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.

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 five-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.

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TEAN Staff

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.

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

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.

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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.

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 participation.
  • 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 2018

Date of Departure Jan 2
TEAN Orientation Jan 4 Jan 8
Housing Move-In Jan 8
University Orientation Jan 10 Jan 12
Classes Begin Jan 15
Semester Break N/A
Study Period April 4 April 14
Exam Period Apr 16 Apr 24
Program Ends Apr 25

Fall 2017

Date of Departure Aug 28
TEAN Orientation  Aug 30  Sept 3
Housing Move-In  Sept 3
University Orientation  Sept 5
Classes Begin Sept 11
Semester Break  N/A
Exam Period  Dec 8 Dec 16
Program Ends  Dec 17

Summer 2017

Date of Departure* May 7
TEAN Orientation N/A
Arrive in Australia May 9
Classes Begin May 15
Semester Break N/A
Exam Period Aug 11 Aug 19
Program Ends Aug 20

*Contact your Program Manager if you need to adjust your departure date to accommodate academic responsibilities at your home university.

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2018

  • Tuition and services: $14,290
  • Housing (on/off campus): $3,230 – $7,750

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
  • Five-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations, and transportation (fall and spring only) 
  • 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 ($2,000)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($450)
  • 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.

Off-Campus Beach Housing Available

Students studying at Bond have the option of living in our TEAN off-campus beach housing. Located in Broadbeach, students live minutes from the beach along with just a short walk away from a variety of shops and cafes. This option is perfect for students who want to experience living off-campus with greater independence and don’t mind a short commute to campus.

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TEAN Beach Housing
"I had easy access to the beach, the bus station, airport, restaurants, cafes, food stores, I was essentially in a pretty central location with everything I needed surrounding me."
Shayna O'Boyle, Moravian College

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.

Q&A

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.

Kate McSurley

Senior Program Manager

Gold Coast Tip
Cafe with Wifi

Blackboard Cafe, near campus, is a cool café with incredible cakes and coffee options…AND free WiFi! Free WiFi is a rarity in Australian cafes, so this gem is worth keeping in mind.

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.

Nick Falzone

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 have you traveled through Asia Pacific?
I have traveled to Australia multiple times on work trips with TEAN. Outside of Australia I’ve had the incredible opportunity to visit Thailand and Singapore. We have a TEAN employee travel incentive program that encourages our team to spend holiday time in the countries where we work.

What has been a favorite memory from your travels?
During a free day while traveling with one of our summer programs in Australia, I swam in the Pacific ocean with sea turtles and tiger sharks. It was the first time I had scuba dived and it was so incredibly beautiful under the water. Our new Australian Orientation Excursion in Cairns includes an introductory dive on the Great Barrier Reef, so I hope all of our students get to share in the kind of experience I had.

What is your favorite travel or study abroad quote and why?
It’s some variation on “Everything you learned while you were abroad doesn’t stay where you studied. You will always have it with you and must apply it to your life back home.” I heard it during an Lessons From Abroad conference re-entry session and it truly was a turning point in getting over my post-program reverse culture shock.

What is your advice for a student who is on the fence about studying abroad?
Get off the fence and get onto a plane! Jokes aside, my advice would be to absolutely do it, against all odds. Traveling in general, but specifically studying abroad, shakes up your world in a way that only leaving your home country can. Your entire foundation of who you think you are and what the world is like is tilted, and you’re able to rebuild it all within completely new parameters. Studying abroad is still the most productive and transformative thing I’ve done.

What one song belongs on your ‘study abroad soundtrack’ and why?
If I have to give a shout out to only one; I’ll say Ribs by Lorde (who is from Auckland, New Zealand by the way). The song is hauntingly nostalgic and contemplative around youth and hanging onto precious memories, particularly from childhood. It’s a nod towards the days of being innocent. Studying abroad is akin to that same sentiment because it is a chance to be innocent, and new again, in your adult life. The experiences you have while studying abroad are invaluable and in the shock of it ending all you want is to get them all back to relive on repeat. The lesson is that you’ll never lose them; like childhood memories, they’ll always be with you.

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