Program Overview

Bond University boasts world-class academics, state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge research, a small community vibe, and a campus that’s only 10 minutes from some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in Australia. The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s fastest-growing cities, known for its sporting events and outdoor activities. As a CISabroad student, you’ll spend a semester in the sun at Bond University, one of the most highly ranked and modern universities in Australia.    

GPA Requirement
2.5 (GPA of 2.3+ considered)
Application Deadlines
Spring: October 15
Fall: June 1
Avg Course Load
3–4 Courses (12–16 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction

Key Program Highlights

  • Convenient semesters in September, January, and May, similar to the U.S. academic calendar
  • Small student body of 4,000 students = personalized attention
  • AACSB International Business School accreditation
  • Year-round, warm, tropical climate
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus, free for students to use
  • On- and off-campus living options with possible meal plan
  • Week-long Bond University orientation where you meet locals and sign up for campus clubs

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.



CISabroad's Semester on the Gold Coast is located at Bond University. Founded in 1989, Bond is Australia's newest and most innovative universities. As one of only two private universities in the country, Bond sets itself apart from other Australian institutions. You'll enjoy smaller class sizes and a more intimate campus experience. The University also follows a U.S. academic calendar with semesters beginning in September and January, making it a great fit for American study abroad students.

Bond is the school for you if you want a high-quality academic experience in a beautiful setting. The University is one of Australia’s best-rated universities—and it's just fifteen minutes from a 100-mile-long beach. In fact, Bond has won the most five-star ratings of any university in the respected 2016 Good Universities Guide, an Australian publication. Bond has a reputation for personalized education by expert teachers, innovative courses and teaching methods, and a highly internationalized student body. You'll join over 4,000 students, 25 percent of which are international.

Students adore Bond's campus, which has extremely modern facilities set around a stunning lake. As a study abroad student, you'll get outstanding support, including academic advising and personal and professional counseling. Because of the size of the student body, it's easy to get involved with campus activities. You can join social clubs, academic-focused organizations, and even sport groups.



Accredited Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. 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.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

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).

Course search instructions:
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 check the box “Display only Study Abroad subjects.”

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

Looking for courses in Law? Hands-on experience allows you to meet lawyers, judges, and professionals in the legal field. Field trips include visits to law firms, and local courts. Please note that you will have to currently be pursuing a degree in law to take these courses. You will enroll in 3 courses for the semester: Foundations of US Law, an elective of your choice, and choose 1 other law course.


Life in Gold Coast

Welcome and Orientation

Fall and Spring Semester Students:
Your program will kick off with a bang in the form of the CISabroad Adventure Orientation. This 4 day/3 night orientation will provide you with a unique look into Australian culture, its iconic wildlife, and world-class natural environments. We’ll keep you moving much of the time, visiting places like the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll also get to do things we know you came a long way to do, like holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos.

Summer Students:
Your program will kick off with a bang with a fun orientation in the Gold Coast. You’ll explore areas like Surfer’s Paradise and Bond University. We’ll keep you moving much of the time!

Regardless of which orientation you’ll enjoy, we’ll also sit down to provide insight and discussion into program and behavioral expectations, with topics such as culture, slang, food, and where to go and what to do when you settle into your new home in the Gold Coast. Once you’re settled in the Gold Coast, you’ll also get an orientation at Bond University to help you get adjusted to your new surrounds and learn your way around.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Australia.

Housing Options

The Semester on the Gold Coast has both on-campus and off-campus housing options. You can live on campus with students from all over the world or you can choose a more independent lifestyle by living off campus in an apartment.

On-campus residence hall


  • Twin (shared) or single room that includes a bed, desk, chair, lights, phone, and bookshelves, with bed linens and blankets provided
  • Shared bathrooms with fellow students on the hall
  • Access to free laundry facilities
  • A meal plan with ten meals per week is included for students living on the campus
  • Students will need to bring/purchase their own towels and hangers

Off-campus apartments: Varsity Shores   


  • Budget single-room studio apartments, fully furnished and come with cutlery, crockery, cookware, and air conditioning in central living area
  • Shared living room with other international students, potentially co-ed
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • A few minutes walking distance from campus
  • This is a self-catering option, meal plan not included

Off-campus apartments: The Reserve   


  • Single-room in shared apartments are fully furnished and come with cutlery, crockery, cookware, and air conditioning
  • Shared living room with other international students
  • Outdoor luxury pool with sand floor
  • Exclusive work out facility
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities and a pool on site
  • Central AC in shared living room
  • A few minutes walking distance from campus
  • This is a self-catering option, meal plan not included

