Griffith University has been ranked among the top 3% of all universities across the world. Griffith's five campuses are situated in a range of South East Queensland locations, from pristine bushland a short drive from the center of Brisbane to one of Australia's most iconic coastal cities. Brisbane's brilliant weather, lush riverfront parklands, unique architecture, and vibrant nightlife are just some of the reasons it was named Australia's hippest city by Lonely Planet in 2014. With a population of just over 2 million, it has all the advantages of a modern metropolis while retaining the vibe of a small town.
Students have the opportunity to study at any of Griffith's 5 Gold Coast campuses - Gold Coast, Logan, Mt. Gravatt, Nathan, or South Bank. Most students choose to study at either the Gold Coast Campus (located in Australia's 6th largest city and one of its most iconic destinations complete with mild, sunny weather and pristine, golden beaches) or the Nathan campus (located a twenty minute ride from the center of Brisbane).
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
Need help figuring out which campus is the best for you? This page details where courses of a certain major are offered.
Students must take a minimum of 3 units per term and a maximum of 4 units. Cross-campus study is not available.
Pre-Approved Credits & Petitioning for Transfer Credit
The Global Education Office has a list of courses that have been pre-approved for transfer back to Mason. You can view the lists online
. These lists get updated every semester. You are by no means limited to these courses. If you wish to take a course not on your university's list, you will need to complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form to get the course pre-approved. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application. If you wish to take a course on the pre-approved list, you will still need to include it on the PTC form so we can verify you will be full-time while abroad.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Registration at Griffith occurs online a few weeks before the trimester starts. As part of the Griffith application process, students will inform Griffith of the courses they wish to take. If a course isn't on their study abroad pre-approved list (see Courses Available section), students will have to be evaluated to see if they meet the prerequisites. Griffith will guide you through this process.
The academic calendar at Griffith University is a trimester. Mason students are able to study abroad in the spring (Trimester 1 - end of February to mid-June) or fall (Trimester 2 - early July to mid-October). Students may only study for Trimester 3 (late October to mid-February) if they apply to Griffith for the entire academic year.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Griffith. A full-time course load is 30-40 units. A typical unit is 10 credits.
- 10 Griffith Credits Points = 4 Mason Credits
This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Griffith.
|High Distinction (HD) - 7
|Distinction (D) - 6
|Credit (Cr) - 5
|Pass (P) - 4
|Fail (F) - 3-0
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
All students have the option of living on campus in shared, fully-furnished apartments with a common area, kitchen and bathroom or with an Australian family for the semester. Most Mason students live on Nathan or Mt. Gravatt campuses as housing on the Gold Coast campus is the most expensive. There is a bus between these campuses as well as to the South Bank campus.
As a study abroad student, you can study at the Gold Coast
, Mt. Gravatt
, or South Bank
Campus. Need help figuring out which campus is the best for you? This page details where courses of a certain major are offered.
The following are the most popular campuses:
The Gold Coast Campus is minutes away from world-famous beaches such as Surfer's Paradise. The average temperature is 15° C-25° C (59° F-77° F) and it boasts 300 days of sunshine a year. More than 500,000 people call the Gold Coast home and 18,000 students attend Griffith's campus there. The campus offers a dynamic and exciting student lifestyle, with extensive sporting amenities, handy on-campus services, and a range of cafes and restaurants.
Situated in tranquil bushland on the edge of Toohey Forest, the Nathan campus is a short walk or bus ride from the Mt Gravatt campus or a 20-minute drive from the Brisbane Central Business District. Brisbane is a vibrant, expanding city with a beautiful climate and superb lifestyle. The average temperature is 15° C-26° C (59° F-79° F) and it boasts 283 days of sunshine a year. It's considered one of the world's most liveable cities with a population of 2.27 million and 14,000 students at the Griffith Campus. The campus also has fully catered and self-catered accommodation options, plus a range of sporting facilities.
Griffith University offers a number of services to students in order to better their experience. More details can be found on this website
The university hosts a compulsory Inbound Student Orientation to welcome all new Study Abroad and Exchange students to Griffith. The session discusses important information and advice for making the most of your experience at Griffith and includes activities and prize competitions.
Griffith offers a free airport pick up from the Brisbane and Gold Coast airports.
Griffith Orientation Trip
Griffith offers pre-orientation trips that occur before the trimester begins. Locations and activities vary. Past trip include Bryon Bay. Trips are not included and can be purchased directly from Griffith.
Griffith Mates are a diverse group of students who speak around 30 different languages. They welcome students during Orientation Week and host fun events and volunteering activities to help you make new friends, expand your worldview and enhance your cross-cultural and leadership skills.
Program Cost (2019-2020)
- Application Fee
- Tuition and registration fees (Mason and Griffith University) for 40 Griffith credits
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Australian Overseas Student Health Coverage (OSHC)
- Round-trip airfare
- Personal spending
Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 18 (for Fall programs) or November 26 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2 (for Fall programs) or December 17 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Late October-Early November*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Australia's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.