Sunshine Coast on show to international education agents
  • Tuesday 27 March 2018
ImageA group of 14 international student agents have visited our region as part of Study Sunshine Coast’s Familiarisation Program aimed at increasing international student enrolments on the Coast.

Study Sunshine Coast, an initiative of council and Education Sunshine Coast Inc., showcases the Sunshine Coast in an effort to grow overall international student visitation numbers, international student placements and study tours.

Agents from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane representing key international student markets including Japan, China, Korea, India, Latin America and Europe participated in the five-day program, visiting education providers including the University of the Sunshine Coast, TAFE Queensland and Lexis English, as well as tourism attractions and tourism operators.

Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said education and research had been identified as one of the high-value industries as part of the Regional Economic Development Strategy and contributed significantly to the economy.

“Study Sunshine Coast is a key tool in growing the education industry which employs more than 11,000 people in the region and famil programs like this are key to that growth,” Cr Robinson said.

“The famil program showcased the diverse and highly regarded education offering within our region and also the lifestyle and tourism features that would complement the education experience for international students.”

Study Sunshine Coast coordinator Kim Baldwin said the Sunshine Coast was becoming an increasingly popular and desirable destination for study purposes as it provided an authentic Australian study experience as well as being a great place to visit.

“International students studying in Queensland are often visited by friends and relatives while they are here, contributing to growth in tourism visitation,” Ms Baldwin said.

“Education visitation to Queensland has grown over the past three years with one in 23 international visitors coming to Queensland for education purposes.

“Via Study Sunshine Coast we are also highlighting to local students the high quality education and employment opportunities available right here on the Sunshine Coast.

The Study Sunshine Coast International Student Agent Famil Program secured funding through Trade and Investment Queensland’s International Education and Training (IET) Partnership Fund as part of its International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016 – 2026 and visited the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Fraser Coast regions.

Any inquiries in relation to Study Sunshine Coast can be directed to the Study Sunshine Coast Coordinator on 07 5458 8833 or by email to or visit