Off-campus apartments: The Cape


  • Single-room in shared apartments, fully furnished with air conditioning
  • Full kitchen space with cutlery, crockery, cookware
  • Large open plan living areas
  • Laundry facilities
  • Expansive covered balconies
  • Most with outstanding waterfront views over Lake Orr
  • Air Conditioning in living room
  • Shared living room with other international students
  • A few minutes walking distance from campus
  • This is a self-catering option, meal plan not included

Local Life

  • Local beaches: Say “hi” to the local surf lifesavers. Just remember to stay inside the flags when you take a dip.
  • Mount Tamborine: The green behind the gold. Go for walks and enjoy lookouts plus great cafes and art galleries.
  • Whale Watching: June to November spend some time with the gentle giants of the sea.
  • Currumbin Rockpools: Very popular when it heats up on the coast, this is a perfect place to take a dip and cool down away from the crowded beaches.
  • Miami Marketta: A local hotspot for awesome street food and live local music.
  • Currumbin creek: Try stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking or take on the waves (great for beginners) at Currumbin Alley.
  • Farmers Markets: Australians love their fresh produce! Check out the local markets on every weekend across the coast where you can enjoy a kombucha or organic tea while you stock up on your fresh fruit and veg for the week.

More About Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of Australia's fastest-growing cities, known for its beautiful beaches, sporting events, and outdoor activities. With 32 miles of beaches and 300 sunny days each year, locals and tourists alike agree that the Gold Coast has some of the best surfing in the world. And, the city is located near some of Australia's most valued treasures, including the Great Barrier Reef, inland mountains, and tropical rain forests!

While living on the Gold Coast, students will have endless opportunities to explore their surroundings. Just fifteen minutes away from Bond University, you'll find a buzzing city filled with award-winning restaurants, cafes, festivals, shopping, and nightlife. Enjoy the beach during the day, explore farmers markets and festivals in the afternoon, and dine on international cuisine at night.

Want to escape the city life and encounter some wildlife? Plan a visit to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can pet kangaroos and take a photo with a koala! Also, with quick access to the local airport, you can easily travel to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and other major cities in Australia.

If you're a sports fan, don't miss the opportunity to see The Commonwealth Games in 2018, one of the largest elite multi-sport events in the world. It's the equivalent to staging fifteen world championships simultaneously! The Commonwealth Games will be the biggest international sporting event in Australia for a decade and the largest ever hosted by the Gold Coast.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet day by the shore, a fun-filled surfing lesson, or time in the city, the Gold Coast has it all.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

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Burleigh Headland Walk

Take a beautiful walk around the Burleigh Head National Park and visit the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Here you can try bush tucker (bushfood) and learn about the amazing culture of the Yugambeh people.

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit one of the Gold Coast's most popular tourist destinations in natural bushland and rainforest settings. You can feed the friendly kangaroos and say “gidday” to a koala at our local wildlife reserve.

4-Day Orientation on the Great Barrier Reef

Talk about an amazing orientation! Spend 4 days learning about the environmental and cultural beauty that Australia has to offer in the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you spend your time snorkeling or exploring the rain forest, you won't leave Cairns without some unbelievable photos and memories!

Student Feedback

I wanted to go as far as I could and across the world in Australia was the place for me. Seeking new adventures and realizing that just keeping busy and trying new things allows you to share your experiences and connect with others who like the same things. CISabroad allowed me to explore independently, but making sure I had a great support system while I was away! We had a small group of individuals that grew extremely close to each other and we were able to do lots of different adventures together.

Christine Legsdin, Semester on the Gold Coast, Springfield College

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Emma Van Loon
Program Coordinator - Australia and New Zealand

Travel Tip: When I begin planning a trip I love to leave two or three days free. There are always fun activities you’ll learn about while in country so you don’t want to miss out on them due to over scheduling!

Learn more about Emma

Jackie Chapman
Country Director of Australia; Site Director in Gold Coast, Australia

Travel Tip: Get outside, take your time to walk around the streets of your new city or neighbourhood – get a feel for the people and what makes it unique. I love getting up early and exploring a new destination as it ‘wakes up’- it is an amazing time of the day to see a city or town slowly come to life.

Learn more about Jackie

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    October 15
    January 5
    January 5 - 8; Bond University Orientation: January 9 - 11
    Classes Start
    January 14
    Classes End
    April 10; Exams: April 11 - 18
    April 19
    $17,290 - $18,790
  • Fall 2019
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    September 2
    December 15
    $17,590 - $18,990

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

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • 4 day Great Barrier Reef Excursion
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • Monthly professional development opportunities
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • 24/7 On-site support
  • Bond University transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program