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 50,000 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: http://www.griffith.edu.au/
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).
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.
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).
(Spring semester equivalent)
Trimester 1: mid February to late June
(Fall semester equivalent)
Trimester 2: early July to mid October
(Semester accepted in UM exchanges only by special case)
Trimester 3: mid October to mid February
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: English
Language requirement: none
University website: www.griffith.edu.au
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
Gold Coast: 60 miles
Sydney: 1.5 hour flight
Cairns: 2 hour flight
Melbourne: 2 hour flight
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.
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.