Help Create Healthier Lives: Bachelor of Health Science

Do you want to help shape the future of health?

In USC’s Bachelor of Health Science degree, you’ll learn about the current and future health issues facing communities, both locally and globally. You’ll also develop the practical skills you need to improve population health and wellbeing through your choice of one of five extended majors, including;

In this program you will gain a strong foundation in health science, in addition to understanding the current and future health needs of the community which you live in. You will develop the problem-solving skills you need to help tackle health issues, and not to mention gain workplace experience in your area of specialisation.

What are some of the career opportunities after finishing your studies at USC?

After completing your studies at USC, the Bachelor of Health Science can open up many doors in terms of possible career pathways, including but not limited to working as a/in:

  • Health promotion officer
  • Environmental health officer
  • Clinical prosthetist and/or orthotist
  • Health policy development
  • Project development and management
  • Health communication specialist
  • Technician

Find out more about the Bachelor of Health Science program by reading the international student testimonial from Noelle Ollerton:

Onella Barthelot studying a Bachelor of Social Work at USC Hervey Bay

Hello,

My name is Onella Barthelot. I’m from a small multicultural country called Sri Lanka. I moved to Australia on the 17th of February 2020 and have been living in Hervey Bay for a year. Though, adjusting to a new environment has been a challenge amidst the ongoing pandemic, my academic journey has been great so far.

I am currently in the second year of my Bachelor’s in Social Work degree and I am keen to gain experience while studying.

I’ve visited Australia a couple of times before moving here. I loved everything about Australia, especially the small regional town of Hervey Bay. I visited USC Fraser Coast and absolutely loved it. I also had the chance to visit The University of Queensland and Deakin University in Melbourne while I was there. University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) was however my first choice when I started applying for my higher education in Australia. Some of my family living in Hervey Bay recommended USC Fraser coast as the best place for a young beginner like me who has had to adjust to major changes in life.

The past year has been a great journey with lots of new experiences. The first semester of my first year was a challenge as I had to adjust to a new surrounding amidst the unforeseen changes and online learning due to the pandemic. I had no peer support and was stressed throughout the first semester having no idea how to get through all my assignments. Being away from home also had its effect on me. My second semester was however much better. I was able to meet my peers on campus and had more peer support which led me towards better grades.

Social Work is a practice-based profession that concerns every individual in the community. Learning Social Work is very interesting and the support I get from my peers, lecturers and tutors is appreciated. Although USC Fraser Coast is a regional campus and a comparatively small campus, it has all the important facilities and is a great place to meet people and make friends.

Moreover, Fraser Island close by is a hub for tourists, the Esplanade has lodging and dining, and the ocean view walkways. You can also randomly see wild kangaroos if you drive to Point Vernon. You can always have a relaxing evening by the beach as well. Anyone who visits the amazing Fraser coast will love it for its natural beauty. If you are moving to Fraser coast for academic purposes, the best option for you might be USC Fraser coast. You will love the experience, just as I do.

Nicole Ruhl from the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer in Germany studying a Diploma in Business at USC Sunshine Coast

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My name is Nicole Ruhl. I am from Weyhe in Germany and I’m currently studying a Diploma in Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). My home university, the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, is a partner university of USC. Back home I am studying International Business Administration.

Studying at USC

I chose a total of 4 business related courses for the Diploma Program. There were three to five examinations/assignments per course during the semester. This is different from what I am used to at my home university. There, I usually only had one big written exam at the end of the semester and in some cases, there was an additional exam in the form of a presentation. What is also different, is the high proportion of international students at USC. In many of the courses I enrolled in, the cooperation with them was promoted. As a result, an intercultural exchange took place.

Due to the outbreak of the corona virus, I unfortunately had to return to my home country earlier than planned. However, through the efforts of the USC staff, I was able to complete my last exams online, from home. Difficulties arose from the eight-hour time difference. I was not always able to attend the online lectures live, but all of these were recorded so that I could catch up at another suitable time.

Everyday life and leisure activities

I had a lot of leisure time that I used in a variety of ways. The Sunshine Coast has a lot to offer in terms of landscape: from large sandy beaches to dense rainforests. Places nearby that could be reached easily by car or by bus were, for example, Mooloolaba (beach, shopping), Maroochydore (Sunshine Plaza: large shopping centre), Noosa (National Park), the Glass House Mountains (place to hike), the Kondalilla Falls (walking track, National Park) and more. The big city of Brisbane could be reached by bus or train.

I visited many of these places with the Student Guild. This non-for-profit organisation plans trips and events for new students. One could book tickets for all events online in advance. These trips were a great opportunity to meet new people and at the same time explore some of the most beautiful places of the Sunshine Coast.

During orientation week, the students could register in various clubs. Examples are the Business Club, the Basketball Club, the Engineering Club, the Quidditch League, USC Activate etc. There were so many different clubs that actually every individual was able to find a suitable one and connect with people sharing the same interests.

What I also participated in, was the USCi Brand Ambassador Program for international students. This was about sharing the experiences of studying abroad at the USC, for example on social media platforms. In addition to this, all members were invited regularly to take place in workshops and events.

