Inga Benthack from the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund studying a Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management) at USC Sunshine Coast
My time in Australia comes to an end and I have to say goodbye to this beautiful country for the second time in my life. After a year doing work & travel, I knew I had to return at some point and was lucky to have the possibility to do a double degree in corporation with my home town university and the USC.
I was enrolled for two semesters in the course Tourism, Leisure and Events Management and not only learned a lot about the industry but also about the Sunshine Coast itself. The university system differs from the one at home because you have 3 tasks for each course during the whole semester which all contribute to your mark. This can be exams, reports or presentation but once started you get the hang of it quickly. The lecturers are very supportive and open minded to international students. I always felt welcomed and knew I could ask whenever I needed advice. The USC in general offers various support services, has a great library and quite modern campus facilities which makes it a great place to study (not to mention the occasional kangaroo hopping by).
However, there is more to a uni year abroad than just studying: Travel, leisure and social life! During the first semester, I was living in the student accommodation Varsity where I met lots of great people, internationals and Aussies. There was always something going on, like Beach Volleyball, or a party every now and then. At the end of the first semester it was sad to see some of the friends I made leaving, as they were only staying here for one semester. This made me appreciate the choice of staying for a whole year even more because I still had a three-month summer break which I used to travel around Australia and Bali and another semester with incredible experiences ahead. During the second semester, I lived in a share house in Mooloolaba and enjoyed the proximity to the beach, the esplanade with plenty of nice cafes and the laid-back Aussie lifestyle I love. I can only recommend the Sunshine Coast as a study location because it is a beautiful place with gorgeous beaches, stunning hinterland and lovely people. It will always have a place in my heart.