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Griffith University – Brisbane
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.
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 six-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
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.
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.
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 issues that you may face during your time abroad.
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 100 universities in the world for Education, Law, Politics and International Studies, Architecture/Built Environment, and Art and Design based on the QS World University subject rankings.
- Griffith University has five campuses spread throughout southeastern Queensland, the Nathan campus is the original with 13,900 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
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..
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 enrol in 3 – 4 subjects per semester (between 30 and 50 Griffith credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
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 450 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.
- 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.
LEARN TO SURF
You can’t come to Australia 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.
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.
Brisbanites enjoy their fabulous coffee al fresco at the many hip cafes. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your Resident Director and other students to swap stories.
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.
Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic 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.
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.
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 21|
|Application Deadline||Nov 18|
|Date of Departure||Feb 12|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 14||Feb 19|
|University Orientation||Feb 20||Feb 24|
|Classes Begin||Feb 27|
|Semester Break||April 10||April 17|
|Classes End||May 26|
|Study Period||May 29||June 2|
|Exam Period||June 5||June 17|
|Program Ends||June 18|
|Date of Departure||July 10|
|TEAN Orientation||July 12||July 17|
|Housing Move-In||July 17|
|University Orientation||July 18|
|Classes Begin||July 25|
|Semester Break||Sept 26||Sept 30|
|Classes End||Oct 28|
|Study Period||Oct 31||Nov 4|
|Exam Period||Nov 5||Nov 19|
|Program Ends||Nov 20|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition and services: $11,900
- On-campus housing: $3,350*
*Does not include the cost of the mandatory meal plan.
- Full tuition
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged, 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 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 ($525)
- Books ($365)
- Meals during the semester ($2,000)
- Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
*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, Griffith University provides an additional US$1,000 per semester in scholarship funding. Any TEAN Griffith students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for this university specific scholarship.
We Love Brisbane
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.
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.
Resident Assistant - Brisbane
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.