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    At Griffith, we believe in, strive for and celebrate the Remarkable.
    We rank among the world’s best universities and continue to improve our international standing. In the largest and most credible world university rankings, we are ranked in the top 300—placing us in the top 2% worldwide.

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    Criminology and law


    Engineering, IT and aviation

    Architecture, construction and planning

    Humanities, languages and social science

    Medicine, dentistry and health

    Music and performing arts

    Science and environment

    Visual and creative arts

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    Welcome to this International Student Guide. As a former international student myself, I know that making the decision to study overseas is a big one. This Guide contains information to help you make the right choice about where and what to study. For nearly 50 years, Griffith has been helping students achieve academic success, and ensuring that all our graduates are well-supported and ready for their future careers. We are proud to host students from approximately 130 countries, and pride ourselves on providing a remarkable student experience. We recognise the importance of international rankings but, equally importantly, are committed to ensuring that you have the opportunity to learn from some of the best university teachers in Australia, in programs that have been designed with the future in mind. With five campuses in South East Queensland, Griffith offers an amazing environment in which to live and study, as well as a world-class education.

    Congratulations on taking this first step, and I hope that you will find what you are looking for in the pages of this Guide. Remember, too, that there is more information and detail about what Griffith has to offer at
    griffith.edu.au. Good luck with making your decision. Together with colleagues across the University, I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you to Griffith.

    Professor Sarah Todd
    Vice President (Global)

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    Ranked in the top 2% worldwide

    Griffith ranks alongside some of the best universities in the world.

    (Based on the International Association of Universities - World Higher Education Database, listing
    more than 18,500 institutions of higher
    education. Current as at July 2019)

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    Research that makes a difference

    Benefit from our vibrant research culture and learn from researchers at the forefront of discovery.

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    Global impact

    Through our teaching and research we support you to make a difference to
    the world.

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    Australia’s most awarded university for teaching & learning

    Learn from the best, with teachers who have won more Australian Government awards, citations, and fellowships than any other university in the past five years.

    (Griffith University teaching staff have won more Australian Government awards, citations and
    fellowships than those of any other university
    in the past five years. Four of the Griffith
    University teaching staff have been named
    Australian University Teacher of the year.)

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    Future focused

    Prepare for the future world of work with degrees developed in consultation with industry and based on cutting-edge research.

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    Through our unique employability program, including final year projects,
    you will gain hands-on experience with local and international industry
    partners and be prepared to enter
    a wide range of careers.

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    Creating global citizens

    Our degrees have an international focus, preparing you for work around the world.

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    Young and ambitious

    We rank highly as a young university - 35th in the QS Top 50 Under 50.

    (2019 QS University Rankings Top 50 Under 50)

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    construction and

    We are focused on global issues, including social responsibility, community engagement and sustainability, to ensure graduates become valuable
    to their industries world-wide.

    Popular programs

    Interest areas

    Prepare for a place
    in the world of work

    With a strong focus on
    applied studio teaching,
    you will gain the skills employers want.

    Unique opportunities

    Including practice-led design studios and international field study electives.

    Industry connections

    The Bachelor of Architectural Design has been developed in conjunction with our industry advisory board.



    Construction management

    Urban and environmental planning

    Interest areas


    Bachelor of Construction Management

    Master of Architecture

    Popular programs

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    Business and government

    When you study business and government at Griffith
    you can build your own unique qualification with our wide variety of degrees, majors and electives.

    Ranked #4 globally

    in the 2018 Corporate Knights Better World
    MBA ranking.

    Investing in the future

    The Student Investment Fund provides outstanding finance students with access to Queensland’s largest student managed investment fund, totalling $250,000.

    Ranked #1 in Australia

    for Hospitality and Tourism Management according to the 2019 ARWU Ranking of
    Academic Subject.

    Popular programs

    Interest areas

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    Accounting and
    business law

    Asian studies




    Employment relations
    and human resources


    Event management


    Financial planning

    Government and
    international relations

    Interest areas

    Information systems

    International business

    Logistics and supply
    chain management




    Property and real estate

    Public administration

    Public policy analysis

    Sport management

    Sustainable business

    Tourism and hospitality

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    Bachelor of Business

    Bachelor of Commerce

    Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management

    Master of Professional Accounting

    Master of Business

    Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management

    Master of Finance

    Master of Financial Planning

    Master of Global Development

    Popular programs

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    Criminology and law

    As a criminology or law student at Griffith, you
    will benefit from our industry-informed learning
    and gain valuable experience working on real
    cases, with real clients, during your studies.

