Study Pathways

The Gold Coast is rated number one of the 'Best Student Cities by the beach' and 89th overall of the 'Best Student Cities' in the world by the QS World University Rankings.

More students are choosing to study on the Gold Coast across all sectors including higher education, schools, vocational education, ELICOS and non-award programs and with a significant increase in the number of vocational education and training non-award.

With so many great education institutions available on the Gold Coast, it may be difficult to choose just one. From internationally recognised universities to boutique style schools with a special focus, there is something available for every learner. Browse the options below and find the one that suits your individual needs.

Universities and Higher Education Providers

Building on our strengths in education the Gold Coast universities and higher education providers are investing heavily in infrastructure and research whilst delivering world-class education that is ranking them amongst the world’s best in national and global rankings. Other higher education providers including colleges and some vocational schools offer degree-level programs and diplomas with pathways to further study. Higher education providers play a crucial role in imparting advanced knowledge and skills to students, preparing students for careers or further academic pursuits.

English Language Schools

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are for international students who will be studying English in Australia as part of an intensive program. In this case ‘intensive’ means a minimum of 20 hours of scheduled classes involving face-to-face contact hours of English language instruction.