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Griffith University was founded in 1970 with the goal of offering new degrees in progressive fields and integrating immersive teaching. It has since grown into a large, comprehensive, and research-intensive university, ranking in the top 2% of universities worldwide with many areas of study in the world’s top 50. Griffith’s strong teaching focus has been rewarded by having Australia’s #1 university teacher for the past two years, and 5 QS starts for graduate employability, as well as offering community internship positions to all study abroad students.
Due to the range of housing options, the housing fees are billed separately.
Fall Housing Fees: $4,200-$4,500
Housing Fees: $4,200-$4,500 per trimester
*Due to the range of housing options, housing costs have been separated out from the program costs. API reserves the right to change fees based on placements, inclusions, currency fluctuations, or other factors. These fees include internet, electricity, linens, and kitchen utensils. Housing is billed separately and once housing placement has been confirmed. Please contact the API office for more information.
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Brisbane/Gold Coast programs. All excursions and cultural events are subject to change.
API Brisbane students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in Byron Bay. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API, and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new region and to allow for a smoother transition into Australian life. Students will spend two nights together in a hostel before moving into their semester housing on day three.
Midway through the semester, all API Australia students will fly to Cairns, Northern Queensland for a three-night adventure. This excursion will include opportunities to learn about Aboriginal culture, the flora and fauna unique to the country, and partake in day snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef!
On this guided tour of the Gold Coast Hinterland, students will check out the stunning waterfalls and experience guided rainforest walks in Springbrook National Park.
Enjoy a beverage and the amazing view from 77 floors up, and see the Gold Coast from a new angle!
Voted one of the top tourist destinations on the Gold Coast, this trip allows students to visit with unique Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, and wombats!
Help restore the environment at Lions Head Park as part of the API Gives Back Project. Afterward, enjoy the iconic Australian brunch at a local cafe.
Students will watch and learn about the iconic Australian sport, Aussie Rules
The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are heritage-listed cliffs across the river from Brisbane’s CBD. Enjoy uninterrupted views of Brisbane as you abseil (rappel) down the 20 meter high cliffs.
Help facilitate ecological restoration by joining the Carrara Floodplain LandCare Group to remove weeds and plant trees. After, enjoy a beverage and the expansive views from one of Australia’s tallest buildings – the Q1 building. With 360 degree views of Brisbane to the north, the hinterland to the west, Byron Bay to the south & the Pacific Ocean to the east--this is on the checklist of every visitor to the Gold Coast!
Students kayak along the Brisbane River and see some of the popular South Brisbane area and the city from a different angle.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per trimester
API students at Griffith will be able to take courses in a number of subject areas, including business, criminology, creative and visual arts, education, engineering, health, music, sciences, tourism and hospitality, and more! Students can take courses at the Brisbane campuses (Nathan, South Bank, Mt. Gravatt), or the Gold Coast Campus. Griffith University also holds AACSB accreditation.
Griffith University features an Honors College program (extracurricular), as well as a community internship offering (for credit). For more information on these options, contact the API Australia Program Manager.
API students receive a transcript from Griffith University upon completion of their program.
Renata will be your Resident Coordinator in Brisbane/Gold Coast and a resource for you while you are in Australia!
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
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Griffith University offers a wide variety of courses in the following subjects, the vast majority of which are open to study abroad students: Architecture, Construction and Planning, Business and Government, Criminology and Law, Education, Engineering and IT, Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Music and Performing arts, Science and Environment, and Visual and Creative Arts
Courses at Griffith University consist of a mixture of lectures and tutorials. Laboratory and field experience may also be key components of specific subjects. Generally, lectures meet 1-2 times per week in large lecture halls, whereas tutorials are typically conducted once per week in smaller groups. Self-directed study and outside reading are also important components of the course structure.
Griffith University (Brisbane) in Australia operates on a credit ‘point’ system. A typical course at Griffith is equal to 10 credit points. Full-time status is 40 credits (typically 4 subjects). 1 subject at Griffith University is equivalent to 3-4 U.S. semester credits or 4-6 U.S. quarter credits. Students should be sure to check equivalencies with their home university in order to maintain their full-time enrollment (12 U.S. credits).
Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.
Language of Instruction: English
Griffith University Class Catalog
Community Internship Program - Griffith offers a 10 CP (3-4 U.S. semester credits) free-choice elective course to all students who have completed a minimum of 80 CP of study. This 50-hour minimum internship opportunity provides an opportunity for students to develop a range of professional and personal skills while making a difference in their community. The community internship may be related to the student’s discipline studies or could be an opportunity to explore working with an organization outside of their normal discipline learning context. Community Partners who have joined with the University to offer internships to students include organizations, schools, government departments and corporations engaged in not-for-profit community activities.
Specialized Semester Certificate - This certificate program provides an opportunity for students to gain recognition and experience in a specialized study area offered by Griffith University. The certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete at least 3 courses from one of the available specialties, including arts/humanities, education and law, environmental management, international business, marketing, multimedia, and sustainability. Students should have some experience in the field of their specialty. A typical full-time study load is 4 courses per semester, so students in this program can still take 1 additional course outside of the certificate to complement their semester abroad. For more information, contact the API Australia Program Manager.
Griffith Honours College Responsibilities Include:
Meeting with Manager, Griffith Honours College: The Manager of the Griffith Honours College (GHC) will be the students' personal mentor for the semester. GHC Manager will take Study Abroad students for coffee (probably in a group, depending on campus) when they first arrive.
Professional development plan meeting: GHC Manager will also have one-on-one sessions with the students. One-on-one meeting(s) will primarily focus on developing a professional development plan where the GHC Manager will review students CV’s and identify gaps which need to be filled in order for them to take steps closer to their ‘dream career’.
Griffith Honours College Buddy: Students will be matched up with a current GHC student buddy – usually based on same study area or personal interests
Compulsory events: Students will have a few compulsory events to attend throughout the year.
Griffith Honours College workshops: Students will have the opportunity to attend a series of GHC workshops throughout the semester focusing on areas such as critical thinking, crucial conversations, leadership, networking, mental health first aid etc
Volunteering opportunities: Students will have the opportunity to participate in various volunteering activities throughout the semester, usually focused on the community or environment
For more information, contact the API Australia Program Manager.
Engineering Research Program - Students studying engineering or a related area may be eligible to undertake the 4604ENG Internship Research Project as part of their study abroad program at Griffith University. This course is equivalent to a full-time study load and provides the opportunity for students to undertake a research internship with a Griffith University academic supervisor. For more information on this option, contact the API Program Manager. For more information, contact the API Australia Program Manager.
Language of Instruction: English
All API Brisbane students will be housed in a student apartment complex within a 20-25 minute walk/bus ride to all Brisbane campuses. Students will have their own private bedrooms, and share common areas such as a kitchen, dining/lounge room, and bathroom facilities with their flatmates. The housing cost includes internet, utilities, linens, and kitchen supplies.
Due to the range of housing options, housing costs have been separated out from the program costs. The housing range for this program is $2,900-$3,900 per trimester for students at any of the Brisbane Griffith campuses at Mt. Gravatt, Nathan, or South Bank (API reserves the right to change fees based on placements, inclusions, currency fluctuations, or other factors). Housing is billed separately and once housing placement has been confirmed. Please contact the API office for more information.