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.


Semester Program
(August - December, January - April, May - August)


Application Deadlines:
Spring - Nov 1
Fall - June 30

4,200 Students

2.5 GPA to apply


Suburban Location
Traditional Campus

Off-Campus Beachside Apartments
Off-Campus Apartments walking distance to campus
On-Campus Dormitories


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

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

Program Details


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.

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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.


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 at Bond, refer to Step 2 – Get Schooled – of our 6 easy steps to studying abroad. You can also refer to our Bond University online course catalog instructions for a listing of all courses, and how to navigate the online catalog. Students enroll in 3-4 subjects per semester (between 30 and 50 Bond credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Subject Area
  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Advertising
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Construction Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Sports Management
  • Tourism
Communications & Media
  • Animation
  • Cinematography
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Media/Multimedia
  • New Media
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Construction Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Dietetics
  • Disability Studies
  • Food Science
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Criminology
  • Family/Human Studies (Humanities)
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
International Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Genetics
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Statistics
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Photography
  • Video Game Design
  • Web 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!!

Coffee Breaks

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.

Program Dates

Spring 2017

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
Semester Break N/A
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.

Fall 2016

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
Semester Break  N/A
Classes End Dec 2
Exam Period  Dec 9 Dec 17
Program Ends  Dec 18

Summer 2016

Date of Departure May 7
TEAN Orientation N/A
Housing Move-In May 9
University Orientation May 9 May 13
Classes Begin May 16
Semester Break N/A
Exam Period Aug 12 Aug 19
Program Ends Aug 21

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2017

  • Tuition and services: $13,690
  • Housing (on/off campus): $2,830 – $6,975

What’s Included

  • 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.


TEAN Scholarships

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.

We Love Bond

Helen Armitage

Helen Armitage

Resident Director - Queensland

Gold Coast Tip
Cheap Eats

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.

Kaylie Adams-2

Kaylie Adams

Program Manager

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

Kate McSurley

Kate McSurley

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.

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