Paul Martetschläger from Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences studying a Diploma in General Studies at USC Sunshine Coast

buddina-1.jpgMy name is Paul and I am studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. For my semester abroad, I wanted to see something completely different from home, so I decided to study abroad at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). My university has a cooperation with USC, so it was easy to get useful information and how the registration process works.

After receiving my confirmation, I started to plan my journey along with two of my colleagues. We travelled several hours to Brisbane and it was totally worth it. My colleagues and I decided to rent a small apartment in Buddina next to the beach. During the first month, we used public transport to get to the university, but afterwards we decided to buy a car, especially a 4WD in order to explore the beautiful Sunshine Coast. When I first arrived at the USC campus, I immediately fell in love with all the animals. Every day, there are kangaroos jumping around or just chilling in the sun.

As travelling is one of my biggest passions, I thought I would share a few tips for weekend trips you could do while studying at the USC, especially if you have a 4WD.


1. Double island point – Rainbow beach

One of my favourite places is the double island point. At the small lighthouse, you’ll get a wonderful view to Rainbow Beach. It is also a great surfing spot there, but you can only reach it with a 4WD. It is a great trip for a weekend, just grab your buddies and you will have an awesome time there.

2. Byron Bay

Another beautiful place in Australia is Byron bay. It has an awesome flair to it which is typical for Australia. All the people there are so kind, and if you decide to travel to Byron Bay, you definitely have to visit the lighthouse which is the most easterly point in Australia.

3. Seventeen Seventy Springs Beach

We drove by Seventeen Seventy on our road trip to Whitsundays. A local told us we should definitely stop there and showed us a beautiful surf spot called Springs Beach. We had a wonderful time there.

Hope this gave you some help and you will have a great time while studying at USC Sunshine Coast. For more pictures or some questions, check out my Instagram @paul_martetschlaeger

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Martin Stadlmayer from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria studying a Diploma in General Studies at USC Sunshine Coast

1Hello, my name is Martin and I’m from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. I’m studying Mechanical Engineering and I will complete my bachelor next year. Why I choose Australia? Because it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We are three mates form Austria who decided to study on the University of Sunshine Coast (USC). Studying at USC is a one in a lifetime opportunity. The moment when I arrived in Australia, I felt in love with it.

Locals and Living

3The Australian people are one of the nicest and helpful people I know. Everyone wants to talk to you, we have received a lot of good advice from local people. We rented a house near the beach directly on the Mooloolaba canal, so we spent a lot of time fishing there. The location was perfect because we had just 5 mins to walk to the beach, so we had the opportunity to surf a lot. With the car we only need 10-15 mins to drive to the university.

4WD in the Glasshouse Mountains

2The Glasshouse Mountains is a perfect spot to hike, and get your 4WD stuck on the off-road tracks… First few days after we got our car, we tried the easiest off-road track. Three naive European guys who think they can handle this…. but glasshouse mountain showed us we can’t. We got stuck late in the afternoon in the middle of nowhere without a mobile phone reception and without water. Also, we had no recovery gear to get us out of the hole by ourselves. After a long time, a nice dude passed us with his motocross. He offered us his help, so he went back and got his truck to pull us out with the winch.

Double Island

4Double Island is a beautiful destination to surf and camp. You have the chance to camp directly on the beach and enjoy the sunrise from your tent. In my opinion, there is nothing better than waking up to a sunrise on the beach. There are also dolphins and whales, sometimes they swim near the beach so it’s easy to see them. There is a beautiful lighthouse on the Double Island Point from there you have an amazing view to rainbow beach and Noosa north shore.

– Martin Stadlmayer @stadii

Philipp Danninger from Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences studying a Diploma in General Studies at USC Sunshine Coast

My name is Philipp, and I am studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Applied Science Upper Austria. Together with two colleagues from Austria, we decided to study abroad for one semester in Australia. Our university has an agreement with USC Sunshine Coast, so it was easy to get useful information and understand how the enrolment process worked.

