Australia’s Gold Coast is a study destination that bustles with opportunity.
Unlike other education hubs in Australia, this city boasts three year post-study work rights, the lowest living costs for students in the country and a diverse, welcoming student community.
Just ask Mahir Bozkurt from Germany. Bozkurt is loving his Gold Coast experience so far, meeting students from countries like China, France and Scandinavia.
“I don’t feel like a foreigner here because people come from so many different places, and they all make you feel at home,” he said.
Quality education in one of Australia’s most affordable cities
On the Gold Coast, there are over 200 education and training providers, including three universities — Bond, Griffith and Southern Cross, as well as vocational education and training providers like TAFE Queensland.
Around the city, you’ll find English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). These classes range from beginner to advanced; with students having to attend a minimum of 20 hours of scheduled classes which involve face to-face English language instruction.
This means you’ll get plenty of time to enhance your communication skills — perfect to start conversing with your favourite barista or to impress recruiters in your future job interviews.
For all that it offers, Gold Coast is a very cost-effective city in which to live and study.
The Gold Coast is rated as the #1 regional study destination in Australia and was named in the 2018 and the 2019 QS Best Student Cities rankings as Australia’s most affordable student city with living and studying costs on average 40% cheaper than Sydney or Melbourne.
Where you’ll enjoy three year post-study work rights
Australia’s Gold Coast offers so many opportunities to kickstart your career after graduating.
Did you know that Australia’s Gold Coast now provides three year post-study work rights to international students? This has a distinct advantage over other cities like Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne where you can only work legally for two years after graduating.
Through the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), the Gold Coast not only offers three year post-study work rights, but also access to additional regional visas, priority processing of visa applications and bonus points towards skilled migration to Australia.
Discover job opportunities in sectors such as health, the marine industry, tourism, research, sports, construction, creative arts, advanced manufacturing and information technology.
Shreya Kulkarni from India describes her internship with telecommunications company HTG Solutions as “one right step” outside her comfort zone.
The international student not only got to realise her potential as an employee but also as a person.
“I didn’t think I could grow so much professionally in such a short period of time,” she said.
Experience an enviable student life in Australia
Every year, students from over 130 countries choose to study in the culturally diverse and welcoming city of the Gold Coast with its idyllic sub-tropical climate.
The city is nestled along 57 kilometres of coastline with endless cycleways, while the Gold Coast hinterland provides the opportunity to explore World Heritage rainforests and national parks which are home to native wildlife, waterfalls and adventurous walking trails.
There’s never a shortage of things to do.
“The Gold Coast has so much in common with my hometown of Chengdu, it’s a city where people enjoy life, rather than being overwhelmed by the fast pace of a city like Sydney,” said Jason Zou from Southern Cross University.
Picture world class education, exciting career opportunities and a lifestyle envied across continents — that’s what studying in Gold Coast could be for you.
Visit Study Gold Coast today to get started.