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Why choose Australia as your international education destination

Australia has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best countries to choose as an overseas study destination, with Brisbane and the Gold Coast preferred cities for international students. With a warm welcome waiting, there are many reasons to consider the state of Queensland for your tertiary education.

Here are 8 reasons to study in Queensland, Australia:

1. Climate

Queensland is known as the Sunshine State for good reason. With a warm subtropical climate, Brisbane and the Gold Coast average around 300 days of sunshine per year. Even Winter days are warm and pleasant with coastal cities and the capital remaining close to  20°C. Take advantage of magnificent beaches and diverse hinterlands all year round.

2. Educational excellence

Australian universities and colleges are amongst some of the most innovative and forward thinking institutions in the world. They regularly rank highly in independent education rankings. Griffith College provides an alternative entry pathway to Griffith University, which has vaulted into the 201-250 band in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, placing it firmly in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

3. Accommodation

There are a range of student living options available to suit all international students. Discover a wide selection of purpose-built student accommodation where you can live in a community of  like-minded international students, have all your amenities taken care of and enjoy organised social activities. You may instead consider a variety of private rental and boarding options including sharing a home or unit with other students or locals.

4. Multicultural community

Australia is a multicultural society with an ethos of valuing individual freedoms and respect for diverse opinions, customs and lifestyles. Around one-third of Australians were born overseas, with attending cultural festivals firmly a way of life for many Australians. You will join over 500,000 international students studying in Australia helping make Australia richer for your experience.

5. Cost of living

Australian cities are regularly ranked amongst the most liveable cities in the world. Compared to Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast have a much lower cost of living. That means your budget will stretch much further in Queensland when it comes to transport, accommodation, food and entertainment.

6. Student support

Australian institutions provide a supportive environment for all students and are particularly engaged with support for international students.  Providing support for international students is a priority at Griffith College. The college provides a range of support services to assist students both academically and personally. The commitment is to provide an optimal environment for student success through a number of areas including learning support initiatives, welfare support, and student activities. A more supported environment at Griffith College helps to lay the foundations of success for international students as they advance through to university.

7. Visa requirements

Australia provides a range of visas for overseas students to go to Australia to study, including the main student visa Subclass 500 for studying full-time. You can stay for the duration of your course for up to five years while you’re enrolled full-time at a recognised educational institution. You can also work up 40 hours every 2-week period once your course starts. For full details visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Additionally, a Post-Study Work visa allows international students who have recently graduated with a degree from an Australian institution to live, work and study in Australia, temporarily. This is an ideal way to get some Australian work experience with your new qualification.

8. The Great Outdoors

Australia has some of the most spectacular natural and man-made attractions in the world to explore. While you break from your studies, enrich yourself by visiting the country’s vibrant cities and regional centres and marvel at the spectacular landscapes and wide open spaces.

There are 20 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, Lord Howe Island Group, Tasmanian Wilderness, Fraser Island and the Sydney Opera House.

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