Carolina Preuss from Aachen University of Applied Sciences in Germany studying at USC Sunshine Coast
G’day! I’m Carolina and I study International Business Management at the FH Aachen for my Masters. For one semester, I am at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Australia for my double degree in International Business.
The Sunshine Coast is a great place to live! The city is not too crowded and it’s easy to get from one place to another by bus. I decided to find my own flat instead of living at the student apartments at next to the campus. On flatmates.com.au you can find a nice place, like I did: only a ten-minute walk to the Mooloolaba Beach! I can totally recommend that, as I only have lectures on three days a week. I am often going for a swim, catching some tan or going for a walk at the beach, as it is so close and beautiful!
As the double degree between USC and FH Aachen is a fixed agreement, it is not possible to choose your own lectures, so I am studying four courses that are required for my program. The workload here is more than at home during the semester, as for each subject there are three assessments, some small exams but mostly (2.500-word) assignments. This can be a little stressful, but therefore the semester ends earlier, as there are most likely no exams in the exam period. So, you can start travelling earlier and learn some Aussie accent, mate!
Travelling here is stunning! The Sunshine Coast is in the middle of the east coast, so it’s a great place to discover everything. In the easter break for instance, we went for a road trip from Cairns to back home and we are doing weekend trips to Brisbane or Fraser Island! I could write pages about the beautiful places I saw here! Rainforests, Beaches, hiking, swimming, lakes and rivers so clear you can drink from them! When my semester ends here, I got some time before I have to be back in Germany, so I will travel the whole east coast and see Uluru, and if there is some time left, I have to decide between Western Australia, New Zealand or South-East. Can’t wait to see all those paradise-like places!
If you have more questions and want some insider tips, feel free to contact me!