Bond University - 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 Bond University through our partner International Studies Abroad.

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


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this Bond 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.

Bond University’s Study Abroad program gives you the opportunity to study for a semester at Australia’s highest rating university for educational experience*, located in the heart of Queensland’s favorite holiday destination.

With the lowest student to staff ratio of any university in Australia**, you’ll thrive in Bond’s small classes where their internationally renowned academics know each student by name. You’ll have a choice of more than 2,000 subjects, available through the Faculties of Law, Business, Humanities & Social Sciences, Health Sciences & Medicine, as well as the Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture. Your studies at Bond can be credited towards your current degree (subject to approval from your home institution) and their January, May and September semester start dates align with the Northern Hemisphere school schedule, ensuring minimum disruption to your study timetable.

When you’re not attending lectures and hitting the books, you’ll discover there’s even more to life at Bond University. Their world-class campus gives you access to unparalleled study and recreational facilities, including two libraries, computer labs, studio facilities, e-courtrooms, a fully equipped gymnasium, sporting fields and an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Bond has a wide range of active social clubs and on-campus student associations, counseling and medical facilities, and tutorial support, as well as round-the-clock security.

Situated in the heart of Queensland’s Gold Coast, you’ll also enjoy the lifestyle of their world famous beaches, shopping centers, restaurants, theme parks, national parks and the opportunity to travel further afield to Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef.

Above all, your Study Abroad experience will connect you to a global network of new friends and future business associates as you study, play and live with a dynamic, multi-cultural community of students and academics who hail from some 80 different countries.

* Australia’s Highest Rating University for Educational Experience in the 2013 Good Universities Guide

** 2008 Student to Teacher Ratio, Universities Australia



Learn more about Bond University:


Location Quickfacts (estimated)

Distance to city center by bus:

30 minutes

Distance to Brisbane by train:

1 hour

Distance to local airport by bus:

1 hour 

Bond is located on the Gold Coast, where you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds: all the modern conveniences, entertainment, and excitement of city life, mixed with the leisure lifestyle of an internationally renowned beach resort destination. The Gold Coast is internationally famous for offering over 40 miles of uninterrupted golden surfing beaches and world heritage listed national parks. The campus is a five-minute walk to Varsity Lakes, offering a shopping precinct of cafes, restaurants, post office and boutique stores.

The Gold Coast also has a good transport system with convenient access to the domestic and international airports at Coolangatta and Brisbane, a modern rail link, and an interstate bus terminal. From the Gold Coast, you can easily travel to all parts of Queensland, Australia and the rest of the world, including internationally famous tourist resort areas such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Sunshine Coast, and Byron Bay.

Academic Highlights

Bond University Ratings

Bond University is Australia’s highest rating university for educational experience in the 2013 Good Universities Guide. The independent consumer guide is Australia’s definitive guide to university performance, providing ratings, rankings and information about all Australian higher education institutions.

With its three, 14-week semesters each year, Bond is the only Australian university to offer a three-semester-per-year structure compatible with the USA academic year. This allows you to commence a study abroad program without disrupting your study schedule at your home institution. You may study abroad for up to two semesters at a time and can enroll in a range of subjects across all faculties.


University Services

Bond University has a range of facilities and services on campus including two coffee houses, eateries, a university bookshop, numerous computer labs, two libraries, film and television studios, access to a doctor and nurse on campus, and a 24-hour on-site security service. All students have free access to the Internet and their own student email account. Bond also has trained counselors available year round to assist with academic and personal matters.

The University’s sports centre features basketball, tennis, badminton, volleyball and squash courts; rugby, soccer, and hockey fields; a fully equipped gymnasium; and a heated Olympic–size swimming pool. All students have full access to these facilities as well as free aerobics, circuit training, and yoga classes.


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 can apply for after acceptance of your offer. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

Students who stay at Bond University can stay in pre-arranged, partially catered, on-campus residential halls or in pre-arranged apartment-style accommodation located within 10 minutes walk of the campus. Students can live in furnished, single or twin share bedrooms, depending on the housing option. Some students prefer to wait until they arrive to locate an apartment on their own and an accommodation provider can assist you in organizing this option with you.


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>

Bond University Orientation

For the benefit of new students, Bond offers a comprehensive orientation program, called O-Week, starting on the Monday prior to the start of classes each semester. There are campus tours, Aussie barbeques, academic and study abroad information sessions, trivia, and theme nights, plus numerous other social activities that provide the perfect opportunity to meet others. There is also an Information Hub set up for new students where you can collect your ID cards, set up your student email account, receive enrolment assistance, and gain local information about banks, bus timetables, and cell phones. 

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, Bond University supports GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students with a number of scholarships reaching a total of $8,000 USD per year. Bond also offers two AUD $400 book awards per year.

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. 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>

Bond University Excursions

Bond University works closely with Student Flights, a local travel agency located on campus. Student Flights can help you organize different adventures all over Australia and New Zealand. Most students' study abroad schedule allows them time to travel, sightsee, and experience the best the Gold Coast and surrounding areas have to offer.

Opportunities exist for students to participate in organized group trips on weekends involving visits to the Australia Zoo, surfing tours, island hopping in the Whitsundays, a visit to Byron Bay and Fraser Island, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, and possibly a visit to the Australian Outback and the Northern Territory

Service Learning Projects

Students who engage in service-learning projects at Bond University have an opportunity to translate theory into practice. Service-learning is about real-world, real-time experiences. It provides students with opportunities to learn through application, creating a product or service that benefits the larger community around them. Service-learning projects help to generate a sense of social responsibility that students will carry with them into their future professional career.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

With over 25 percent of Bond students living on campus, there are many opportunities for student initiated clubs and activities. Over 70 sporting, cultural, and entertainment based clubs and societies exist, including golf, netball, scuba diving, rugby, dance, rowing, ice hockey, drama, soccer, music, basketball, rock climbing, volleyball, debating, surfing, boxing, and photography. 

In addition to these, a number of societies can be found which represent the many diversified cultures and nationalities on campus. Hundreds of further activities also exist on campus, and students can arrange day or weekend trips for activities such as surfing, bush walking, mountain climbing, horse riding and camping, etc.

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 the Gold Coast or discover your own upon arrival!

Enhance Your Experience

Global Citizens Development Modules

The Global Citizen Development modules are online learning components designed to help you explore your study abroad destination and experience at a whole new level. These modules are not mandatory, however we strongly encourage your participation as they will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges you may encounter when participating in a study abroad program, as well as expose you to cultural insights and knowledge about your host country to help make your program abroad even more successful and fulfilling. Through the 3 modules, you will refine your skills in cross-cultural observation, adaptation, and communication.  


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 Grading Conversion Guide.

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact


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Bond University
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsApproximately $3,800 - $4,800
Housing without MealsApproximately $3,600 - $4,600
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. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Program Manager

Advice From The Program Team:
Students have said that the Bond campus, right in the heart of the Gold Coast, is extremely clean and friendly, and hold a strong sense of family among its students. Many students really like the small size and diversity of activities available on campus.