Hello, my name is Anita Englmeier and I am from Germany. Applying for the Double Degree Program in Master of International Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) was a great decision and an opportunity of a lifetime. Due to collaboration with my home university Deggendorf Institute of Technology, I was able to spend a semester abroad at the beautiful Sunshine Coast.
Studying abroad at USC differs from our study system in Germany, as more tasks need to be fulfilled during the semester. Instead of writing an exam at the end of the semester you generally have three different assignments per course spread throughout the study period. Nevertheless, the lecturers are very helpful, and you can contact them concerning any course-related questions. Writing assignments can be challenging, but you will always get help if needed.
USC is really a place of study to fall in love with. Passing campus means you are very likely meeting some kangaroos as the University is located in a natural reserve. Besides studying on a very new campus with modern facilities and a well-equipped library, you can explore the beauty of the Sunshine Coast very easily. Several national parks with stunning waterfalls, and the Hinterland with its scenic mountains, are just a short car drive away. Also, the beaches in Mooloolaba and Maroochydore are conveniently reachable by bus. The next big city is Brisbane that is only 1.5 hours by train. You should definitely watch a rugby match there and support the Broncos.
During the one-week semester break, we traveled to Sydney and Melbourne that are accessible from the Sunshine Coast Airport which is a 15 minutes drive away from the University. In my opinion, these are definitely the two cities you should visit during your semester in Australia. Flights within the country are mostly quite cheap so you can easily get to all your places of interest.
I would recommend attending the Orientation Week as you get all the essential information relevant for your studies hands-on and can quickly get to know other people that spend a semester abroad, just as you do. Personally, I stayed at one of the student accommodations that are just a stroll away from campus. In this way, you can experience a student’s life and meet other local students from USC.
So, I hope you will enjoy your time in Australia just as much as I do. Make the best out of your studies, and do not forget to travel beautiful Australia 😉