Semester on the Gold Coast

World-class academics and the surf at your doorstep. On Semester on the Gold Coast, you’ll study with a diverse international student body at the top university in Australia - which happens to be smack in the middle of paradise.

On Semester on the Gold Coast, we’ve got a cutting edge program to meet your needs. Maybe you need semester courses in criminal justice or sustainable development. Or want to incorporate experiential learning into your studies over the summer. Whatever the case, we’ll help you find it when you study on the Gold Coast.

We’re with you every step of the way. Every CISabroad advisor has studied or lived abroad. And we all adore the Aussie way of life! We’ve been there, and we’ll help you make the most of your semester abroad.

We care about the environment. Your round-trip flight to the Gold Coast will be offset through CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world.  You can study abroad in Australia and take care of the earth as well.

The Gold Coast is one of Australia's fastest- growing cities, known for its beautiful beaches, sporting events, and outdoor activities.  And, the city is located near some of Australia's most valued treasures, including the Great Barrier Reef, inland mountains, and tropical rainforests.  As a CISabroad student, you’ll spend a semester studying abroad at Bond University, one of the most highly ranked and modern universities in Australia. The year-round tropical climate isn’t bad either! Bond University is unique among Australian universities in that its academic calendar aligns with the US university calendar. You will experience:

Small class sizes – The student to faculty ratio is 11:1. Amazing!

Cutting-edge courses – Bond University received 5 out of 5 stars in Australia’s Good Universities Guide for quality of teaching, making your decision to study on the Gold Coast one of the best for your degree.  Courses use the newest technology, and professors think outside the box.

A surfer’s paradise – The Gold Coast has some of the best surfing in the world, and the weather is warm and sunny year-round.

Olympic-size pool and state-of-the-art gym on campus – The sports facilities on campus include these and more. You can even get a free consultation with a personal trainer.

CISabroad Adventure Orientation  - Start off your semester with a 4 day/3 night orientation exploring the Great Barrier Reef! This orientation will provide you with an unique look into Australian culture and its iconic wildlife. You will have the opportunity to explore the rain forest, indigenous communities, and the largest tropical coral reef system in the world! You'll also be able to cross holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos off your bucket list! 

If you've always wanted to study abroad in Australia, we've got a lot of reasons to study on our Semester on the Gold Coast program. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • CISabroad Adventure Orientation
  • Semesters begin in September, January, and May, similar to the US system
  • Modern campus with all buildings located centrally
  • Small student body of 4,000 students
  • Innovative curriculum for when you study on the Gold Coast: courses in advertising, biomedical science, business, communication, criminology, psychology, information systems, international relations, law, multimedia, sports management, and more
  • AACSB accreditation
  • Meal plan available
  • Shared dorm rooms: our students are placed in shared rooms (with attached bathroom) on campus, or in studio apartments off campus
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus
  • Small class size
  • Ocean is 15 minutes away!

Semester on the Gold Coast at Bond University offers two 14-week semesters, beginning in September, and January. You can easily find a semester that fits with your study abroad schedule. Bond has received Australia’s highest ratings for innovation, research, and academics (2016 Good Universities Guide).

Interested in studying law for a semester? As a study abroad student you may take intro to law classes that introduce both Australia and US legal ideas. Hands-on experience where you will meet lawyers, judges, and professionals in the legal field. Field trips include visits to law firms, and local courts. To learn more about courses please contact your CISabroad advisor.*

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses 
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps. You can select from four departments: the Faculty of Business, Technology, and Sustainable Development; the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, and the Faculty of Law.

Course load: 3–4 classes (12–16 US credits). You can take up to 4 classes per semester.

Course approval:
It is best to get 7–8 classes approved before you go abroad. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course descriptions and catalog: Click here to view the entire list of courses that Bond has to offer. 

How to read the Bond University course catalog
You will find classes offered at the 100, 200, and 300 levels. The 200- and 300-level classes at Bond are often equivalent to classes you take in your junior and senior years in the US. They will likely have prerequisites. Make sure you select only those classes that say "Yes" in the Study Abroad column, and double-check that the class is offered during the month you are starting at Bond.

