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Julia Heide Meckel from the University of Bayreuth in Germany studying a Master of Management at USC Sunshine Coast

Image-2Hi, my name is Julia and I am currently doing a Master of Management Double Degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) for one semester. At home, I am doing a Master degree in Business Administration at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. You are probably reading this blog post because you are considering studying at USC. So here are some reasons why you should definitely pack your bags and do a semester abroad (or more) at the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

1. If you are a sunshine lover like I am, you will love the Sunshine Coast for sure. It is called like this for a reason: In the whole three months I’ve stayed here so far, it only rained four times, isn’t that crazy?

2. The one thing I probably enjoy even more than sunshine is breakfast and let me tell you Aussies love their brekkie hence there are so many amazing cafes around. My favourite so far was Decisions Café but there are so many more that I am looking forward to exploring.

3. As you probably know by now USC is located very conveniently for exploring the east coast of Australia. Me and my friends did a road trip all the way up to Cairns in the semester break and we experienced the most amazing places, like Whitehaven Beach. I also did several weekend trips, e.g. I flew to Sydney – Yes, the Sunshine Coast even has its own (very tiny) airport. Check out Julie’s blog post for even more recommendations on possible weekend trips: Julie Vaga – Weekend Getaways

4. As much as I enjoy eating and travelling I do love a good fitness routine. USC has its own gym including a 50m lap pool. The gym isn’t huge, but it has all the necessary equipment and if you go there early in the morning chances are that you will have it almost to yourself. I also joined F45 which is about a 5min walk away from campus. They offer functional training courses which are so much fun!

5. Last but not least and most importantly, USC is a great university. It is very modern, and the people are super friendly. You can even call your professors by their first name. The effort during the semester is higher than in Germany but I also feel like I learned more as the courses were way more interactive than at my home university. However, I won’t have any exams in the end, which I can’t complain about. And there are kangaroos living on campus, do I have to say more?

To sum it all up, I loved studying at USC and I am really sad that I will have to leave. If you want to see more about what it is like to live and study at the Sunshine Coast, you can check out my Instagram @juliameckel. 

– Cheers, Julia

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