Marc Hegglin from Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland studying at USC Sunshine Coast
Rise, and shine! From Bern to the Sunshine Coast
After finishing my MSc in Business Administration back home in Switzerland, I took the unique opportunity to get a Master of International Business at the USC within a Double Degree Program. Looking back, it was definitely a good decision to invest further time and nerves needed to receive the additional degree!
As I was not used to such a big campus back home, I really enjoyed the vibes on the campus ground with its nice Coffee Shops and places to sit down and chat with my class mates. There are even wild kangaroos living on the campus ground. I mean, how cool is that?! 🙂
Within every course we had to hand in three Assessments, which was slightly different as I was used to deadlines at the end of the semester rather than during the semester. Do not hesitate to contact your course coordinator, if you have any questions. The professors are very helpful and they will take time to explain everything. As almost everything in life, this system has positive and negative sides. The big advantage is definitely, that you do not need to worry about exams in the end of the semester, because there will be none. That means: The better you are organised; the more time you will have to explore the amazing Sunshine Coast!
I wanted to spend as much time as possible at the beach and this is why I took an apartment in Alexandra Headlands instead of living on the university campus. I can definitely recommend to do that, if you are also more a “beach-kind-of-girl/guy”. Furthermore, it was quite easy to find a place to stay, once I was there.
If you like to meet Australian “Mates” try to join a local sport club. If you like football, go and join the Maroochydore Swans, the current football champions of the Sunshine Coast! Do not mix it up with Australian Football (AFL). That is rather something for tough Australian Dudes, and it might be safer for Europeans to watch it with an ice-cold beer in one hand, rather than trying to play it 😉