Kristine Brevik Kvalnes from Norway studying a Bachelor in Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management) at USC Sunshine Coast

My name is Kristine and I am from Norway. I just started my third year in the Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management) degree. I applied to USC through Kilroy which made thing a lot easier. They can help you with pretty much anything. I had wanted to go back to Queensland since 2015 when I went to Australia for the first time, doing volunteer work with animals in Port Douglas. USC was the first university that caught my eye and I applied pretty much straight away.

Studying at USC has been great so far. All of my teachers are very helpful and want me to do well. USC has many international student so everyone is very understanding when it comes to different cultures and people not having English as their first language and all of that.

The Environment is very welcoming. It’s very easy to make friends. I moved here all by myself and that was no problem. What I like with my degree is that there is so many courses to choose from. I specifically liked the sustainable tourism courses. Not all universities focus on sustainability as much as USC and I really like that.

I have spent a lot of time travelling since I moved here. Travelling a lot was pretty much my biggest goal when I moved here. I’ve pretty much been all over Queensland. I’ve been to Victoria and New South Whales. I’ve also been to New Zealand and several countries in South east Asia. I had planned to do more but unfortunately as many others I had to postpone my plans because of Covid19.

Queensland is diffidently not the worst place to be stuck because of a global pandemic. There are tons of beaches to explore. You can go to Brisbane or the Gold Coast. You can go on a road trip up to Cairns where you can find Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Daintree rainforest and so many other amazing places.

If I could do it all again I would have packed with me way less things when I left home. USC is close to both Sunshine plaza and Kawana Shopping World so there is really no need to bring to much. I would also had packed with me more warm sweaters and less bikinis, haha. When you have lived in Australia for a while you get surprisingly used to the climate. Suddenly you don’t find 20 degrees very warm anymore and you start wearing more clothes.

Student accommodations are a great way to get to know people. I lived at UniCentral for my first year than I moved to a private place. That is what works best and what most people do I think. During Covid19 I moved closer to the beach since classes was moved online and there was a lot less to do in Sippy downs at the time.

Kristoffer Wahome from Kilroy Norway studying a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at USC Sunshine Coast

Kriss rooftop (3 of 12)Hi, My name is Kristoffer, I am a 25-year-old international student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). I am pursuing a Bachelor Degree of Social Science (Psychology) and I am currently in my second year of studies.

I am an adventurous, outgoing social person that enjoys photography, sports and just living life. So the fact that the USC offers a range of social clubs to take part in, it has provided me the opportunity to form friendships with people from all around the globe with different backgrounds and culture, which is a huge bonus for me.

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Moving to Australia to study at USC was a decision I pondered about for a while before pursuing it, yet when I arrived on the Sunshine Coast I knew I had made the right decision. The weather is amazing most of the time and I am lucky to live less than a 5 minute walk away from the beach, could anyone ask for more?

As an international student that has spent over a year here on the Sunny Coast, there is still plenty of things left for me to see and experience, I frankly cannot get enough of this place. However, I can recommend some essentials that any new student here should try out;

  • Kriss rooftop grain (10 of 13)A trip up the coast to Noosa National Park where you can relax in the fairy pools, and if you’re lucky, spot a Koala making its way up in the trees
  • Visit Byron Bay, the most iconic little Australian town in my mind, you just have to experience it for your self
  • Some early mornings at the beach watching the sunrise while you’re out on your surfboard in the water
  • Trying to climb any of the nearby mountains for a chance to see a spectacular view over the coast
  • Make your way to any of the waterfalls around the coast, for a fun adventure
  • USC International - Brand Ambassador event 2 (61 of 65)Camping trips to the national forest, bonfires at night while watching the most starry sky I have found on my travels

I recommend anyone to come study at USC if you are interested in pursuing an authentic Australian experience while reviving a great education with like minded students from all around the word.

– Kristoffer Wahome @kristofferwahome

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Emilie Lie & Johan Mowinckel from Kilroy Norway studying a Bachelor of Business at USC Sunshine Coast

Photo 01-10-2019, 02 58 23Hi everyone, this is Emilie and Johan. We are two Norwegian Vikings, studying business at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Emilie started the Bachelor of Business the first semester of 2019, and Johan started his last year of his bachelor here at the same time. Through Kilroy, we found this university and chose to give it a try, which we never regretted. Kilroy helped us with everything and made it super easy for us to apply.

