Paula Christmann from the University of Applied Sciences Worms in Germany studying a Diploma in Business at USC Sunshine Coast

IMG_7230Hi everyone, my name is Paula, I am 22 years old and I am from Germany where I study International Business Administration and Foreign Trade at the University of Applied Science Worms. I am currently doing my semester abroad at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Here I have the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Business in only one semester and also experience an International Australian Graduation Ceremony.

Here are 3 reasons why you will never want to leave USC after studying here:

IMG_5250University Campus and the Sunshine Coast:I don’t think there is a better environment to study than on the Sunshine Coast. Sitting in the library, looking out of the window and seeing kangaroos bouncing around on campus makes studying easier right away. As the sun is shining almost every day the best way to spend your free time is a relaxing day on one of the beautiful beaches which are only a short bus ride away. Also, there is a lot to see in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Fun and adventurous hiking trails await you!

Friends: Coming here and not knowing anybody may seem hard in the beginning but to be honest, it was the best thing I could have done! As there are so many international students it is not hard to meet new people. I met my best friends within the first week and they became my family here. We almost spend every day together exploring new places, studying, working out, cooking, partying and anything else. It is just so much having all your best friends living in walking distance from your place. I am sure we will stay friends for life even if we all go back to our home country and won’t be able to hang out every day anymore. Saying goodbye will be the hardest part but it definitely won’t be too long until we all meet up again!

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Travelling: One of the best parts of my semester abroad was travelling! There is so much to see and explore around the Sunshine Coast. It is definitely worth it to pack your friends, maybe even taking a day off, and do as many weekend trips as possible! The experiences you get from traveling can’t teach you any school ;).

The best destinations for weekend trips in my opinion are: Brisbane (but you can also go there for one day), Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and Sydney.

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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!

Cihan Güngör from the University of Applied Sciences in Worms studying at USC

My wonderful time on the Sunshine Coast!

As the name implies, I had a very nice and sunny time on the Sunshine Coast.

Before I came to Australia, I thought a lot about where I should go for a study abroad. I visited many information evenings concerning the semester abroad. Then I decided on the University of the Sunshine Coast. Although I had a lot of stress because of my exams in Germany, the anticipation was very high. In the meantime, concerns also came, because it was my first overseas visit and the first time that I was so far away from my usual environment and family. Still, I have to say that any anxiety and misgivings were unjustified. It was introduced very nicely at the university. Everything was explained and shown explicitly. The campus life is very cool and the university lifestyle is really noticeable. Do not worry, there will be a lot of free time!

Nevertheless, I also had a life next to the university. There were a lot of opportunities to do various activities and see different places every day. Personally, I met a lot of nice and cool people from all over the world and enjoyed the sun and the beautiful beaches. In any cast the life-work balance is given. Even if you felt stressed sometimes, you were encouraged as a student directly from the sun and a nice evening with a chilled beer at the beach bar.

 It was a wonderful and unforgettable time. I’ve seen one of the greatest places in the world and met people from all over the world. More importantly, I get my double degree 😀 I can recommend it to anyone here to spend the semester abroad.

I would also like to say a big thank you to Liani. She was always there for me on unexplainable questions.

USC thanks for everything!

Kim from FH Worms studying at USC

I’m currently completing my Master of Business Administration (MBA) as a Double Degree at USC in addition to my Master in International Tourism Management in Germany. I was looking for a possibility to add a broader business degree to my specialised degree at home and I’m happy that my former work experience made me eligible for the MBA program at USC.

I always wanted to go Australia and love my experience down-under since the first day. The welcome at USC was open-hearted and friendly and the many activities during O-week helped me to feel part of the USC community easily.

In terms of studying, I like the interactive lecture style and international atmosphere at USC that gets you into contact with a lot of different people from all over the world. The campus comprises a variety of learning spaces, cafes and green areas to relax or meet friends why I enjoy spending time on campus. My personal highlight is the ‘USC Mob’ – wild kangaroos to observe right on campus, a view that you certainly can’t get enough of!

Also, the learning experience at USC is very supportive as you can receive quick and friendly academic help for all of your assignments throughout the whole semester and the library is open 7 days a week.

Of course when in Australia you have to make best out of it and explore the country whenever you can. There’s a lot of possibilities to travel around on the Sunshine Coast on the weekends, for example we just chartered a sailing boat for a private sunset cruise with 20 international students to view Mooloolaba from an amazing new perspective. Apart from that, I already had the chance to visit Sydney, Fraser Island and Brisbane, to skydive in Byron Bay, to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef and to try out surfing in a surf camp with a bunch of friends – a thing you certainly shouldn’t miss out!

I recommend studying at USC to everyone who wants to upgrade their studies with an international experience, an additional degree in only one semester as well as enjoying the Aussie way of life at the beautiful Sunshine Coast.