Sunshine Coast thriving as a top performing educational hub

The Sunshine Coast is well-established as a centre for education. It is now attracting many overseas students looking to experience the Australian lifestyle and beachside culture as well as those from nearby metropolitan areas seeking an alternative to city living.

There are two high ranking Universities, TAFE Queensland with three campuses,  Lexis English schools in Noosa and Maroochydore, the International College of Queensland and many other training providers such as Demi International that will set you up with the qualifications you need to launch into your chosen career.

The region is growing each year with families attracted to the incredible quality of life and options for primary and secondary schooling. With over 80 private, Catholic and government schools to choose from there is something for everyone.

University of Sunshine Coast (USC)

USC is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities and ranks among the country’s best for teaching quality, staff credentials and graduate employability. Choose from hundreds of undergraduate degrees in areas such as Business, IT and Tourism, Education, Engineering, Health and Nursing, Humanities, Law and Criminology. USC is a short 45-minute drive from Brisbane making it a great option for students wanting to be out of the city but close to home.


Based in Noosa this campus offers modern facilities and surrounds including clinical nursing laboratories, library and student resource centre facilities as well as state of the art collaborative learning spaces. In 2016 CQUniversity was officially recognised as Australia’s only Changemaker Campus by global social innovation group Ashoka U. It is a popular choice for international students wanting to experience living in this world-renowned beachside location.

TAFE Queensland

If you are looking to obtain a Diploma, Certificate or short course there are three TAFE Queensland campuses to choose from based in Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Nambour. Training is available in professions such as Commercial Cookery, Hospitality, Fitness and Sport. You can also gain skills in Building and Construction, Automotive, Childcare, Creative Industries, Electrotechnology and much more.

Lexis English

Another big drawcard for international students wanting to learn English is Lexis

Sunshine Coast. With students from over 85 countries you will be making friends from all over the world. Lexis English has campuses at the beautiful Maroochydore beach as well as in Noosa. These have to be some of Australia’s most attractive learning environments. It provides outstanding study resources, recreational facilities and captivating views from the three-floor campus. Innovative programmes are taught by experienced teachers, offering variety, flexibility and new challenges. There are courses to suit all needs from beginners to advanced including the prestigious Cambridge qualification, to obtain a high level IELTS score.

International College of Queensland

This College provides the opportunity to achieve internationally accredited qualifications and make friends and network with Australian and overseas students. Diplomas are available in Beauty Therapy, Screen and Media, Remedial Massage and Salon Management.

There really is no better place to study, live, work and play than the Sunshine Coast. Your future is here.

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