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Griffith University (Partner)
Brisbane, Australia; Gold Coast, Australia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Year (SH)
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
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Majors & Minors:
Accounting, Administrative Systems Management, Anthropology, Applied Science, Art, Art History and Criticism, Art Studio, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Central and Southwest Asian Studies, Chemistry, Climate Change Studies, Communication Studies, Computer Applications, Computer Science, East Asian Studies, Ecological Restoration, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Forestry, Geosciences, Global Public Health, Health and Human Performance, Human and Family Development, International Business, International Development Studies, International Field Geosciences, Japanese, Journalism, Law, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Arts, Microbiology, Music, Music Education, Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management, Physics, Political Science, Political Science - History, Psychology, Radio-Television Production, Resource Conservation, Sociology, South and Southeast Asian Studies, Wilderness Studies, Wildland Fire Sciences and Management, Wildlife Biology
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Minimum GPA:
Program Type:
Partner Exchange, Partner Study Abroad
Program Description:
Griffith University

Australian Flag      Australian Beach

Established in 1975, Griffith University is regarded as one of the most innovative universities in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.  With five campuses in Queensland (Gold Coast, Nathan, Mt. Gravatt, Logan and South Bank) Griffith is the 9th largest university in Australia with 43,000 students.

Griffith offers classes in over 300 degree areas.  Among them are:  Humanities and Languages, Business, Communication, Education, Environmental and Health Sciences, Law, Music, and Science.  Programs and courses can be found at:

Housing & Meals
Students living at the Mt. Gravatt, Nathan, or the Gold Coast campus may choose to live in self-catered student housing,.  Students can also live in single-room units with meals provided in on-campus dining halls (Mt. Gravatt and Nathan only).  At the Logan and South Bank campuses, students will be assisted with finding off-campus housing.  There is also the option of home stays (not available at the Gold Coast). 

Cost Information
Exchange students pay their regular tuition to UM, and their room and board in Australia.  Study Abroad students pay Griffith’s Study Abroad tuition rate (AUD$8,280), and room and board in Australia.  Depending on what type of housing you decide on the University of Griffith offers SAEX program which cost around AUD$6,412.57 Per semester, on-campus housing costs approximately AUD$2,320; with a meal plan it costs AUD$3,900.  It costs AUD$180 per week to live with a local family.  Students must also budget AUD$185 per semester for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), and US$420 for a student visa to Australia.  Financial aid can be applied towards living and travel expenses while on exchange.   

Credit Transfer
Students register for classes upon arrival at Griffith; space will be held in the courses UM students request.  Students should enroll in four 10-credit courses at Griffith (10 Griffith credits = 4 UM credits). 

Program Dates
Semester 1:  mid February to  late June
Semester 2:  mid July to   mid November

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: English
Language requirement: none
University  website:
Length of  exchange: semester or year; note that Griffith’s academic year is from February-November, with a semester break in July

Queensland at a Glance


Varies across state: warm coastal temperatures, more tropical towards the North, cooler inland weather

Proximity to
Brisbane to:
Gold Coast: 60 miles
Sydney: 1.5 hour flight
Cairns:  2 hour flight
Melbourne: 2 hour flight

Queensland, Australia
The Sunshine State

Queensland, Australia’s north easternmost state, earns it’s name, the Sunshine State, with 300 days of sunshine a year.  It is home to some of the country’s most dazzling attractions and friendliest people.  With vibrant cities, miles of white sand coastline, tropical rainforests, and access to the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland has it all. 
Brisbane, or Brissie as it’s called, is the capital of Queensland and Australia’s third largest city with 1.5 million people.  Brisbane is a beautiful city with tall skyscrapers, a rugby stadium, and numerous botanical gardens. Some of the best views of the city are from water taxis on the the Brisbane River, which runs through the heart of Brisbane.  Griffith’s South Bank campus is located here; Mt. Gravatt, Nathan, and Logan campuses are located outside Brisbane’s city limits, in the surrounding suburbs.
Gold Coast
Located 60 miles south of Brisbane are the high rises and white sandy beaches of the Gold Coast, Australia’s holiday destination.  People flock here for world class surfing,  international cuisine, theme parks, golf courses, and nightlife.  The Gold Coast campus, located in a quiet neighborhood, is just a 10 minute bus ride from the beach and the action.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 01/30/2016 02/09/2016 07/13/2016 11/20/2016
Academic Year 2016-2017 01/30/2016 02/16/2016 TBA TBA
Spring 2017 04/29/2016 05/14/2016 02/15/2017 06/22/2017
Year (SH) 2017 04/29/2016 05/14/2016 02/15/2017 11/21/2017
Fall 2017 01/30/2017 02/15/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 01/30/2017 02/15/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2018 05/03/2017 05/17/2017 TBA TBA
Year (SH) 2018 05/03/2017 05/17/2017 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 01/30/2018 02/14/2018 TBA TBA