Furthermore, there are short trips that might be interesting for students, regardless of the university. For example, I went to Byron Bay with the Adventure Dudes (a company that organizes and accompanies short trips) on a weekend with other people at my age. It was possible to book many different alternative activities, including kayaking with dolphins, snorkelling with turtles and sharks, surfing lessons and skydiving. I decided to do snorkelling and skydiving. I would like to recommend the latter, especially for the very reasonable price in Byron Bay.

However, there were also plenty of opportunities outside of these organizations to get involved with. One could go swimming, play tennis or volleyball in the student accommodations next to the university (UniCentral and Varsity) or do sports at the USC stadium and gym, have a barbecue, go to the beach, or just take a walk across the university grounds and watch kangaroos and ibises.

Conclusion

All in one, studying at the USC was a great experience. I learned a lot both – professionally and personally. I have met many people from all over the world and had time to explore many beautiful places in Australia. I would recommend a semester abroad or an entire course of study at the USC to everyone. The university offers a great deal of support in a wide variety of areas and it always cares about the well-being of its students.

High Performance Student Athlete and Surfer Mason Schremmer from Hawaii studying a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at USC Sunshine Coast

1.v1Hi, my name is Mason Schremmer and I’m 19 years old. I’m originally from Florida but moved to Hawaii when I was 11, and that’s when I started surfing. I’ve been competing for almost 7 years now, and this is my second year on the WSL Longboard Tour.

When I first started competing, I entered junior contests and worked my way up to state and national titles, and won three national titles for longboarding. Winning my first national title is what really inspired me to want to keep competing and stick with surfing. One of my biggest goals since then has been to win a WSL world title, which is not an easy task.

Competing comes with quite a few ups and downs and lots of learning how to lose, and taking something away from it each time. Sometimes your biggest competitor can be yourself, and I think I’m still trying to overcome that aspect of competing. Last year, the WSL revamped the world longboard tour. We have a new commissioner, who is a
very accomplished surfer himself, and we now have three to four events per year instead of just one event to determine the world champion. This is really exciting to be a part of because now there are so many more opportunities for long boarders to have a chance to showcase their surfing in different types of waves around the world and in more than just one event.

2For longboarding, the best training you can have is just going out in the water and practising maneuvers or feeling out new boards, that’s why I like to surf as often as possible. Of course, it’s always good to stay fit for those moments when you just need to paddle, surf a bit further or a bit faster, and I like to do this by running when I can.

Between the new WSL events and a few invitational contests throughout the year, it’s really easy to have an overwhelming schedule, which is why I was so glad to find out about USC’s HPSA program which helps me to accommodate the travelling that comes with competing. This year I’d really like to keep up with my classes as much as possible while also trying to work my way up through the WSL rankings.

– Mason Schremmer

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Jasmin Sillah from the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Germany: 3 things you should stop doing whilst studying in Australia!

img_6110.jpgHi! My name is Jasmin, and I’m currently enrolled in the Double Degree Program at the the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) School of Business. I will complete two semesters in Sippy Downs which will provide me with enough credits to go back to Germany next year to write my bachelor thesis in business psychology at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. Thus, I’ll have two bachelor’s degrees shortly after the end of my stay in Australia. Speaking of which, I’ll provide you with 3 helpful tips that can make your time abroad even better, if you stop doing those things!

3 things you should stop doing when you want to enjoy your stay in Australia!

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1. Stop looking at your phone 24/7

This might be one of the hardest ones, especially for our generation! Of course, don’t forget to take lots of pictures and videos from the beautiful sceneries, beaches and animals in Australia, these are beautiful memories to look back on and cry your eyes out about when you are back home. Nevertheless, leaving your phone in your bag once in a while can help you to fully enjoy the marvellous moments you are experiencing overseas without distractions. I promise the best memories are stored in your head forever!

2. Stop speaking your native language

IMG_3651I bet we all wrote roughly the same sentence in our motivational letter: ‘I want to study abroad to improve my English communication skills’. Then do so! It is extremely easy to get carried away with a native group of students at USC as there are so many people with so many different backgrounds and you’ll find someone from your home country for sure. But this is something that hinders you a lot to experience the real Australia and not only the tourist version of it. Don’t be shy and start talking to people from other countries and especially to Australians! For sure, they will embrace it a lot, and you’ll get to know their culture from a whole new perspective.

3. Stop being too rigid about plans

IMG_6001I’m German, so I know about what I’m talking about right now. We love planning months ahead, making checklists, calculating every cent we pay and every minute we spend. Letting go of some of this control-behaviour can open up doors that were closed before. Live your life, be spontaneous and embrace change! Not everything will go according to plan and these moments are great opportunities to go with the flow and do what feels right. You won’t regret it!

– Jasmin Sillah @jasminsillah

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Inès Naceur from Paris Business School/Studies UP in France studying abroad at USC Sunshine Coast

inesMy name is Inès Naceur, I am 21 years old and I come from Paris, France. I am at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) because for my 3rd year in the business school, where I have to do a one-year university exchange. Back in France I am studying at the PSB Paris Business School.

I decided to come to the Sunshine Coast because, first of all, I had heard many positive things from former students of my school, and I wanted to leave the city. I have lived in Paris for 21 years, and with the option to live near the beach, surrounded by exotic animals such as kangaroos and koalas, made me dream. Moreover, the campus is large and full of greenery, and living in such a place is an incredible opportunity. In the end, I didn’t hesitate once and decided to come to USC.

