USAC Australia: Gold Coast (Griffith University)

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USAC and Griffith University have teamed up to offer students the chance to experience the beauty of Queensland, Australia while maintaining their studies. Griffith University is split into five different campuses, with Gold Coast being one of the locations. Different courses are offered at the different campuses, throughout Queensland in the cities of Brisbane and Gold Coast. Please refer to the USAC website for more information.

  • Choose from a comprehensive range of courses, including specializations in Criminology, Tourism and Sport Management, Asia-Pacific Studies, and Environmental Science
  • Get a true taste of Australian culture
  • Enjoy vibrant cities with access to magnificent beaches, pristine rain forest, and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Study at one of the most creative and influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region

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based on 2 reviews
  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 6.5
  • Fun 7.5
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.5
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Great location and school

The Gold Coast is the ideal location for any study abroad student looking to explore all that Australia has to offer. From nightlife to beaches to academic settings, the Gold Coast provided it all. The opportunity to travel is also very present: whether it be renting a car and driving down to Byron Bay or booking a flight from Goldy to Sydney for the weekend, student travel is very common and VERY easy.

How can this program be improved?
Help with finding housing. I was stressed for a while before I left for the Gold Coast because I wasn't sure what my housing situation would be. It turned out fine but I think it is an issue that should be addressed.
Yes, I recommend
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Wish I could go back! Gold Coast, AUS

Studying abroad had to be one of the best experiences of my life!
While it was a little interesting getting everything organized, as when I studied abroad in 2004 it was the first year they did the program at Griffith - so everything was new & unknown in a sense for everyone.
But once it was all organized & over the mini home-sick feeling in the beginning - it was amazing!
The Gold Coast is gorgeous, always something going on & the people are super nice!!
Australia is super easy to travel - there is so much to see, very diverse, so try to see as much as you can!
You only live once!

How can this program be improved?
Better communication on where to stay when you first arrive and when to arrive (I was there 2 weeks earlier than I needed to be, so that added up fast) Having counselors/advisors present when you arrive to the Gold Coast to help assist with finding a place to live and how to get around, not just meeting once & leaving you all on your own.

Again, luckily it all worked out - met great new friends to live with in a beachside condo, all on our own and figured out where to go & how to get around. Everything works out in the end.
Yes, I recommend


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USAC is a non-profit consortium of U.S. universities that collaborates to offer affordable, academic and authentic study abroad programs. There are abundant opportunities to immerse in the culture, history, and academics of other countries providing...