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Griffith University in Australia

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Griffith University

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.

Major figures

  • 50,000+ Students
  • 2,500 Undergraduate and graduate courses
  • 200 Degree programs
  • 8,500 International students


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

Due to interference with Temple's academic calendar, students are not permitted to study abroad during Trimester 3. Students who wish to spend two semesters at Griffith will participate in a calendar year (February through October).


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

Course Offerings

Students should enroll in three to four 10 credit point courses for a total of 40 credit points (approximately 12-16 Temple credit hours).

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian and Indigenous Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance
  • Foreign Languages
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Media and Communications
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Sport Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management

Students can access a list of Griffith courses for study abroad students. Course registration will not be reviewed by Griffith faculty, so ensure you have the proper pre-requisites. In addition, you should be selecting courses available at the Gold Coast campus only. Students may also search for additional course listings using the Course Catalog. Follow the steps below to access course offerings.

  1. Under "Search for a Course", click the "Courses" button.
  2. Click the three horizontal lines next to "Search by keyword"
  3. Select "Undergraduate" and "Gold Coast". Choose the relevant subject area in the dropdown menu.
  4. Click search
  5. Select the course name if you would like to see more information about the course. Clicking "View Course Profile" will take you to a syllabus.

Course Approvals

Prior to departure, students must complete the Course Approval process. Part of this process will require students to speak with the appropriate faculty members to evaluate courses and assign a corresponding Temple requirement. Courses that are taken abroad may have a direct Temple course equivalent, may fulfill an upper level elective or a lower level elective, general education requirement etc. Faculty will approve and assign corresponding Temple courses or requirement, but do not indicate the number of Temple credits that will be received for each course taken abroad. Students are advised to seek pre-approval for about twice as many courses as they can take, in the event that they need to change their schedules upon arrival. 

Upon arrival, if students find that they must make a last-minute course change and enroll in a course that has not been pre-approved, students should e-mail the details of any new courses to the appropriate departments for evaluation. However, due to the time it takes to have a course approved from overseas, in some cases final determination on course approval may not be made until students return. It is therefore always advised to include any and all courses that a student might take abroad on their External Program approval form.

Transfer of Credits

After Temple receives an official transcript from Griffith, approved courses that have been passed with a grade equivalent to a C or better will be accepted by Temple and appear on students' transcripts as transfer credit. The number of credits received for each course will be evaluated at this time. Temple GPAs will not be affected by grades earned on an exchange.

Grading Scale 

Grade Description U.S. Grade Equivalent
7 - High Distinction A
6 - Distinction A
5 - Credit B
4 - Pass C
1, 2 or 3 - Failure F

Language of instruction


School location

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.


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. 

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.

Program costs

Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple.


Open to qualified students matriculated at Temple University. 

Applying to the program

Application Deadline: March 1 for the fall semester and spring/calendar year priority; September 1 for the spring semester/calendar year