Griffith University

About Griffith University

Centrally located in Southport, the Gold Coast campus is Griffith’s largest campus. Hosting over 18,000 students, it boasts world-class teaching, research and sporting facilities including the Griffith Health Centre and Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. It offers teaching and research in almost all disciplines, with particular strengths in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, paramedicine, nursing, allied health, design, creative and interactive media, science, engineering and architecture, as well as business and government. The campus also offers on-campus student accommodation and, with dedicated light rail access, is easily accessible from the heart of the Gold Coast.

Griffith University student cohort profile.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants


You will receive your offer notification from UAC. A link to your Starting at Griffith page will be emailed to you by Griffith University with enrolment instructions.

To accept your UAC offer, you must enrol within the timeframe as specified in the offer notification.


If you are seeking credit transfer or recognition for prior learning, once you have received an offer to study you must submit an online credit application. For further, visit the Griffith University website.


You can defer most undergraduate courses until Trimester 1 in the next calendar year. You can shorten or lengthen your deferment depending on the available intake for the course, to a maximum of one year. For full details, visit the Griffith University website.

International Year 12 applicants


In order to obtain a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) students will be asked to pay for the first trimester of their degree program and visa-length OSHC. Once students have received their emailed CoE, they will be able to begin their student visa application.


Once an applicant has finalised their acceptance of offer to Griffith University, they will be emailed a link to the ‘Starting at Griffith’ page, which provides links to the online enrolment service.


Orientation at Griffith University is designed to introduce new students to all aspects of university life and to prepare them to make the most of their student experience. For international students it is especially important to understand the support services available and the rules governing student visas. A range of social and cultural activities organised throughout the orientation week will offer a genuine glimpse into Australian life and is a great way to meet students from all over the world.

International students must attend the International Student Orientation and Welcome Day.

Campus information


Griffith University has campuses located at Gold Coast and Logan as well as Nathan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank in Brisbane, each with a range of support services to assist students during university life.

To find out more, visit the Griffith University website.

Student and campus services

Griffith University offers a range of support services including a medical centre, counselling, chaplaincy, and employment and career advice, as well as support services for students with disabilities and special needs. The university supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies for students to become involved in campus life.

To find out more, visit the Griffith University website.


Griffith University Village is located on campus at Griffith University Gold Coast, offering fully furnished apartments and student support in the form of a comprehensive residential life program. 

For further information, visit the Griffith University Village website

Griffith’s Gold Coast Student Guild provides an accommodation service to help students find suitable living arrangements. 

To find out more, visit the Griffith University Student Guild website.


Griffith Mates is a vibrant team of current Australian and international students from across the world who speak 34 different languages and study across 56 programs! The team welcomes thousands of international students each year, hosting a range of free or low-cost activities on and off campus. The Griffith Mates volunteer their time to make orientation and the transition to Griffith University easier for all new students. Connecting with Griffith Mates is a great way to practice your English, make new friends, find your way around campus and become acquainted with the Australian environment. Look for them wearing their red shirts. 

To find out more, visit the Griffith University website.


The Health Service at Griffith University's Gold Coast campus offers bulk billing for medical consultations and free nursing consultations for students with Medicare and Allianz Global Assistance OSHC cards. 

To find out more, visit the Griffith University website.

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

All domestic Griffith University students must pay student contributions for a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP). When you study in a CSP course, you only have to pay part of the cost of your course (a student contribution) and the Australian Government pays the remainder of the cost. 

To find out more about course fees, visit the Griffith University website.


Students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 this is $3.78 per enrolled credit point for courses with an on campus location. The maximum charge for 2019 is $303.

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the Griffith University website.

International Year 12 applicants

Tuition fees for each trimester depend on the program, and the number of credit points, in which you are enrolled. A standard trimester enrolment is 40 credit points; however, some programs require you to enrol in more or fewer credit points per teaching period. 

Students commencing any program as a new or continuing student will be subject to an annual indexed increase of no more than 2.5 per cent of their tuition fees. Tuition fees do not include any special equipment or resources that may be required.

To secure their place, successful applicants are required to pay a deposit before starting their studies. The deposit amount is normally one trimester’s fee and is stated in the University’s offer letter. Throughout their enrolment, students are required to pay each trimester’s fees by the due date as prescribed by the University. A student who fails to pay each trimester’s fee in full by the due date may have their enrolment terminated.

All students are required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee, which is embedded in the undergraduate international tuition fee.

Griffith University tuition fees for international students are available in the course search.

To find out more about fees and charges for international applicants, visit the Griffith University website.

International students

Your stay in Australia


It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate that they have sufficient funds while living in Australia. 

Living costs include items such as:

  • accommodation (including rental bond)
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal and household items
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train).

To find out more about living expenses in Australia, visit the Griffith University website.


To assist students in preparing for their journey to Australia and their studies at Griffith, Griffith International has developed the Prepare for University website, an international student guide to accommodation, transport and on-campus services. It also contains helpful pre-departure information to assist students in preparing for life at Griffith University.

To find out more, visit the Griffith University website


During your stay in Australia you are permitted to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours outside teaching periods. Certain categories of voluntary, unpaid work is included in this total, and work undertaken as part of your course is not included. You should not rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia as work cannot be guaranteed and spending excessive amounts of time working may adversely affect your studies. 

To find out more, visit the Griffith University website.


Before you are granted a student visa, the Australian Government must be satisfied that you have appropriate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements in place for the period that you will be under 18 years of age while in Australia. Griffith University will accept responsibility for welfare and support of international students who are under 18 years of age provided certain arrangements are in place.

To find out more about Australian Government requirements, visit the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

Student support

Griffith University’s International Office offers a full range of student support services once you have become a Griffith student. Services include:

  • pre-departure information
  • airport reception
  • accommodation assistance
  • comprehensive orientation
  • International Student Advisory Service.


Griffith University can organise a free-of-charge airport reception service to meet commencing students on arrival. The service will collect students at Brisbane Airport (International and Domestic) or Coolangatta Airport (Gold Coast) and take them directly to their accommodation. To use this service, students must apply online.


International students have dedicated support through International Student Advisors who can help with advocacy, difficulties in a student’s life that affect their ability to study, cancelling enrolment or taking leave of absence, and appeals. 


Student Administration staff can help with academic policies and procedures, including program structure and course selection, enrolment and credit.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance for international students to help them with the costs of medical and hospital care they may require while they are in Australia. OSHC does not cover dental treatment. 

Griffith University's preferred provider is Allianz Global Assistance. The University will organise the OSHC for you for the duration of your studies with the University.

To find out more, visit