    Griffith University Innocence Project

    Pro-bono project run by Griffith University, committed to freeing innocent persons who have been wrongly convicted.

    Law and criminology ranked in the top 50 globally

    According to the 2019 ARWU Ranking of Academic Subject.

    Ground-breaking research

    One of the largest communities of criminology and criminal justice scholars in the world, working on solutions to create safe, well-governed and equitable societies.

    Popular programs

    Interest areas


    Criminology and criminal justice


    Interest areas


    Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Bachelor of Laws

    Juris Doctor

    Master of International Law

    Popular programs

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    When you study education at Griffith you can be sure you are choosing a rewarding and exciting future. Join the next generation of teachers.

    Autism Centre of

    Focused on improving the quality of life for children and adults with autism through evidence-based practice.

    Inspire the next generation

    Study teaching at one of the world’s leading education schools and prepare for a rewarding career.

    Develop in-demand expertise

    Griffith is among the best for education graduate success rates in Australia, and our School of Education and Professional Studies is ranked in the top 150 worldwide.

    Popular programs

    Interest areas


    Adult and vocational education

    Autism studies

    Early childhood education

    Education (primary or secondary)

    Special needs education

    Interest areas


    Master of Education

    Popular programs

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    Engineering, IT
    and aviation

    Study engineering, IT or aviation at Griffith and learn using cutting-edge resources while gaining valuable hands-on experience through real projects.

    Focus on innovation

    We prepare our graduates to create smarter solutions for the future, fostering professional skills and an entrepreneurial approach.

    industry links

    Be job-ready with opportunities for industry placements and the chance to work on industry projects.

    Leaders in aviation

    We have 25 years of experience producing qualified graduates for the international aviation industry which is growing rapidly as the number of travellers continues
    to expand.

    Popular programs

    Interest areas



    Business information systems and IT management

    Civil engineering

    Computer science

    Cyber security

    Electrical and electronic engineering


    Environmental engineering

    Industrial design

    Information technology

    Mechanical engineering

    Multimedia design and interactive entertainment

    Software engineering

    Interest areas


    Bachelor of Aviation Management

    Bachelor of Computer Science

    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Bachelor of Information Technology

    Bachelor of Intelligent Digital Technologies

    Master of Professional Engineering

    Master of Cyber Security

    Master of Information Technology

    Popular programs

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    Humanities, languages
    and social science

    Succeed in an ever-changing global
    environment – study humanities, languages and social science at Griffith and develop a deeper understanding of societies, cultures and people.

    Access to internships and practical experiences

    Enhance your skills and potential, and develop the confidence to lead.

    Ranked in the top
    100 worldwide

    for Political Sciences in the 2019 ARWU Ranking of Academic Subject.

    Our degrees are informed by industry and government

    Be confident you will graduate with the skills employers want.

    Popular programs

    Interest areas




    English and creative writing

    Indigenous studies

    Islam-West relations

    Journalism, communication and public relations



    Politics and international studies

    Screen studies

    Security studies

    Social sciences


    Interest areas


    Bachelor of Communication and Journalism

    Popular programs

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    Medicine, dentistry
    and health

    Study among leaders-Griffith’s breakthrough
    medical research continues to provide a greater understanding of diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

    Griffith Health Clinics

    Under supervision, students practise clinical skills with real patients. The Griffith Health Clinics provide more than 50,000 patient appointments on campus each year.

    $150 million Griffith
    Health Centre

    Part of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct with extraordinary clinical and teaching facilities in
    medicine, dentistry, allied health and more.

    Ranked in the top 50
    in the world

    for Nursing in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019.

    Popular programs

    Interest areas


    Biomedical science and medical science


    Dentistry and
    oral health

    Environmental health

    Exercise science
    and sport

    Health services

    Human services

    Infection prevention
    and control

    Medical diagnostics


    Mental Health



    Nutrition and dietetics

    Occupational therapy





    Public health and
    health promotion


    Social work

    Speech pathology

    Suicide research and prevention

    Interest areas


    Bachelor of Biomedical Science

    Bachelor of Dental
    Health Science

    Bachelor of Clinical
    Exercise Physiology

    Bachelor of Exercise

    Bachelor of Human

    Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

    Bachelor of Pharmacy

    Bachelor of
    Psychological Science

    Bachelor of Social Work

    Master of Dentistry

    Popular programs

    Master of Advanced Health Services Management

    Master of Pharmacy

    Master of Global
    Public Health

    Master of Social Work

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    Music and
    performing arts

    At the Queensland Conservatorium, one of
    Australia’s leading music schools, you will learn in modern spaces with award-winning teachers.

