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).
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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.
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 12-15 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)
|Conceded Pass (PC)
Internship Course and Placement Process
Students are required to enroll in Community Internship (3002LFC) as a participant on this semester program. The Community Internship Course is worth 10 Cps (credit points). Students should plan to choose three additional courses to be considered a full-time student for the semester.
Choosing Courses Abroad
Other than the required Community Internship Course (3002LFC) this program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.
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.
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.
Fall 2020: $7966
- Application Fee
- Tuition and registration fees (Mason and Griffith University) for 40 Griffith credits
- Internship Placement
- 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 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 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 (Fall Semester) or the "Confirmation of Financial Aid" form (Spring Semester) 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.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall 2020 application cycle is now open! The deadline is 3/10/2020 but we encourage students to apply well in advance of the deadline, as acceptances are rolling.
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 deposit: $200 to be paid through your MasonAbroad application
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.
Most recent Resume/CV: Students are encouraged to visit Mason's Career Services Center to learn more about writing and formatting resumes and CV's. You can also schedule an advising session with GEO's Experiential Programs Administrator as well.
Personal Statement: Similar to a "cover letter", students are required to submit a statement indicating their motivations for applying to this internship program and the kind of internship experience they hope to have during their time at Griffith. Students should also indicate their major/minor and industry or field of interest so as to best assist the Griffith community internship team.
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.