Summer on the Gold Coast

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Leap ahead academically (in paradise).

Summer on the Gold Coast offers a wide range of courses, a beautiful campus just minutes from the beach, and a fun social setting in a vibrant community. Get the best of everything and get a full semester ahead! Study at Bond University, a university with a close-knit community on the water. The program operates on a U.S academic calendar, with a full 14-week term starting in May that still provides you with an active and lively campus setting. Not to mention it has exceptional fitness facilities, restaurants, and cafés – all within walking distance of some of the finest sand beaches on the Gold Coast.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 3–4 Courses (12–16 US credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.3-2.5+


  • Numerous social and recreational activities on- and off-campus
  • Official Bond University DIGITAL Transcript
  • AACSB International Business school accreditation
  • Beautiful, modern campus with top-notch fitness facilities, common areas, and manicured grounds
  • Small class sizes with innovative curriculum

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).

All CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia are completely digital – no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

Areas of study with at least 2 classes available

  • Engineering

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

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Health

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Areas of study with 8 or more classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Humanities
  • Natural & Applied Sciences

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.

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.”

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

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 The 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.

The Reserve


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.


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


Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • CIS Abroad Orientation
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (apartments or residence halls) and optional meal plan
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • The Local Life cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

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!

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 & 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.

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.
Byron Bay

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.

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.


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!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

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:

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country where we operate and our risk management team makes decisions based on those factors and our own policy. We will reopen programs as we are able.

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: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 4 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 16 (Estimated)
  • Price: $17,390 - $17,890 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

On Campus – Double: $17,390
On Campus – Single: $17,890

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.