Australia’s Gold Coast is known for its idyllic beaches, great weather and laid back lifestyle. When it comes to studying abroad it offers the best of great schools, big city life mixed with a beach town feel, friendly people and a ton to do. A semester goes by more quickly than you’d expect so you want to make the most of it right from the start! Here’s what you need to know…
WHAT TO BRING
Sunblock & sunnies
Known as “the Sunshine State” and boasting an average of nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, you can expect plenty of sunny days during your stay. We recommend bringing reef-safe sunblock so you don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals affecting the Great Barrier Reef or other coral communities you’ll want to explore. Don’t forget to protect your lips with SPF too!
The right shoes
Throughout the semester, you’ll be hanging out at the beach, hiking in the hinterlands and even enjoying gourmet meals with a view. Although you’ll likely be in your bare feet a lot, you’ll want to bring protective footwear for the trails and a pair of nicer, closed toed shoes for nights out.
Some parts of Australia will have you searching for an outlet so a portable charger can keep you going in-between stops. For example, you’ll want to take advantage of the public trains and other transport going up and down the coast…but they don’t have any outlets so a portable charger is key!.
Whether you’re lounging on the beach or diving in the Great Barrier Reef, it’s a smart idea to have waterproof bags or cases for your things and especially any cameras or phones. When snorkelling or diving, also make sure to double check just how ‘waterproof’ your watch or camera is before you go!
WHAT TO DO
Hiking and waterfall hunting
One thing that often surprises students about Queensland is the backdrop of rolling hills and mountain ranges that are completely opposite from the surf and sand. Here, hiking is a major must-do and you’ll be rewarded by witnessing some of the country’s most unique geological formations in Australia – you can even explore an ancient volcano! Check these places out: Hinterlands, Mt. Cootha, Mt. Warning, Lamington National Park, Natural Bridge, Tamborine Mt. and Killarney Glen.
Find inspiration on Instagram
Social media is a great tool for immediate updates and announcements about your favorite locales, but it’s also a super useful way to discover what you want to explore when you travel. Do a location search on Instagram to see what interesting places are being tagged along the Gold Coast. You’ll soon realize there are a ton of foodie photos pointing you in the right direction of which Gold Coast cafes and restaurants to check out! Before you leave, start following some Gold Coast IG account – like @goldcoast @cravegoldcoast @destinationgoldcoast @goldcoasteats and @goldcoastfoodie – so you can plan ahead. (Also don’t forget to follow @TEANabroad @bonduniversity and @griffithuniversity)
Beach and island hopping
Thanks to the light rail system, traveling up and down the coast is easier than ever making it simple to hop from one beautiful beach to the next. Even better, as a study abroad student, you’ll get discounted student fares that save you about 50% off normal costs
Catch a concert
Between the Gold Coast and nearby Brisbane (just an hour away) you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy music festivals, concerts and more covering all music styles – ever listen to Aussie hip hop? See what’s on at these popular venues: Miami Marketta, NightQuarter, The Tivoli and the Caloundra Music Festival.
WHAT TO STUDY
Below are just a handful of course options found at Griffith University and Bond University in the Gold Coast.
Business & Finance
Griffith and Bond are both AACSB and EQUIS accredited so you’ll be studying at a world renowned institution at either of our Gold Coast programs. You have options to study international business and finance at both institutions with courses like:
|Globalisation the Asia/Pacific and Australia||International Finance|
|Financial Planning 1||International Business|
|Money, Banking, and Finance||Doing Business in Australia|
Criminology & Law
Griffith is ranked as one of the best places to study criminology in Australia. Bond also offers a number of key courses for pre-law students. Some course examples include:
|Law Government and Justice||Crime and Deviance in Australia|
|Psychology of Crime||Media and Crime|
|Crime Analysis and Investigation||The Australian Criminal Justice System|
Hospitality, Tourism and Event Planning
Known as one of the best places to vacation in Australia, the Gold Coast is also a great destination to learn more about the international hospitality industry with courses like::
|Food and Wine Tourism||Wine Studies|
|Destination Management||Hotel and Tourism Strategic Management|
|International Tourism and Hotel Management Principles||International Food and Beverage Management|
Sustainability and Natural Sciences
Griffith and Bond both offer a range of marine biology and ecology courses including research and field trip opportunities such as:
|Marine Biology||Restoration Ecology|
|Introduction to Marine Science||Urban Wildlife Management|
|Coastal Environments||Environmental Field Analysis of Rainforest and Coastal Regions|
|Marine Megafauna: Sentinels of the Sea||Marine and Coastal Environments|
Both Griffith and Bond have a variety of communications courses ranging from mass communication to marketing, public relations to film such as:
|International Marketing||Advertising Principles and Practice|
|Introduction to Screen Analysis||International Marketing|
|Introduction to Journalism||The Australian Media|
|Interpersonal Skills||Intercultural Communication|
|Writing Across Cultures|
Sport & Exercise Science
Advanced technology and facilities for students studying kinesiology make the Gold Coast a perfect location for sport and exercise science studies with courses like:
|Sport Information||Sport and Exercise Nutrition|
|Sport Marketing||Functional Anatomy|
|Foundations of Exercise and Sports Science||Exercise Health and Disease|
|Food, Society, and the Nutrition Workforce||Food, Nutrition and Health|
|Exercise, Health and Disease|
Of course, there’s always more to do, discover and experience while studying abroad on the Gold Coast! Check out the best after class activities on the Gold Coast and where to find the perfect sunrise spots…