It’s been voted the most popular beachside student city in the world and now the Gold Coast is establishing an International Student Hub to ensure overseas students have the best experience possible while staying and studying in the city.
Speaking at the launch of the hub in Southport, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Curtis Pitt, said the new facility would provide visiting students with a wide range of services and support.
“We are building a network of student hubs in key locations around the state, which will be an industry game changer,” Mr Pitt said.
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“The first student hub opened at the State Library in Brisbane in September last year and a third hub will open in Cairns in October.
“These hubs will change the way we engage with international students by offering a safe and welcoming place when students arrive in Queensland.”
Mr Pitt said the new Gold Coast hub would help students settle in faster and make friends more easily.
“This will be a one-stop-shop to help new arrivals to the Gold Coast navigate some of the daunting tasks foreigners face like finding accommodation, getting work experience and hopefully even a part-time job,” Mr Pitt said.
“The industry talks a lot about creating the best international student experience, but no other state is building that experience strategically in the way that Queensland is.
The Gold Coast Student Hub is one of 21 successful projects from the 2016-17 International Education and Training Partnership Fund Pilot round launched in January.