Semester on the Gold Coast
Bond University

Athlete Friendly
LGBTQIA+ Friendly
OPEN Fall 2022
OPEN Semester 2022

Soak up the sun and explore Australia’s Gold Coast.

More of a collection of coastal “suburbs” than a single centralized city, the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas.  It’s renown for its beautiful beaches, great surf, and innovative small businesses. While the area’s skyline showcases high rises in a few suburbs like in famous Surfers Paradise, most of the rest of the coast is modestly developed and maintains the chill vibe you’ll come to expect in Australia in general. Study and live on or near Bond University, a beautiful, modern, medium-sized campus with state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant campus life. Bond has ranked Number 1 in Australia for student experience for a 15th consecutive year, according to Australia’s Good Universities Guide!


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 3–4 courses (12–16 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5 (GPA of 2.3+ considered)
  • Visa Requirements: YES - Pre-departure

Highlights:

  • Convenient semesters in September, January, and May, similar to the U.S. academic calendar
  • AACSB International Business School accreditation
  • Official Bond University DIGITAL Transcript
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus, free for students to use
  • On- and off-campus living options with meal plan

Program Details

Bond University

CIS Abroad’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.

One of Bond’s most popular classes among study abroad students is Environmental Field Analysis of Rainforest and Coastal Regions, affectionately known by students as “Island Class.” It’s is a one-of-a-kind learning experience at Bond University. The intensive subject is undertaken on North Stradbroke Island, one of Queensland’s diverse and picturesque environmental regions.

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).

Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • World Languages

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

Semester on the Gold Coast at Bond University offers three 14-week semesters, beginning in January, May and September. You can easily find a semester that fits with your study abroad schedule. If you want to apply for the Summer (May) semester, please go to our Summer on the Gold Coast page. Bond has received Australia’s highest ratings for innovation, research, and academics (2018 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. This tool is easy to navigate and filter.

 

Why Life in 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Bond University Residence Halls

Location

For an immersive campus experience, choose to stay in the Bond University residence halls. You’ll have a double or single room on campus with a bed, desk, chair, lights, phone, and bookshelves, with bed linens and blankets provided. (You will need to bring/purchase your own towels and hangers.) Each floor has shared bathrooms for students to use.

BONUS: Enjoy free laundry facilities in the dorms!

Meals

A huge bonus of this housing option is that it includes a meal plan with ten meals per week. Think about all the time (and money) you could save on cooking if you live and eat on campus.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • SharedBathroom
  • Bed linens
  • CommuteWalking
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Meal PlanPartial
  • Single Room

The Cape (only available in the spring)

Location

Another off-campus housing option, The Cape is also a good choice for students looking for more of an independent lifestyle just a few minutes walk off-campus. Keep in mind, this housing option is only available during the spring term.

At The Cape, you’ll have a single room in a shared apartment featuring large open plan living areas, expansive covered balconies, and (for most apartments) outstanding waterfront views over Lake Orr.

These apartments also have air conditioning in the common areas and laundry facilities on-site.

 

Meals

Cook your own meals in the shared (and fully equipped) apartment kitchen!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • SharedBathroom
  • CommuteWalking
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Single Room

The Reserve

Location

The Reserve is one of the off-campus housing options for students attending Bond University. Just a few minutes walk off-campus, this housing is a good choice for students looking for more of an independent lifestyle. You’ll have a single room and share the apartment’s living room and kitchen with other international students. There is air conditioning in the shared living room and coin-operated laundry on-site.

After class, take a dip in the outdoor sand-floor luxury pool or exercise in the exclusive work out facility.

Meals

Cook your own meals in your apartments’ shared kitchen – complete with cutlery, crockery, and cookware!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • BathroomShared
  • CommuteWalking
  • Fitness Center
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Pool
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • 4 day Great Barrier Reef Excursion
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Overseas Health Insurance (mandatory for any student studying in Australia)
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • Monthly professional development opportunities
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Your program will kick off with the action-packed and engaging Great Barrier Reef Orientation. This 4-day/3-night orientation will provide you with an amazing introduction to Australia’s culture, wildlife, and natural environments. Get ready to be on your feet (and in the water) much of the time, visiting places like the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef. Also do things we know you came a long way to do, like holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos.

Your site director will 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 & 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. Your site director will walk you through some of the things to expect and help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. Also, enjoy a group meal as part of your farewell to Australia.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.

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!

Burleigh Headland Walk

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.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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.

Site Director

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.

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.

About:

Jackie has a passion for international education and travel having lived, travelled worked and studied overseas. 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.

During the second year of her undergraduate degree Jackie received a student exchange scholarship to participate in a study abroad semester at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Upon her return from the US Jackie was employed by the International Office at University of Newcastle involved in Student Support and later International Admissions. Since this time Jackie’s 16 year career has been predominantly based in international education, including a two year position in Denver, Colorado working for a leading study abroad provider then continuing as their national Australian on-site resident director for another three years. Jackie has since worked in various marketing and management roles focused primarily on project management, large scale event management, sponsorship, new business launches and strategic planning.

The love of travel has always remained and has seen Jackie visit more than 21 countries including favourites Finland, Vietnam, Japan, Nepal and New Zealand. Jackie enjoys hiking, yoga, stand up paddle boarding, beach time, family adventures with her two amazing sons and did we mention travel!

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

On-Site Program Modifications

We want your time abroad to be an experience of a lifetime. We also know that it is a unique time to be going abroad. Below is some helpful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.

Our Financial Commitment

CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See our refund policy page for more information.
To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.

Our Academic Commitment

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk.*

If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.

If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.

* If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US are important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.

Our Health & Safety Commitment

CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:

  • COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing.
  • Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country.
  • COVID-safe classrooms and campus facilities as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards.
  • Vaccine requirements for all participants to ensure COVID-safe program excursions and guaranteed housing with vaccinated students.
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
  • Cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.

*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs. If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost.

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above. Should students apply for 2022 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date. We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.

Excursions

We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Oct 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 4 (Estimated)
  • Departure: April 21 (Estimated)
  • Price: $17,690 - $18,990
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 4 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 16 (Estimated)
  • Price: $17,690 - $18,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Jun 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 2 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 13 (Estimated)
  • Price: $17,690 - $18,979 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Oct 14 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 3 (Estimated)
  • Departure: April 20 (Estimated)
  • Price: $17,690 - $18,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 3 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 15 (Estimated)
  • Price: $17,690 - $18,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Jun 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 1 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 12 (Estimated)
  • Price: $17,690 - $18,979 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Estimated

On Campus – Double: $17,990, On Campus – Single: $18,590, Off Campus – The Cape: $19,990, Off Campus -The Reserve: $19,990, Off Campus – Varsity Shores: $17,690

Maymester: To apply to our Maymester program choose Summer on the Gold Coast Summer 2021 on the application.

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

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