Places I’ve explored

2It is very easy in Australia to make friends, so I was lucky enough to be able to discover several incredible places near the Sunshine Coast. Indeed, during the holidays, I was able to do a road trip to the Whitsundays, which are islands in the north of the Sunshine coast. I am surprised at the size of the country. On the map it doesn’t seem that far away. Noosa, being my favourite place for the moment, is nevertheless closer to USC, which is a huge opportunity because the beaches are heavenly.

Another of my great memories is when I first arrived at USC were being able to touch a kangaroo, a snake and a koala brought to campus by Wildlife HQ Zoo during Orientation Week. It was a wonderful welcome! Surfing at Alexandra Headlands is also one of our favourite pastimes here, and I must admit that I’m not disappointed because that’s exactly what I thought of Australian life. During our road trip, we also saw Rainbow beach, which is a huge beach, with colours on the hill, yet another breathtaking landscape. At Cape Hillsborough, we saw kangaroos on the beach, and it was once again an unexpected and feasible experience only in Australia.

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Unfortunately, some of my friends will have to leave in a few months because they are here for only 6 months, but I am very happy to be here until June 2020 because leaving in a few months would have given me a feeling of unfinished business. There are so many beautiful places to discover.

When I leave, I will miss the kangaroos, the teachers (who, unlike my country, are very close to the students and really want to help them and make them progress), the kindness of the Australians, and the landscapes like nowhere else…

In conclusion, this beginning of adventure and studies in Australia is only positive and I look forward to better discover this country I love. I couldn’t have dreamt of a better way to break my Parisian routine and go on an adventure!

– Inès Naceur @ines.ncr

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USC student Daniel Chilly studying overseas at the University of Applied Sciences Fulda in Germany

3My name is Daniel Chilly, I am currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work/Criminology & Justice. I participated in theStudy Overseas program during the winter of 2019, September to December, at University of Applied Sciences Fulda, Germany. I chose to study at this university as it had a set International Social Work Course that offered an integrated internship into the study requirements. This really appealed to me as I was attracted to the practical learning element rather than the courses being wholly theoretical.

The experience studying in Germany was both excellent and confronting. It was different, and difficult at times, living and learning in a country that did not speak English as a native tongue. However, it provided myself the opportunity to learn and grow personally by overcoming the challenges of immersing myself in a culture that is very different to what I am used to. One of the highlights of the trip was having the opportunity to travel to Munich to attend the Oktoberfest. The atmosphere was electric and it was one of the first times attending an event that was big and attended by so many people, it was definitely an experience I will remember for life. The growth that occurred during this semester abroad will definitely stay with me for life and will be a reminder of what I can achieve.

If I had to provide a tip for anyone that is going to study overseas in the future it would definitely be to try and stay as flexible and calm as possible. While travelling there can be many times that carefully planned trips do not always go as planned. When this occurs, breathe, take a minute and problem solved. Dwelling on things you cannot control only leads to stress and is not helpful in getting to your destination, believe me I know.

Studying and living in Germany has been one of the best experiences of my life and I would recommend anyone thinking of studying abroad to give it a shot.

– Daniel Chilly

Sairah Benz Alonzo from the Philippines (AMS BridgeBlue) studying a Master of Business Administration at USC Sunshine Coast

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Hey there – I’m Sairah Benz Alonzo. Feel free to call me Benz (yes, just like the car Mercedes-Benz). I accomplished my bachelor’s degree in University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines. Currently, I’m taking up my master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Healthy Habits When Visiting the Sunshine Coast Beaches

I’m surprised on how accessible it is for anyone in this state to head down to the nearest coastline. Approximately by 10-20 mins, I could find myself lost in the breeze of Sunshine Coast beaches. Later on, I’ve learned new practices which I like to apply when facing the waves of the ocean. Allow me to share these with you!

Find Peace

Discovering the hush and solitude of what the beach can offer us – silence. Silence, along with the lullaby of waves, brings in peace. If you want more of this, Sunshine Coast is the place to be.

Breathe in, breathe out… Take a deep breath for 5 mins (or up to you!). In a moment, you’ll surprisingly find yourself blending with the serenity of the waves. If it helps, think of short affirmations when breathing in (I breathe in peace) and breathing out (I breathe out confidence). This way, it is purposeful + clearer calm-seeking thoughts.

Seek Aspirations

From time to time, it’s helpful to take a pause and look far at the ocean. Begin with thinking of what you’d like to achieve in life then take note of them. Once you’ve collected your aspirations, it’s pretty cool to treat the beach as your audience. Speak out loud that truth inside yourself! What you’ll face will never judge you but listen intently.

Visualise dreams  

After repeating those dreams, start visualising the “HOW” little by little. I myself, visualise how my week will go: as small as waking up early for attending USC classes -> focusing in lectures -> working out in between breaks -> doing some self-study in another field of work -> plus so on and so forth. Practice that creativity in your imagination. Which by the way, Sunshine Coast has the best background music for this.

