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Paula Christmann from the University of Applied Sciences Worms in Germany studying a Diploma in Business at USC Sunshine Coast

IMG_7230Hi everyone, my name is Paula, I am 22 years old and I am from Germany where I study International Business Administration and Foreign Trade at the University of Applied Science Worms. I am currently doing my semester abroad at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Here I have the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Business in only one semester and also experience an International Australian Graduation Ceremony.

Here are 3 reasons why you will never want to leave USC after studying here:

IMG_5250University Campus and the Sunshine Coast:I don’t think there is a better environment to study than on the Sunshine Coast. Sitting in the library, looking out of the window and seeing kangaroos bouncing around on campus makes studying easier right away. As the sun is shining almost every day the best way to spend your free time is a relaxing day on one of the beautiful beaches which are only a short bus ride away. Also, there is a lot to see in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Fun and adventurous hiking trails await you!

Friends: Coming here and not knowing anybody may seem hard in the beginning but to be honest, it was the best thing I could have done! As there are so many international students it is not hard to meet new people. I met my best friends within the first week and they became my family here. We almost spend every day together exploring new places, studying, working out, cooking, partying and anything else. It is just so much having all your best friends living in walking distance from your place. I am sure we will stay friends for life even if we all go back to our home country and won’t be able to hang out every day anymore. Saying goodbye will be the hardest part but it definitely won’t be too long until we all meet up again!

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Travelling: One of the best parts of my semester abroad was travelling! There is so much to see and explore around the Sunshine Coast. It is definitely worth it to pack your friends, maybe even taking a day off, and do as many weekend trips as possible! The experiences you get from traveling can’t teach you any school ;).

The best destinations for weekend trips in my opinion are: Brisbane (but you can also go there for one day), Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and Sydney.

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