    Educators from
    around the world

    Learn from highly-skilled and diverse local and international educators who trained in the UK, US, Europe and Australia.

    Innovative research

    Through a focus on cultural diversity and sustainability in the Asia-Pacific region, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre has become a flagship centre for pioneering scholarship and creative practice.

    Ranked #50 in the world

    in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019.

    Popular programs

    Interest areas



    Classical music instrumental



    Music studies and research

    Music technology

    Musical theatre

    Opera and voice

    Pedagogy and music education

    Popular music

    Interest areas


    Popular programs

    Bachelor of Music

    Master of Music Studies

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    Science and environment

    We offer a range of science degrees - from chemical
    to forensic, physical to biomedical - and have a long tradition of excellence in environmental science.

    Strong future career prospects

    You will gain hands-on experience with local and international industry partners, ensuring that you
    are work-ready.

    Opportunities to join professional bodies

    Graduates from select degrees will be eligible
    for membership with relevant professional bodies.

    First School of Environment in

    Learn from environmental leaders with a focus on
    practical learning.

    Popular programs

    Interest areas


    Biological sciences

    Biomedical science, medical
    science and medical diagnostics


    Chemical sciences

    Data science

    Ecology and biodiversity

    Environmental science

    Forensic science

    Marine biology

    Physics and mathematics

    Society and environment

    Soil, water and energy

    Interest areas


    Bachelor of Environmental Science

    Master of Integrated Water Management

    Master of Biotechnology

    Popular programs

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    Visual and creative arts

    At the Queensland College of Art and Griffith Film School, you will be inspired by amazing teachers, classmates and collaborative spaces.

    Australia’s largest
    film school

    Griffith Film School students learn from acclaimed industry figures, and have access to an exciting calendar of guest lectures and master classes.

    Learn from
    practising artists

    Our lecturers are practitioners, holding exhibitions locally and overseas, and are representatives on industry boards.

    Practical experience

    Build your portfolio and develop critical networks while working on projects for real clients in our four commercial studios-LiveWorm, LiveImage, LiveSpace and LiveLab.

    Popular programs

    Interest areas



    Contemporary Australian Indigenous art

    Creative and interactive media

    Creative industries


    Film and screen media production

    Fine art

    Games design


    Interest areas


    Bachelor of Creative Industries

    Bachelor of Design

    Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production

    Bachelor of Creative and Interactive Media

    Master of Design

    Popular programs

  • Our location

    Our 6 campuses are located across the cities of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan in South East Queensland. We have a growing digital campus for online study.

    Local attractions

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    Gold Coast

  • Brisbane is a vibrant, expanding city, offering world-class education, a beautiful climate and superb lifestyle. It is an
    ideal place to study and develop your career.


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    2.27 million people

    283 days of
    sunshine a year

    Average temperature:
    15°C – 25°C

    One of the world’s most liveable cities

    Culturally diverse population: 28% of Brisbane’s residents were born overseas

    State capital of Queensland

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  • Beautiful beaches, an excellent quality of life and friendly
    people make the Gold Coast a popular study destination.

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    Population: More than
    500,000 people

    300 days of
    sunshine a year

    Average temperature:
    15°C – 25°C

    Spans nearly 60 km of coastline with some of the best beaches on the planet

    Culturally diverse population: 28% of
    Gold Coast’s residents were born overseas

    100,000 hectares of World Heritage-listed rainforests

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    Griffith University graduates are well equipped for the new world of work. We include real-life industry experiences in our degrees and have a great range of employability initiatives to help you be

    Work-integrated learning
    Employers like to see experience from the real world on your resume. You can gain practical experience while you study, build your portfolio and develop networks through internships and industry placements. Many work-integrated learning opportunities will allow you to earn credit towards your degree.

