USC student Christina Fawkes’ exchange semester at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany

I left Australia on the 15th of August for an experience of a life time. I started my exchange Semester in the best way possible with island hopping in Greece. After 10 days of exploring, swimming, sun baking, and eating gyozas, I made my way to Italy where I enjoyed the ancient roman architecture. I then bus-hopped through Nice in France where I made my way to Monaco, trying my luck at the Monte Carlo Casino.

In Spain, I observed highly-expressive Flamenco shows while sipping on sweet sangrias! Portugal and Paris were two of my favourite destinations with the most glamorous cities. After Paris, I decided to go paragliding from the Swiss Alps! I finished the most amazing 2 months of travelling in the capital of Bavaria, Munich, which I was going to call home for the next 5 months. Lucky me, I won in a lottery and was given a studio apartment on the 16th floor in the Olympic Village! This apartment gave me a beautiful view over the BMW HQ and a lovely park with the alps in the background. Before the semester started, I of course attended the largest Beerfest in the world, Octoberfest (but we ‘locals’ call it ‘Wiesen’).

I met some amazing people from all around Europe (France, Italy and Spain) during the first week of University enrolment who later became my best friends. Attending Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) has been a dream for me ever since I walked past it when I was on exchange for 10 weeks with my host sister. LMU is one of Europe’s premier academic and research institutions. I was even lucky enough to score a job in a Californian Brand Clothing Company Called Hollister as a Brand Representative. I learnt German for five years during high school, but nothing compares to actually living in the country and being challenged on speaking German every single day. Studying was difficult; however, it was great having friends that were in the same boat as me and we all encouraged and helped each other.

 

During Christmas, I ate schnitzel and potato salad with my Czech Family in the Czech Republic. I explored Prague and the winter country side where I also spotted some deer. I also met so many wonderful people by travelling solo. During my exam period, I was even able to squeeze in a British pint in London with a friend I made on my Greece trip.

Don’t get me wrong, going on exchange has its challenges and you will have highs and lows during the 6 months. However, it will definitely be something that you will be proud of accomplishing.


Save, Research and Study – the three most important words if you’re wanting to do something like this. Honestly, you won’t regret it! You are able to undergo and tick of countries, cities, foods and experiences on that dusty bucket list.

 

I have made the most of my USC Overseas Scholarship, thank you Overseas Team.

 

Neele Doepkens from HS Bremen in Germany studying at USC Sunshine Coast

Spending one semester abroad at the University of the Sunshine Coast was truly the best decision I could have made. Words cannot describe how amazing this experience was!

Australia itself is just a beauty and I enjoyed the Australian lifestyle while studying at the Sunshine Coast – incredible beaches, national parks and the best surfing spots are just around the corner. Therefore, the weekend was always used to explore our new home. With friends from all over the world I relaxed in the Fairy Pools in Noosa, kayaked the Noosa Everglades, climbed Mount Coolum, celebrated in Brisbane and watched the sunrise on Fraser Island. In the Easter break we travelled to Melbourne and drove along the Great Ocean Road. I am very thankful that I met so many amazing people I can share all these memories with. In fact, the people I met made my stay in Australia so special and I can honestly say that I’ve made friends for life.

Besides the stunning nature, the Sunshine Coast also provides great education at USC. The University of the Sunshine Coast offers a pleasant and friendly learning environment in which students can develop on a professional, as well as on a personal level. I studied in the Master of Management program and USC offered me the unique opportunity to complete a double degree in only one semester. From the first day on, I felt very comfortable on campus. I really appreciate the small sized classes and the friendly interaction with professors and lecturers, making it easy to integrate and communicate. As all my lecturers had practical business experience I gathered insight into the Australian market. In every class the theoretical knowledge was applied to a business example, what I found expedient. I really enjoyed all my classes and I also liked the fact that I had three small assignments per subject instead of one big exam. USC institutions offer a business drop in and proof reading sessions to help with assignments and also the lecturer, fellow students and the library staff are always willing to help. The provided support for all students is truly unique.

Looking back, I had an incredible time with incredible people and I am really thankful for all the amazing friends I’ve made. The USC makes it fairly easy to feel comfortable and I found a second home on the other side of the world. I will have my stay in Australia in very good memories and I can only encourage everyone to seize the opportunity and study at USC.

 

Edonis Ahmaxhekaj from Flensburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany studying at USC Sunshine Coast

During my Bachelor program, back home in Germany I did not study abroad at all, so I definitively wanted to do one semester abroad in my Masters program. I chose Australia for this intention. One of the reasons why I chose Australia was that my home University offered a Double Degree program for Masters students together with the University of the Sunshine Coast for the first time.

Studying at the USC then turned out to be the best time of my life, even though the workload at the USC is much higher compared to my home University in Flensburg. The good thing of the high workload has been that I really learned a lot about different issues in my courses, because I had to deal very intensively with the specific topics. The lecturers at the USC contributed to this learning success as well. They always did their best to help us students by e.g. answering emails very quickly or they even met at the Brasserie with one while drinking a coffee when someone needed help with the assignments. Additionally, the University offers a modern Library and moreover excellent databases with which my assignments have been easily done. Apart from that, I enjoyed spending time on campus just by drinking coffee or meet friends, because of the beautiful nature surrounding the University – love at first sight!

Beside the University’s assignments during the semester, I had plenty of time to travel and to see the beauty of Australia. Australia has got some fascinating spots and breath-taking beaches, such as the unbelievable Whitehaven beach which is worth a visit. When I haven’t had the time to travel around, I spent my time at the student accommodations right next to the Uni. In the accommodation, I enjoyed swimming at the pool or playing some Volleyball at the Beach Volleyball Court. The accommodation offers a few more options for students, such as Tennis, BBQ spots or legendary party nights. So, there was something to do for everyone. To sum up, there hasn’t been one single boring day during my whole semester, since you get to know a lot of people and living together with them in one area makes it even easier to get rid of boredom.