USC is an amazing university which helps and adapts to each student needs. It has a big support system for students that can help you and give you advice along the way, both academic and on a more personal level. Photo 22-09-2019, 18 05 34During the semester you have several assessments and tests in each course, which gives you a guideline on how you are doing and contributes to your final grade. This takes some of the pressure of the exams, as you often can pass the course before you attend the final exam. The teacher-student relationship is really close at USC, and if you are struggling with your assessment, the teacher helps you from an early stage and make sure that you get the right help. Our university have a very high learning quality but also consists of great architecture and an incredible wildlife.

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Throughout our first year here, we have gotten to explore some breathtaking places, all the way from Melbourne in south to Port Douglas and Cairns in north. We have mostly travelled by motorbike or car, which we found was the best and easiest way to explore all the beautiful places along the way.

After exploring all these beautiful places, we couldn’t be happier about the place we chose to live. Sunny Coast has the best of both worlds. It allows you to live the Australian dream by the ocean, where you can have a morning surf, sunbath, go for a walk or a refreshing swim, while also having access to a great university, beautiful mountains and a lot of authentic cafes. If you ever get Photo 02-10-2019, 18 53 25sick of snorkelling with turtles, dolphins and sharks, you can always take an hour-long drive to Brisbane, which is one of the largest cities in Australia.

Last but not least, while studying at USC, you get the opportunity to establish friendships and connections with people from all over the world. With common interests and a lot of experiences together, you will make friends for life.

If you have any questions, need advice or inspiration about life at USC or places to go, do not hesitate to contact us on social media:

– Emilie Lie @emilie_lie & Johan Mowinckel @johanmarkusm

Espen Foss Skavlem from Kilroy Norway studying a Bachelor of International Business at USC Sunshine Coast

fullsizeoutput_b25My name is Espen Foss Skavlem and I am a Norwegian student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). I am currently in my second year undertaking a degree in Bachelor of International Business, minoring in Supply Chain Management. Considering my degree, I could not think of any better option than moving to the other side of the world to get educated. However, the process of moving across the globe to study can be challenging. Kilroy in Norway is assisting students that wants to study abroad, and they were really helpful and assisted me with everything I needed and made the process as comfortable and easy as possible.

I moved down under in July 2018 with the expectations of meeting new and interesting people from all around the world, and I can IMG_1174fairly say that my expectations were exceeded as this has been one of the most memorable years of my life. I have made many friends from all around the world and have been able to travel and work with students from many different cultures, and I am only half way there!

The Sunshine Coast lives up to its name, however, keep in mind that the winter mornings and evenings can get pretty chilly so bring enough sweaters. Living on the coast also brings many travel opportunities to several IMG_0877close distances. Byron Bay is one of my favourite places to travel and is only a three-hour drive south from the sunny coast. Two hours north of the coast you can also find Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island, which are some of the most unique places I have ever been. Fraser Island is almost completely made of sand and you can rent a four-wheel drive car and camp at amazing spots on the Island, a great experience!

fullsizeoutput_f58As you now know, studying at USC and living on the Sunshine Coast is an amazing experience and I am happy for anyone that has the chance to do it! I am going to study overseas in the US next semester and I know that one of the things I am going to miss the most is the opportunity to just drive to the beach, enjoy a morning swim, and hang with my friends just having a couple of cold ones!

– Espen Foss Skavlem

Mariann Brubakken from Kilroy Norway studying a Bachelor of Nutrition at USC Sunshine Coast

1-bicubic (2)Hi, my name is Mariann and I am a student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

After high school I wanted to experience more of the world as well as I was eager to start my study. I had heard about Kilroy form a friend that was studying in Australia at the moment, and I decided to have a look at their website.  I ended up messaging Kilroy about study options abroad. I wanted to live somewhere close to the ocean and was advised about some great universities in Australia, including USC, where I am now currently studying.

