Australia Study Abroad Program at Griffith University
About Griffith University in Brisbane & Gold Coast, Australia
- Required GPA: 2.5 (4.0 scale)
- Application deadlines: November 15 for semester 1 (Feb-June)
November 15 for calendar year (Feb-Nov)
March 15 for semester 2 (July-Nov)
March 15 for academic year (July-June)
- Program advisor: Chris Dixon
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We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at Griffith University for your semester or year abroad. Griffith University boasts being in one of Australia's most beautiful areas—the Sunshine State! From Brisbane (Nathan campus) to Surfer's Paradise (Gold Coast campus) we're sure you're going to love studying there!
There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.
What Griffith has to offer
- One of the Asia-Pacific region's most progressive and dynamic universities
- A wide range of studies and many interdisciplinary offerings
- Three campuses: Nathan in Toohey National Park, 15 minutes from central Brisbane; the art and music schools, across the river from the central business district; and Gold Coast, a modern campus in a native bushland setting, one hour from Brisbane
- The Queensland College of Art on the Gold Coast campus and the prestigious Queensland Conservatorium of Music
- Campus amenities include a general store, restaurants, cafe bar, bookshop, bank, post office, travel agency and sports facilities
- Housing at the Nathan Campus is in residence halls
- Housing at the Gold Coast Campus is in furnished apartments within walking distance of classes
- All Gold Coast students purchase or prepare their own meals
- Students in the art and music schools live in Nathan residences
- The IFSA-Butler program fee includes three meals per day for Nathan residents
- Cross-registration is possible for the Nathan Campus and the art and music schools
- Students usually take four courses per semester
- AACSB International accredited business school
We look forward to working with you!
CourseWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
- Open the Griffith University online course catalog.
- On the "Keyword Search" tab, you can type in a keyword to search for courses that may be related.
- Click the "Search" button. Make sure each course is offered during the correct semester and on the campus which you are interested in attending. Click on the "Catalog Number" to get a brief description of the course.
What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.
When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the Australian academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
- First-year (1000) courses are appropriate for subjects in which you have little or no prior study.
- Second-year (2000) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Third-year (3000) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
- Fourth-year (4000) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
- The semester(s) in which the course is offered: Select "Semester 1" for spring and "Semester 2" for the fall.
- Prerequisites: Please note that you will have to fulfill any prerequisites listed in the course description. For a brief description of the course, click on the "Catalog Number." Generally, you must have some background in the subjects you wish to study at your host institution. List only those courses for which you are academically prepared.
- Location: You must choose whether you want to study at the Nathan campus or the Gold Coast campus. Students studying at Nathan campus may take courses at the Mt. Gravatt campus simultaneously. QCA (Queensland College of Art) and QCM (Queensland Conservatorium of Music) students may supplement their schedule with general courses on the Nathan campus.
Queensland College of Art portfolio requirements:
- Applicants should submit 25-30 photographs or original works such as drawings, designs, painting, prints or collages. This work should demonstrate drawing skills, imagination, innovation, or experimentation with process most appropriate to the field of study.
- For studies in animation you may submit an original animated film, video or CD in addition to your portfolio.
- For studies in Film & Television the portfolio may include original scripts (or other creative writing, photographs, videotapes of theatre performances worked in, drawing or other evidence of artistic ability).
Queensland Conservatorium of Music audition requirements:
- Applicants should submit a good quality audition recording (CD and/or videotape) of at least 15 minutes duration. The audition recording should be signed by the person in charge of the recording, as being an unedited recording.
- Classical Vocal and Instrumental applicants must complete a performance audition based on three contrasting pieces of their choice. Vocal selections must be within vocal capabilities, but showing potential. Pieces will not necessarily be heard in their entirety.
- Jazz/Contemporary applicants must complete a performance audition based on three contrasting pieces. At least one of these should demonstrate an ability to improvise over a common jazz form, such as blues or a 32-bar standard tune. At least one of the repertoire selections should be a blues or jazz standard in the style of such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett or Kurt Elling. A jazz standard is virtually any song by Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Arlen, Schwartz, Ellington. Use of pre-recorded or live accompaniment is acceptable.
- Suggested Jazz/Contemporary repertoire:
- Blues: Now's the Time, C-Jam Blues, Centrepiece, Sonny, Moon for Two
- Bossa nova: Black Orpheus, Blue Bossa, Gentle Rain, Recordame, Perdido, any song by Antonio Carlos Jobim
- Standards: Autumn Leaves, Summertime, Beautiful Love, God Bless the Child, Stormy Weather, Misty, Take the ‘A' Train, any standard by Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Schwartz, Rodgers, Ellington, Arlen, Cahn.
- Jazz Drummers may include a snare drum study as one of the pieces.
- Saxophonists may include a technical etude (Niehaus, Snidero) as one of the pieces.
- Pianists may include a transcription (Brubeck, Evans, Powell) as one of the pieces.
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.
Fourth-year (4000) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. At Griffith University, a full course load consists of 40 Griffith University points per semester or 80 Griffith University points per year. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select.
Most students enroll in four classes each worth 10 Griffith University Credit Points for a total of 16 U.S. semester credit hours.
10 GU credit points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
15 GU credit points = 6 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Griffith University course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections. You will have the opportunity to enroll online before the semester begins, but you will be able to make changes when you arrive on campus if necessary.