Our journey began in Austria, flying several hours across the world, but it was worth it. When we arrived, we quickly got new friends who were kind enough to show us many the many beautiful places around the Sunshine Coast and provided us with some useful tips.

My colleagues and I decided to rent a small flat in Buddina, next to the beach. We spent a lot time at the beach and especially in the water in order to learn how to surf.

During our first month in Australia, we used the bus to get to the university. Later on, we got our own car which enabled us to travel a lot on our own. Because our car is a 4WD, we drove a lot on the beach which was so exiting. Getting our own car was one of the best decisions we made.

As travelling is one of my biggest passions, I thought I would share a few tips for weekend trips you could do whilst studying at USC Sunshine Coast.

Rainbow beach (Inskip point)

Rainbow beach is such a great place to spend the day and camp at the night. Just bring a tent or sleep in the car, and enjoy the beautiful beach. Remember to pay for your camp site here.

Byron Bay

One of my favourite places in Australia is Byron Bay. It takes approximately 3 hours by car to get there from USC. You can do the walk up to the lighthouse, which is the most easterly point of Australia.

Australia Zoo

Visiting Australian Zoo is worth it. To get a discount, you could use the WOW card. The zoo is huge and there are some live shows where alligators and tigers get fed.

– Philipp Danninger





Michelle Reinhardt from Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences studying a Diploma in General Studies at USC Sunshine Coast

Hi everyone,

My name is Michelle I am a student from Austria. I was lucky enough to spend one semester at USC to do my semester abroad. USC is a partner University from FH Steyr, where I study back home in Austria.

I have chosen USC as it has an excellent reputation and offered every course I needed to fulfil the requirements needed for my semester abroad. Furthermore, it is located at the beautiful Sunshine Coast, as I love to surf the location and the University itself were a perfect match for me. I decided to rent a house close to the beach with a friend of mine in a little town near USC, which is called Alexandra Headlands. This was the best decision ever, as I spent every free minute at the beach.

I had an amazing time here in Australia and wish everyone who decides to study at USC the same!

Cheers, Michelle.

Phil from Austria studying at USC

Australia 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast

Studying right next to kangaroo families, in the middle of a wildlife resort and just 20 minutes away from Mooloolaba beach. At Australia’s youngest university, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary, you’ll receive gorgeous support for your studies as well as almost endless opportunities to experience adventures on the weekend.

Having never considered an exchange semester during by bachelor studies, a variety of random events led me to one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. Going abroad within the last semester of my masters, especially in combination with the creation of my master thesis seemed to be quite challenging to me. But here at USC you really see what your study fees are used for. Getting a huge variety of introductory courses on assignment and essay writing, CV checks and English language courses. All contents are well organized and also available online for later research, just for the unlikely case someone missed the attendance in-class.

The classes I’ve chosen, with a strong focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, showed a completely different learning style, way more interactive and group oriented than I was used to. My favorite course e.g. had just four in-class students, which gave us the opportunity to talk about personal business stories of each participant. Even though the topic of my master thesis was not directly related to the course outline, I received huge support from my lecturer and were able to attend multiple events at the Innovation Center, which is located on USC’s campus. It’s simply all about the students.

In parallel to these academic hard facts, which might not be the main priority of all exchange students, there are a lot of other activities to join as well. Living at Varsity, for the party oriented dudes out there, is an awesome opportunity to meet new people from all around the globe and to build friendships which might last for a lifetime. Living at the beach, to take the best waves in the morning or maybe to enjoy the sunrise, while doing a morning run with an unforgettable scenic view around you. And then there are also the USC Activates, which organize outdoor activities on the weekends to experience this awesome country. The continent itself, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and an unparalleled variety on different landscapes. Therefore Australia never gets boring, there is always something to discover.

Philipp Roessler (Study Abroad – postgraduate level, from Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences, Steyr Campus