Information for students

See below for the Griffith recommendations available to commencing and returning students who could be affected by the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Commencing students

The following options are available:

International student late arrival 

If you are going to arrive late, you or your agent must email internationaladmissions@griffith.edu.au to advise the new arrival date and include your student number, full name and date of birth.

See Academic calendars and key dates for Trimester start dates.

International student defer commencement

If you wish to defer your program commencement to the next available intake, please contact your agent to assist with this or email internationaladmissions@griffith.edu.au requesting deferral and include your student number, full name and date of birth. Please note: There are a small number of programs with highly competitive entry requirements, such as medicine and education, for which deferral will need to be approved by the Program Director. Please email internationaladmissions@griffith.edu.au for advice.

Undertake study online

If you are not in Australia and you are unable to commence your studies on campus in Trimester 1 2020, you may choose to commence your program online if your program offers the same courses that you would have studied on campus. If you choose this option and need additional planning support, contact the Student Connect team:


Email: studentconnect@griffith.edu.au

Higher Degree Research Candidates (PhDs)

If you are concerned that you will not arrive for intake 1, wish to defer your program commencement to the next available intake or have any other enquiries, please email hdr-enquiry@griffith.edu.au

Returning students

The following options are available:

International students

If you are not in Australia and you are unable to return to campus or continue your studies in Trimester 1 2020, you may be able to continue your study online if your program offers the same courses that you would have studied on campus. If you choose this option and need additional planning support, contact the Student Connect team:

Email: studentconnect@griffith.edu.au

If this is not an option, please contact studentconnect@griffith.edu.au to request a leave of absence. Given the special circumstances, you can do this directly without consulting with an International Student Advisor. Once your Leave of Absence is confirmed you will be notified.

Please note:There are a small number of programs for which leave of absence will need to be approved by the Program Director.

All students

Griffith campuses are open and safe, if however you are concerned about attending on-campus classes or examinations, and wish to consider other options please contact studentconnect@griffith.edu.au

If you are feeling anxious or concerned

The Griffith Online Health and Wellness Centre can direct you to counselling services on campus, as well as numerous other support resources.

If you require support outside University hours, the Griffith Mental Wellbeing Support Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide immediate assistance for emotional and mental distress. Phone 1300 785 442 or text 0488 884 146.

In accordance with planning processes, Griffith has activated its emergency planning arrangements and convened a specialist advisory group.

The group will monitor and follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, Queensland Health and the World Health Organisation.