Sweat them off

For starters, I love to walk along the shoreline of the beach. While walking, I was able to observe how certain locals incorporate different sets of physical lifestyle: running, yoga, sports, and other fun activeness! And I reckon, anyone can do this! As Tony Robbins claim “motion creates emotion”. Truly, I’m pretty much inspired by the locals here.

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Read Read Read

When in Sunshine Coast, it is always ‘beach reading season’. Pack one book in your bag. Find a great spot and enjoy your time alone reading. Reading by the beach allows us to relax at the same time explore in between pages.

Write them down

The sea won’t be throwing shade on whatever thoughts you’ll be writing down. What’s important is, we lead our actions through mindfulness. Take your notebook/journal out and begin writing down your stories. You’ll be amazed on how long-term pens and papers can affect your life.

P.S. This article is inspired by the Miracle Mornings of Hal Elrod. I highly recommend this book for everyone to read.

–  Sairah Benz Alonzo @sairahalonzo

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Sophia Gollwitzer from Amberg-Weiden University of Applied Sciences in Germany studying a Master of Management at USC Sunshine Coast

d.pngMy name is Sophia and I am from Amberg-Weiden University of Applied Sciences in Germany and am currently attending a management program at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Overall, I will be staying in Australia for six months. I arrived here in July, and now I almost don’t want to think about when I have to return.

For the past three months, I have spent most of my time at USC and/or in the area. Because my German institution is quite small, I very much enjoy being back at a larger university with a beautiful campus. The open architecture of the buildings here is very different from that in Germany and gives you the feeling of being outdoors even though you aren’t. Another bonus of the campus is the wild kangaroos that can be spotted quite frequently. The overall atmosphere is a great mixture of nature and student life in a way that I have never experienced before. Besides, I love the Australian coffee culture, which is also very much appreciated on campus.

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hnIf I’ m not enjoying coffee at university, I like to spend my time in the immediate vicinity. Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, and Maroochydore offer beautiful beaches as well as some small, unique cafés and shops. I cycle a lot, so I quite often “stumble” over some exciting places that are an enrichment to my everyday life. But beware of the magpies – they like to attack when you cycle past their nests and has ended up in an accident for me. So much for Australia’s life-threatening animals: lessons learned! 😉

Since the sea and the beach are my happy places, there couldn’t be anything better than to spend some moments there every day, surf or enjoy the sunset. Apart from that, the area offers waterfalls to explore in the hinterland or the possibility to climb mountains and admire nature. Unfortunately, I only managed to climb in Brisbane, so the Glasshouse Mountains are at the top of the list for a climbing tour.

nEven though Brisbane is a bit further away, the city belongs to the joys of everyday life for me as well. Due to the short distance of only 2 hours train ride, I spend time there pretty frequently and get to visit my family and friends. Apart from the fact of being able to see my people here in down under regularly, I especially like the relaxed vibe of the city. For me, it appears very liveable and always offers something beautiful to discover or delicious food at any corner.

Looking back, I’m delighted to have decided to come back to Australia. I love my everyday life here. Fascinating to see how quickly time passes when you feel at home!

– Sophia Gollwitzer @soffie_zaem

Top 10 Photos from our International Students in 2019

In 2019, we have had a record year with over 500 photos tagged with @USC.International & #USCInternational on Instagram. Here are some of our favourites!

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@maggi95 visited the beautiful Glass House Mountains while studying at USC. Just a 20 minute drive from USC Sunshine Coast, and we assume the view was worth it!

 

 

 

 

 

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@philipppp93 took this amazing photo of a wombat when he visited Tasmania during his study break.

 

 

 

 

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@christiianaaaa went snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef during her semester break and we must say this is a pretty good photo to take away from the experience!

 

 

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Why not cuddle up with the Irwin family’s animals at Australia Zoo? Seems like this kangaroo didn’t mind the company of @haleymahony

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t feel like climbing up a mountain, but would like a good view? @sophi.r0 took this amazing photo from the Glass House Mountain Lookout, located right next to the Bruce Highway.

 

 

 

 

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A place you must visit whilst studying at USC Sunshine Coast? Noosa National Park, only 35 min away from the University! @marcgrazz

 

 

 

 

 

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Surfing is a popular sport here in Australia and the Sunshine Coast is a prime spot in itself. This amazing sunrise photo was captured by @emilie_lie and @johanmarkusm whilst out paddling

 

 

 

 

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@ali_hannah2 enjoying her semester break on horseback – we would not say no to that!

 

 

 

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A very popular trip amongst our international students involves 4W driving up Fraser Island. Looks like @eggrem and his friends had a great time!

