Gold Coast, Australia

Course Information

Gold Coast, Australia | 2017 Trimesters 1 & 2: Feb – Oct

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Areas of Study Available at Griffith University

Through our agreement with Griffith University, an array of courses will be made available for you to take. Course offerings are too numerous to be listed here, but areas of study believed to be of most interest to USAC students are included below as a sample of what the university offers. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by Griffith University. Note that not all disciplines are offered at all campuses.

  • Courses are taught using lectures with tutorial sessions as support. In most cases, tutorials will include submitting assignments and conducting presentations as part of your assessment.
  • Students must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester and a full credit load for a semester at Griffith University is typically 30-40 credit points (12-16 US credits).
  • Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.
  • If you wish to take all courses at the Queensland College of Art or the Conservatorium of Music, there may be additional application requirements and supplemental fees.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Business and Government

  • Accounting, Banking, and Finance
  • Asian and International Studies
  • Economics
  • Event, Hospitality, and Tourism Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business*
  • International Relations
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Management
  • Marketing*
  • Politics and Government

Criminology and Law

  • Criminal Justice*
  • Criminology*
  • Law*


  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health and Physical Education*
  • Music Education
  • Primary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

Engineering and IT

  • Civil, Structural, and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering

Environment and Planning

  • Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Conservation Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management*
  • Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Science
  • Natural Resources and Pollution
  • Sustainability*
  • Urban and Environmental Planning
  • Water Resources

Health and Human Sciences

  • Biomedical Science
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Human Services
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

Humanities and Languages

  • Australian and Indigenous Studies*
  • Creative Writing and Literature
  • Islam-West Relations*
  • Journalism
  • Media and Communication*
  • Social Sciences*


  • Music Technology
  • Performance
  • Popular Music*

Science and Aviation

  • Aviation and Aviation Management
  • Biological and Biomolecular Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Microbiology
  • Nanoscience and Phototonics
  • Physics
  • Wildlife Biology

Visual and Creative Arts

  • Art Theory
  • Design
  • Digital Media*
  • Film, Animation, and Screen Media Production
  • Fine Art
  • Games Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Photography

Specialized Semester Certificate

Griffith University offers students the opportunity to gain recognition and experience in a specialized study area by pursing a Specialized Semester Certificate. This certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete at least 3 courses from one of the approved specializations (listed above with an asterisk). Students indicate their desire to pursue one of these certificates at the time of application and receive a personalized certificate upon successful completion of the semester.

Community Internship/Service Learning

The Community Internship is a community-based internship opportunity in the non-profit sector. Students can choose from over 80 not-for-profit organizations and over 400 different internship opportunities. Students enroll in a free choice elective course which incorporates structured learning activities to complement the practical hands-on experience of the placement. The course is worth 10 credit points and requires a minimum of 50 hours of volunteering. Participating in the Community Internship is an ideal way to gain real world experience, develop professional and personal skills, and integrate with the local community.

Course Descriptions

To obtain course syllabi, click on the link(s) below and follow the prompts to specific course information. Please contact the USAC Student Information department if you have difficulty finding the information.