Pia Allesch ISM Dortmund in Germany studying a Master of International Business at USC Sunshine Coast
It’s been nine years I went to Australia for the first time in 2008. I fell so much in love with this beautiful country and its awesome people that I swore to myself to come back within the next five years. It took me some more years to make this dream come true, but I eventually I got here. I could not be happier that I challenged myself to get here doing a master degree on the other side of the world in this exceptional environment.
I’ve had a wonderful time at the USC studying in the Master of International Business double degree program. In Germany, I am enrolled in a master’s program of International Management. The partner program with my home university allows me to complete another master’s degree from the USC within only one semester, which presents a big advantage over other partner institutions.
Besides, I really enjoyed the learning environment at the USC. A beautiful campus with modern facilities, nice cafes, supportive staff and competent nice lecturers who know you by name, and many kind fellow students from all over the world. And – most important– the kangaroos living on campus 😉.
Since my master’s program in Germany is completely taught in English, studying in English here felt natural. However, the educational system is a bit different to that in Germany, where we have most exams at the end of the semester. At the USC, you have three assessments per course and three deadlines. The workload should not be underestimated but with good time management, you can still enjoy the amazing surroundings of the sunshine coast: beautiful beaches and trips to places like e.g. Noosa, Brisbane or the hinterland.
I really enjoyed my time here and it feels the semester has passed much too fast. I can only recommend this unique experience to everyone who is considering to study in Australia.