 

 

 

 

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@thomas.p.photography’s took some really spectacular photos of the stars, and our kangaroos here on campus. Not to mention, the two kangaroos playing at Cape Hillsborough

Lillian DeMarco from Rider University: 15 Tips to Make Your Study Abroad Experience at USC Sunshine Coast 100%

32DF702E-CE2E-4934-8033-AD9320B6382FHi, my name is Lillian DeMarco and I’ve been studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Semester 2, 2019 from Rider University in New Jersey, USA

There’s so many reasons why someone would choose to study abroad in Australia – the beaches, mountains, environment, diverse wildlife, laid back lifestyle, high standard of living, and great breadth of international food. But, no matter how great a place is, sometimes you need some guidance to be able to get the BEST experience, especially during your stay in Australia. Here is some advice I would give to anyone studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast for the first time:

How to make your Australian experience 100%:

*(This blog article is based on one students experience and every student has to consider their own circumstances)

1. The sooner into your degree you can study abroad, the better.

    • If you’re coming to USC as a study abroad students through a University like Rider, this is a beneficial tip because you will be able to find transferable classes more easily early on, than if you have to take upper level courses. If you can, try taking introductory level or elective courses (100 coded courses) when you’re studying abroad so you can dedicate more time to exploring and having fun!

2. Arrive earlier than necessary.

    1. img_5441.jpegUSC recommend all international students to arrive 3-4 days before Orientation week, which leaves you with a couple of days to acclimatize yourself. However, I suggest arriving earlier (as long as the housing accommodation allows you to), which will give you more time to move in, meet a few people, and get accustomed to the environment before you make your way to the university.

3. Exchange currency at the proper place.

      • DO NOT exchange your currency/cash at the airport, as they are the most expensive place to do that. For example, at the time I came, the market rate was 1.38 AUD for every 1.00 USD that I exchanged, but the rate I ended up receiving from the airport’s kiosk was only 1.17 AUD for every 1.00 USD (a total ripoff, in my opinion). I suggest going to the Sunshine Plaza or Kawana Shopping World, the closest shopping centres, and exchanging your currency at a place there. They offer rates that are more comparable to the market rate, which will likely be better.

4. Things to do/buy right away.

    • DSC01787_OriginalWhen you’re at the Sunshine Plaza or Kawana Shopping World, you need to open up a bank account, activate a cell phone service, and buy sunscreen. I suggest opening up a zero fee Suncorp bank account because they cater to students, and you are able to close it online relatively easily after you leave Australia.
    • For the phone service, Telstra is your best bet when it comes to coverage quality and overall value. Depending on the amount of money you want to spend, you can either buy a cheap prepaid phone and SIM card, or if your device is already unlocked, feel free to just buy the prepaid SIM card and top up monthly when you need more data.
    • And as for sunscreen, depending on when you arrive, it will be either be summer (Semester 1) or winter (Semester 2). Plan accordingly. If it’s summer, buy Cancer Council 50+ Ultra SPF sunscreen RIGHT away, as you can get blisters within minutes in the Australian sun. If it’s winter, definitely buy some face lotion with sunscreen in it and get 30+ SPF for the rest of your body, but there’s not as much pressure to put it on all the time.
    • You’re going to need to provide your own bed, bath, cleaning, and housing necessities (depending on where you decide to stay e.g. Varsity or UniCentral). Buy based on budget and what you need, but your best stores to go to for housing items are Big W, Kmart, and Target.

5. Plan out your time.

    • For the best use of your time, especially if you’re only staying a semester, do lots of weekend trips (Adelaide, Sydney, Fraser Island, Tangalooma, Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Byron Bay, to name a few). You’re going to want to explore more of the country, so leave some time after the semester to go to Uluru (Ayers Rock), spend more time in the cities, take a bus up the East Coast, and travel to the West Coast, Bali, Fiji, and New Zealand.

6. Get a travel agent.

    • 56C1793E-AD2E-4AEB-87C9-28D32AEDF70F_OriginalIf you plan on going to a lot of places during and after the semester, GET YOURSELF A TRAVEL AGENT! They will save you SO much time and even some money when you book through them as opposed to you booking everything as a sole customer.
    • For example, I rented a car for the mid-semester break. By booking through a travel agent, I ended up getting a free upgrade, being able to put a deposit down instead of paying all at once, and saving money on unnecessary charges by buying the correct insurance for my needs based on their advice.
    • Planning takes forever to do on your own, which is why I recommend Peter Pans Adventure Travel. They’re based in Noosa, which is 40 minutes away from the University, but a representative will come to you if you do not have a car. It’s super convenient and saved me a LOT of stress throughout the semester.

7. If you can, buy a car or share one with a fellow student!

    • If you can afford it, get a cheap car (less than $2,000), or split a better one with some other international students, if possible! Either way, you won’t regret it. I really wish I got a car the first week I was here, because a car makes seeing everything you want to see a lot easier to achieve. When I rented a car for the mid-semester break, it showed me how beneficial having a car in Australia really is.

8. If you can’t get a car, get student rates on public transportation.

    • No one told me about this until it was too late, but if you are eligible, you can change your “program” to a “Diploma of General Studies” within the first four weeks of classes before the census date (20 March 2020), which makes you eligible for concession (student) rates on public transportation. Don’t worry, this won’t change the courses you’re already taking. Student rates will save you a lot of money, over 50%! For example, to get to the Sunshine Plaza, it usually costs about $3.31, but with your student card, it’ll only be about $1.66. Over time, especially if you don’t end up buying a car, the student rates are worth it!

9. Attend Orientation Week 17-21 Feb (International Orientation Day – 16 Feb 2020)

    • Orientation week is the week before classes commence. Depending on your program, there will be activities and seminars for you to attend several days between Monday – Friday. This week is especially helpful if you’re a first year university student. After the sessions, there are ample opportunities to meet new people, as many people tend to socialize at the student housing that whole week! It’s a week I highly suggest being present for.

