Gold Coast Program Orientation
Hit the ground running with our Sydney-based Orientation program. Held over five days, Orientation combines academic sessions with cultural experiences, and each activity is designed to help students ease into their semester in Australia. In past program surveys, participants have continuously commented that the orientation program was vital in helping them feel relaxed, prepared, and excited for their upcoming semester abroad (view orientation video). On the final day of Orientation, students are transported to the airport to fly to the Gold Coast, where they are met by Study Australia's Gold Coast-based staff and oriented to their housing and local area. See below for some of the Orientation highlights.
"I absolutely loved this program. From the moment we stepped off the plane and met with our group, I felt welcomed into the country and was excited for the semester. I was really impressed with how Study Australia was run. The first five days in Sydney really got me comfortable with the country... Thank you for a great program - I had the time of my life!" Kristin C.
5-Star Accommodation in Sydney
The Study Australia orientation program is headquartered in downtown Sydney, offering 5-star accommodations with amazing panoramic views of the city, stunning architecture, the finest amenities and easy access to all sights and sounds of Sydney, the No.1-rated tourist destination in the world, according to most surveys.
Learn more about the Australian academic system, the inner workings of the health care system and how to find the best deals on domestic airfare. Local staff offer advice and helpful hints to make the semester a success.
Sydney Walking Tour & Wildlife Park
Our experienced local staff provide unique insight and fun facts as they provide an insiders' look into one of the most amazing cities in the world.
Afterwards, become acquainted with Australia's native animals. Hold a kangaroo, koala or wombat. Definitely a student favorite!
Abseiling/Rappelling Trip to the Blue Mountains
Enjoy a trip to the breathtaking Blue Mountains National Park, one of 16 World Heritage Listed Sites in Australia. Here you will marvel at the majestic landscape, scenic waterfalls, awe-inspiring sandstone cliffs, iconic views of the Three Sisters, and the ever-present blue haze that descends over the mountains.
While you're here, test your limits in one of the most popular adventure sports in Australia. Work with experienced guides to descend from cliffs as high as 100 feet, surrounded by the amazing sandstone formations and valley of the Blue Mountains.
This three-hour evening cruise allows students to view the city and harbor from a truly unique perspective. Ending with an Australian contemporary dinner and free time to explore the nightlife of Sydney, this farewell activity is a student favorite.
Students choose from several activities including: IMAX Theatre, Sydney Aquarium, Center Point Tower, Sydney Opera House or a surf lesson.
Complete details can be found in our Acceptance Package after applying to the program.