Kirsten Haas from Nuremberg Institute of Technology in Germany studying abroad at USC Sunshine Coast

I am studying international Business at the TH Nuremberg in Germany. My degree requires me to complete both an internship and a semester abroad. As I did an internship in London, I wanted to do my semester outside of Europe. Having travelled through Australia before, I decided to come back. I choose the USC as it has a great reputation and is close to so many beautiful places. One of my professors at home encouraged me to do a Double Degree here and luckily, I got accepted. The process was very easy, and questions were replied almost immediately.

The university is modern and well equipped. Lectures are recorded and tutorials prepare you for your assignments and exams. The staff is highly proficient. One of the professors gave us the great opportunity to take part in a ‘Business Breakfast’ at Caloundra Chamber of Commerce. The speaker of this event was Duncan Wardle, former Vice President of Innovation & Creativity at The Walt Disney Company. The workload is higher than in Germany, having approximately 3 assignments per course. However, USC offers various opportunities to get help with your tasks – from daily drop-in sessions to scheduled one on one meetings. I especially liked the various eateries on campus, including a sushi take away. Furthermore, it is not an unusual sight to see kangaroos on the way to or back from university.

The location of the university is unbeatable. Great spots that are close by include: Maleny waterfalls, Kondalilla waterfalls, Noosa national park (including the Fairy Pools), Eumundi Markets, Coolum beach, Mooloolaba beach, Maleny and much more. Brisbane can be reached by train within 1.5 hours (highly recommending Eat Street Market). On my weekends I went diving at local reefs and during the Australian ‘winter’ I went swimming with whales. The Student Guild also organised 3 trips during the first week, going to Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa. During the study break you could easily go to Moreton Island, Fraser Island, Byron Bay, Gold Coast (Hinterland), the beautiful Whitsunday Island or even Sydney or Melbourne.

Sabrina Palme from the University of Applied Sciences Georg Simon Ohm Nuremberg in Germany, studying at USC Sunshine Coast

Hi everyone!

My name is Sabrina and I am studying International Business at the University of Applied Sciences Georg Simon Ohm Nuremberg. As my studies involve a semester abroad, I decided to go to Australia to see a completely different culture and landscape and what I expected couldn’t keep up with how amazing this continent actually is! Instead of only doing a semester abroad I decided to do a Diploma in Business, which allowed me to participate in the Graduation Ceremony, a one of a kind experience. Furthermore, it provides a certificate worth one year of studying in Australia. For people who don’t want to do a complete Bachelor Double Degree, but are keen on getting some sort of acknowledgement for their efforts, this is the perfect solution.

The university itself is very modern and the connected campus is completely different compared to German universities. You easily bond with other students. It’s like a little separate world in the middle of a national park including happy kangaroos jumping around. The lecturers and tutors are extremely kind, courteous and try to assist you with your studies in every possible way. They even know their students by name, which creates a more personal basis of interaction.

Besides all the studies, this place on earth offers numerous other activities. As the time table usually allows you to do some day trips, you can either exercise climbing the glasshouse mountains from where you have an amazing view or simply relax, snorkel, surf or dive on one of the magnificent beaches. Having fun with friends and parties are also deeply integrated in the USC student’s everyday life.

All in all, I gathered plenty of unbelievable experiences, visited some of Australia’s most beautiful places and met heaps of friendly people from all around the world, with whom I am still in contact. Putting it all in a nutshell, I had the best time in Down Under and can highly recommend it.