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  • Locations: Gold Coast, Australia
  • Program Terms: Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Affiliate Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartments, Student housing
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Program Strength: Accounting, Architectural Design, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Commercial Photography, Communication, Criminal Justice, Dance, Ecology, Evolution and Environmental, Economics, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, Film Studies, Finance and Banking, Government, Graphic Design, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resource Management, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Music, Nutrition and Foods, Physics, Political Science, Product Design, Psychology, Public Health, Studio Art, Theatre, Theatre Performance College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Hayes School of Music, Walker College of Business
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
   Study in Gold Coast, Australia
• Study at one of the most creative and influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region, listed in the Top 50 Universities under the age of 50 by QS World Rankings.

• Enjoy vibrant cities with access to magnificent golden beaches, pristine rainforests, and great nearby surfing and snorkeling.

• Choose from a comprehensive range of courses such as criminology, engineering, tourism, sports management, Asia-Pacific studies, environmental science, and arts—including music practice at the Queensland Conservatory.

• Take advantage of the community internship, which allows you to volunteer for a large list of nonprofit organizations to earn credit toward your degree and get transferable work experience. 
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Undergraduate coursework offered in a variety of disciplines

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USAC is a non-profit organization that offers programs in 28 countries, with many locations unique for study abroad.
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Griffith University has more than 43,000 students, including 10,000 international students from over 123 countries. It has been ranked as a top-ten Australian research university. It is ranked highly among world universities by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2012. The university has also received prestigious rankings in research areas including nature publishing, tourism, and hospitality. 


The Gold Coast is about one hour's drive south of Brisbane. It is a popular holiday destination, offering international cuisines, a wide range of cultural entertainment, cinemas, local and international theatre, theme parks, and sporting facilities. At the same time, it maintains its original natural beauty with sandy beaches, national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries. The Gold Coast is famous for its miles of surfing beaches and rain forest and is considered “Australia's playground.” Griffith also has campuses in Brisbane. 

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late June to Mid November (Semester II in Australia)
  • Spring Semester: Mid February to Late October (Semester I in Australia)
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the USAC Griffith webpage.


Housing arrangements are the responsibility of the student. Some options include apartments, on-campus housing, homestays, private residences, etc. Students will receive more information about housing after USAC approval. 


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
1USAC Tuition See USAC
2OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Dev Fee $60
1Tuition and fees are charged at the USAC rate.
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
Housing See USAC ($3100-$4600)
Airfare $1400 - $2200 
Meals $1500 - $2000
1Personal Expenses $1200 - $1800
Books and Materials $400 - $800
Local Transportation $200 - $600
Visa (for US Citizens) $540
Passport $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


USAC Scholarships
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students.  Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


USAC's partnership with Griffith University provides you with a wide array of academic options including the opportunity for qualified student to take courses at the Queensland College of Art or the Conservatorium of Music. You also may also enroll in an elective community internship course or a Specialized Semester Certificate that demonstrates your experience in a specialized area of study. Students enroll in regular Griffith University classes alongside their Australian peers.
Gold Coast Campus
Arts and Language, Business, Communication, Computing and Information Technology, Design Studies, Education, Environmental and Applied Science, Engineering, Exercise Science, Health Science, Law, Nursing, Psychology, Tourism and Hotel Management, and Visual and Performing Arts.
Mt. Gravatt Campus in Brisbane
Mt Gravatt offers Psychology, Teacher Education, and Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Nathan Campus in Brisbane
The Nathan campus is a comprehensive campus and offers Arts and Languages, Business, Communication, Computing and Information Technology, Environmental and Applied Science, Engineering, Law, and Tourism and Hotel Management.
South Bank Campus in Brisbane
College of Art

For more information about course options please visit the USAC Griffith webpage.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Griffith program will be required to enroll in 60 Massey credits per semester (normally 4 classes). For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application while also completing the Appalachian application.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.