Study Abroad Programs - Griffith University
Griffith University is located on the east coast of Australia. It has five campuses between Brisbane and the Gold Coast in south-east Queensland. Brisbane is a cultural, riverside city of 1.6 million. 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.
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: International Business, International Finance, Accounting, Management, Economics, Hotel Management, Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Tourism Management, Marketing, Financial Investment, Technology Management, Commercial Computing, Information Systems.
Engineering: Civil, Construction, Coastal, Environmental, Microelectronic, Software, Engineering Management.
Humanities: Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies, Journalism, Communications, Education, Political Science, Public Administration, Ethics, Applied Linguistics and Languages, Australian Studies, Sociology, Asian Studies, Theology, International Affairs, Arts.
Sciences: Aviation, Biological Sciences, Physical Mathematics, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Laser Science, Microbiology, Clinical Physiology, Microelectronics, Multimedia, Wildlife Biology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Information Technology, Computers, Environmental.
Health Sciences: Exercise Science, Health Science, Outdoor Education, Sports Management, Rehabilitation Counseling, Nursing, Psychology, Public Health.
Creative Arts: Animation, Film and TV Production, Art, Media Production, Graphic Design, Photography, Vocal Studies, Music, Theater and Drama.
Minimum overall GPA 3.0
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 (UMaine’s spring semester) - February to June
Semester 2 (UMaine’s fall semester) - July to November
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:
10 credit points = 4 credits at UMaine
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.
- Studying at Griffith University
- Course Catalogue – see for a list of majors and degrees
- Search the Course Catalog by keyword
- Search the Course Catalog by subject area
Grading scale (Australian grade = UMaine grade):
HD – High Distinction (80-100) = A
D – Distinction (70 – 79) = A
C – Credit (60 – 69) = B
P – Pass (50 – 59) = C
UP – Pass Conceded = D
N – Fail = F
Estimated budget for one semester:
- Tuition – 15 credit hours of in-state or out-of-state tuition to UMaine
- Fees – mandatory fees for 15 credit hours to UMaine (Unified fee, Activity fee, Communication fee and Rec Center fee)
- Airfare – $2,000-2,200
- Australian Health Insurance – $200
- Student visa application fee – $550
- Textbooks – $500
- Housing – $3,500-7,000
- Housing deposit – first month’s rent – refundable
- Meals – $2,000-3,000
- Public transportation – $350-500
- Utilities – $200
- Linen, cooking utensils – $200
- Personal expenses – vary
- Visit Cost of Living for further expenses on location.
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.