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.


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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Anaëlle Bouresas from Studies UP in Paris studying a Bachelor of Arts at USC Sunshine Coast

cBonjour! My name is Anaëlle Bouresas, I’m 20-years-old and born in France, in the middle of romantic agricultural landscapes. I am currently doing a 2-year advertising degree in the beautiful town of Nancy, the French capital of the dukes. Since I was 15 years old, I’ve always dreamed about studying for one year (or more) abroad. To reach that goal, I decided to create my own opportunity and become an international student. In July 2019, thanks to the International program of Studies UP, I jumped on a plane to the other side of the world: Australia. I left France to realise my dream and study for one year in Australia, more specifically a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Advertising at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC Sunshine Coast).

dUniversity of Sunshine Coast is located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, not far from beautiful beaches and amazing natural reserves. It has a very relaxed atmosphere as people are nice and open-minded, enjoying their daily life and sharing good time with their friends. Teachers are very available and desirous to help their students. And do you want to know a bonus about this student paradise? Each day you can see some adorable kangaroos jumping around on campus! Around the campus, there is also a lot to do.  I advise you to visit the beautiful Noosa National Park and it’s incredible landscape, go to the zoo and travel to Brisbane, an amazing city with a lot of things to do and see.

s.jpgWhen I first arrived here, I was of course very nervous. I was afraid that I wouldn’t meet anyone and that I would fail this year of study as it is a completely different country and it’s way of learning and studying. However, I quickly got rid of that fear. Indeed, even though I didn’t know anyone when arrived, like most of the students here, I got the chance to meet a lot of people from different countries, ethnicities and cultures. It is very easy to get to know people and make friends as everyone is very open-minded and desirous to meet new people and to share their experiences with others. The Orientation week is the perfect start to meet people. During that week, there are a lot of activities, especially designed to give you the opportunity to meet other domestic and international students. Meeting other people can also give you the opportunity to go on a road trip around Australia and even to visit countries just nearby, just like I did when I went to New Zealand during the mid-semester break!

vddsHonestly, I warmly recommend everyone who is considering going for a year or a semester abroad to just GO FOR IT! It is one of the best experiences of my life and I’m so glad I made the choice to come to study in Australia. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn and practice English, to get an international diploma in a field of study that you enjoy, and to experience the exceptional Australian Nature. Lastly, you will also get new friends from all over the world.

Best wishes for you!

Xoxo Anaelle Bouresas


Charlotte Malgrange from INSEEC Lyon in France studying abroad at USC Sunshine Coast

5Hi everyone,

My name is Charlotte Malgrange and I am a 21-year-old French student studying here at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). When I found out that my university back in France (INSEEC Lyon) had a partnership with USC, I immediately knew I had to apply. Living in Australia had been one of the things I most wanted to do and this was the perfect occasion for it.

The University of the Sunshine Coast has so much to offer. The professor-student relationships are based on trust and help, which makes the whole academic system even more pleasant. Moreover, it is a very common thing to see kangaroos on campus which is the best way to start your day.


The Sunshine Coast is undeniably beautiful: it has amazing beaches such as Mooloolaba, delicious food places, amazing waterfalls and lookouts. Everyone is very friendly and outgoing, and the sunny coast vibe is an actual thing and it is amazing.

During my semester I had the chance to visit wonderful places, Noosa being my favourite by far. I went on a road trip up north, visited Airlie beach, the Whitsundays, Gladstone, Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay. I had unique experiences such as skydiving over Noosa and spending a day on a Catamaran in the Whitsundays.

Although most of the Sunshine Coast is made out of plants, kangaroos, birds and trees, it has a very relaxing vibe that makes you feel like you belong here. It is also very close to Brisbane, one of the largest cities in Australia, and the Gold Coast which is about two hours away. So, it is possible to escape the peri-urban area for a few days and see different types of environments.

I am planning on going to Sydney and Melbourne as soon as exams are done, and I am sure I will love it there as much as I loved it here.

– Charlotte Malgrange @chamlgr



USC student Samantha Dale studying overseas at IDRAC Lyon in France

image1 (1)Coming to France was probably one of the biggest transitions in my life. I’m not sure how, or when, or why, but the decision to pack up my life, ship myself off, and change what I know as normal, was one that wasn’t taken lightly. From everything from the stay in my new city, the studies, and my relationships with students, everything has been a journey and one which has changed me and helped me grow as a person.