10. Get involved at USC.

    • Join clubs and organizations as if this were your home university. It’s a great way to meet new people and enhance your skills. And you never know what kind of professional connections you can make!
    • I joined Toastmasters International and took the 5 week intensive Speechcrafters course, became a USC International Brand Ambassador (you get to go on cool trips with other international students while having an enhanced presence on social media), and was a photographer for the Sexual Violence Awareness Month throughout October. Get out there!

11. Explore the nearby towns.

    • Whether you have a car or public transportation, I recommend exploring the Sunshine Coast. A simple Google search will show you all the many places you could go. There are plenty of places conducive to all day trips or just for a few hours, with something for everyone.

12. Get a job.

    • E7653255-D592-4095-8E66-7E1A5A058875I’d definitely get a job if you’re here for longer than a semester, or at least apply for a few. The daily living and travel expenses in Australia can get to be pretty expensive, especially if you don’t have any money flowing in. Part time jobs usually require less than 20 hours of your time per week, which is manageable as a student AND they pay well (some between $20-30 an hour!).
    • Honestly, if you’re only here a semester, don’t worry about getting a job. You’ll find that it’s just too much to manage, and when several years go by after you return home, you’ll wish you spent the maximum time exploring and adventuring instead of worrying about working. If you’re really short on money, try to limit the amount of times you go out to eat at restaurants, and focus on spending your time doing free or low-cost activities like hiking or going to the beach.

13. Go out of your comfort zone.

    • There will DEFINITELY be things in Australia that you will want to do, but your feeling of fear might hold you back. DON’T let it hold you back! Some scary things yet life changing things that you might want to do are skydiving, ziplining, surfing, touching a cheetah, parasailing, cliff jumping, scuba diving, snorkeling, and mountain climbing. You WON’T regret putting in the effort to live your best life, trust me!

14. Try a social media detox.

    • While I wasn’t able to do this during the semester because of my responsibilities at my home university and connections with my boyfriend and best friends at home, I definitely recommend taking a break from or limiting social media and screen time at least for a few days during your time in Australia. It can be very mentally beneficial to relax and not worry about what other people are doing, because it’s so hard NOT to compare yourself when you browse social media! Take the time and live in the moment to best enjoy YOUR experiences. Own your time!

15. End your lease on time.

    • Students that live in the accommodations near campus usually end their leases a few weeks after the semester ends. If you know you’re traveling, (which you will be) end the lease as SOON as possible! Don’t make the mistake of extending it, thinking you’ll be around to hang out and have somewhere to put your stuff that you won’t take with you on your post-semester adventures! (Hint: you will be traveling, and you won’t need your room.) Do this in an effort to avoid paying for weeks you might not even be around to enjoy having your own room, anyways.

Thanks for reading, and I hope these tips help make your stay in Australia as an international student that much more exciting!

– Lillian DeMarco @lil_dem  & @Ildphotos

 

Morgane Louet from INSEEC Bordeaux in France studying at USC Sunshine Coast

IMG_1182Bonjour à tous! My name is Morgane and I am currently in my 3rd year at the BBA INSEEC in Bordeaux for a bachelor’s degree in International Business. I had the chance to brush up on this strange 3rd year. So, I decided to take a semester at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Australia.

The Sunshine Coast is a small paradise on earth. The university is located in the heart of a nature reserve, so it has become common practice to meet a few kangaroos on the way to school. Even if the setting to study is magnificent, I was looking forward to the mid-semester break to discover a little more about the Australian coast.

IMG_1322With 4 other friends, we embarked on the adventure and decided to organise a mini road-trip. Small problem, we remain students and had only small savings. That’s why I decided today to share with you our secrets for a…

… 6-day road trip ON BUDGET!

Day 1: We are on a bus at 7:30 am to Maroochydore airport to pick up the car we rented. After checking that everyone was on board, we drove towards Hervey Bay where we walked around on the beach. In the evening, we slept in a great backpacker in Agnes Water: Cool Bananas Backpackers.

IMG_1762Day 2: Wake up at dawn to start our journey to Rockhampton, a cute city far from the coast. We then set off on an adventure in the sublime Capricorn caves. A magical experience in a spectacular setting.

Day 3: We boarded a catamaran where we met up with a dozen of our friends who are also studying at USC. After two hours of sailing, we were able to admire the beauty of the Whitsundays Island seabed.

Day 4: Who said that holidays are for resting all day on a beach? Wake up at 4:30 am to watch the sunrise on Cape Hillsborough Beach. The highlight of the show, a dozen kangaroos at sunrise to magnify this extraordinary show.

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Day 5: It’s time to get closer to the Sunshine Coast. What could be better than a great hike to Mount Walsh. After a meeting with a snake on the path that led us to the top of the mountain, we were able to admire the view of the Australian countryside.

IMG_1319Day 6: Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. We spent this last day of vacation on the beautiful beach of Rainbow Beach. A detour not to be missed!

