Markus Knauer from HS Kempten studying at USC

Hey, my Name is Markus, I am 24 years old and I am completing my “Diploma in Business” at the University of the Sunshine Coast to supplement my studies in Germany. At home I study “Business information systems” at the University of Applied Sciences Kempten.

I chose Australia as my location for studying abroad because of the great nature and the good education system and now I know that this was the perfect choice. So, I was very happy when I was accepted at the University of the Sunshine Coast. The location of the university is even better than I expected. I remember the first time I called my family. I said: “I live paradise” and even after a few months I still have this feeling. The uni is in a national park and there are kangaroos, which I nearly see every day when I am walking to the university. We are very close to several beautiful beaches and amazing cities like Noosa or Brisbane.

There are also a lot of national parks close to uni and you can do a lot of things. I love surfing at one of the wonderful beaches, kayaking along the river in Noosa or hiking in the Glasshouse Mountains.

My aim was to improve my intercultural and language skills, but I got so much more! I really enjoy the free yoga classes on Monday and Thursdays. The staff and teachers at the university are very friendly and very competent and always there if you need any help.

I also really liked the different education system and all the support you get from the university. There are for example free busses to shops and clubs and there are a lot of free trips and events organised by the student association “Red Frogs”.

These months changed my life in a very good way. I have a different view on a lot of things and found a lot of friends from all over the world, what I think is very valuable.

I am so thankful for this time and I am very sad thinking about that this dream will end soon. I will definitely miss it and I hope I will come back soon 🙂


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