IFSA Griffith University Partnership

Gold Coast, Australia


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: November 15

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Griffith University

Spend a semester in the Sunshine State. Live and study by the beach at the Gold Coast campus in Surfer's Paradise. Or, if art is your thing, study at Queensland College of Art on the banks of the Brisbane River.

Griffith University Benefits

  • Study at one of the Asia-Pacific region's most progressive and dynamic universities offering a wide range of studies and many interdisciplinary offerings
  • Top ranked subjects include business (AACSB accredited), criminal justice, tourism, physics and creative arts
  • Study abroad students eligible for Griffith's prestigious Honours College 
  • Live in Gold Coast, just minutes from some of Australia's best beaches

The IFSA 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 Griffith University Partnership


Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Griffith University Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

To browse the complete list of Griffith University courses, open the Griffith University online course catalog.

Students enroll in 4 classes each worth 10 Griffith University Credit Points for a total of 16 U.S. semester credit hours. 
Queensland College of Art 
The school is located across the river from the central business district in Brisbane. Please note that these schools have additional portfolio/audition requirements. Please reach out to your Program Advisor to learn more. 

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.
Special Curriculum Options
Specialized Semester Certificate
The Specialized Semester Certificate is an opportunity for students to gain recognition and experience in a specialized area of study offered by Griffith University. The certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete at least 3 courses from one of the listed specializations in Arts, Education, and Law or Griffith Business School. Please note that  Digital Media is only available at Gold Coast. A typical full-time study load is four courses per semester, so you still have flexibility to include a course outside of the specialization to either complement or differentiate your semester abroad. 
Course Restrictions
  • Fourth-year (4000) courses are electives.
  • 5000 courses are electives for some study areas only (e.g. Law)
  • 6000 courses are undergraduate Honours courses. These are available only to students who are currently an Honours student at their home university.
  • 7000 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
Experiential Learning
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.
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 Griffith University Partnership
Accounting Advertising American/Canadian Studies Animal Science Animation Architecture and Design Asian Studies Astronomy Athletic Training Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Science Biotechnology Botany/Plant Science Business Business Law Chemistry Chinese Civil Engineering Classics Communications Community Studies Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Cybersecurity Earth Science Ecology Economics Electrical/Electronic Engineering English English Literature Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Engineering Environmental Health Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Fashion Marketing and Merchandising Film Production Finance Foreign Language, Other Forestry Genetics Geography Geology German Graphic Design Health Administration/Management Health Education Health Studies History Hospitality & Tourism Human Resources Human Rights Human Services Human and Child Development Illustration/Drawing Immunology Indigenous Studies Industrial and Organizational Psychology Information Technology Intelligence/Security Studies Interior Design International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Italian Japanese Journalism Kinesiology/Exercise Science Landscape Architecture Law/Legal Studies Linguistics Management Marine Science/Oceanography Marketing Materials Science and Engineering Mathematics Media/Multimedia Studies Microbiology Molecular and Cellular Biology Nutrition/Food Science Organizational Management Painting Peace/Conflict Studies Pharmacy/Pharmacology Photography Physics Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy Poetry Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies Population Studies/Demography Psychology Public Relations Public/Global Health Sculpture Secondary Education Social Justice Social Policy Social Work Sociology Spanish Special Education Sports and Recreation Management Statistics Studio Art Telecommunications Theater/Drama Women and Gender Studies Zoology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory
Griffith Gold Coast students can choose between on campus apartments at Griffith University Village (GUV) or the off–campus Surfers Century apartments. Students at GUV have their own bedroom in a five– bedroom apartment. Kitchens have shared bathroom, kitchen and living areas and all meals are self–catered. Students at Surfers Century live in self-catered apartments with their fellow study abroad students just a few blocks from the heart of Surfer's Paradise beach and a 25–minute train or bus ride from the university. At Surfers Century, 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. Students  in the Queensland College of Art live in the self-catered Urbanest apartments in South Bank, Brisbane's cultural suburb. Students have their own bedroom and bathroom and share an apartment with other study abroad students.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Kerry Uniyal

Program Advisor, Australia, China, India, Israel, Custom

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Resident Director

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Christi Hoover

Resident Director, Australia

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Academic Affairs Director

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Caroline Zuhone

Academic Records Coordinator

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
February 10, 2020
Program End Date
June 7, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Students enrolled at the Griffith University Queensland College of Art will incur a supplemental fee of approximately $3000 for tuition and housing combined.  Housing is based on Surfer's Century Apartments. Students incur a supplemental fee if placed in Griffith Village ($1425).

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Fall 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
June 23, 2020
Program End Date
October 18, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
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