I hope these few photos will make you want to discover the beautiful landscapes of Queensland! If you have more questions and want some insider tips, feel free to contact me! @morganelouet

Joshua Nete from Papua New Guinea Attending the MBA730: International Study Tour to China

MBA730 China Study Tour Summary

Joshua Nete is currently studying a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at USC SouthBank in Brisbane.

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 6.03.23 pmThe MBA730/EMBA780 International Study Tour offered at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is an optional course undertaken every year by selected students in the university’s executive MBA and MBA programs. The course aims to improve students understanding and appreciation for doing business in different countries by fully immersing in foreign cultures and business contexts. This year, the study tour visited two cities in China, Beijing and Xi’an. I was fortunate enough to be part of this tour and it was an incredible experience for me.

The academic learning component of the tour was very well rounded. The organisations that we visited were from different industry sectors ranging from logistics to marketing, pharmaceuticals, technology, and manufacturing, where they also had speakers from both Chinese and non-Chinese backgrounds. Moreover, we even got to visit an international non-profit organisation to get an overview of their role in China. All this gave great depth to our learning experience and enhanced our understanding of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in China.

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 6.04.39 pmIn addition to the visits, the hands-off approach taken by the facilitators allowed us to take the lead during these site visits and work independently on our on-site assessment. As a result, this helped us to develop our skills in team building, organisation and presentation.

Not only was the tour focused on academic learning, but we also attended cultural tours which were immense fun and gave us a true taste of the local culture and heritage. We got to visit historical locations and immerse ourselves in the delicious cuisine, epic scenery and mingle with the local people. Highlights for me were walking on the Great Wall and visiting to the Terracotta Warriors. In addition, I also got to eat a deep-fried bullfrog which ended up being one of the tastiest meals I had on the entire trip!

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 6.04.56 pmFor a Papua New Guinean, not only did I get to learn about the Chinese culture, I also got a good dose of the Australian culture as well (often loud but always open and filled with humour!). And I got to appreciate how different China is to Australia, and how PNG is relative to both these countries. I now feel like I have a greater appreciation of and respect for different cultures, which I can say is a direct result of taking this course.

Overall, the learning experience, the cultural immersion, getting to meet new people from different cultural backgrounds and working as a team, all together make the Study Tour the highlight of my MBA studies at USC. So, for those thinking of taking the Study Tour, I would highly recommend it. And if you’re considering doing a MBA or EMBA, I’d say you’d definitely be getting quality education and value for your money at USC.

Check out Joshua’s Highlights below! 👇

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Samantha Zagurski from SUNY Fredonia in the US studying at USC Sunshine Coast

2My name is Samantha Zagurski I am from West Leyden, New York. I study International Public Relations at SUNY Fredonia College. I was given the opportunity to become an International student for one semester here at USC Sunshine Coast for my third year of uni (college).

I never wanted to study abroad somewhere close to home, so naturally I went all across the world. I have always wanted to travel to Australia since I was a little kid, now I am finally living my dream and I am loving every minute of it. Do not get me wrong, the 31 hour plane ride and travelling all the way across the world was a little nerve racking, but it has all been more than worth the long journey. Sunshine Coast has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and I can vouch for that! In addition, the relaxed atmosphere on the Sunny Coast is unlike anywhere else in the world.

5Top 5 Places I have visited so far in Australia:

  1. Mooloolaba Beach
  2. Noosa Heads (Especially the Fairy Pools)
  3. Hinterland Park
  4. Australia Zoo
  5. Eumundi Markets

 

Top 5 Tips for studying at USC:

  1. 4Make sure you save money because you WILL spend more than you think. You do not want to be limited to what you are able to experience based on money. Social activities can become pricey, so start saving!
  2. 1Come open minded: you are going to meet people from all around the world, not just Australia. I now have friends from all over just because of studying here at USC and I am forever thankful.
  3. Likely, you will be living with other people either at UniCentral or Varsity. This is a great way for you to make friends as well. Do not lock yourself in your room, hangout in the living room and do not be afraid to go outside your comfort zone.
  4. 6Make sure you carve out time in all of the excitement for rest. You can easily get sick or tired from not resting enough, especially when exploring another country, talking from my own personal experience. It feels almost like a rite of passage for international students.
  5. If you get the chance to visit other places in Australia, do so! Take advantage of not only being in Australia, but being on this side of the world. Countries like New Zealand and Indonesia are only a single plane ride away.

3There is lots of time for you to travel, so take advantage of it! I only have classes three days a week, so that means I have four-day weekends every week. It gives me lots of time to stay caught up on my world, along with being able to travel. During mid-semester break, I am going to New Zealand for 11 days. There will not be another time in my life that I will be this close to New Zealand and I am so excited! I am going to Queenstown, located on the South Island with my friend from Germany. Studying abroad has been one of the best experiences of my life, and if you get the opportunity, take it!

–  Samantha Zagurski

 

 

Jhoven Cabundocan from the Philippines studying a Master of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) at USC SouthBank

“Jhoven Cabundocan.

Male.

26.

Philippines.

Graduated: Bachelor of Science in Business Management – De La Salle University.

Looking for: Master of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) program in Brisbane.”

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Sydney

This was my profile when I was planning to get a higher education degree in Australia.

Choosing the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) was like an online dating process. There were many options available, but the moment USC appeared in my search results of top universities in Queensland, it was an automatic swipe right for me. It was a match!

