Through the Griffith Exchange Program, you can spend one or two trimesters overseas at one of our partner universities. The program allows you to gain a unique international experience without delaying your degree as the courses you take are credited towards your Griffith studies.
Before starting your research, please come to one of our weekly information sessions as we will go through the process with you and give advice on how find a university that suits you.
For most students, it will take a couple of months to prepare the application documents so the earlier you can prepare, the better. Please pay attention to the application deadlines as you will notice they are about six to eight months before the overseas exchange term begins.
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Step 1: Check your eligibility
To be eligible to participate you need to meet the following requirements:
- be enrolled in a degree program at Griffith in the trimester of application
- have a cumulative GPA of 4.5 in your current program at the time of application
- have successfully completed at least 60 credit points (for undergraduate exchange) or 30 credit points (postgraduate exchange) at Griffith. Transfer credit from other Australian Universities and TAFE/Diploma studies can be accepted as long as this credit is counting towards your current degree at Griffith.
The following academic elements/programs do not currently allow for a trimester of exchange studies:
- Medicine, Dentistry and Oral Health, Nursing and Midwifery
- Students studying through Open Universities Australia are not eligible
Visa restrictions may apply in some host countries, please check your host country's immigration website for more information. As an international student, you must also comply with the conditions relating to your studies at Griffith University, therefore it is highly recommended that you meet with an International Student Advisor to confirm how a trimester of exchange will impact your degree.
Diploma of Languages
Please check you meet the specific criteria based on your diploma of languages or diploma/degree combination. Language requirements will depend on your country and institution of choice. Many of the Griffith Mobility exchange partners teach in English and as such you will not need to speak the local language.
Step 2: Find an exchange partner
The Exchange Partner University Database will give you a good idea as to where you can study on exchange and should be used as a guide only. You will need to go the partner universities individual websites to find additional information, such as available courses. It is important that you find a university which offers courses that you will be eligible to receive credit for on your study plan.
Griffith University has negotiated with select partner institutions to guarantee an exchange place to all applicants, subject to meeting entry requirements for both institutions. These institutions include:
- University of Iceland, Iceland
- University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria
- University of Manitoba, Canada
- Western University, Canada
- University of Lima, Peru
- University of Stavanger, Norway
Step 3: Prepare your application documents
As part of your online application, you will be asked to upload the following.
- Approved study plan: This is the most time-consuming part of the process. Please see the study plan page for more information on how to get your study plan approved.
- Two letters of recommendation: The letters must be from Griffith University academic or teaching staff and should comment on your general academic performance. They must be signed and be on Griffith letterhead.
- A one-page motivational essay: This should explain your reasons for wishing to participate in the Griffith Exchange Program and how it will fit into and benefit your overall academic program at Griffith. This statement should also illustrate as best you can your seriousness of purpose, ability to take initiative, communication skills, social maturity, adaptability and your ability to represent Griffith University while overseas as a good ambassador in accordance with the Griffith University Student Charter. No specific format requested.
- An unofficial academic transcript: This is available through myGriffith.
- A copy of your passport: Please ensure this is valid for at least six months after your return from overseas. If you do not have one or it is expired, you must upload a document explaining that you will get a new one when completing the online application.
Queensland Conservatorium and Queensland College of Art students may be required to submit a portfolio or audition CD/DVD to the overseas university at a later stage.
Step 4: Apply online
Applications for Trimester 2 2018 exchange studies are now open and will close on 1 February 2018 (11:59pm).
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Applications will not be assessed until after the deadline has passed. No preference is given to students who submit their application first, so please ensure you upload as many completed supporting documents as available. If there are items outstanding by the deadline, we still encourage you to apply and instead upload a statement to explain why the item is missing. After the deadline has passed, we aim to assess and nominate students within two weeks.
Step 5: Complete exchange partner application
Step 6: Receive exchange partner acceptance
After applications have been received, the host university will assess and issue a letter of offer/acceptance. This can take two to three months depending on the university. Notification should be received in time for you to apply for a student visa (if required), however you may wish to check the country's visa processing times in case the host university takes some times to process the application.