IFSA Engage Australia: Griffith University

Gold Coast, Australia

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Term
Fall, Spring
Language of Instruction

English

Language Prerequisite

None

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: March 1—EXTENTED to March 15
  • Spring: November 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
2.5
Typical Credit Load:
15

About Engage Australia: Griffith

Based at Griffith University's beautiful Gold Coast campus, this affordable program takes integration to the next level by balancing university classes and internship options with our signature Exploring Community & Culture course. You will have countless opportunities to develop intercultural agility through enhanced local engagement and a behind-the-scenes look at Australia that you could never learn in a classroom.

Engage Australia: Griffith Benefits

  • Engage in a cost-conscious program with an optional internship and a focus on connections for your future career
  • IFSA's exclusive Exploring Community & Culture course will deepen your appreciation for Aussie culture and give you a behind-the-scenes look at your city that you could never learn in a classroom or see on a tour bus
  • Live in Gold Coast with easy access to some of Australia's best beaches

The IFSA-Butler Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Engage Australia: Griffith University

Courses
To browse Griffith University courses, open the Griffith University online course catalog.
 
For a list of pre-approved courses, please find selections below:
Semester 1 Pre-Approved Course List
Semester 2 Pre-Approved Course List
 
Selecting courses from this list means that your enrollment will be approved without requiring the faculty at Griffith to assess your qualifications. However, courses are subject to space restrictions and can change before the start or during the first two weeks of the trimester. Selecting one or more of these courses does not guarantee you a place in the course(s).

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
Course Restrictions
As an IFSA 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.
 
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
  • When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the Australian academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
  • First-year (1000-level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
  • Second-year (2000-level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
  • Third-year (3000-level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
  • Fourth-year (4000-level) 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.
  • Remember in Australia, U.S. fall semester = semester 2 and U.S. spring semester = semester 1. Be sure to select courses for the correct semester you are studying abroad.
Experiential Learning
Exploring Community & Culture
Set yourself apart from other students studying abroad with IFSA's Exploring Community & Culture (C&C) course. This course is exclusive to IFSA and is an embedded component of every Engage program. C&C offers you the exciting chance to experience your host city in a way most visitors never can. It is designed to take study abroad to another level. While abroad, do you want to do what locals do? Go where they go? See your new culture and environment through their eyes? The C&C core course helps the unfamiliar place become more familiar and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Australia and your host city that you could never learn in a classroom or see on a tour bus. This course is worth 3 Butler University credits and focuses on helping you develop strong skill sets through direct, local engagement with your host city, including team building, intercultural communication and critical analysis. It provides the opportunity to learn about what makes Australia and its communities unique, and how and where you fit in. You'll meet regularly with your instructor and other Engage Australia students to undertake discussions, special excursions and presentations. In addition, you will choose from a variety of activities through which you engage with your host campus and community, taking your very local experience in Australia to another level.

Internship

Community internship at Griffith University: Give back to the community by volunteering 50 hours during the semester in structured activities, projects or research. Some examples of past internships include: environmental work, executive assistance, event planning, social media work, marketing assistance, research project assistance, human resources intern or community development work. Internships are unpaid but are worth 4 U.S. semester credits (replacing one class). Internship placements may be subject to a successful interview upon arrival. If a student does not receive a placement upon arrival, another course can be easily added during registration.
Transcripts
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Engage Australia: Griffith University
Accounting Advertising American/Canadian Studies Animal Science / Wildlife Management Animation Animation/Illustration Architecture and Design Asian Studies Astronomy Aviation Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Science Biotechnology Botany/Plant Science Business Business Law Business Psychology Chemistry Chinese Civil Engineering Classics Communications Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Cybersecurity Early Childhood Education Earth Science Ecology Economics Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English English Literature Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Engineering Environmental Health Environmental Science/Studies Equine Studies European History European Studies Exercise Science/Kinesiology Fashion Design Film Production Finance Food Science/Nutrition Forestry Gaming Genetics Geography Geology German Graphic Design Health Administration/Management Health Education Health Studies History Hospitality & Tourism Human Resources Human Rights Human and Child Development Immunology Indigenous Studies Information Technology Intelligence/Security Studies Interior Design International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Italian Japanese Journalism Landscape Architecture Law/Legal Studies Management Management Information Systems Marine Science Marketing Materials Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Media/Multimedia Studies Microbiology Middle Eastern Studies Midwifery Molecular and Cellular Biology Music Business Music Studies Music Technology Natural Resource Management Neuroscience Nursing Occupational Therapy Painting Peace/Conflict Studies Pharmacy/Pharmacology Photography Physical Education/Sports Studies Physics Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy Political Science Population Studies Public Policy Public Relations Public/Global Health Secondary Education Social Work Sociology Spanish Special Education Speech Pathology Sports and Recreation Management Statistics Telecommunications Translation Viticulture and Oenology Women and Gender Studies Zoology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Apartment/Flat
Meals
Self-catered
Details
Engage Griffith students live in self-catered apartments with their fellow study abroad students a few blocks from the heart of Surfer's Paradise beach and a 25 minute train or bus ride from the university. Students share a bedroom and a bathroom with another student on the program, with four total students living in a two bedroom/two bathroom apartment

The IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
February 13, 2018
Program End Date
June 24, 2018

Program Fees

Tuition
$12,700
Housing
$3,275
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$15,975
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,900
Meals
$1,780
Books & Supplies
$200
Local Transportation
$570
Visa
$420
Personal Expenses
$1,905
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$6,775

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
July 1, 2018
Program End Date
October 21, 2018

Program Fees

Tuition
$12,550
Housing
$3,725
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$16,275
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,900
Meals
$1,550
Books & Supplies
$200
Local Transportation
$500
Visa
$420
Personal Expenses
$1,660
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$6,230