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Direct Exchange Programs - Griffith University

gold coastGriffith University is located on the east coast of Australia.  It has five campuses between Brisbane and the Gold Coast in south-east Queensland.  With over 300 degrees, Griffith University has an extensive range of study options. Visit Griffith’s  photo gallery for a general overview of the university. For more specific information on exactly where to eat, drink, study, live and play, take a moment to look through the campus pages.

With a superb subtropical climate, a mixture of natural wonders and a vibrant city life, our region has a lifestyle that promotes innovation and education: an ideal setting for a dynamic, progressive institution such as Griffith University.


australia 2The landscapes of the northern part of Australia, with a tropical climate, consist of rainforest, woodland, grassland, mangrove swamps and desert. There is a temperate in the south-east and southwest areas, which allow Australia to remain overall, pretty dry throughout the year. The “Outback” is perhaps best known for its kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, and wombats, among many other endemic species of both flora and fauna. Its coastline inhabits the world’s largest coral reef, The Great Barrier Reef, an ideal location for snorkeling and diving. Although Canberra is the capital, Sidney has the greatest population.

Australia has an active tradition of music, ballet and theater with a symphony orchestra in each capital city. There is boating on the shorelines, and competitive sports such as cricket, hockey, rugby, and soccer all over the country. A common theme in Australian art and literature has been the Australian landscape that began with a long history of visual arts that started with the cave and bark paintings of its indigenous people. Australia offers a wide range of both entertainment and relaxation throughout all parts of their culture.

The Cities

Brisbane, home to 1.8 million people, offers all the social, cultural and recreational facilities you would expect of a capital city, in a beautiful riverside setting. Logan is home to people from more than 160 different cultures. With more than 50 per cent of residents aged 30 years or younger, it celebrates both youth and diversity in a rich and varied lifestyle. Gold Coast is Australia’s holiday capital, with amazing theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and some of the best beaches and surf breaks on earth.


Gold Coast: The Gold Coast campus is dynamic and modern. It is spread over 65 acres of native bush land, less than an hour from Brisbane and about a 30-minute bus ride from the coast. Logan: This is the newest of Griffith’s campuses and is considered its community campus. Buses link it to the nearby railway station and the campus is a five-minute drive to major shopping complexes. Mt. Gravatt (Brisbane): The Mt. Gravatt campus is nestled in the animal reserve of Toohey Forest. It’s less than 15 minutes by bus from the center of Brisbane and “across the road” from the Nathan campus. Nathan: The Nathan campus, the original Griffith University site, is set in 430 acres of bushland and is a 10 to 15-minute drive from Brisbane. South Bank (Brisbane): At the southern end of the South Bank Parklands, across the river from Brisbane’s city center are Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art and the Griffith Film School.

Areas of Study

Business (AACSB accredited): Accounting, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Information Systems.

Engineering: Civil, Construction, Environmental, Microelectronic, Software, and Engineering Management.

Humanities: Anthropology, Communications, Education, International Affairs, Journalism, New Media, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

Sciences: Biology, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, and Wildlife Biology.

Health Sciences: Exercise Science, Health Science, Kinesiology and Sports Management.

Creative Arts:  Animation, Film and TV Production, Art, Media Production, Graphic Design, Photography, Vocal Studies, Music, Theater and Drama.


Minimum overall GPA 3.0


Estimated budget for a semester at Griffith University. Additional information is available for Detailed Housing costs. Visit Cost of Living  for further expenses on location.


The semester dates at Griffith University  are different than the semester dates at UMaine because Australia is located in the southern hemisphere. Australian universities have summer vacation in December and January. For specific dates , visit the Academic Calendar.

Semester 1, 2014 (UMaine’s spring semester)  - February to June

Semester 1, 2014 - February 24 through June 28

Semester 2, 2014 (UMaine’s fall semester)  - July to November

Semester 2, 2014 – July 21 through November 22

Semester 1, 2015 (UMaine’s fall semester)  - July to November

Semester 1, 2015 – February 23 through June 27


A standard course at Griffith is 10 credit points and is considered to equate to approximately 10 hours per week, including all forms of teaching contact and private study.  A typical full-time study load at Griffith is 40 credit points. Most Study Abroad students take 3-4 courses at Griffith (10 credit points each).  The approximate credit transfer:

Classes are taught by lectures with tutorial sessions as support. In most cases, tutorials will include submitting assignments and conducting presentations as part of your assessment. Lectures typically go 1-3 hours. Students taking a full load can usually expect to have 15-20 contact hours each week as well as study time. Students may also complete fieldwork or practical classes.

How to find available majors:

1. Visit
2. In the search bar you can search by keyword or course code, e.g. Accounting, Humanities, 1003MKT
3. A course list relating to your search will appear.
4. On the left hand side you can filter the results by:

  • Study level (undergraduate or postgraduate only)
  • Semester offered (semester 1 or semester 2 only)
  • Campus of choice
  • Delivery mode – leave blank
  • Delivered by (e.g. Griffith Business School)

5. Click on ‘Update results’

Full-time enrollment:

UMaine students must be registered for at least 30 credit points at Griffith University each semester. Students are not encouraged to register for more than 40 credit points each semester.

Transfer Credits:

10 credit points = 4 credits at UMaine

Grading scale:

Griffith Grade Points Description UMaine Grade
HD 80 – 100 High Distinction A
D 70 – 79 Distinction A
C 60 – 69 Credit B
P 50 – 59 Pass C
UP   Pass Conceded D (doesn’t transfer)
N   Fail F


Griffith University offers housing options. Exchange students can apply to live in on-campus housing at Nathan and Mt. Gravatt  campuses. In Gold Coast, exchange students live in the Griffith University Village, which is located 5 minutes from the center of the Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus. Most students live in five bedroom apartments with a full kitchen. Students prepare their own meals. Students can also live with homestay families. Detailed Housing costs website provides more information.

Work in Australia

Study abroad students in Australia are eligible to work up to 40 hours every two weeks based on their student visa status. During orientation on location, students can inquire about available job opportunities on campus or in the community.

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Student Voice

griffith 2I grew so much from studying abroad. I was able to become more independent, and find the direction that I would like to go the rest of my life. It was absolutely the most rewarding experience in my college career.

The flats on the Nathan campus are very nice and convenient. I lived with 6 Australian, and 1 other international student, and it was a great  combination. The Nathan campus is about a 15 minute bus ride from downtown Brisbane, so if you were planning on going out on a weekend you can usually take a bus there, but would have to take a cab back, which would cost about $40. For all international students Griffith housing provides a bag with sheets, towels and blankets which cost around $80.

~ Jennifer Stoudt, Political Science and Journalism

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Last Modified On June 4, 2014

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