Your Australian experience will be made more memorable by the people you meet and the friendships you make. Here are some thoughts from our international students.
Ulisse 17, Italy
'I like having different classmates for different subjects. I really enjoy walking outside to my different classes. It is very good for the attitude.'
'The GC is so beautiful and warm.'
'The sea water here is the warmest I've ever felt and the sand is so beautiful.'
'I really like the cafés and shops along the beach.'
'My homestay family show me around the Gold Coast and give me a great homestay experience. My 3 homestay brothers are all around my age and I have a lot of fun with them.'
Gioele 17, Italy
'I think that I am in love with this country.'
'I chose Australia for the lifestyle. I heard that Australia was relaxed and friendly and it is even better than I expected.'
'I love the early morning lifestyle. I now get up at 4:45 every day to go surfing before school.'
'You have to be mature…you have the power to choose what you want to do with your 6 months…Everything depends on your attitude.'
'I have made a new Australian best friend here. He and I just clicked from the beginning. We do a lot together and he's helped me to have a great experience here in Australia.'
'I really like the relationship between students and teachers. We feel comfortable talking to them about anything. We don't have this in our home countries.'
'I am in love with Coolangatta. I am also in love with Burleigh Heads, but I am really, really in love with Coolangatta. I feel like it reflects the light and colours of Australia.'
'My English is going to be so much better when I get back home. It's going to help a lot. I want to go to University in London.'
Anny 16, Germany
'The school system here is so nice- you can really follow your passions. We don't get to choose our subjects in Germany, but at school in Australia, you can follow your heart.'
'Aussies are amazing. They are so friendly and fun. In Europe, Aussies are famous for being friendly and kind.'
'My father and brother are coming for Christmas. We are going to get a campervan and cruise around.'
'In my homestay everyone is amazing. They are all so welcoming and kind. I feel so safe and loved.'