Janice is an international student from Guilin, Guangxi Province in China, who studied for a bachelor’s degree in Business and Hotel Management at Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia. After graduating, she stayed in the Gold coast, where she works in high-end retail.
Choosing and applying for University
Although I am from a very small city back in China, my city is very famous for tourism and I had always wanted to do something related to that field, like Hospitality and Tourism Management. I found out that, unlike Canada and the USA, a bachelor’s in Australia is a three-year degree, not four, so that immediately offered me the advantage of shortening the time that I needed to spend overseas, thereby reducing the costs.
I like doing my own research and while my parents had always wanted me to go to a very famous University, I was more interested in a University that actually teaches something that’s both useful and practical. I found that when I told agents that I wanted to do Hotel Management, they inevitably referred me to Griffith University. Even though this initially did not grab my attention, so many agents continually reaffirmed it was an outstanding and very real-world orientated University; so good, in fact, that I began to look at student reviews. Immediately, I noticed the diversity of students at Griffith, including those local students who had attended Griffith. What really enticed me was these same local students gave really positive reviews and this contributed immensely to my decision to go there. The rest is history, as they say. In the end, I did lots of research before I finally came to Australia and I definitely do not regret my choice.
Since my parents had to pay my tuition fees, costs were important. Griffith is not super expensive. Compared to other Universities in Queensland, it was nearly half the cost. International students like me, whose families have to pay all the tuition fees, really have to take that into consideration. The application process was also pretty straightforward and because I made sure I achieved a high IELTS score, I could go straight into my degree and avoid starting at college or language school.