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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Kai Meier from Germany studying at USC!

Kai Meier from the HMKW University of Applied Science in Berlin

My amazing semester abroad at USC

And there it was, I was finally leaving Germany and once again I was on my way to Australia. After I finished my last day at university in Berlin on a Friday, I jumped onto the next plane and arrived perfectly on time for Orientation Week. It was super easy to meet new people, a lot of them were Germans of course. Quickly I had a bunch of people surrounding me and I found my new room in a shared house with 11 internationals and Aussie people. The time went fast. On weekends, we were mostly hanging out at the Varsity Students Accommodation having a beer or two in the Helm or at Ocean St in Maroochydore or just chilling at the beach in Mooloolaba. To meet more people, I decided to go on two weekend trips. One tour went to Moreton Island, which is about a 1,5 hrs away and another tour to Spot X a Surf Camp, which is a few hours’ drive down south. Both were unique experiences which I can really recommend. The semester passed by quickly and soon I had semester break which I used to visit some friends in Bali. Others travelled along the East Coast or to Melbourne. The last weeks of my 13 weeks of studying were quite intense. Since I did not have any final exams in any of my four subjects, I had to spend a few nights in the library trying to get all the reports and assignments done as good as possible. Luckily, I was not the only one, so we had some fun times and good memories in the end.

Way to fast the time had come to say goodbye again to all the people I met. One good thing about having so many Europeans here is, that the chance is higher to see them again. Even when my time at the Sunshine Coast was over in June, I still had ten weeks of travelling and fun ahead. First, four friends from USC and I went down to Byron Bay and Surfers Paradise for a week. Afterwards I made my way up to Cairns stopping at Fraser Island, Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, Townsville and Magnetic Island.  I also did a Skydive at Mission Beach and walked through the world’s oldest rain forest at Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest) before I flew to Bali again. From where I took one more month to go around Bali and Jawar ending my journey in Jakarta.

Now, being back in Berlin, I am looking forward to new adventures waiting for me. But I will never forget all the new impression, the things I learned, the people I met. This truly is learning for life!