Summer on the Gold Coast

Study in Australia during the summer and enjoy a wide range of courses, a beautiful campus just minutes from the beach, and a fun social setting in a vibrant community. Summer in Australia on the Gold Coast has the best of everything and lets you get a full semester ahead!

We created this unique Summer on the Gold Coast program just for you! Although the seasons are reversed down under, you’ll love the “Summer in Australia" study abroad program. While our summer is technically “winter” in Australia, you can still get into surfing, exploring jungles and lounging on the beach...Can you think of a better way to spend your summer?

We’re with you every step of the way. We’ll help you as you’re considering the various options, and as soon as you pull the trigger on one, we’ll step it up and make sure you have everything you need to prepare for when you study abroad in Australia. Then we’ll pick you up at the airport, give you a great orientation, and take care of you the whole time down there. 

We care about the environment, both in the US and abroad. At our offices in the U.S. we use clean-sourced energy. We recycle like crazy. We walk, bike and use public transportation as often as possible. We also consider your carbon footprint created by traveling and living abroad. We offset the CO2 produced by your round-trip flight to Australia. If you want to do more to offset your impact, you can volunteer abroad in a green capacity - we’ll set you up! 

A full semester to catch up or get ahead - This 14-week program allows you to take a semester’s worth of courses to transfer back to your home college or university. The program base, Bond University, operates on a US academic calendar, with a full 14-week term starting in May. This also means the campus is buzzing with activity during a time when most Australian universities' doors are closed. 

A beautiful, modern campus in a prime location - When you study abroad in Australia at Bond University, you'll find that the modern, medium-sized campus is among the most aesthetically appealing in Australia. It has exceptional fitness facilities, several restaurants, and cafés and bars around the lake - all within walking distance of some of the finest sand beaches on the Gold Coast of Australia.

A great range of courses to choose from - While most summer programs offer only a limited amount of courses, Summer in Australia provides an abundance of course options in most subjects. Choose from dozens of business courses, study a variety of health or exercise sciences, or knock out some of your gen eds or electives with tons of social sciences and humanities. 

CISabroad orientation and support - We’ll make sure you’re all ready to go before you head “Down Under,” then we’ll take great care of you as soon as you step off the plane. While you should have no problem making friends around campus, we’ll make sure you connect with your fellow CISabroad participants and feel comfortable in your new home.

CISabroad’s Summer in Australia program is the perfect way to get ahead academically while living in paradise. Here are a few highlights that you can look forward to when you study abroad in Australia for the summer:

  • CISabroad Adventure Orienation
  • A full 14-week semester, with a great range of classes to choose from
  • A beautiful, modern campus: top-notch fitness facilities, common areas, and manicured grounds
  • Small student body
  • Tons of social and recreational activities on- and off-campus
  • International appeal, with students from all over Australia and the world

As a CISabroad participant on Summer in Australia, we’ll make sure you get nice and comfortable in your new home through our CISabroad Orientation. When you arrive in Australia your site director will provide you with a detailed schedule of events for your orientation. CISabroad orientation is a chance for you to explore Australia, meet your on-site staff and fellow CISabroad Austrlia students. It's a a great start to your semester and a quick way to integrate into the culture! 

Study in Australia on CISabroad’s Summer in Australia program and enjoy a full range of courses offered during this 14-week program. The host campus, Bond University on the Gold Coast, has received rave reviews from students and academic review boards alike.

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 

The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses, which you will then use to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet. 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 during the summer semester.

Course approval:

It’s recommended that you get at least 7-8 classes approved before you go abroad. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule, and in the case you want to change classes while in Australia. Consider both courses required for your major and also courses that fulfill your gen ed or elective requirements.

Course descriptions and catalog:

To view the list of courses offered during the summer term, click the following link and check “May” for the “Semester Offered” option. You’ll also need to choose either a “Study Area” or a “Faculty/School” (US equivalent to departments or colleges)

Click here to view courses

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.

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.

Summer in Australia is based at Bond University, on the Gold Coast. “Gold Coast” also refers to the second most populous city in the state of Queensland, which when combined with Brisbane contains a population of more than 3 million people. Gold Coast was appropriately named by real estate developers as its sunny subtropical climate, pristine beaches and great surf drew tourists from both near and far and built up the area to become what it is today: a major tourist destination filled with theme parks, high rises and modern shops and eateries.

Even during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer (Australia’s winter), you’ll experience warm weather and plenty of sun. With a handful of colleges and universities in the area, it’s a safe and fun place for study abroad students. The Gold Coast area boasts 21 beaches, appealing to all different activities. When you want to head into town, you’ll enjoy great shopping, nightlife, sports and culture to keep you entertained at all hours. Gold Coast is a very athletically-oriented city as rugby, surfing, golf and fitness converge. 

Our Summer in Australia program is located at Bond University. Founded in 1915, Bond is AACSB-accredited and accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Winner of the most 5-star ratings of any university in the well-respected 2010 Good Universities Guide, Bond provides a high-quality education with plenty of personal attention given its student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1.

Bond enjoys a beautiful and safe campus, just minutes from the ocean and with great access to Gold Coast and beyond via frequent buses. The facilities are second-to-none between the impressive fitness complex, state-of-the-art multi-media learning center, restaurants, cafes, bars, and impressive aesthetics of the campus in general. 

Cricos Code: 0017B

Things don’t come to a halt in the winter in Australia! The Bond University campus will be buzzing with activity, as the North American summer is a popular enrollment period for both Australian and foreign students. 

You’ll kick your Australian experience off by participating in a traveling CISabroad Adventure Orientation. This will allow you to meet your fellow study abroad students and help you get used to the Australian way of life, not to mention give you a kick start to the rest of your adventures while in Australia. You’ll then settle into Bond University and get oriented to your new home. 

Bond University has a very active social and recreational calendar, as there’s a group or activity for all interests: golf, SCUBA, rugby, rowing, drama, debate, photography, and many more! Weekly events on campus include barbeques by the lake, live music at the bars, and a party at the end of the term.

Summer in Australia lets you choose between the following options:

  • On-campus dorms
  • Off-campus apartments

On-campus dorms

In the on-campus dorms you’ll have a room with a bed, desk, chair, lights, phone, and bookshelves, with bed linens and blankets provided. You’ll 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. You will need to bring/purchase your own towels and hangers.

Off-campus apartments

These are university-sponsored apartments within a 5-10 minute walk from campus. They are fully-furnished with cutlery, cookware, air conditioning, shared bedrooms and twin beds. Bathrooms are either private or shared with other residents. There’s a pool on-site and coin-operated laundry facilities. Meal plans are available for those interested. 

Both options include internet access, a telephone, and a full set of furniture

For internet access: 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 program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Summer in Australia can be found on the Price and Dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

The Program Fees for Summer in Australia are due on March 15. 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. The application deadline for Summer in Australia can be found here.

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

For Summer in Australia, 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 Summer in Australia, 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 Summer in Australia, 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 Summer in Australia, 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 Summer in Australia, 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: Summer 2017
Arrival May 9
Classes Start May 16
Classes End August 6
Departure August 21
Application Deadline March 1
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $16,990 - $18,990 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:

  • CISabroad Adventure Orientation
  • 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 
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

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