Looking for courses in Law? For a semester courses you will enroll in 3 courses: Foundations of US Law, an elective of your choice, and choose 1 of the following:

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

The Gold Coast is a coastal city of Australia located in South East Queensland, 94km south of the state capital Brisbane. It is the second most populous city in the state, the sixth most popular city in the country. With its beautiful beaches and scenic hinterland, the Gold Coast is well-known by tourists as a great destination for its subtropical climate and awesome surfing! Brisbane, Queensland's capital and Australia's third largest city, is only 45 miles away. Transportation is readily available with the main train station located ten minutes from the campus, and various public buses are easily accessible to students. Frequent bus connections make it easy to get out and about in the city.

This subtropical region offers mild (that is, nonexistent!) winters and warm, sunny summers. It’s a safe, friendly area for students. With 21 beaches to choose from and irresistible weather, you’ll never get bored here! Whether you’re looking for a quiet day by the shore, or a fun-filled surfing lesson, the Gold Coast has it all. Because it is a popular tourist destination, there are plenty of activities, shopping, and nightlife to keep you entertained during your free moments.

The Gold Coast is home to many popular sporting events, including Titans Rugby League, Association of Surfing Professionals, golf and more! Don’t be surprised if you see some of Australia’s most well-known creatures while in the area – kangaroos, koalas and dolphins. You will never have trouble finding a good place to eat as the Gold Coast offers a wide variety of every possible combination among its many restaurants and cafes.

Our Semester on the Gold Coast program is located at Bond University. Founded in 1989, Bond is AACSB-accredited and accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) .

Semester on the Gold Coast is located at Bond University. Besides being just 10 minutes from the ocean, Bond is one of Australia’s best-rated universities—winner of the most 5-star ratings of any university in the respected 2016 Good Universities Guide. You will experience personalized education by highly qualified teachers, innovative courses and teaching methods, an international student body, and a beautiful and safe campus. Bond has over 4,000 students and also boasts Australia’s lowest student-to-faculty ratio (11:1)! There is a multimedia learning center, library and computer facilities provide both private and collaborative study spaces.

At Bond, you can find over 3,000 courses to fit your academic interests. Research in many areas on campus continues to grow, and has become an important part of the university’s mission and focus. As a CISabroad study abroad student, you’ll get outstanding support, from academic advising to personal and cultural counseling. The academic calendar at Bond University follows the US university calendar, so you can easily find a semester that fits with your study abroad schedule. A top-notch academic experience in a beautiful setting is what defines the Semester on the Gold Coast.

Cricos Code: 0017B

As part of Semester on the Gold Coast, you will take part in the CISabroad Adventure Orientation. We’ll prepare you for the cultural difference you may encounter and give you a chance to meet other CISabroad students heading to study in Australia.

Click here for information on the Bond University Orientation 

Upon arrival at Bond University, you will participate in a campus orientation program with an optional one-day excursion. You will have access to wonderful facilities and numerous support programs. On campus, there is a coffeehouse, cafés, a health clinic, computer labs, a banking ATM, and a post office, as well as superb sports center featuring basketball volleyball, squash, tennis, and a heated Olympic-size swimming pool.

There are lots of student clubs and organizations to get involved with on campus. Their activities include golf, scuba diving, rugby, rowing, drama, debating, and photography. Integrate sports and fitness into your daily life with access to the Sports Center. Weekly events on campus include “Wednesday by the Water lunchtime barbeques” and “Thursday Nights at Don’s with live bands,” as well as an end of the semester bash, and more. You will have access to the internet (on campus and in your dorm room) and your own e-mail account.

Semester on the Gold Coast has on campus and off-campus housing options. You can live on campus with students from all over the world and enjoy the social activities organized in your dorm, or you can choose a more independent lifestyle by living off campus in an apartment just minutes away from campus!

