Griffith University

Gold Coast, Australia

Founded in 1971 and opening its doors in 1975, Griffith University is a public research university located in South East Queensland on the east coast of Australia. Griffith currently boasts over 50,000 students, 8,500 of whom are international students, and 200 degree programs with some of the top teachers in Australia. Exchange students have the opportunity to take major, minor, GenEd and elective courses.

Program Overview

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Academic Program

Exchange participants are required to take a full-time course load (at least 12 Temple credits) while abroad and will earn transfer credit.

Language of Instruction


Best for

Created for Temple STEM students, though you will find many other disciplines at Griffith.

Learn more about the academic program, course approvals and transfer credit process.

    Location & Facilities


    While Griffith has six campus locations, Temple students will study at the Gold Coast campus. Located just minutes from the beaches, the campus offers a dynamic and exciting student lifestyle, with many on-campus services, facilities, cafes and restaurants.


    The campus has comprehensive facilities, including a library, computer labs, retail shops and restaurants, and a health center.

    Program Dates

    Griffith University operates on a trimester system instead of a semester system. 

    • Trimester 1 (Spring): Late February through early June 
    • Trimester 2 (Fall): Early July through late October
    • Calendar Year (Spring/Fall): Late February through late October*

    *Due to interference with Temple's academic calendar, it is not possible for Temple students to study abroad during Trimester 3. However, you can still spend two semesters at Griffith by applying to participate in a calendar year (February through October).

    Program participants are required to be present for the entire length of the program, from the official arrival date through the program end date.


    Students may choose to live in on-campus housing, university-arranged homestays, or find independent housing. Students are able and encouraged to book short-term accommodation before they settle on a long-term housing option. 

    On-campus Housing

    Griffith University Village
    Students have the option of choosing from several different room layouts, ranging from studios to 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartments. A typical 5 bedroom apartment comes with the following amenities:

    • Bed, desk, closet, shelf, chair
    • Internet access (wifi)
    • Full kitchen
    • Outdoor balcony
    • Television, lounge chairs

    Griffith University Village also has a number of amenities available, such as laundry facilities, a swimming pool with outdoor lounges and deck chairs, student lounge, outdoor table tennis and pool table, a basketball court, a convenience store, and a cafe.


    Students who want to experience Australian culture firsthand may choose to live in a homestay. Students who select to live in a homestay will have the following provided:

    • Meals
    • Laundry facilities
    • Fully furnished room

    Host families are also close to public transport and have been carefully vetted by Griffith University.


    Independent Housing

    Students may elect to find independent housing in sharehouses or apartments. More information can be found on Griffith's "Where to Live" page, linked below.

    Faculty & On-site Support

    As an Exchange Program participant, you will have access to the support provided by your host institution.


    Program Costs

    Temple Tuition and Standard University Fees

    Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple. Visit Temple’s Bursar for per-credit tuition rates. All students pay University Services Fee.

    More details

    For complete details about billable costs and estimate for non-billable expenses, such as airfare, meals, and personal expenses, view the program cost sheet.

    View Program Cost, Scholarships and Financial Aid.

    Health & Safety

    Your health and safety abroad are our highest priority. Please stay tuned for more details about health and safety on this program.


    For more information, contact Education Abroad: 215-204-0720;

    Eligibility Requirements

    Temple programs are open to qualified students matriculated at any U.S. or Canadian college or university.

    You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements.

    Are enrolled fulltime and will have completed 2 semesters before studying abroad
    • You are enrolled as a full-time matriculated student at the time of application as well as during the semester prior to studying abroad.
    • You will have completed at least two (2) semesters of college-level study by the program start.
    Are in good academic standing and meet minimum GPA requirement for the program

    You meet minimum cumulative GPA requirement, on a 4.0 scale from all colleges/universities attended. The requirement varies by program:

    • Temple Semester Programs: 2.75 (Internships: 3.0)
    • Temple Summer Programs: 2.5
    • Exchange Programs: 2.75
    • External Programs: 2.5

    You remain in good academic standing from the time of application until the start of your term abroad; students on academic warning are not eligible to participate.

    Have a valid passport

    You will need a passport, valid well beyond the length of your program, by the application deadline.

    View deadlines and validity requirements for your host country.


    Are in good disciplinary standing

    You are in good disciplinary standing at the time of application and remain so through the start of your term abroad. Students who have been found responsible for a code of conduct violation and will not be in good disciplinary standing (including disciplinary probation) may submit a petition for review.

    Meet the minimum age requirement

    You are at least 18 years old at the time of application.

    Non-U.S. citizens: you are welcome to study abroad if you meet the eligibility requirements; however, you are not permitted to study abroad on an exchange program in your home country. Please speak to Education Abroad if you have questions about your eligibility.

    For Griffith University, the following additional considerations apply.

    • Students will be selected mainly on the basis of their intellectual purpose and emotional maturity.

    Application Requirements

    The standard application requirements pertain to all students applying to Temple programs.

      Additional Requirements for Griffith University

      There are no additional application requirements for this institution.

      Admissions Timeline

      • Admissions is not rolling.
      • Temple nominates students for Exchange Programs after the deadline for the specific term.
      • Once you submit your application, you should expect a decision by the decision deadline, about one month after the program application deadline has passed.

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