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As the only university in Australia with an academic calendar similar to that of the U.S., Bond University allows students with difficult schedules to spend a semester abroad in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and still be back in time for summer obligations. Here students can study an array of subjects thanks to the university’s comprehensive course offerings. In addition to the convenient calendar, Bond participants enjoy studying with students from around the world and amazing housing options, including TEAN’s accommodation adjacent to campus or even beach housing.
Enjoy your study abroad experience at Australia's first private university - TEAN’s Bond University program is the top ranked study abroad program in Australia and second in the world based on student reviews from Abroad101.com
Select from our full suite of housing options - live on the beach in our off-campus apartments, adjacent to campus in high quality apartments, or in on-campus housing at Bond
Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive six-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning
Live on the Gold Coast, known for its ideal climate, great beaches and exciting nightlife
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Gold Coast-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester
TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.
With TEAN’s beachside housing, off-campus apartments adjacent to campus or on-campus in shared rooms, there are housing options to suit all budgets. TEAN’s beach housing places you a block from the beach and a bus ride to campus.
Throughout your semester you will meet with the Gold Coast Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.
About Bond University
- Bond University is the first private, not-for-profit university in Australia, offering a personalized academic environment and student body of approximately 4,200.
- Bond is the only Australian University that offers a tri-semester year, allowing students to commence a study abroad program in January, May or September.
- Nearly 50% of the student population is made up of international students from up to 70 different countries.
- Bond boasts Australia’s lowest student to staff ratio of 11:1.
- The campus has a unique architectural design with sandstone buildings surrounding a lake encompassed by lawns where students love to socialize and all facilities are within easy walking distance.
- Bond University is located just a 15-minute bus ride from Gold Coast beaches in the suburb of Robina, surrounded by cafes, restaurants and other local services.
Academic Departments and Schools at Bond University are divided into academic divisions: Architecture; Business; Communication; Creative Media; Health Sciences & Medicine; Humanities & Global Studies; Law; Property & Sustainable Development; and Social Sciences.
Courses (called “subjects” at Bond) are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses view our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 subjects per semester (between 30 and 50 Bond credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 2.5 GPA. Students with a 2.35-2.5 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Students must be enrolled in a two-year or four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment at Bond University.
- First-year students may be considered for acceptance.
Events & Excursions
Activities / Immersion
Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you into the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Gold Coast-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.
In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening on the Gold Coast. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.
Learn to Surf
You can’t come to the Gold Coast and not hit the surf! We get the experts to teach you. After the lesson, Cheyne Horan – ex-world surfing champ and current Australian SLS champion – takes you to the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) to meet some locals, introduce you to the SLSC culture in Australia and explain why it is so important to Australians.
Rugby League Game
Come and cheer for the Gold Coast Professional Rugby League Team – The Titans. You have to catch this game and see this professional Australian sport in all its glory!!
While the Gold Coast is all about the outdoors, Australians still enjoy their fabulous coffee. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake (or a warm caramel infused doughnut) at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your Resident Director.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 1|
|Fall Deadline||June 30|
|Summer Deadline||March 1|
|Application Deadline||Nov 1|
|Date of Departure||Jan 2|
|TEAN Orientation||Jan 4||Jan 9|
|Housing Move-In||Jan 9|
|University Orientation||Jan 9||Jan 13|
|Classes Begin||Jan 16|
|Exam Period||Apr 13||Apr 24|
|Program Ends||Apr 25*|
*Dates are subject to change. Please consult with your Program Manager before booking any flights.
|Date of Departure||Aug 29|
|TEAN Orientation||Aug 31||Sept 5|
|Housing Move-In||Sept 5|
|University Orientation||Sept 5||Sept 9|
|Classes Begin||Sept 12|
|Classes End||Dec 2|
|Exam Period||Dec 9||Dec 17|
|Program Ends||Dec 18|
|Date of Departure||May 7|
|Housing Move-In||May 9|
|University Orientation||May 9||May 13|
|Classes Begin||May 16|
|Exam Period||Aug 12||Aug 19|
|Program Ends||Aug 21|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition and services: $13,690
- Housing (on/off campus): $2,830 – $6,975
- Full tuition
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged, off-campus housing or on-campus housing
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Services of local Resident Directors
- Six-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations, and transportation
- Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
- Wireless internet access in TEAN beach housing and on-campus housing
- Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
- Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries
- Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pickup and reception upon arrival and airport transfer at end of semester (during the scheduled pickup window)
- Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
- Gold Coast Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
- Student union fees at host university
- Host university orientation
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($2,300)
- Domestic airfare in US ($500)
- Student visa ($475)
- Books ($365)
- Meals during the semester ($2,000)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.
In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, Bond University provides an additional four AU$1,000 scholarships and one AU$400 book scholarship each semester. Any TEAN Bond students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for these university specific scholarships.