Here are your options:

Students living in the on-campus residence hall will have a twin (shared) room that includes a bed, desk, chair, lights, phone, and bookshelves, with bed linens and blankets provided.  They will share bathrooms with fellow students on the hall and will have access to free laundry facilities.  A meal plan with 10 meals per week is included for students living on the campus.  Students will need to bring/purchase their own towels and hangers.

There are two off-campus options for this program that are located a 5-10 minute walk from campus.  The single room studio apartments at Varsity Shores (option A) are fully furnished and come with cutlery, crockery, cookware, air conditioning.  The apartment complex provides coin-operated laundry facilities and a pool on site. The Reserve apartments (option B) are also fully furnished and has full kitchen and laundry, but have more of a luxury feel. 

Both housing options include internet access, a telephone, access to the university's computer network (not the computer itself*), bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bookshelves, and bedside table.

*You can bring your own laptop/notebook, but there is an initial setup fee as well as about a two-week wait for installation. Please note that you will have 24-hour access to the university computer labs, and that there are multiple wireless access points around campus.

CISabroad’s Site Director in Australia:

Queensland Area Site Director/Country Director

Jackie was born on the Central Coast, NSW (on the coast half way between Newcastle and Sydney) and now lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Jackie holds a Masters in Communication (Corporate Communication) from Bond University, QLD and a Bachelor of Social Science (Recreation and Tourism) from Newcastle University, NSW. Jackie has a passion for travel and education having worked, lived and studied overseas.

As an undergraduate student Jackie studied abroad at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, upon her return from the US, Jackie kicked off her career in international education working in student support and admissions at the International Office at University of Newcastle. Later relocating to Denver, CO for two years she lived and worked in the international education sector, enjoying weekends snowboarding and hiking in the Rockies – simply incomparable to the ‘mountains’ in Australia! Upon returning home she took on a support role for US students studying in Australia and New Zealand before moving into various marketing and management roles focused primarily on project management, business analysis, large scale events and strategic planning.

Favorite destinations: Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, USA, Finland and Malaysia.

Interests: Yoga, jogging, the beach, hiking, family adventures, thinking she can still snowboard and of course – travel.

Jackie will welcome you to Australia and will be available to students for activities, emergencies, issues or simply to discuss any concerns around your program. You will be introduced to her prior to the start of your program – so you will know who you are meeting when you land down under!

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Semester on the Gold Coast can be found on the Price and dates page. 

2. When are the program fees due?

The program fees for Semester on the Gold Coast are due on December 1st for Spring programs and July 15th for Fall programs. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. Application deadlines can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For Semester on the Gold Coast, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Semester on the Gold Coast, you WILL need a visa. You will receive specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Semester on the Gold Coast, the GPA requirement is 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact a CISabroad Advisor" button on this page or call us at 1-877-617-9090 to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you!

6. What are my housing options? 

For Semester on the Gold Coast, you can live on campus with students from all over the world and enjoy the social activities organized in your dorm or you can choose a more independent lifestyle by living off campus.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For Semester on the Gold Coast, you will enroll in 3–4 classes (12–16 U.S. credits). You can take up to 4 classes per semester. To see the courses available, go to the course catalog

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Fall 2016
Arrival September 2
CISabroad Orientation September 2 - 5
Bond University Orientation
September 5 - 9
Classes Start September 12
Classes End December 2
Departure December 18
Application Deadline Early June
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival January 6
CISabroad Orientation January 6-9
Classes Start January 16
Classes End April 24
Departure April 25
Application Deadline November 1
Term: Fall 2016 Price: $16,990 - $18,990 more info
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $16,790 - $18,490 more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • 4 day/3 night CISabroad Adventure Orientation on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Full-time tuition and fees 
  • Housing (apartments or residence halls) and optional meal plan
  • Medical and accident insurance 
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program 
  • Academic advising 
  • Financial aid counseling 
  • Assistance with travel arrangements 
  • Predeparture orientation 
  • Airport pickup 
  • Bond University orientation 
  • On-site support 
  • Bond University official transcript 
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription 

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.