I am a Business student from the University of Applied Sciences Regensburg and as part of my study program I had to go abroad for two semesters. There were so many different options to choose from, but I decided to leave Europe and travel to the other side of the world. And I have to say, that doing a Bachelor of Business at the USC, was one of the best decisions I have ever made!
When I came here, I was impressed by the new facilities, friendly lecturers and tutors as well as the wonderful nature surrounding the university. In general you can say that the system differs from the German one. There is a lecture and a tutorial for every course and the examination consists out of assignments, presentations and exams. This might sound a bit overwhelming to you, but with the help of the lecturers that know you by name and will support you with any questions you may have, it is definitely manageable.
But there is more to two semesters abroad, than just studying! For me, being part of Activate was one of the best experiences. USC Activate is an outdoor activity and adventure sports club for USC students that among other things organises camping trips in the beautiful national parks of Queensland as well as a Fraser Island trip at the end of each semester. And don’t forget that you can go to the beach daily and enjoy the warm weather even in the winter months!
I got to know amazing people from all around the world, made some lifelong friends and had the opportunity to visit some of Australia’s most beautiful places during my time abroad.
I absolutely loved studying at the USC and can just recommend it to everyone!
As a student, picking the right university with relevant program, good course content, comfortable environment, outstanding supporting staff, advanced teaching IT facilities, cooperative lecturers and remarkable track record was vital. Therefore, I chose University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).
USC is a great University with surprisingly rigorous academics. I must say that studying Master from USC was one of the best decision I have ever made.
Every lecturer I met at USC was very enthusiastic, actively involved in the industry in which they teach and willing to give you time and help you out throughout the semester.
The best part also includes opportunities to extend skills outside the classroom. As USC offers quite numerous extracurricular activities and so being a part of these activities in USC, I have learned other essential soft skills and gain some incredible confidence that will help me further in my professional life.
Other thing that matter most is that you enjoy the environment that you are in. USC has everything you need, including students common room, various relaxing places, several sporting facilities and don’t forget the library. Being an International student, I was bit afraid initially about how to adjust in a place where everything is new to me, but due to friendly and warm welcoming environment of USC, I overcome my fear and enjoyed the rest of the time and learned so many new things.
The academic and the overall student experience have benefited my personal development incredibly. Spending two years with USC will always be my best period of time.
I made a lot of friends who I hope to stay in contact with forever. I have experienced a whole new culture and traditions, and grew independently. It is well worth the costs and will greatly expand your views on Australia.
Getting closer to the end of my Master studies in International Tourism Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, I decided to take one of the last chances to go abroad during my studies as I heard about the double degree Master program in International Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia.
With the completion of four courses at the USC and getting full credit to all my courses I have completed in Germany I will get a whole degree from the USC within one semester, how cool is that?
Studying at the USC means so much more than just attending lectures. The university’s own kangaroo mob greets you in the evening during an incredible sunset that I have never seen like this in Germany. The campus offers many cafés and eateries as well as a book shop and a STA travel agency which creates a unique campus atmosphere. Various study locations stuffed with fancy furniture invite us to study at Uni apart from attending the lectures. The university is modern and offers a huge selection of books and online resources that makes studying easy which makes me even considering completing my Master thesis in Australia instead of Germany.
Being part of the USC means getting involved in student associations if we want to be and joining great trips and free time activities. There is always something to do, grabbing a free burrito Wednesdays at the Student Guilt, attending a trip to Fraser Island with USC activate or celebrating the weekend at the BEC bar on campus.
The location of the USC could not be better. The region of Sunshine Coast offers a great environment for students. Riding a wave for a morning surf at Mooloolaba or catching up with a friend in one of various good coffee places on the Esplanade or having dinner with a sea view are just a few of many great things to discover on the coast.
I can highly recommend to join the double degree program. It is worth every penny. Not only an excellent learning environment awaits you which differs a lot from the German study culture but also great other international students and a unique country that wants be travelled while improving your English every day.
Going on the Study Overseas program on exchange to Germany has by far been my best experience whilst studying at USC. I studied at the University of Mannheim during semester two of my second year in 2013. During this time I was able to make some great friendships with people from North and South America, Europe and Australia. Keeping in touch with everyone proved difficult especially with friends who live overseas with the time differences.
A year and a half after leaving Germany I found myself sick of arranging skype calls and wanted to go on a holiday. The next week I booked a holiday to America to meet up with my friends who live in Huntington Beach, Boston and Tampa. One of my friends from Norway decided to get in on the action and arranged to join my trip. We all met in Boston where we were able to reminisce on memories in Mannheim and catch up on what we had all been up to lately. It was such a great break from work and university. Closer to home I still keep in contact with some girls who live in Brisbane. I catch up with them regularly and it is a good excuse to go down to Brisbane for weekend getaways. I have met some amazing people through the program and it has allowed me to form connections all around the world.