What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade query or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at Griffith University. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
Housing OptionsWhat are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad.
- Gold Coast campus
Griffith University Village (GUV) is located a five-minute walk from campus. Units at the large modern complex are composed of five-bedroom apartments. The GUV has a swimming pool, resource center, convenience store, café, BBQ area and on-site management who implement a social program of activities each semester.
Each apartment has a kitchen with a refrigerator, oven, microwave, cooktops and cupboards. The shared lounge is equipped with a dining table/chairs, TV and coffee table. Linen packs are available for purchase upon arrival. When you move in, you will meet with your flatmates to discuss what utensils you wish to purchase for the apartment.
Each bedroom has a cable Internet connection and telephone access. On-site management arranges the connection; usage fees apply. All apartments and individual bedrooms are secure and fitted with key-lock doors and lockable windows. The apartment complex has security patrols and on-call security guards after hours. On-site management and RAs are available for after hours emergencies.
- Nathan campus, including the Queensland College of Art (QCA) and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCM)
Bellenden Ker residential college is located on the Nathan campus in natural bushland. Students are housed in single bedrooms with separate bathroom facilities for men and women. The dorm is mainly occupied by first and second-year students. No linens are supplied. Each room has a telephone and internet connection; usage fees apply. There is also a 24-hour computer room with printing facilities. This residential college boasts a young, social environment.
Self-catered flats are located on the Nathan campus and are only available in case of a special accommodation requirement or if the residential college exceeds capacity. The IFSA-Butler housing fee is the same for both self-catered flats and the residential college. Students live in single bedrooms in six- to eight-bedroom flats with shared kitchens and bathrooms. The apartments are mainly occupied by second and third-years students. No linens are supplied. Students must pay to use the internet connection available in each room.
Please note that beds in Griffith housing are "king twin size," five inches longer and five inches wider than U.S. twin mattresses, so we strongly recommend that you purchase linens upon arrival in Australia.
Gold Coast Campus
Griffith University Village is self-catered, so students purchase and prepare their own meals. Meal plans are not available. Each apartment has a kitchen with a refrigerator, oven, microwave, cooktops and cupboards. The shared lounge is equipped with a dining table/chairs, TV and coffee table.
At Bellenden Ker residential college, a full, required meal plan is included (21 meals).
In the event students are placed in on-campus flats, they will be responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for any commuting costs you may incur. Australian university housing requires students to move out during breaks between semesters. If you are studying abroad for a year and wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during these breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Australia for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by December 1 for spring and semester 1 programs or by May 1 for fall and semester 2 programs. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after these dates.
BrisbaneLiving and Studying Abroad in Brisbane, AustraliaAbout Brisbane
Population: 1.8 million
Location: State of QueenslandCity features
- The state capital of Queensland
- A multicultural city of tropical charm with a laid-back outdoor lifestyle
- Australia's greenest city
- The region's unique plants and animals are a common sight throughout the city
- A great nightlife with a casino, clubs and activities
- Travel west from Brisbane to national parks of subtropical rainforests and mountains
- Head north to visit Sunshine Coast beaches, rainforests, tourist attractions and wildlife parks
- Head south to the Gold Coast-"surfers' paradise"-and its miles of beaches, outdoor activities, theme parks, nightlife and shopping
- Explore the largest sand dunes in the world at Stradbroke, Moreton and Fraser islands
- Visit the Great Barrier Reef, the largest World Heritage area with 1,500 species of fish and 350 types of coral
Brisbane and Queensland News
Living and Studying Abroad in Gold Coast, Australia
About Gold Coast
Population: State of Queensland, in east central Australia
- A fast-growing metropolis and one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations
- Famous for its sun, surf and sand
- The city features 70 kilometers of beautiful beaches, vast rainforest and breathtaking scenery
- More than 500 restaurants, major shopping centers, four major theme parks and nightlife galore
- Visit the surrounding area's rainforest, natural wetlands, sugar cane farms and outdoor recreation facilities
- Attend the city's numerous international sporting events that range from surfing competitions to horse races to golf
Gold Coast Tourism
Gold Coast City Council
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
All program support services end on the “Program Ends” date.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Australia exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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What's included in our Australia program fees
Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services and housing. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name.
**The housing component of our program fee includes three meals per day for students housed on the Nathan campus. Students studying at the Gold Coast campus purchase or prepare their own meals.
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
**Meals: The program fee for Nathan campus and Queensland College of Art includes three meals per day. Students on the Gold Coast campus purchase or cook their own meals.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the Griffith University program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the Griffith University program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to Griffith University for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the Griffith University program, you can check the status of your application using the student portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Australia:
Program Advisor Chris Dixon assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Chris can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4266. Chris has been with the Institute for Study Abroad for the past 3 years. After studying abroad himself several times as an undergraduate, Chris earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations and came to work for IFSA-Butler. He currently acts as a program advisor for English-speaking programs and focuses on advising students studying in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.
Student Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-3077.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our student services coordinator Lindsay Simoncavage. Click here to read more about Lindsay.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Paige Ward processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Paige graduated from Butler University, and she studied abroad for a semester in Paris, Belfast, London and the English Lake District. Studying abroad for Paige was an eye-opening and knowledge-gaining experience, and she is excited to work with students who are looking for the same. Paige can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4254.