Program Overview

As you might gather from the name, the Gold Coast is truly spectacular. Spend a semester soaking it in as you study abroad at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. This highly ranked and modern university delivers small class sizes, innovative courses, and cutting-edge sporting facilities (Australian Olympic swimmers train at Bond’s pool!). The Gold Coast is famous for it’s gleaming beaches, epic surfing, electric nightlife, and Aussie charm. Studying abroad on the Gold Coast is as good as it sounds!

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Spring: November 1
Fall: June 1
Avg Course Load
3–4 Courses (12–16 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • Conveninent 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

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.

Life in Gold Coast

Welcome and Orientation

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.

This fun and engaging orientation program isn’t just one big adventure, however! 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

Amenities:

  • 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   

Amenities:

  • Single-room studio apartments are fully furnished and come with cutlery, crockery, cookware, and air conditioning
  • Shared living room with other international students
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities and a pool on site
  • Central AC in shared living room
  • A few minutes walking distance from campus
  • On-campus meal plans available for purchase

Off-campus apartments: The Reserve   

Amenities:

  • Single-room studio apartments are fully furnished and come with cutlery, crockery, cookware, and air conditioning
  • Shared living room with other international students
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities and a pool on site
  • Central AC in shared living room
  • A few minutes walking distance from campus
  • On-campus meal plans available for purchase

 

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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 weekend and 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. You'll also enjoy a comprehensive culture- and adventure-based orientation, which will include excursions to places such as the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef!

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Byron Bay

Just an hour down the road, Byron Bay is a popular coastal town with its own unique vibe that attracts visitors from around the globe. We’ll explore the lighthouse and the most easterly point of Australia. You can try to spot dolphins and even have a go at catching some waves with a surf lesson.

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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.


Academics

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.

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 and 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.

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).

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.*

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:

Australian Legal System
Contractual Liability
Principles of Tortious Liability
Criminal Law and Procedure A


The University

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).

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Student Feedback

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I stepped outside of my comfort zone and met so many friends while studying on the Gold Coast, which has allowed me to stay in contact with people on almost every continent. Being a marketing student, this diverse network will also benefit me on a professional level.

Alex Krell - UMass Amherst

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

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.

  • Fall 2017
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    Arrival
    September 2
    Orientation
    September 2-4
    Classes Start
    September 5
    Classes End
    December 17
    Departure
    December 18
    PRICE
    $16,790 - $18,490
  • Spring 2018
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    Arrival
    January 5 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    January 5 - 8; Bond University Orientation: January 8 - 12 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    January 15 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    April 23 (Estimated)
    Departure
    April 24 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $16,790 - $18,490 (Estimated)

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