Griffith University

I 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

Studying abroad in Australia was something that I’ve wanted to do since my freshman year of college. I’m so glad I was able to do it because it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only was I able to become more independent, I was able to learn so much about myself and meet so many people from all over the world. I also had the opportunity to travel to many different places including Fiji, New Zealand and all over Australia. I would definitely recommend studying abroad to anyone who can! ~ Jenna Conley, Accounting major

Griffith 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. This university is AACSB accredited.

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.

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.

Explore here to find out details about further cost of living expenses in Australia.


Griffith University has recently moved to a trimester system instead of a semester system. UMaine students will be able to attend during Griffith’s 1st and 2nd trimesters. The trimester 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.

Trimester 1, 2020 (UMaine’s spring semester)

  • Orientation: February 17-21
  • Classes begin: February 24
  • Student vacation: April 6-10
  • Exams: May 28 – June 6

Trimester 2, 2020 (UMaine’s fall semester)

  • Orientation: June 29 – July 3
  • Classes begin: July 6
  • Student vacation: August 10 -14
  • Exams: October 8 – 17

Trimester 1, 2021 (UMaine’s spring semester)

  • Orientation: February 22 – 26
  • Classes begin: March 1
  • Student vacation: April 5 – 9
  • Exams: June 3 – 12

Trimester 2, 2021 (UMaine’s fall semester)

  • Orientation: July 5 – 9
  • Classes begin: July 12
  • Student vacation: August 9 -13
  • Exams: October 14 – 23

For specific dates , visit the Academic Calendar.


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.

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)
  1. 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 Description UMaine Grade
7 High Distinction A
6 Distinction A
5 Credit B
4 Pass C
3 Fail D (doesn’t transfer)
2 Fail F
1 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. The 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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