My initial experiences in France weren’t all that positive. As soon as I had arrived, I had left my passport and wallet on the local bus. Through my tears, I had been greeted, or at least that’s what I thought, by a receptionist that spoke not one word of English. It was confronting, it was scary, it was intimidating, and at that point I was hit with the overwhelming realisation that I was now living in a different country, with a different language, and I literally had no way of communicating with these people.

I filled my first few weeks just trying to stabilise myself and gain a routine. I didn’t know anyone, it was sometimes hard to communicate, and I felt lonely from the beginning. Coming from a place of sunshine and beaches, and people who say hello just as you walk past them on the street, to a small village filled with granite architecture and a society that can be very different from home, I spent most of my days in my room, just wishing I could connect with another person to learn about this scary experience I was now a part of. However, it wasn’t until I started university at IDRAC that I learnt why I came to France in the first place. There is something about going through an experience, the emotions, the roller coaster that is moving overseas, that bonds people together for life. This is what I had with my fellow international students. You live through these moments with one another, support yourself, support each other, and grow as people amongst the chaos. 


From little things like going to coffee, doing group assignments, sharing a wine when things get stressful, and having someone to hug even when you feel like your life is falling apart, are the things that make the stressful moments just that much more positive. I am so lucky to say I have made some friends that I will have for life, and even more thankful that their cultures are a far cry from what I am used to. I guess I have plenty of holiday destinations for years to come, plenty of foods to try, families to meet, and experiences to have, and that gives me a future I am excited to be a part of.

At least within the next two months I’ll be visiting, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey and Croatia, but have already conquered Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Belgium, England, and obviously France during the semester. Just a few countries on the list and many experiences to talk about soon…


Iona Casta from PSB Paris School of Business in France studying at USC Sunshine Coast


I arrived at Brisbane airport on the 13th of July 2016, in the middle of the night, alone and full of worries.

When I arrived at Varsity, the accommodation I rented, my first reaction was “What an earth am I doing here?”. I fell asleep in a bed that wasn’t even mine, wondering what was going to happen to me. The following day, I met my two flatmates: a couple, an American girl and a 100% Aussie guy and they immediately took me under their wing. We became a little family.

Over the weeks, I discovered the « Sunny Coast »: beaches, hikes, climbing, restaurants with friends, exactly what I imagined Australian way of life would be originally. I also tasted student life in Australia: Uni-nights, volley competitions where I met people from all around the world.

Life on campus was just as pleasant, seeing kangaroos as I was going to school was a big change from Paris !

I had the opportunity to travel during the summer break: Whitsundays, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and even Bali!

Of course I had some hard times, for example driving in to my garage door. Hard times that become memories…

I have learned a lot about myself this year: I freed myself from timidity and discretion by socializing! It has been such a good thing for me. The hardest part will be going back home and leaving the Coast, my Australian family and my new friends behind.

Coming to Australia has always been my dream, a dream that came true… Thank you USC !


Carol-Anne from IUT France: My trip to Sydney

Post 2 Carol-Anne.JPGHey everyone!

My name is Carol-Anne. I’m a French 23 year old student undertaking a Master in Communication. I’ve been in Australia for 7 months now and I just started my second semester here.

I’ve been living in an ocean front unit in Alexandra Headland which has been pretty nice and it is going to be hard to leave afterwards!

During my first semester, I had a bit of time to travel in Australia. I decided to go to Sydney because the flights were so cheap. The city was really nice and hectic! I got to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. My friends and I ate at the Fish Market and shopped at the Queen Victoria Building. We spent a weekend in Sydney, and it was great because it really changes from the Sunshine Coast. However, at the end of the day, nothing is better than an ocean front unit where you can hear the waves crash at night.

During this semester, I plan on going to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup. I should be going there during the semester break in September. Hopefully, it won’t be too cold as it will only be the beginning of spring over there.

Being in Australia, on the Sunshine Coast is such an amazing experience and I will never forget it, and trust me, you won’t either!

Cheers, Carol-Anne