). In a moment, you’ll surprisingly find yourself blending with the serenity of the waves. If it helps, think of short affirmations when breathing in (I breathe in peace) and breathing out (I breathe out confidence). This way, it is purposeful + clearer calm-seeking thoughts.

Seek Aspirations

From time to time, it’s helpful to take a pause and look far at the ocean. Begin with thinking of what you’d like to achieve in life then take note of them. Once you’ve collected your aspirations, it’s pretty cool to treat the beach as your audience. Speak out loud that truth inside yourself! What you’ll face will never judge you but listen intently.

Visualise dreams  

After repeating those dreams, start visualising the “HOW” little by little. I myself, visualise how my week will go: as small as waking up early for attending USC classes -> focusing in lectures -> working out in between breaks -> doing some self-study in another field of work -> plus so on and so forth. Practice that creativity in your imagination. Which by the way, Sunshine Coast has the best background music for this.

Sweat them off

For starters, I love to walk along the shoreline of the beach. While walking, I was able to observe how certain locals incorporate different sets of physical lifestyle: running, yoga, sports, and other fun activeness! And I reckon, anyone can do this! As Tony Robbins claim “motion creates emotion”. Truly, I’m pretty much inspired by the locals here.

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Read Read Read

When in Sunshine Coast, it is always ‘beach reading season’. Pack one book in your bag. Find a great spot and enjoy your time alone reading. Reading by the beach allows us to relax at the same time explore in between pages.

Write them down

The sea won’t be throwing shade on whatever thoughts you’ll be writing down. What’s important is, we lead our actions through mindfulness. Take your notebook/journal out and begin writing down your stories. You’ll be amazed on how long-term pens and papers can affect your life.

P.S. This article is inspired by the Miracle Mornings of Hal Elrod. I highly recommend this book for everyone to read.

–  Sairah Benz Alonzo @sairahalonzo

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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

Matthias Kolodziejczyk from the University of Applied Sciences in Worms studying at USC Sunshine Coast

My name is Matthias and I study Master of International Business in a Double Degree Program at USC in Sippy Downs. At HS Worms, I am currently studying International Management.bcf757d5-9cf6-409a-8eee-24cc6de291a5

What I can say about a semester abroad at USC Sunshine Coast is hard to put into words. You must experience it! I came to USC with a group of 5 friends from the same program, and we would definitely come back.

The campus is beautiful!

The USC campus at Sippy Downs is at a nature reserve and is very modern. The buildings are structured so that it is easy to get around. There are some cafes that offer refreshments between lectures and there is something for everyone in the cafeteria. Additionally, the kangaroos who live on campus and hop around in the area are very cool. You can also see many different bird species on the way to the university every day.

The content of the modules is like the content in Germany, but here the focus is increasingly on the application of what has been learned in the form of seminar papers. If you didn’t know how to write a business report until now, you will definitely learn it here. In courses like e.g. Innovation and Decision Management we have one lecture per week for about 2-3 hours. The professors, as in Worms, are in close contact with the students so that one can always approach the professor in case of any challenges. The lectures take place in a pleasant atmosphere in a group of about 20 students. The professor also regularly inquires with international students to see how they are doing and what travel plans they have already made.

 

Varsity Apartments – Hotspot for international Students – During our semester abroad, I lived at a student residence only 5 minutes’ walk from the university, called Varsity Apartments. I live together in an apartment with a Norwegian, an American and an Australian. I am very grateful that I have the chance to make international friends, and Orientation Week is not to be missed. Don’t be afraid if there are a lot of social events during the night in “O-Week”, as it is always quiet at 10 o’clock (or 10PM). You make friends with students from all over the world, and you can arrange to meet others for a round of beach volleyball, tennis or training in the gym located at the USC Sports Precinct.  You can also go for a swim in the ocean or play frisbee on the beach, regardless of the season. You can easily reach the beautiful beach of the Sunshine Coast within 15 minutes by bus from the USC Bus Station located at the campus.

