Business, Tourism, Criminal Justice & Liberal Arts
Located in the town of Southport, just 20 minutes via bus from the famous Surfer's Paradise, Griffith University's Gold Coast campus offers a dynamic student lifestyle with state-of-the-art academic facilities, a variety of on-campus services, several restaurants and cafes and extensive athletic amenities. Ranked among the top 350 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education, 2018), Griffith offers courses in nearly every discipline including: Criminal Justice, Tourism, Business, Psychology, Humanities, Information Technology, and so many more. In addition to it's wide array of course offerings, Griffith also offers the unique opportunity to enroll in a Community Internship, a credit-bearing internship allowing you to gain valuable professional experience within the Gold Coast community.
Cricos Code: 00233E
Fall 2 2020
Late Jun, 2020 - Mid Oct, 2020
Apr 01, 2020
40 Credit Points
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Housing is not included in the price above. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section.
Trimester + Trimester Programs Available: You may participate in the Spring + Fall sessions of this program by selecting both trimesters when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, including Fall + Spring options, please contact your Gold Coast Program Manager.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
- You must have Sophomore standing (second year) and be enrolled in a four-year university at the time of participation.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 16
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 24
- Course Selection
The courses listed below are only a sampling of what the university offers. Please see the full Griffith University Course Catalog, linked below, for additional courses.
As part of the Study Abroad Program at Griffith University, you have the opportunity to undertake an academically assessed internship alongside three other academic courses at the University. The internship is the equivalent of one course (10 Credit Points / 3-4 US credits). If you are interested in participating in this course, please indicate 3002LFC Community Internship on your ISA Pre-Registration form, once accepted. Internship placements are competitive and therefore it is in your best interest to apply early. For more detailed information, click the course link below or contact the Gold Coast Program Manager
- Course Structure
Classes are lecture style with seminar (small group) sessions following the lecture. Focus is on individual study.
- Course Credit
Per Griffith University's recommendation, 10 credit points = 3-4 U.S. semester credits (4-6 U.S. quarter credits). The final decision regarding credit transfer is determined by your home university.
- Transcript Information
The transcript from Griffith University will reflect credit points for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding credit transfer for this program.
- COURSE LEVEL RECOMMENDATIONS
ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on Griffith University course codes. All Griffith University course codes contain a 4 digit numeral which indicates the level of the course. Courses that start with 1 are first-year courses, 2 second-year, and 3 third-year. The large majority of courses open to ISA students at Griffith University are part of 3-year degree programs. Course codes beginning with 2 or 3 are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
ISA provides a sample list of courses available on this program; however, for the most up-to-date course listings, please visit the Griffith University Course Catalog linked below.
How to Navigate the Course Catalog
- Type a keyword into the search bar.
- In the left of the search bar you will find an icon of 3 stacked lines. Click this icon to apply filters.
- Course level = undergraduate
- Commencing = term you are attending Griffith
- Trimester 1 = U.S. Spring (February)
- Trimester 2 = U.S. Fall (mid-June)
- Campus = Gold Coast
- Within the search results, click any course title for additional course details.
*IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT COURSES*
- Course offerings are updated close to the semester. When selecting courses, refer to the "usually available" section of 'Course Study Information" and make sure that your term of study is listed.
- Trimester 1 = US Spring
- Trimester 2 = US Fall
- Courses with the "CCJ" course code are strictly reserved for students (local or study abroad) pursuing Criminal Justice or Criminology degrees.
- Environmental Science (ENV) courses at Griffith are very restricted for study abroad students. HERE are the most commonly approved courses for study abroad students within the ENV discipline.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Gold Coast lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. There are many differences in culture and lifestyle between Australia and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is an open and adaptable mind. With a variety of accommodations available to you, you're sure to find one that will help you feel right at home.
Housing is provided on all ISA programs in Australia at an additional cost. Costs vary according to accommodation selected and session, but range from $4,000 - $4,325, without meals (subject to change). We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodation; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
Apartment Without Meals
As a Griffith University student living in our apartment without meals option, you will be adjacent to campus and within walking distance of all academic buildings. Placements are in a single bedroom within a 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom, co-ed flat. Linens and access to laundry facilities are included. Meals, however, are not included, but apartments are equipped with a full kitchen.
Luxury Beach Apartment Without Meals
Luxury beach apartment accommodation at Griffith University presents you with the opportunity to live just steps from the ocean in the bustling beach suburb of Broadbeach. This is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment shared among 4 ISA students attending Griffith University and is convenient to public transit routes. Meals are not included, but the apartment has a full kitchen. Bed linen and Internet packages are included.
You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will be responsible for your own housing during the program and will forgo any ISA assistance for housing matters.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions present you with the opportunity to experience the diverse, Indigenous culture and inspiring landscapes of southeast Queensland. As a student studying in Gold Coast, you will begin your semester with an exciting 4-day Bridging Cultures Program in Byron Bay and you will have the chance to attend one weekend trip and two day trips to the following destinations throughout the semester.
Byron Bay + Bridging Cultures Program
Kick-off your semester abroad with ISA during our 4-day Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) in beautiful Byron Bay. The BCP integrates our ISA on-site orientation with exciting activities aimed at introducing Australian culture, helping you define your study abroad goals, and encouraging you to meet other students. Activities include: Surf Lessons, Aboriginal Culture in Australia Ceremony, a Community Farming Lesson, a Bush Tucker Walk and Food Experience, a Visit to the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse, a Kangaroo and Koala encounter at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and most importantly, an informative, interactive, and memorable start to your study abroad experience.
North Stradbroke Island
Enjoy a weekend getaway to "Straddie," the world's second largest sand island, and a favorite destination among locals. Soak up the sub-tropical climate and experience one of many unique recreational, historical, and cultural activities that the island provides, including sand-boarding, kayaking, and learning about the distinctive culture of the Quandamooka people. Most importantly, savor the beauty and slow-paced lifestyle of this local gem.
Springbrook National Park and Natural Bridge
Situated within the Gold Coast Hinderland and World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest is Springbrook National Park and Natural Bridge. This stunning, often overlooked, environment is the remnant of a volcanic eruption on Mt. Warning in the neighboring state of New South Wales. It boasts impressive waterfalls, an abundance of native vegetation and wildlife, and some of the oldest forests in Australia.
Cultural Activities in Gold Coast
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of the Gold Coast. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes the Gold Coast special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included Burleigh Heights Beach day, Tallebudgera Creek River Walk, a local rugby game, Miami Marketta, and a Hinterlands Day trip.