The Griffith University Nathan campus offers students the opportunity to enjoy the vibrancy of Brisbane, while also benefitting from a wide choice of course offerings. The campus is a short commute from the city, with beautiful natural surrounds on the edge of Toohey Forest. Nathan is the original Griffith campus and is an excellent fit for students in environment, sustainability and bio-sciences. Students live in Griffith’s on-campus housing with single rooms. 

Overview

Spend a semester at a university with comprehensive course offerings, known for its university-wide commitment to sustainability

Be part of a welcoming community, living in Griffith's on-campus housing

Live in Brisbane, known for its subtropical climate, friendly locals and cosmopolitan vibe

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive five-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning

Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand excursion

Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester

Take three courses instead of four to receive discounted tuition. (Three courses is equivalent to 9 – 12 U.S. credits depending on your home university’s credit transfer policy.)

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 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

Students attending Griffith’s Nathan campus live on-campus in dorms and apartments with singles rooms. Some of the accommodations have shared kitchen facilities, laundry and common areas. There is meal plan required as part of the on-campus living, in the catered options.


TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Australia, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Brisbane 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.

Meet the Team

University

About Griffith University – Brisbane

  • Griffith University was established in 1971 as a new kind of Australian university – one that offered courses in progressive fields such as Asian Studies and environmental science. While progressive then, these academic areas are now more relevant than ever.
  • Ranked in the top 50 universities in the world for hospitality and leisure management, nursing, performing arts and sports-related subjects (QS World University subject rankings 2020).
  • Griffith University has five campuses spread throughout southeastern Queensland, the Nathan campus is the original with more than 13,000 students.
  • Griffith Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), placing Griffith in the top 5% of business schools worldwide.
  • The Griffith Nathan campus is easily connected to Brisbane by public transport on the bus 

Location

Griffith University has two locations in Brisbane that TEAN students attend depending on their classes. The Nathan campus is easily connected to Brisbane by public transport on the bus and the South Bank campus is in the city. View the google map links of the Nathan campus and South Bank location.

Courses

Courses

Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3 – 4 subjects per semester (between 30 and 50 Griffith credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Find Courses 

Academic Departments and Schools at Griffith University are divided into 10 academic divisions: Arts, Languages & Criminology, Business, Education, Engineering & Information Technology, Environment, Planning & Architecture, Health, Law, Music, Science, Visual & Creative Arts.

Discipline
Subject Area
Business
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Asian Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate / Property
  • Sports Management
  • Tourism
Communications & Media
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations
Education
  • Education
Engineering
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering, Electrical
  • Engineering, Environmental
Environment
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
Health
  • Nursing
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
International Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian Language / Studies
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
Science
  • Aviation
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Cell Biology
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physics
  • Statistics
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Architecture
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design

Internship

Community Internship

The Griffith University Community Internship is a 10-credit point course. The internship places you in a community (not-for-profit) organization related to your major where you put into practice your academic learning and give back to the local community. With more than 395 different placement options, you will be matched to a placement related to your major. A volunteer placement is a great way to demonstrate real-world experience to future employers and get to know the Australian community. The course requires a 50-hour (minimum) commitment in the placement. More information will be provided to interested students upon application to a TEAN Griffith University program.

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • 2.5 GPA.
  • Students must be enrolled in a two-year or four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment at Griffith University.
  • Second semester, Freshmen students may be considered for acceptance. To undertake the Community Internship students must be in their second year.

Events & Excursions

ACTIVITIES / IMMERSION

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Brisbane-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 in Brisbane. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.

Brisbane River Kayaking

Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced paddler, kayaking on Brisbane’s beautiful river is the perfect way to discover the city. Friendly instructors will help guide you as you maneuver your kayaks down the river.

Aussie Rules Football Game

Come and cheer for the home team – the Brisbane Lions. You have to catch this game and see this professional Australian sport in all its glory! Don’t worry – our staff will explain the rules.

Australia Zoo Visit

Home of The Crocodile Hunter, the Australia Zoo is known as one of the world’s largest and best wildlife conservation facilities. Exploring the zoo and getting to know its special wildlife is an incredible, must-do experience while in Australia.


Optional Excursions

During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.  

South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion.

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Thailand

Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore incredible Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed.

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Melbourne, Australia

Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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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 18
Fall Deadline April 23

Fall 2021*

Date of Departure Late June
TEAN Orientation TBD
University Orientation July 12
Classes Begin July 19
Semester Break Aug 9 Aug 13
Classes End Oct 15
Study Period Oct 18 Oct 20
Exam Period Oct 21 Oct 30
Program Ends Oct 31

*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.

Spring 2021

This program not running for Spring 2021. Please check back for future available terms.

Date of Departure Feb 13
Arrival in Australia Feb 15
TEAN Orientation Feb 15 Feb 19
University Orientation March 1 March 5
Classes Begin March 8
Semester Break April 2 April 11
Classes End June 4
Study Period June 7 June 9
Exam Period June 10 June 19
Program Ends June 20

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2021

  • Estimated tuition and program fees: $12,250*
  • Estimated housing (on campus): $3,250**

*Tuition for 4 courses. Students have the option of taking 3 courses for a discount of up to $720 – pending approval from their home university.
**Does not include the cost of the mandatory meal plan.


Fall 2020

  • Tuition and program fees: $12,250*
  • Housing (on campus): $3,250**

*Tuition for 4 courses. Students have the option of taking 3 courses for a discount of up to $720 – pending approval from their home university.
**Does not include the cost of the mandatory meal plan.


