|Location||Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia|
|Department||Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Science, Health, Education, etc.|
|Pre-requisite||TOEFL PBT 550 (CBT 213, IBT 79)|
|Scholarship/Tuition fee||36% discount for DU? tuition fee/ tuition free for USC|
Selection/ Arrival time
|April / July, October / February|
The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is one of Australia? most rapidly growing. It is also developing a range of innovative academic programs. All buildings on campus focus on environmentally sustainable design to suit the sub-tropical climate of the Sunshine Coast. Buildings have been designed with strategies for passive lighting and natural ventilation to minimise the use of non-renewable energy.
The Post interviewed Song Gi-baek, a student majoring in Political Science and currently an exchange student at USC. He will tell us more about USC. Let's listen to him.
What are the advantages?
The classes are divided into two: lectures and tutorials. The lecture class is the same as Korean classes: the professor gives a lecture to students. The tutorial class is special because students can discuss issues based on the professors?lecture. The topic of the discussion is not only the lecture but also actual political problems. So it helps students to reduce the gap between theory and practice.
In Australia there are many Korean students, especially in Brisbane, but there are few Korean students at USC. So it can be a better environment for us to use English more. If you are not good at English, you can participate in a special program before the semester begins. The program offers opportunities to learn writing and check grammar errors in assignments. And during semester, you can learn how to use references and how to search for data in the library. The school is very safe because security is always on patrol and guns are not allowed. Furthermore, the natural environment is very nice and you can even see kangaroos grazing around the school.
Are there any disadvantages?
The dormitory is 30,000 KRW more expensive than sharing a room. However, it is convenient to stay there and hang out with friends because it is only eight minutes walk from the school. It also has various facilities: swimming pool, fitness club, basketball courts and so on. Their fees are free. You cannot enjoy an active cultural life in campus due to the location. USC is a little far from the big city. But there are several places where you can enjoy various cultural activities, especially exercise, about 90 minutes from there. It is very difficult to understand cultural and linguistic differences. I usually feel lonely because building a strong bond with a foreign student, except for a few people, is too hard. Australia is charging Internet services from usage-based so using the Internet is inconvenient. The prices are high and there are no Korean restaurants and grocery stores.
Money does matter!
The tuition fee is free for USC and the dormitory fee is around 150 to 160 AUD a week. My total cost of living is about 400,000 KRW a month. You can do a part time job. In that way, you can save a lot of money.
You may find it hard because it is difficult to understand every English class. You should hang out with foreign friends more than Korean people and try to use English. Then, you can enjoy a more happy life at USC. Studying abroad as a exchange student is a very good opportunity to experience foreign culture. So if you come here and get along with other people from around the world, it will be a good time for you.
Lee Soo-jin, Social Desk Editor
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