With the help of my agency, AECC Global, to process my documents and with the support of my family, I embarked on my journey to becoming a postgrad student in Australia.

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Eat Street in Brisbane

After my first date with USC SouthBank, we really got to know each other. The campus boasts of its closeness and belongingness with its staff, lecturers, and students. USC SouthBank made sure I had properly adjusted to the new environment with the different workshops and sessions it facilitated. As an MICT student, USC SouthBank equipped me with quality learning, facilities, and services that suited the two-year post grad program I had taken.

Situated in the heart of Brisbane, the campus offered an all-encompassing student experience – creating a perfect balance of study and play. It was convenient to travel around Brisbane with its easy-to-navigate public transportation system. I saw breath-taking views of Brisbane at Mt. Coot-tha Summit Lookout and immersed myself in its festivities – Riverfire, Night Noodle Markets, and the Ekka. I was able to eat flavourful food at Eat Street Northshore. I rode the CityCat and the Wheel of Brisbane at the South Bank Parklands. I toured the Queensland Museum and Gallery of Modern Art. I waited for sunsets at Kangaroo Point Cliffs. I watched rugby games in Suncorp Stadium. I got close with wild kangaroos at Mt. Cotton. There was always heaps to do and places to visit in Brisbane and its neighbouring cities. Experiencing all of this with USC SouthBank, I decided I was ready to commit.

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Mount Coot-tha in Brisbane

Yes, falling in love with USC SouthBank was effortless and I fell in love even deeper with the gorgeous and wonderful friends and family I gained in Australia. The support I continuously receive from them made university life easier.

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Byron Bay Lighthouse

The MICT program gave me confidence in the field of information technology through the knowledge and practices shared by my lecturers. I had a healthy relationship with my USC education. I learned that staying focused and having proper time-management were key motivators to finishing my degree. It gave me the enthusiasm to learn everything USC was able to teach. More importantly, USC valued my mental health and its impact on my education. USC taught me to allocate hours for my academics, while enjoying my free time with mates and family to do activities around Brisbane.

For those who are still looking for love, have been in love or are already in the process of falling in love with studying abroad; take courage and do not fret. Be vocal. Ask for help. People are always willing to lend a hand. Plan but also know when to be spontaneous when you embark on this journey. Enjoy the experience and take advantage of all these chances for self-improvement. Finally, be grateful for this opportunity to learn and to fall in love.

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Francesca Iannacone from Elon University in the US studying at USC Sunshine Coast

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetHi! My name is Francesca Iannacone, and I am a New Yorker who studies Psychology at Elon University in North Carolina. I am currently studying abroad at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC Sunshine Coast).

I want to share some helpful tips I have for anyone who is considering studying abroad at USC Sunshine Coast for a semester or longer;

  1. Be flexible in your normal routine: If you are studying abroad at USC or have never attended university before get ready to switch up your normal routine. The really cool part about studying in a new environment is all the new people and places you are exposed to. Mentally prepare for spending your time in new ways. Personally, I use journaling and exercise to give myself structured time to gear up for and reflect on the new ways my time and energy is being spent.
  2. Leave your phone at home: I recently dropped my phone in the water while I was untying a boat from a dock in Mooloolaba and it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I fortunately had an insurance policy on the phone so I have been able to truly enjoy this past week without a phone. I did not fully realise how my phone removes me from the present moment until I let myself have a few days without it. If this intimidates you, remember that you are not alone in that feeling, but know that it could be just the thing you need to get the most out of your Australia experience while studying at USC. I have started emailing my family and friends when I need to reach them. I honestly may never go back to using my phone the way I used to (also known as scrolling through Instagram and Snapchatting every free moment I have)
  3. NMC2ja37T7KZjTBPV+7aegGive yourself the chance to meet new people: Whether you are coming with a friend to USC or not, I suggest opening up to the idea of making new friends. Personally, I came to USC with my best friend who I also live with, but we make conscious decisions to branch off and make new friends both together and separately. It is easy to stay in your comfort zone, but is it satisfying? If the answer is no, then use that as motivation to start meeting new people who can help expand your social circle.
  4. Take advantage of the outdoors: This morning I realised I have had almost every single one of my meals at USC outside. I live in the student housing and will always have meals I make at home on my porch. The Sunshine Coast has beautiful weather year round and I try to soak it up as much as I can. I have found that spending my time outside has helped improve my mood overall. Being in good spirits while at school is vital to your studies and will help make classes less burdensome and more enjoyable.
  5. K+GFdZ2JS7agb%+sBTDrOwOpen up weekends for travel: I scheduled my classes so that my weekend begins on Thursday. Everyone has different options when it comes to class times, but I highly recommend creating space in your schedule to take long weekend trips. I have been fortunate enough to visit the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Byron Bay, and soon Bali. None of these trips would have been possible if I had classes every day of the week. You are at USC to study and as a study abroad student, consider travel as a part of your education. I have learned so much on my excursions outside of the Sunshine Coast both about myself and Australia. I encourage everyone to have these experiences.

USC is a truly inspiring place to study and I hope these tips help any reader optimise their experience while here!

– Francesca Iannacone