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Lucas Bastos de Jesus

Brazil

I'm studying at -

Bond University ( Masters of Managerial Finance )

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

Lucas lives the best of both worlds on the Gold Coast, giving him the chance to surf, study his Masters, and hang out with friends.

Ana de Abreu Rosa

Brazil

I'm studying at -

TAFE ( Interior Design )

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

For Ana, the Gold Coast has a great lifestyle that allows her to balance work, study and play. It’s her paradise.

Rika Uezono

Japan

I'm studying at -

Griffith University ( Graphic Design )

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

Rika feels right at home on the Gold Coast, with the coastal city reminding her of her hometown of Chigasaki in Kanagawa.

Maui Yamada

Japan

I'm studying at -

Bond University ( Masters of Business )

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

Maui from Tokyo has found the perfect life on the Gold Coast - great education, friends from all over the world, and beautiful beaches.

Prudhvi Charan Mariserla

India

I'm studying at -

Bond University ( Masters of Construction )

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

Charan from Andhra Pradhesh believes studying on the Gold Coast has been the experience of his life, having made friends from all over the world.

Severino Murze

India

I'm studying at -

Griffith University ( Masters of Marketing )

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

Since Severino from Bengaluru moved to the Gold Coast, is has become his second home, and he wakes up everyday with positive vibes.

Rohan & Diksha Gidwaney

India

I'm studying at -

Southern Cross University

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

Delhi siblings Rohan and Diksha have made a home away from home on the Gold Coast, while they complete their studies at Southern Cross University.

Xiao Dan (Danna) Wang

China

I'm studying at -

Bond University ( Bachelor of Property )

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

With kind and helpful people, a beach lifestyle and great weather, the Gold Coast has become a second home for Beijing’s Danna.

Jermaine

zimbabwe

I'm studying at -

Law at Griffith University

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

The people of the Gold Coast are very warm, it's an inclusive society. Most importantly I feel like I can be myself, which is important for the student experience. Diversity means asking questions about different cultures, about different beliefs, about different ideas and listening to other people that are different to yourself. I'd like to think that I respect all people - people from different backgrounds, people of different faiths, people of different genders. We're all in this together and it's better to love one another than be divisive. 

Jasmina

Gold Coast , Australia

I'm studying at -

Medicine at Griffith University

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

I love living on the Gold Coast. The people are very friendly, but they're also ambitious. I've met a lot of people here who have dreams about achieving great things in their life. Diversity is a range of cultures sharing each other's differences. It's about getting to know each other through a diversity of languages and experiences as well as race. 

Nicolas

France

I'm studying at -

Master of Project Management at Bond University

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

Life on the Gold Coast is very easy going and relaxed with a lot of outdoor activities, so I have a lot of adventures. Diversity to me means people coming together from all over the world and meeting in one place. The Gold Coast symbolisies that - I've made friends here who have come from all over the world. I've fallen in love with the Gold Coast. People are very friendly and easy going and very relaxed compared to back home. 

Celia

Jamaica

I'm studying at -

Nutrition and Dietetics at Bond University

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

Diversity here means a melting pot of different countries that are interacting with you on campus. We've all pretty much come together and made it like a family. The number of different languages you hear on the Gold Coast, it's really amazing. I love talking to different people about what life is like for them back at home. We might be very different, but at the same time we're a lot alike.

Abdul

Pakistan

I'm studying at -

Financial Planning and Accounting at Griffith University

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

The people are very friendly on the Gold Coast. I've made heaps of friends here, it's my second home. Diversity to me is people from different religions, race, colour and cultures. There's so many different people here on the Gold Coast, it's a multicultural city. This has been the most amazing experience of my life.  

Malik

United States

I'm studying at -

Information Technology at Griffith University.

Why I Choose the Gold Coast -

Life is amazing here, we've got a lot of culture in this city. There's a huge international community from different countries and they bring a lot  of diversity. It's great to mingle with other people from all over the world and learn about their culture. 

The Gold Coast is ranked #1 for affordability in Australia.

Public transport, socialising and overall living costs are considerably lower than major cities such as Melbourne and Sydney. With the rent being around 40% lower than that of what it is in Sydney.

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Estimated WEEKLY COST OF LIVING

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$200

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Health

$9

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$100

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Transport

$50

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Leisure

$100

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Utilities

$20

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Swimming With Confidence

With the first wave of summer upon us and those long, lazy days ahead many students naturally start thinking about spending more time at the beach. Those crystal clear waters and golden sands are one of the city’s biggest drawcards and for a large number of international students that’s an irresistible prospect. But for many of them beach culture, much less the prospect of being able to swim in the surf, is as foreign and palatable as a Vegemite sandwich.

The lure of the beach is strong, but without the knowledge and confidence to navigate the waves the closest they usually get is being left high and dry on the sand. With that in mind the city’s only beachside university, Southern Cross, has partnered with Surf Life Saving Queensland to launch their Hit The Beach surf safety program through Study Gold Coast’s Vision 2020 partnership fund.

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Beyond the Horizon

In the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games billions of dollars were invested into the Gold Coast, not only to meet the event’s infrastructure needs, but to ensure the city could leverage its potential in the post Games era. Aside from the physical infrastructure substantial emphasis was placed on realising the city’s intellectual capital, particularly through entrepreneurial enterprises and innovative start-ups. As Australia’s small business capital the strategy made perfect sense.

As part of that strategy $5 billion was invested into the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge precinct, encompassing Griffith University’s research facilities, the new University Hospital, the Gold Coast Private Hospital and the G:Link light rail service. The GC2018 Athlete’s Village occupied some 10 hectares within the precinct, a parcel of land now being reimagined as Lumina, an entrepreneurial nursery for innovative, high technology enterprises, many of which will feed into, and form partnerships with, Griffith University’s world leading biomedical research facilities.

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Startup Leads The Way For Farmers in Developing Countries

A tech company based in the heart of Surfers Paradise is winning international accolades for the way its changing agricultural practices across the globe. Social enterprise AgUnity has developed a platform that empowers poor farmers in developing countries by improving their agricultural practices so that they can become profitable.

By using blockchain in the backend of their platform AgUnity are able to guarantee security for farmers and in doing so tackle the issues of graft and corruption which plague farming in those countries.

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Students Recognised For Excellence

Gold Coast students have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the city through the Gold Coast Student Excellence Awards in a gala event held at the HOTA outdoor stage. The five award recipients are all outstanding individuals who have demonstrated innovative leadership and initiative through their positive impact and the contributions they’ve made within their communities.

In presenting the inaugural awards Mayor Tom Tate praised not only the winning recipients but also the wider student community for their contribution to the city. 

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App Gets Gamers Moving And Wins Top Tech Award

Saint Stephens College has taken out the top prize in the 2019 Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards. Top Binzzz is an app designed to attract gamers into playing physical sport and athletes to become better at sport by utilising technology.

Saint Stephens students Kaveendra Dissabandara, Zachary Haywood and Samara Lowie developed their idea because they wanted to see obesity rates drop through more physical exercise and to enhance their sporting prowess through the use of the latest technology. When asked what set their idea apart Zac answered: “simplicity of design was the key.” 

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Investing In New Talent To Move With the Times

The Venue Management Association moved to the Gold Coast from Brisbane five years ago and CEO Michael Brierley says they’ve never looked back. “A lot of the people we work with on the Gold Coast are very innovative and have a great sense of fun. It’s also such a beautiful place to work.”

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