"Living on the Gold Coast was like living in a dream."
"I had thought my University back in the states had a stunning campus, but Bond blew me away."
We Love Bond
Gold Coast Tip
The best cheap eat on the Gold Coast can be found at Govinda’s Pure Vegetarian in Burleigh Heads. This place is busy, cramped and loud – don’t expect fine dining here with silver service – but if you want a fast, delicious and cheap meal this is your place. Great food at a great price including kofta balls, amazing salads, awesome kebabs, pasta bake and desserts.
What is your role at TEAN?
I am the Resident Director for Queensland and responsible for working with our in-country study abroad students in our schools across this state. My role is to ensure that all students are supported and mentored and experience cultural events relevant to their location. I am the study abroad “mom” to all of my groups and try to ensure they stay focused on their schooling and experience all that their location has to offer. I like to get them to see the value of their study abroad semester and how it will benefit them in the future. I am also the Full Degree Program Manager for TEAN. In this role I work with students who are interested in taking their entire degree program in Australia or New Zealand.
How did you come to this current role?
I have been working in International Education since 1995. I have been involved in the study abroad and international offices at both Griffith University and Bond University on the Gold Coast. While at Bond University I managed the study abroad program for North America and was responsible for building partnerships with programs and U.S. schools. I have travelled extensively through North America and have visited many of our partner schools. I started working with TEAN as the Queensland Resident Director in 2010.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Seeing students grow and become more independent during their semester. Watching students learn to problem solve issues and gain confidence to make decisions on their own. I enjoy getting to know the groups and each group are varied and unique. I like seeing them develop lifelong friendships amongst the groups and enjoy watching them have fun at the various cultural events I arrange. I have met some amazing students over the years, who I am still in touch with today.
How do you work with students who are interested in pursuing their full degree abroad?
I am their go to person from start to finish. I help them narrow down their university choices, submit applications and answer any questions they may have through the process.When offers come in, I then assist them to accept the best option for them and talk them through next steps. This includes who to contact about U.S loans and aid, how to apply for their visa and enrolment. Being in the same time zone as the schools here and it makes it easy for me to follow up. I also have lots of contacts that i can reach out to directly, so it saves them time and stress.
What are some top reasons a student should consider a full degree in Australia or New Zealand?
You will be pursuing a quality education at some of the world’s top ranked universities while enjoying a personalized education. Australia and New Zealand are desirable places to live and attract high quality professors from all over the world. You will also graduate with a competitive advantage – most people don’t study overseas and having an international qualification and living in another country puts you ahead of your peers who stay in the U.S. You will also have gained a new network of international contacts.
Gold Coast Tip
Learning to Surf
Currumbin Alley is the perfect spot for those wanting to learn to surf or just beginning – nice slow breaking waves and a protected area
Where did you study abroad?
I studied on the Gold Coast of Australia with TEAN at Bond University. I have loved going from participant to now advising on the program. Think beaches, outdoor restaurants, sunshine and sunscreen and it has my name written all over it.
What do you think makes TEAN unique?
Hands down, our staff. The TEAN staff really pours their hearts and souls into our students to make their experience (before, during, after) legendary. It’s a pretty great crew we’ve got here and I’m so happy others recognize us as dedicated to student success.
How do you advise a student who wants to go to New Zealand?
When speaking with new applicants, I ask why they chose a particular program. The reasons will always vary but in that conversation, I’m listening for quite a few things: interests, typical activities they’re looking to do abroad, personality, to name a few. If a student comes to me completely unguided, I ask what they envision for studying abroad. Are they in a city? A mountain? A beach? Campus setting? From there, I take them on a little imaginative day in a respective city and see how they fare with that. Internally, I use a barometer of city life — Auckland to Wellington to Dunedin. I throw in Christchurch and Palmerston North when I know their keen on a city like those. If that fails (or they want wherever), I go into campus settings. New Zealand has a nice divide of city campuses and traditional settings.
What advice would you give to students applying for scholarships?
Aside from following all the directions, work to make yourself stand out. I’ve read probably close to 500 scholarship applications and I still remember a good number of the winners because their stories, experiences, credentials have stuck with me. The scholarship committee will read close to 100 applications on certain application cycles, so we are looking for students who have excelled outside of the classroom and within experiences. Everyone has an experience that has shaped why they want to go abroad but the really good scholarship applicants have applied that experience to their everyday life and told us about that, not the experience itself.
What is your favorite travel or study abroad quote?
“Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.” I love this quote because sometimes I’m guilty of thinking travel isn’t top priority and I should save my money towards tangible investments. The little reminder of, “Don’t be sorry” propels me to book that plane ticket.
Senior Program Manager
Gold Coast Tip
Cafe with Wifi
The Hub in Market Square, near campus, is a great café with many food, drink, and coffee options…AND free WiFi! Free WiFi is a rarity in Australian cafes, so this gem is worth keeping in mind.