Griffith University - Gold Coast - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at Griffith University through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Griffith University and all other Australia program options.   

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this Griffith University program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. . Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers semester and year abroad programs at Griffith University. Griffith is a young and dynamic university with a focus on issues of global importance and has established a reputation as one of the nation's leading universities. With campuses positioned in Queensland's fastest growing area, the Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor, the University caters for more than 40,000 students, including more than 10,000 international students from over 130 nations. More than 3, 000 staff includes outstanding teachers and researchers as well as administrative staff across the University to support your Griffith experience.

You can choose to study in either the Gold Coast, at the Griffith Gold Coast Campus, or in Brisbane at the Nathan, Mt Gravatt (within 10 minutes of one another), or Brisbane City campuses. The Brisbane City campus at Southbank is located 20 minutes from the main Nathan campus and is home to the Queensland Conservatorium (Australia's largest music school) and the Queensland College of Art (one of Australia’s oldest art and design colleges).

The University is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. It offers flexible degree programs and multidisciplinary courses for a changing world. Griffith University is culturally diverse and has exchange agreements with more than 200 overseas institutions.



Learn more about Griffith University:




Location Quickfacts (estimated)

Distance to city center by bus:

20 minutes

Distance to nearest airport by train:

1 hour

About the Gold Coast

Queensland is the fastest growing state in Australia with the perfect climate of mild winters and warm summers; it has beautiful forests and beaches, and is safe and secure with a clean environment. The Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast are among the internationally famous tourist attractions in the state.

The Gold Coast is about 40 miles southeast of Brisbane. It is known as one of Australia’s most famous holiday spots, balancing breathtaking natural beauty and a buzzing cosmopolitan atmosphere. Students can enjoy some of the world’s best beaches and forest areas, excellent restaurants, shopping centers, and sporting facilities. There are an extensive range of clubs and societies available to learn new skills and meet new people.

Around the University

The Gold Coast campus is conveniently located just a 10 minute bus ride from Southport - a main coastal suburb of the Gold Coast which offers students a range of amenities, including banks, restaurants, grocery shops and other popular retail outlets. It is also a main transportation hub for buses linking to other parts of the Gold Coast. Suburbs like Southport, which are close to campus and the Gold Coast's famous beaches, are also very popular housing options for students and the Griffith University Village is part of the campus. The campus itself is surrounded by bushland residential areas and as such, is easily accessible by bike and on foot.

Academic Highlights

Griffith teaches across most academic disciplines and has particular strengths in:

  • International Business & Asian Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Management
  • Visual & Creative Arts, Film & Animation
  • Exercise Science & Nutrition
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Social Justice and Social Enterprise
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Engineering (Civil, Coastal, Construction Mgmt, Environmental, Electronic)

Griffith is home to one of the oldest and most competitive art colleges in Australia, the Queensland College of Art (QCA) and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University (QCGU) – one of Australia’s leading music institutions.

The Griffith Business School has AACSB International accreditation and is a member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative.

A number of Griffith academic staff are recognised each year with Australian Learning and Teaching Council Awards for Teaching Excellence and Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Griffith offers a Community Internship course which is credit-bearing and entails up to 50 hours of community service work during your semester abroad. This free-elective course provides you with an opportunity to engage your academic learning with a community-based real life project. Examples of projects completed include the following: finance liaison and promotions assistant, event assistant, fundraising research assistant, project coordinator assistant, social media engagement researcher, HR assistant, administration support, mum's group support, homework clubs, court support, and youth mentoring. 


University Services

Griffith’s extensive support services include:
  • Student access to Internet and e-mail, including wireless hot spots
  • Teaching and research laboratories
  • Dedicated Study Abroad team
  • Academic support workshops for students (eg. academic writing, library skills, computing skills, time management)
  • 24-hour student access computer labs
  • On-campus health center
  • Multimedia laboratories
  • Visual art studio
  • Drama theatre
  • Retail facilities including bookshop, post office, travel agent, bank teller machine, cafes


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

On the Gold Coast campus students have the option of living in pre-arranged single bedroom, self-catered apartment style accommodation located adjacent from the campus. Students who choose off-campus accommodation have access to the services of the Griffith University Accommodation Officer. Typically, students find accommodation in suburbs near campus or in beachside apartments within a 30-40 minute bus ride of the Gold Coast campus.


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Griffith University Orientation

In addition, Griffith University will provide an onsite orientation after arrival at the university. The transition to a new culture for arriving international students is an experience that has a certain element of anxiety and stress. Griffith University’s International Office has staff committed to helping international students adjust to their new academic and living environment. A comprehensive orientation program specifically designed to meet the needs of study abroad students has been developed, and staff of the Study Abroad & Exchange Office are available to assist students throughout their time at Griffith.

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, Griffith University offers four US$500 scholarships per year for GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students.

Special Programs/Excursions


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee

In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more> 

Study Abroad students participate in a focused orientation session that provides the key information required for students to make the most of their time at Griffith. Orientation is followed by a meet-and-greet function which gives all new study abroad students an opportunity to extend their network. In addition, the following excursions are available:

  • An optional 3-day Bryon Bay orientation trip is available to study abroad students and includes a range of cultural and social activities. Byron Bay is a beach town located south of the Gold Coast with a relaxed feel and magnificent natural scenery.
  • The Study Abroad staff organize a number of small events during the semester such as sporting competitions and networking functions and provide information regarding other available activities.
  • The Gold Coast Student Guild offers events and activities during the semester such as race day, a beach party and live music events.
  • There are a range of organized trips available during semester break through the campus travel agency or students can use this time to travel independently in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

Griffith University is located in the southeast corner of Queensland in one of the world's most livable climates. 300 days of sunshine per year enable residents to enjoy the outdoors year round. Griffith University, through its student representative councils, offers all students the opportunity to participate in sporting and recreation clubs. With a range of student clubs at Griffith, you’ll be able to meet people and enjoy the active Aussie lifestyle no matter what your interests. There are endless opportunities to enjoy the local environment - learn to surf, take a stroll through the region’s rainforest, or participate in one of the many outdoor recreation activities.

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Australian culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Brisbane or discover your own upon arrival!

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact 

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Griffith University - Gold Coast
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsN/A
Housing without MealsApproximately $6,500 - $7,000
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.




Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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Advice From The Program Team:
Griffith Gold Coast Campus: "Queensland is the "Sunshine State", so be prepared to have lots of fun in the sun! Surfing, scuba diving, swimming, enjoying the beach. It's all there!"