- Fall: March 1
- Spring: November 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
Academics at Engage Australia: Griffith University
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The IFSA-Butler Team
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