What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses)
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged, on-campus housing
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Five-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations, and transportation 
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Wireless internet access in all housing
  • Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
  • Access to unique and exciting optional excursions which may include New Zealand, Thailand and other places
  • 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 
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Brisbane Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Student union fees at host university
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($450)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,500)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
  • Travel insurance ($350)
  • Travel and personal expenses ($1,500 – 2,500+)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

We Love Brisbane

Kate McSurley

Senior Program Manager

Brisbane Tip
South Bank Parklands

Located next to the Brisbane River, the South Bank Parklands are one of Brisbane’s most iconic spots for hosting weekly markets, festivals, and concerts.  It also includes free access to its multiple swimming pool areas and man made beach that is open for everyone to enjoy. You can catch the free City Hopper Ferry across the river, ride the Brisbane Wheel, or visit the nearby Queensland Museum as these attractions are all within a short walk away from South Bank.

Q&A

What is your favorite part of working with students?
For me, I love the first call with a student who has decided to take the leap and study abroad. They know they want to do it, but the idea of checking off all the steps is overwhelming, scary and seemingly impossible. When they realize we are committed to making this easy for them and I hear that sense of relief at the end of our chat, it always reminds me why I love what I do.

Why should students consider studying abroad in Australia?
Some students underestimate the complexity of Australia and don’t realize that it has vastly different locations and environments, similar to the unique cities and environments you can experience across the U.S. Even though the country may at first seem relatively similar to the U.S. compared to other study abroad destination, studying in Australia certainly doesn’t mean you up on the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cultural and outdoor experiences. Here students can access rainforests, reefs, deserts, wildlife, cities and dramatically different landscapes, all without having to cross international borders.

As a TEAN alum and now employee, what do you think makes TEAN unique?
Everyone at TEAN is completely committed to encouraging study abroad experiences. It really is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. As a student, I was taken aback by the level of support and service I received from TEAN staff. Now, I understand the sense of responsibility to ease the burden and shorten the hurdles for our students because there is so much value to studying abroad. We truly believe in what we do.

Where did you study abroad?
After first considering Melbourne for its prestigious reputation and quirky cafe culture, I switched to the University of Queensland in St. Lucia, right outside of Brisbane. I realized I might have a better chance of warm weather for my entire program if I headed for the Sunshine State. Now having traveled to both, I’m confident I would have been happy in either location, but UQ’s campus was the perfect escape from the harsh midwestern winters I was used to in Chicago. I really fell into the laidback Brisbane lifestyle more than anything and quickly understood it’s much more than just great weather. It’s a perfect city for international students because it has the right balance of culture, sport and access to adventure. The twisting Brisbane River gives you front door ferry service to very unique neighborhoods all with their own character and style. The ocean is within easy reach for a weekend jaunt (but spending a night at the manmade beaches of South Bank can be just as breathtaking). The views from Mt. Coot-tha are surreal, especially at sunset, and the city’s a great place for students who want to enjoy both city life and exploring the great outdoors. Brisbane lets you have it all.

Brynne Shannon

Program Manager

Brisbane Tip
Caxton Street

Caxton Street is a lively street in Brisbane to bar hop and grab some great food. It is located right next to Suncorp Stadium and known for its atmospheric vibe (especially when the Brisbane Broncos are playing at the stadium). Most of the bars offer live music, including Lefty’s which has live music every night of the week.

Q&A

Where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with TEAN. I wanted to go as far away as I could and experience something totally different than what I had grown up with. I had always been drawn to Asia, and after some research I decided that Thailand was the perfect place for me. I also lived in Lampang, Thailand upon graduating and I’ve traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia.

What inspired you to teach abroad?
I came back from my semester abroad feeling like my time in Thailand wasn’t finished. I knew I wanted to go back to Thailand after I graduated and the more I spoke to people who had taught English abroad the more I knew it was a good fit for me. I wanted to challenge myself and have an even more culturally immersive experience the second go around, and I also wanted to give something back to a country I fell in love with while studying abroad since it had given so much to me.

What makes Thailand a great place to study abroad?
Thailand is great because it forces students to step out of their comfort zone and learn more about the world and themselves as individuals. Not only are you experiencing a new culture, but you’re learning a new language, alphabet, cuisine, social norms, interactions, ways of life, etc. It seriously puts things into perspective. Thai people are some of the kindest and welcoming people you will ever meet – hands down. They make the experience so special and you can learn so much from them. Living in Thailand teaches you to slow down and enjoy what’s happening in the now and be thankful for what you have and who’s around you.

What should be on every student’s bucket list for a study abroad semester in Thailand?
A hike up to Wat Palad. This temple is on the way to the more famous Wat Doi Suthep, which sits on top of a mountain, but Wat Palad is tucked away in the forest surrounded by trees and a rushing waterfall during the rainy season. Students can hike up to the temple from their housing or hire a songteow to take them up the mountain. It is one of my favorite places in the world because of how quiet and serene it is. To me, it captures the essence of what Buddhism is all about. You can sit on the rocks and dip your toes in the waterfall while looking out at the spectacular view of the city that peeks out between the trees.

What is your favorite travel quote?
It’s not necessarily a travel quote, but one of my favorite Thai expressions I learned was “mai long, mai rue” which means “If you never try, you never know”. It inspired me to just say yes to everything and go for things even if I didn’t know what the outcome would be.

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