    Griffith Honours College
    Griffith is the only university in Australia with an honours college. The Griffith Honours College is an extracurricular program that provides experiences to increase your employability and graduate opportunities. Many of these experiences are exclusive to
    Griffith Honours College students and will enable you to develop a global perspective while enhancing your leadership, communication, teamwork, research and industry skills.

    Griffith’s range of mentoring programs will connect you locally and globally, allowing you to engage with students, alumni and industry professionals. Through our Industry Mentoring Program we find you a suitable mentor to support and guide your career development.

    Community Internship
    The Community Internship is a 10 credit point course, available to students in most degrees. Through this course you will be able to make a difference in a local community organisation while developing a range of professional and personal skills. You will spend a minimum of 50 hours in a volunteering placement and combine this with academic learning. With hundreds of internship opportunities, we can tailor the internship to match your study area or interests.

    Leadership programs
    Join one of our leadership
    programs, including the Griffith Business School Student Leadership Program, Griffith Honours College or Griffith Mates. You will receive formal recognition for participating in these programs and gain a range of experience and skills sought after by future employers.

    Internships and
    industry placements

    Gain industry experience, observe professionals and ask questions to become career ready. Griffith offers internship and industry networking opportunities in nearly all study areas.

    Careers and Employment Service
    Our Careers and Employment service supports you to plan your career, become job ready and find work while you study and after you graduate. Get help with resumes, cover letters, interview preparation and job search techniques to improve your employability and increase your chances of finding your dream job.


    Exchange and short-term programs
    Participating in an overseas program as a part of your Griffith University degree is one of the best experiences you can have at university. You can spend as little as one week, or as long as one year in destinations around the world. We offer a trimester or year - long exchange program, as well as short-term options including global internships, volunteering, service learning, academic-led study tours, clinical placements and research practicums.



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    In Australia you can work part-time while you study and Griffith has services to help you find a job.

    Key facts about working in Australia:

    • Student visa holders can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight (2 week period) during the teaching period, once classes have started.
    • Student visa holders can work unlimited hours during scheduled University-wide teaching breaks.

    Unitemps helps students apply for part-time work
    Unitemps is an in-house recruitment service that facilitates connections between Griffith students and employers who are offering temporary paid work opportunities.

    Work while
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    We offer an exciting and generous range of scholarships to support international students coming to study in our undergraduate, postgraduate, research and pathway programs. Our scholarships recognise remarkable students and their potential to make a positive contribution to Griffith and our community.

    Griffith University supports outstanding international students with a range of scholarships, including:

    • excellence scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students
    • scholarships for family members of current international students and alumni
    • discipline-specific scholarships for selected programs
    • higher degree by research scholarships

    Scholarships are also awarded to the top graduate of the Griffith English Language Institute Direct Entry Program and the top Griffith College Diploma graduate for each session.

    Australia Awards Scholarships

    At Griffith, we host and support a diverse community of Australia Awards scholars. The prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships, funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), offer next-generation leaders from across the world an opportunity to undertake study and research in Australia. The scholarships aim to help developing countries reduce poverty, achieve sustainable development and increase access to quality education.

    Endeavour Scholarships

    The Endeavour Leadership Program offers outstanding opportunities to international students to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia. Griffith is proud to host Endeavour
    Leadership program awardees in a range of disciplines.

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    Griffith is a research-intensive university that fosters industry, community, government, national and international research collaborations. Undertake research at Griffith and be part of an elite group of researchers who are thinking globally and discovering new-world solutions.

    Research support
    You will be supported with research training workshops and a comprehensive suite of library services ranging from research and data management tools to research communication training.

    Above world standard
    Latest analysis of Excellence in Research for Australia found 99% of our research outputs were in disciplines rated at world standard or above.

    We offer a number of competitive higher degree by research scholarships each year to help you with the cost of tuition and/or living expenses for the duration of your research study.

    Outstanding resources
    Our researchers are provided with state-of-the-art facilities, support services and research environments that best accommodate their needs.

    Research centres and institutes
    Home to 30+ world-class research centres and institutes, Griffith offers you the opportunity to learn from globally renowned researchers.

    International links
    Griffith staff come from all over the world and have strong research partnerships nationally and internationally.

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    Whether you would like to live
    on-campus or off-campus, there are a number of options you can explore to find housing to suit your needs. You can also choose homestay and live with a local Australian family while you study.

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  • South East Queensland is an affordable and friendly place to study and offers a combination of quality education and high living standards.

