Since the beginning of my studies in Germany, it has been clear to me that I wanted to do a semester abroad and quickly realised that I wanted to return to Australia! It is not the first time for me in this country and it will not be my last time.
So, why should you study in Australia as well? You will fall in love with the country and the Sunshine Coast! I arrived here in February. That means I escaped the cold and grey Germany and arrived in warm, sunny Australia. During my first days, there were many opportunities to get to know other international students. During the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour and the international barbecue, I met people from all over the world and made many friends.
By living with others in the student apartment you have a lot contact with Australians, which was also very important to me. That’s why I was happy to have three Australian roommates. Of course, you have to study a lot for the university, write assignments and give presentations, because there is something to do the whole semester in contrast to Germany. However, there is still enough time to explore the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas. Trips to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands, Noosa, Byron, Sydney and Melbourne are definitely worth it. But also, the Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast is beautiful. The list of travel and day trip destinations is never ending.
For me it was the best decision to go to USC! I made new friendships with people from all around the world, watched beautiful sunsets and collected unforgettable memories.
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.
After studying for two years at my hometown university in Stralsund, Germany, I decided to finish my last year of uni at USC which I consider to be one of the best decisions I’ve made so far.
I arrived on the Sunshine Coast in the middle of the Australian winter which is comparable to our German summer. The beaches, friendly locals and laid back lifestyle made me fall in love with this place immediately.
The university is beautifully located and has great learning facilities to offer students the best possible education. During my studies, I got to experience the 3D virtual reality facilities which are unique worldwide for university students to use. Furthermore, I got to go on a field trip to Fraser Island to deepen my knowledge about sustainable tourism.
I always felt supported by my lecturers and tutors to succeed in my courses as well as in my professional career after university. Vikki Schaffer, my course coordinator for Leisure, Tourism and Event Management, helped me get in touch with a marketing firm in Munich where I’ll start an internship this year.
Besides the great learning experience and support, I also got to travel Australia during my semester break passing Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road and Tasmania. It was the most amazing road trip and I would encourage everyone to travel this beautiful country if you get the chance.
I can safely say that studying abroad at the University of the Sunshine Coast exceeded all my expectations. Out of all the places I’ve visited in Australia, I consider the Sunshine Coast the most beautiful region to live and study at. The time I’ve spent here passed too quickly and looking back I would’ve loved to do my whole degree at USC. However, I consider this is a ‘see you later’ and not a goodbye as my plan is to come back and hopefully make the Sunshine Coast my new home.