Use your summer wisely by earning a full semester’s worth of credit while living in paradise. The Summer on the Gold Coast program plants you in the middle of a sunny, stunning campus just minutes from the beach. You can surf and swim as you jump ahead academically. While most summer programs offer only a limited number of courses, Summer on the Gold Coast gives you dozens of course options in most subjects. Even more tempting, you’ll live in a sun-drenched, outdoorsy, sports-crazed city, and you’ll study at one of Australia’s top private universities. Passionate teachers? Check. Sandy beaches? Check. Friendly locals? Check. See you in the land Down Under!
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1
- Avg Course Load
- 3–4 Courses (12–16 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Numerous social and recreational activities on- and off-campus
- Gold Coast's "winter" climate—70 degrees and sunny
- AACSB International Business school accreditation
- A full 14-week semester, with dozens of course options
- Beautiful, modern campus with top-notch fitness facilities, common areas, and manicured grounds
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
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.
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.
The Summer 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
- Shared living room with other international students
- Coin-operated laundry facilities
- A few minutes walking distance from campus
- This is a self-catering option, meal plan not included
- 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a full range of courses offered during this unique semester-long summer program. The host campus, Bond University on the Gold Coast, has received rave reviews from students and academic review boards alike.
Course search instructions:
For courses offered over our northern hemisphere summer, choose the “May” semester.
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.”
Click here to view the entire list of courses that Bond has to offer.
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).
Alex Krell - UMass Amherst
Program SupportMeet 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.
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
Global Advising Team
Emma Van Loon
Program Coordinator - Australia and New Zealand
Country Director of Australia; Site Director in Gold Coast, Australia
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalMay 6 (Estimated)OrientationMay 6 - 7 (Estimated)Classes StartMay 13 (Estimated)DepartureAugust 19 (Estimated)PRICE$15,990 - $17,190 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- CISabroad 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
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program