    The Australian Government requires students to have access to a minimum of A$20,290 (Australian dollars) per year to meet their living costs.

    Calculating your total cost of study
    Your total cost of studying in Australia will include:

    • tuition fees
    • visa application fees
    • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
    • flights
    • cost of living
    • other personal and study-related expenses.

    Cost of living

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    International Student Buddy Program

    Griffith Mates

    Griffith Beach Care group (Gold Coast campus)

    Griffith volunteer community

    Griffith Bush Care group (Brisbane campuses)

    Help restore and care for our beautiful coastal environments with the Griffith Beach Care group. This is a great way to give back to the environment, meet new people and see the beaches of the Gold Coast.

    Sport and fitness



    Clubs and societies

    Orientation is when you get to know Griffith and have fun meeting people before you start classes.

    Griffith offers a variety of sporting facilities and competitions.

    Each Griffith campus provides access to prayer facilities as well as multi-faith chaplains.

    Griffith has over 120 clubs in cultural, religious, political, educational, sporting, professional and special interest areas.

    Help restore the Australian bush environment and, if you are lucky, see koalas, possums, and sugar gliders. Join us to develop your teamwork skills, learn more about the environment and meet new people.

    The International Student Buddy Program runs from Week 1 to Week 4 of trimester with two drop-in style ‘Mates Meetups’ each week at the Gold Coast and Nathan campuses. Current students (Senior Buddies) provide peer support to commencing international students (Junior Buddies) with each weekly session covering topics to help ease your transition to university life. This is a safe and comfortable environment where you can ask questions about Griffith and life in Australia, as well as practise your English. It’s also a great way to make friends!

    Enjoy the most memorable years of your life with the Griffith Mates.The Mates are a diverse peer-support network for international students, with members who speak over 30 languages.

    Griffith Mates will help you make the most of university, develop friendships and practise your English.

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    You will have access to Griffith University’s diverse range of student support initiatives, including programs and staff dedicated specifically to helping international students.

    Services include:

    • international student welcome session
    • orientation session
    • international student advisors
    • free airport pickup service
    • academic enrichment and learning support
    • disability services
    • career support.

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  • English language support

    You have access to a variety of English language support programs and services. From dedicated courses to free one-on-one tutoring sessions, we offer a range of solutions that can help you achieve your goals and ambitions.

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  • How to apply

    Step 4

    Prepare supporting documentation.

    Step 2

    Check if you meet
    entry requirements.

    Step 5

    Apply online or via a registered recruitment representative.

    Step 3

    Check if you are eligible for credit.

    Step 6

    Accept your offer.

    Applying to study at Griffith is easy. With applications open all year round, you can quickly complete your application in 6 simple steps.

    Visit: griffith.edu.au/apply/international

    Step 1

    Choose the degree you want to study.

  • No matter what level of study you have completed or what English level you have, we have a range of pathways to help you achieve your study goals. Discover what requirements you must meet for standard entry into undergraduate (bachelor), postgraduate (master) and research degrees.

    If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements, you may complete the
    Direct Entry Program at Griffith English
    Language Institute.

    If you do not meet the academic entry criteria
    for your degree, you may be able to study a Foundation, Diploma or Masters Qualifying
    Program at Griffith College, to gain direct entry into the equivalent Griffith University degree.


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    Griffith has used reasonable endeavours to ensure that the information contained in this publication is correct at the time of development but this information may be subject to corrections or changes without notice. Griffith reserves the right to alter, change, or discontinue programs and courses without notice. Griffith assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information provided by third parties. The publication of program details in this document does not create an obligation on the part of Griffith to teach a program in any given year, or teach it in the mode described in this publication. It is the responsibility of students to check and confirm all general and program specific information prior to application and enrolment. In particular, program offerings, duration, mode, commencement, campus location, fees, and entry requirements need to be checked and confirmed. All costs and fees contained in this publication are in Australian dollars (AU$). Applications and enrolments are subject to Griffith’s Privacy Policy, which is available online at griffith.edu.au/privacy-plan

    ESOS Compliance
    The provision of education services to international students by Australian educational institutions is governed by the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Regulations 2001 under this Act. Griffith, in providing education services to overseas students, complies with the National Code of Practice 2007 through the Department of Education.
    Visit: internationaleducation.gov.au and education.gov.au