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.

Anaëlle Bouresas from Studies UP in Paris studying a Bachelor of Arts at USC Sunshine Coast

cBonjour! My name is Anaëlle Bouresas, I’m 20-years-old and born in France, in the middle of romantic agricultural landscapes. I am currently doing a 2-year advertising degree in the beautiful town of Nancy, the French capital of the dukes. Since I was 15 years old, I’ve always dreamed about studying for one year (or more) abroad. To reach that goal, I decided to create my own opportunity and become an international student. In July 2019, thanks to the International program of Studies UP, I jumped on a plane to the other side of the world: Australia. I left France to realise my dream and study for one year in Australia, more specifically a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Advertising at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC Sunshine Coast).

dUniversity of Sunshine Coast is located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, not far from beautiful beaches and amazing natural reserves. It has a very relaxed atmosphere as people are nice and open-minded, enjoying their daily life and sharing good time with their friends. Teachers are very available and desirous to help their students. And do you want to know a bonus about this student paradise? Each day you can see some adorable kangaroos jumping around on campus! Around the campus, there is also a lot to do.  I advise you to visit the beautiful Noosa National Park and it’s incredible landscape, go to the zoo and travel to Brisbane, an amazing city with a lot of things to do and see.

s.jpgWhen I first arrived here, I was of course very nervous. I was afraid that I wouldn’t meet anyone and that I would fail this year of study as it is a completely different country and it’s way of learning and studying. However, I quickly got rid of that fear. Indeed, even though I didn’t know anyone when arrived, like most of the students here, I got the chance to meet a lot of people from different countries, ethnicities and cultures. It is very easy to get to know people and make friends as everyone is very open-minded and desirous to meet new people and to share their experiences with others. The Orientation week is the perfect start to meet people. During that week, there are a lot of activities, especially designed to give you the opportunity to meet other domestic and international students. Meeting other people can also give you the opportunity to go on a road trip around Australia and even to visit countries just nearby, just like I did when I went to New Zealand during the mid-semester break!

vddsHonestly, I warmly recommend everyone who is considering going for a year or a semester abroad to just GO FOR IT! It is one of the best experiences of my life and I’m so glad I made the choice to come to study in Australia. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn and practice English, to get an international diploma in a field of study that you enjoy, and to experience the exceptional Australian Nature. Lastly, you will also get new friends from all over the world.

Best wishes for you!

Xoxo Anaelle Bouresas

 

Amy Zahn from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands studying a Diploma in Business at USC Sunshine Coast

img-0010.jpgHi, my name is Amy and I’m from Germany, but my home university is the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I’m currently doing a Bachelor’s degree in International Business, however at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), I am completing a Business Diploma in one semester.

Coming to Australia, I had many expectations about what I would see and do, but I was also surprised by several things. For example the high grocery prices, the cold nights in the beginning, but also the amazing cheap sushi and how helpful everyone is. I was not expecting to have that many assignments in the beginning, however, I then found out later I didn’t have any exams! Nevertheless, I was able to tick so many things off my Australia bucket list, mainly because I was able to take some amazing long weekend trips, which I will be giving some tips for here.

IMG-0007My main recommendations are the big cities in the South East of Australia: Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. All offer great nightlife, and culture, but also beautiful nature which is very easily reachable from the city. If you don’t have a lot of time, going to Brisbane even just for a good night out can be worthwhile. You will be there after 2 hours on the train and can get away with a pretty cheap weekend away.

Sydney is a little further away and definitely more expensive. However you really have to visit the city at some point even if it’s only for the famous sights like the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Sydney has so much more to offer though, for example the large amount of great Asian food and amazing bars. If you have time you can go whale watching or escape the bustle at Bondi Beach or Manly Island, as well as the beautiful Botanical Gardens. For both Sydney and Melbourne, I would recommend taking a free walking tour on the first day, as your guide IMG-0014will give you many helpful tips and you will also be able to decide which part of the city you are most interested in afterwards.

Melbourne is slightly further away, but also cheaper once you get there. It’s known for its amazing coffee culture, and more alternative culture, in addition to being crowned as the most liveable city of the world (until Vienna overtook it last year). It also has a great tram network, which is free in the centre of the city. If you have more time there are many amazing things to do and see around Melbourne as well, such as visiting Phillip Island, Wilsons Promontory National Park, the Grampian Mountains, or the Peninsula Hot Springs. You could even do a road trip from Melbourne via the scenic Great Ocean Road.

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There are also many more great weekend trips you can do whilst studying at USC. Going to Fraser Island was probably one the most exciting things I experienced while I was here, because you get to drive over the beach and through bumpy inland roads that you can only access with a 4WD vehicle. Whether you love cities or nature, Australia has something to offer for everyone and you’ll definitely be able to find some time off from your studies to experience it with your new mates.

– Amy Zahn @littlebirdyinatree

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21 Things Only People Who Studied Abroad In Australia At The University Of The Sunshine Coast Will Understand

21 Things Only People Who Studied Abroad In Australia At The University Of The Sunshine Coast Will Understand

1. It was pretty hard to concentrate on actual class because this was basically your backyard.

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2.These freakin’ birds are your enemy. They woke you up and begged for food.

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3. You absolutely, 100%, went here:

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4.  And totally took a picture like this:

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5. And like this:

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 Or this:

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 6. You traveled to Whitsundays Airlie Beach to see views like this:

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7. And then tried your hand at snorkeling, while hoping you didn’t see one of the millions of deadly animals Australia has.

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8. Most of your time spent snorkeling was capturing photos like this:

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 And like this

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9. You signed up for surf school because ALL AUSTRALIANS SURF right?!

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10. And probably fell 12 times for every time you stood up on the board.

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 11. You bumped into these little guys on campus and took no less than 100 photos!

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12. And when you went to your first barbecue, you learned that sandwich bread instead of buns is the only way to do it.

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13. You thought these guys were super cute until you got too close and got chased half way across campus

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 14. You tried to understand cricket, but didn’t at all.

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15. You didn’t ever eat Ben & Jerry’s because it cost approximately an arm AND a leg.
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16. So you mostly stuck to the heaven that is Tim Tams.

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17. You spent the majority of your Thursday nights at the Amazing Club “The Helm” A.K.A Fridays (Wharf Tavern)

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18. You posed in front of the Opera House and thought about Finding Nemo.

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19. You developed a certain affinity for boxed wine because it was basically all you could afford.

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20. And you even tried to develop a love for Vegemite… and failed miserably.

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21. You only ever forgot to wear sunscreen once…because you never want to feel that pain again!

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…And you know that studying abroad in Australia basically ruined your life because nothing else will ever compare.

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* This concepts was based around BuzzFeed Blog by Lara Parker Posted on July 9, 2014.