My name is Nina Bonhoff and I am studying International Business Studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen, Germany. In my last two semesters I decided to go abroad to complete my double degree program at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
I decided to live in one of the two student accommodations right next to campus and the lake. It gave me the opportunity to live with Australians and experience the student accommodation life, that I did not have in Germany. Besides spending time at the library and university, I had a great time hanging out with friends in our flats or at our pool. Not only kangaroos, but also birds and other animals are a little bonus of studying next to Australia´s nature. The university is highly modern, and most teachers are very helpful with all questions or to meet regarding tasks. As there are way more assignments and tests during the semester compared to Germany, it was great that teachers and tutors responded fast and the university offers a free service to proofread assignments for grammatical mistakes.
Besides studying, there is lots of time to travel around the Sunshine Coast and Australia. Places I recommend going for a day or weekend because you can reach them by bus or train from the USC include:
- Mooloolaba beach (15 min by bus)
- Ocean Street Maroochydore (Bars, Restaurants and Clubs)
- Noosa Heads Fairy Pools
- Big Pineapple
- Caloundra (great surf spot and markets)
- Mount Coolum (a little hike)
- Kondalilla Falls (hiking and waterfalls)
- Australian Zoo (where you can pet kangaroos and koalas)
In my first mid-semester break I went to Sydney and Melbourne with friends I met here. My second break over Easter was a road trip to Cairns to dive at the Great Barrier Reef. There are too many places to travel to list them all, but my exchange year gave me the opportunity to visit them in between studying. I really enjoyed studying here and highly recommend that to everyone who wants to be at the beach 15 minutes after class to enjoy the sun. The USC offers not only the opportunity to study in a whole new environment and improve your English, but also meeting new people and travel Australia at the same time.