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Gold Coast Courses – 2022 Trimester 1: Feb – Jun

If you have questions about the academics or courses available on this program, locate the Program Advisor to schedule an advising appointment or email them your questions directly.

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.


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. You may also enroll in an elective community internship course or a Specialized Trimester Certificate that demonstrates your experience in a specialized area of study. Students enroll in regular Griffith University classes alongside their Australian peers.

Fields of Study:

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

    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
    • Forensic Science
    • Pharmacology

    Visual and Creative Arts

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

    Specialized Trimester Certificate

    Students who elect to obtain Griffith University's Specialized Trimester Certificate have the unique opportunity to gain recognition and showcase their expertise in a specialized subject area while abroad. The certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete at least 3 courses from one of the approved specializations in International Law, Crime and Justice, Popular Music, Music Literature, Australian and Indigenous Studies, Creative Writing and Literature, History, Islam-West Relations, Journalism, Public Relations, Screen Studies, Social Science, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Linguistics, Language in Society, Health and Physical Education, Education in the Australian Context, Australian Indigenous Art, Creative and Interactive Media, Design, and Digital Media. A typical full-time study load is four courses per semester so you still have the flexibility to include a course outside of the specialization to either complement or differentiate your semester abroad.

    Community Internship Course

    Griffith University's Community Internship course fosters a culture of volunteerism and socially inclusive practice while providing personal and professional development for students. Students in the community internship volunteer for a minimum of 50+ hours and concurrently complete an elective course pertaining to their volunteer placement. Students may choose from over 80 not-for-profit organizations and 400+ internship opportunities. Participating in the community internship is an ideal way to gain real world experience and integrate with the local community. Past internships have included the fields of social media management; youth program services, animation/illustration; conference coordination; marketing; finance; garden projects; interior design; and risk management, among others.

    Course Descriptions

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

    Quick Details

    2022 App. Cycle

    Trimester 2 (Jul-Oct): Opens 9/1


    Minimum GPA: 2.5

    Program Type



    Overseas credit

    Program Capacity

    40 students



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