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.
Why I choose USC:
To be honest, seeing that USC had kangaroos on its campus was one of the main drivers for choosing the Uni. Another reason was that the Uni is called ‘University of the Sunshine Coast’, who wouldn’t want to live at a place called Sunshine Coast? Being able to do a Double Degree at a University, which is close to a number great places to travel, made the decision easy.
The Sunshine Coast:
The Sunshine Coast is close to well-known places like ‘Fraser Island’, ‘The Great Barrier Reef’, and Brisbane. But that’s not all there is to see, you can go sun bathing or surfing at one of more than twenty beaches at the coast, hiking in many different national parks, climbing the ‘Glass House Mountains’, or visit the famous Australia Zoo that was opened by the Irwin family (you might know them from Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter). Or you spend a morning at the artisan ‘Eumundi Market’, or go up for a swim in Noosa’s Fairy Pools. There is so much to see and do around the University, that it is very unlikely to ever get bored, whether you are an adrenalin junkie or just want to relax.
Right at the beginning, I joined the ‘USC Activates’ who organise trips around the Sunshine Coast for the cost of what you would spend going by yourself, you practically get the guide for free. With the club, I saw some amazing waterfalls and had some fun evenings at the beach and movie nights. But more important, I made some really good friends (locals and internationals) at the USC Activates, and we organised some private trips with a bunch of people too.
Was it a good decision to study at USC?
Definitely!! Apart from all the travelling, I have learned more than in Germany. The way they teach you is like being back at school, but it is so much more efficient (at last for me), and given the fact that in some courses you can pass even before the final exam gives you more time to relax at the pool during study week.