I wanted to have the opportunity have electives with my course, and was advised that I was able to do that at USC, which also contributed to me choosing to study at USC where I was able to combine my Bachelor of Nutrition with a Minor in Journalism in addition to some Public Health electives. Kilroy was very helpful with assisting me finding a university that had what I was looking for, and also helped make the application process as easy as possible.

2Living on the Sunshine Coast is absolutely amazing, and it has some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen in my life. There are heaps of local cafés and opportunities to get new experiences, such as surfing and climbing which is something that I really enjoy doing whilst living here on the coast. The semester summer breaks are also pretty long here at USC which have given me the opportunity to do some travelling around Australia and to Bali, booked through Kilroy’s website. Deciding to do a bachelor in Australia has given me so many great memories and friendships that I will treasure for life.

Doing a heavy science-based course, I really appreciate all the support USC have had to offer as well as the chill vibe that the Sunshine Coast has. I would absolutely recommend studying at USC!

Margrethe Johansen & Sofie Gamst Holm from The Arctic University of Norway studying at USC Sunshine Coast

 

IMG_5043Hello, we are two Norwegian girls studying abroad from The Arctic University of Norway. Our names are Margrethe and Sofie. We are currently studying psychology in Norway and we got the opportunity to do one semester abroad. Both of us enjoy the beach and warmer temperatures, so Sunshine Coast here in Australia was an easy choice.

Here in Australia we are doing a program called Study Abroad. Both of us got a lot of help from Kilroy during this process. They helped us throughout the whole process and gave us helpful information about the different universities in Australia. When we decided to apply for The University of Sunshine Coast, they helped us with the application, tuition fees, visa etc.

As we both love the beach life we decided to share with you our top 5 favourite beaches here on the Sunshine Coast.

  1. Mooloolaba

This beach is located only 15 minutes by bus from uni. It is the closest beach, but also our favourite. This is the beach where we have spent most of our time during the past five months. From Mooloolaba you can walk along the coastline towards Pt. Cartwright, which has a nice view. There are also located a lot of nice bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops along the esplanade. We especially love the acai bowls at Acai Brothers and the coffee at Hustle & Flow Espresso. Mooloolaba is always patrolled by lifeguards which means that you can enjoy a nice swim in the ocean.

  1. Little Cove Beach

This little beach is located in Noosa Heads, which is 40 minutes away from the university by car and approximately 1.5 hours by bus. The beach is very close to Noosa Main Beach, but not nearly as crowded. The water is crystal clear, and you can do a bit of surfing here as well. If you feel like it, you can continue to walk along a wooden path to some beautiful rock pools named Fairy Pools. There are also a lot of cafes, restaurants, and shops in walking distance from this beach.

  1. Kings Beach

It is located in Caloundra, which is approximately 50 minutes away from the university by bus and 25 minutes away by car. It is a beautiful beach, where you both can surf and swim. From Caloundra you can watch the sun going down behind the beautiful Glass House Mountains. In addition to this, Caloundra often has street fairs with lots of good food and small shops.

  1. Dicky Beach

This beach is located about 40 minutes away from the university by bus and is close to Caloundra. From Dicky Beach you can watch beautiful sunrises and there are a couple of cute coffee shops nearby where you can enjoy a break from the sun. Our favourite is The Pocket Espresso. There are also some good waves for surfing, and the beach is less crowded than Kings Beach. If you like dogs or have you’re own dog, there is a dog beach called Moffat Beach right next to this beach.

  1. Alexandra Headland

This beach is located about 20 minutes from the university by bus. The beach is right next to Mooloolaba, but more suited for surfing than Mooloolaba is. You can walk along the esplanade between these two beaches, and it is a beautiful walk. From Alexandra Headland you can watch beautiful sunsets while watching a lot of talented surfers. You can get delicious ice cream at Cold Rock which is located right next to the beach.

We hope you enjoyed reading about our favourite beaches. We have not regretted for one split second that we decided to study at the Sunshine Coast and at USC. It has been an incredible semester filled with lots of good food, new friends, tons of sunshine and traveling. If you have any questions about USC, Australia, accommodation or studying abroad in general, we are more than happy to answer. You can find us at Instagram @maggi95 and @sofiegam.