Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am from Vienna in Austria. Back home, I am studying corporate communication at FH Wien der WKW, but I needed a change of scenery and decided to do a study abroad year here at USC Sunshine Coast which allows me to do a double degree. Here at USC I am studying Professional Communications for two semesters.
So far it has been amazing .. but see for yourself:
This is where I first learned to surf as well as watching some of the most beautiful and breathtaking sunsets I’ve ever experienced. Fortunately, Mooloolaba is not far away which makes it easier to take a day off, just relax and enjoy life.
Fraser Island is the biggest sand island in the world. If you are on the hunt for great scenery, Fraser Island is the perfect place. We have seen dingos (wild dogs) running around freely on the beach and we were able to spot sharks and dolphins.
My friends and I did a 12-day road trip all the way up to Cairns. It does not only offers plenty of beautiful waterfalls like the Milla Milla Falls or the Josephine Waterfalls, but it also allows you to experience the Daintree Rainforest (Cairns rainforest game is on point). I have to admit, the Daintree rainforest in Tropical North Queensland Australia is one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of Mother Natures work in the world. This unique rainforest is home to the most extensive range of rare plants and animals on earth, and are all found in the largest chunk of protected tropical rainforest in Australia.
So, if you are thinking of studying a semester abroad or even a year just like me, do it! It is an amazing experience and you have the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and also learn so much more about yourself.
At first, I was truly scared to be so far away from my family and friends for such a long time, but after a couple of days I already made new friends. Not only is everyone here at USC willing to help make your experience as amazing as possible, but they are also keen on making your stay as comfortable as possible.
Do not be afraid of taking this step, and have a look at the bright side: there are kangaroos on the campus which makes experiencing the Australian culture even better.
– Rebecca Alda