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.

Snapshot

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

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Application Deadlines:
Spring - Nov 1
Fall - June 30

4,200 Students

2.5 GPA to apply

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Suburban Location
Traditional Campus

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

Overview

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

Program Details

Orientation

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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HOUSING

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.

University

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.

Courses

Courses

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.

Discipline
Subject Area
Business
  • 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
Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
Environment
  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainable Resource Management
Health
  • 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
Science
  • 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

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • 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

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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

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.

Scholarships

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.


UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

We Love Bond

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

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

Q&A

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.

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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