What makes the Sunshine Coast so special? – Study and live in a place where others go on holiday. This is how you could describe the Sunshine Coast in one sentence. Whether it involves hiking to waterfalls, watching the sunrise at the Glasshouse Mountains, or surfing at Alexandra Beach, the Sunshine Coast is never boring. Also, mountain biking in Noosa and swimming in the Fairy Pools should and must be done. If you get wanderlust, you can easily get on a plane at the Sunshine Coast Airport and explore Australia. Every Sunday, we tried to have a coffee at the esplanade and then go swimming in the sea. Even if it is winter in Australia, one should not forget the sunscreen.

Get your backpack and see places! – Despite the high workload, there is enough time for travelling. In Orientation Week, for example, I won a weekend trip to Byron Bay. Together with friends from South Africa, USA, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, we had an unforgettable time in Byron Bay. The lighthouse tour is a must-do! We also did a surfing course, which was necessary for bloody beginners like us. In the Mid-Semester break, we flew to Cairns and drove back to the Sunshine Coast in a rental car for 1 week.

White Heaven Beach at the Whitsunday’s with a gigantic purple catamaran was at the top of our to-do list. We also made city trips to Sydney with a ballet visit to the famous opera and an AFL game in Brisbane.

After we handed in all the seminar papers, we went on a holiday to Fiji. Afterwards, we went travelling to Melbourne and from there via the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide. When we got back from our trip, we also attended the Completion Ceremony for International Students studying Award programs, before we said goodbye to friends, the beautiful beach in Mooloolaba and the kangaroos at the USC campus.

THANK YOU, USC!

All in all, my semester abroad at USC was an absolutely unforgettable time! I have expanded and applied my knowledge, made new friends from all over the world and travelled through Australia. Anyone who wants to study at a modern university in the middle of a national park with kangaroos, and in a place where others spend their holidays, are in best hands at USC!

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.

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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Jenna Dean from Rider University in the US studying at USC Sunshine Coast

Hi! My name is Jenna Dean and I am studying abroad here at USC through Rider University, New Jersey. I am studying to become an Elementary School teacher! Since I’m only here for one semester, I have hit the ground running trying to see everything Australia has to offer. My favourite place to explore around the Sunshine Coast is the Australia Zoo! I love being able to pet and feed the kangaroos up close. I also signed up to hold a koala and it was the best experience of my life! I’m also hoping that I will run into the Irwin’s during one of my visits.

 

I’ve also seen the sights in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. While in Sydney, I loved being able to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Although it was very touristy, it was super worth it! For study break, I went to Melbourne. So far, it was my favourite trip. The best part was seeing Hosier Lane which has amazing street art that is constantly changing. Melbourne was the perfect city to walk around in and experience the culture of Australia. By the end of my stay at USC, I also hope to visit New Zealand and possibly the Great Barrier Reef!

Being at USC and in the Sippy Downs area has been amazing because it has so much to offer. The bus system is amazing compared to back home, so I love hopping on the bus and go on a trip. One of my favourite places to go is the Sunshine Plaza. It’s a great place to grab lunch, shop around and even pick up groceries. Another great thing is how close we are to the beach! Mooloolaba beach is right around the corner, but my favourite is hiking around at Noosa and then relaxing at the beach. I’m hoping to learn how to surf by the end of my trip!! The area is so beautiful, and I love to just hop on the bus and explore new places around me, such as the town of Buderim or taking a hike around Kondalilla falls and then hanging out in the waterfall! The highlight of my stay so far has been skydiving! Thanks to Adventure Dudes and Skydive Noosa I had the free fall of a lifetime! Skydiving was something I never thought I would do before, but it was truly amazing, plus I got to land on a dog beach!

So far, study abroad has really taught me how to appreciate other cultures and to be open to change. I’ve met so many people from a range of countries and getting to hear their stories is eye opening and exciting. I cannot wait to take everything I’ve learned and share it with my friends and family back home. To anyone who wants to study abroad in Australia or anywhere, I say, TAKE THE LEAP! It is totally worth it and will give you the adventure of a lifetime! Study abroad is what YOU make of it and is your chance to explore our beautiful world!

–  Jenna Dean

 

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

G’day,

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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