Study Abroad: Why Choose Gold Coast?
Have you ever heard of the wonderful Gold Coast in Australia? This seaside city delights students from all over the world who seek both the best educational institutions, as well as the quality of life provided by this paradise. In this article, you’ll learn about all the benefits of living in the Gold Coast, from the city’s climate, to study and work opportunities, to the best attractions for leisure and entertainment.
Australia is a well-known destination for international students of all ages, who look to their schools and universities for the country’s renowned teaching excellence. In general, Australian cities offer a lot of safety and a variety of leisure options, quality of life, hundreds of green areas, incredible beaches, as well as a lot of modernity, culture and entertainment.
Thus, the student who chooses the city of Gold Coast, on the east coast of this wonderful nation of Oceania, is guaranteed to live a memorable time in one of the most sensational places in the world.
Find out now what are the main reasons for studying and living on the Australian “Gold Coast”. Discover the characteristics of the city, what the climate is like, what courses are offered, job opportunities available and how Australians behave towards foreigners.
Quality of life
Living in a place with the second best HDI (Human Development Index) in the world is an unforgettable experience. So imagine living in a city with all the benefits of Australia’s biggest metropolises, but which also has lush natural beauty, year-round sunny weather and a foreign-friendly population.
In the Gold Coast, students will find a wide range of leisure activities, such as public parks, eight aquatic centers, hundreds of spaces to practice sports, and excellent cycle lanes to explore the city by bicycle.
The city is full of cinemas, theaters, concert halls, museums and art galleries, which have a busy schedule every month. Gold Coast is also an important gastronomic hub, with many restaurants and snack bars, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, dedicated to different cuisines, such as Arabic, Italian, Latin and Oriental.
In Gold Coast, the international student has at his disposal an excellent health network, with many hospitals and specialized clinics. The city is very safe and has advanced monitoring systems through cameras spread across all regions. The municipality is also very concerned about the environment, promoting actions to make the population aware of energy savings, selective garbage collection and the protection of natural life.
Public transport is efficient, ecologically sustainable and covers the entire Gold Coast region. Residents have an extensive network of buses, trains, trams and ferries, as well as land and water taxis, which take passengers to islands close to the mainland.
The subtropical climate on the Gold Coast is different from the rest of Australia. In the city, there is sunshine for almost 300 days a year, ensuring mild temperatures and, on average, 10 hours of sunlight even during winter.
During the hottest time of year (December to March), the thermometers average between 19 and 29 degrees. In winter (June to September), the temperature ranges from 9 to 21 degrees Celsius, much more pleasant than in other Australian cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. In the Gold Coast, rains tend to fall with greater incidence between the months of November and June, with peaks of precipitation in January and February.
As elsewhere in Australia, the Gold Coast educational institutions have a high standard of quality. In addition, students can choose from English courses lasting a few weeks to postgraduate degrees. At least 10 schools in Queensland in the city have English classes for foreign students, where they offer programs for the most diverse levels of knowledge of the language, such as OHC (Oxford House College).
The courses are tailored to students according to their needs and can be geared towards a specific professional area, such as healthcare, business, engineering or communication, for example. A number of proficiency test preparation programs, including IELTS, are also available in the Gold Coast. TAFE Queenland is a great institution for those who want to take a quality technical course.
For those looking for more advanced training, Bond University offers undergraduate, masters and postgraduate courses in many areas of knowledge. The student can choose between law, journalism, arts, science, business, accounting, biomedicine, international relations, etc.
Hospitality of the population
A curiosity about Australia is that the country is formed by many immigrants, who since their discovery have worked hard to build a great nation. Even today, the largest country in Oceania receives millions of foreigners every year, whether they are tourists, students or people who decide to stay there forever.
The Australian population is very hospitable, caring and kind to citizens from other countries. They are always interested in helping and are available for any request for help or even to provide information. Australians are very friendly and warm, which makes it easy for the international student to make new friends.
Cost of living
One of the main reasons a student chooses Gold Coast is the economy. The city combines an excellent quality of life, with a lot of contact with nature, internationally recognized educational institutions, as well as a good job market and lower cost of living.
When comparing Australia with other traditional international student destinations such as Europe, Canada and the USA, the expenses to live in Oceania are much lower. The Real quotation for the Australian Dollar is much more advantageous in relation to the Euro, Pound and US Dollar. The budget in the Gold Coast can yield more, as the cost of living in the city is lower than in large cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.
In big cities, rent, transport, food and leisure values are usually higher. On the sunny Gold Coast, rental prices are much lower, providing the student with better accommodations. With the extra money, international student has the chance to do more cultural and leisure activities, as well as trips to nearby cities.
When a student will spend a period of more than 14 weeks in Australia, they can apply for a part-time work visa. With a job during the exchange, in addition to earning extra money, the student has the opportunity to practice fluency in their English, learn more about Australian culture and also make professional contacts.
In general, the job openings available to young foreigners are in food companies (snack bars and restaurants), hotels, entertainment (bars and clubs), stores, supermarkets and construction.
The occupations are in areas such as customer service (waiter, waitress, bartender, cashier, clerk), cleaning, reception, general service assistant, among others. Australian companies do not require experience in the role, in addition to offering training to perform the service.
It is worth noting that, very different from what happens in Brazil, these professions are highly valued in Australia. Local residents consider that any function is extremely important to society, regardless of the position, salary, education or origin of the worker.
Knowing this, the young exchange student must arrive in the country with an open mind, and be aware that their work will be recognized. The entire experience in Australia will serve as a learning experience, making the student grow as a person and a professional.