I'm very happy here, I'm currently completing a 12 weeks Preparation program to sit the Cambridge CAE exam. I especially like my teacher, Joanna, who is excellent. She keeps the lessons interesting with a variety of teaching methods and is very good at explaining difficult concepts. All the staff of the college are very friendly and helpful.
The location of the campus is good. It is very convenient to be at the centre of the Gold Coast's Central Business District at Southport. Everything you need is nearby, including: Australia Fair Shopping Centre, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, the Broadwater Parklands, Banks, Gold Coast library, aquatic centre and many other useful places are all within walking distance of the campus.
It is also good to be able to access the free wireless internet around the campus. I keep in contact with family and friends via Skype and despite the time difference between Australia and Switzerland I am easily able to keep in regular contact.
My host family is very good and I am very comfortable! I live in Southport and am able to walk to the College which means I don't spend money on public transport. They also allow me to access the internet at the homestay which helps my ability to communicate with home.
I found the teaching style in Australia different to what I am used to. But I have now adapted and am now very happy and looking forward to doing well in my forthcoming exam.
Gold Coast is a fun city. Of course there are the beautiful beaches, entertaining nightlife and fun activities. However, what is great about the Gold Coast is its location. It is easy to travel to some great places around the Gold Coast on the weekends. This includes: Byron Bay, Sunshine Coast (Noosa), Brisbane, Fraser Island - or if you are prepared to travel a little further, the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. After I finish my study at Shafston I intend to travel around Australia and I plan to visit Melbourne, Alice Springs and Perth.