Michelle Brache Axelsson from Kilroy Sweden studying abroad at USC Sunshine Coast

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Hi everyone!

My name is Michelle and I am a Swedish international student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Here I am doing a Study Abroad semester, taking Introduction to Psychology B, Exercise Prescription & Programming 1, Fundamentals of Photographic Practice and Learning in Australian Landscapes. Four completely different courses, but all of which I am really interested in. I discovered USC online on Kilroy Sweden’s website when looking at different possible universities to study at, and Kilroy helped me a lot by answering all my questions, checking to see if my chosen courses required any previous studies and they even helped me fill out the application, for free!

My plan from the beginning was to go to South America and somehow I ended up here in Australia instead. It wasn’t the plan but I’m really happy that life doesn’t always turn out as planned, because then I wouldn’t have had the chance to see this incredibly beautiful country and meeting all these friendly, kind, cool people living here.

I have mostly been focusing on my studies so far, but I have also visited a few places. Thanks to my Learning in Australian Landscapes course (OES104) I have gotten the opportunity to see Australia and study at the same time. I have learned a lot about the Australian history, its flora and fauna, and also gotten to see some beautiful places which I probably wouldn’t have visited by myself. We have been paddling kayak in beautiful Noosa River, which is approximately a 40 min drive from USC. Noosa also have a great national park where you can see koalas, beautiful beaches and the famous fairy pools. It is a place you must visit when studying here.

We have also been climbing and abseiling in the Glass House Mountains, paddling and hiking in Cooloola and last but not least, we went to K’gari (Fraser Island), which is the largest sand island in the world. On the island, we got to bike one the beach, visit Lake McKenzie, walk through the rainforest and Eli Creek, and see the SS Maheno Shipwreck, which was really cool. We also saw some whales from the beach and dingos walking around. This is a course I recommend to all international students if you want to see Australia without having to pay for it, and at the same time learn a lot about the country.

I definitely recommend going to Australia and USC, but before you do, make sure you have saved up as much money as possible. Because trust me, you will want to travel everywhere and see everything, eat everything, and go to all the markets and buy beautiful, handmade Australian stuff. So save that money, it will be worth it!

This experience is one that I wish everyone would have the opportunity to have. So if you do, don’t take it for granted and be thankful for it. Make sure you enjoy it!

– Michelle Brache Axelsson @michellebracheaxelsson

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