International students starting or continuing study in 2020

We're committed to helping students reach their study goals, no matter what.

We're here to support students as they start studying online from their home country and when the day comes to welcome them on campus, the outstanding support will continue.

Students will receive the same world-class education, taught by the same award-winning teachers, and have access to the same services and support. The information provided on this page is to help to answer students questions as they commence or continue their study journey with Griffith University.

Coronavirus updates

Get the latest updates on COVID-19 including health advice, teaching and learning, on-campus services, and travel restrictions.

Applications and documents

During this period, when COVID-19 has necessitated the closure of most English test centres, Griffith University will accept the following English language proficiency tests and test validity for entry to standard programs.

TestScore Validity (temporary) *time between test and program commencement.
IELTS Overall score 6.5, no sub-score less than 6.0 3 years
IELTS indicator Overall score 6.5, no sub-score less than 6.0 Current
TOEFL iBT 79, no sub-score less than 19 3 years
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition 79, no sub-score less than 19 Current
Pearson Test of English (Academic)Overall score of 58 with no score less than 503 years
Cambridge Linguaskill (General or Business) Average score 175, minimum individual skills score 170 Taken from January 2020 onwards
Duolingo English Test Score of 110 Taken from January 2020 onwards

* Study Abroad and Exchange (non-award) programs require an IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

PhD and research degrees

Applicants for Phd and research degree programs will be required to furnish results as outlined for their program. The alternative English proficiency tests which have been approved for the COVID-19 period will not be accepted for these degree programs. Many of these programs have a higher English proficiency standard to meet the requirements of professional registration bodies. Conditional offers can be made subject to provision of required English language proficiency results.

Visa conditions

Please note that the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs may require evidence of English language proficiency as part of a student visa application. Applicants should check acceptable forms of evidence on their website.

Learn English online

The University understands that it will be difficult for many applicants to access official documents or to have their documents certified due to health restrictions. We will accept uncertified copies of official academic documents and unofficial documents, such as an unofficial transcript, that are submitted online with the application. Our international admissions team will seek document verification where available, and we will work closely with our agent and provider network to ensure document authenticity.

We recognise that many final exams have been delayed and applicants will have difficulty accessing final examinations and qualification documents due to COVID-19. During this period, we will accept the following for admission based on qualifications that were due to be completed in 2020 but have been interrupted by COVID-19, and will issue an unconditional offer:

Undergraduate applications

  • Predicted results e.g. International Baccalaureate and A Levels. We will issue unconditional offers on the basis of predicted results that meet entry requirements.
  • For students unable to complete Year 12 final examinations, we will consider a combination of year 11 and year 12 marksheet results.

Postgraduate applications

  • Provisional results of university studies, including the last semester's mark sheets and formal evidence that the applicant is expected to meet degree requirements. Acceptable formal evidence can be in the form of a completion letter from the granting institution.

Acceptance, enrolment and withdrawal

Deposits and COEs

  • Applicants who want to accept their offer to commence in Trimester 2 or Trimester 3, 2020 will be required to pay a tuition deposit of $3,000, as well as visa-length Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
  • Upon receipt of the tuition fee deposit, OSHC, and completion of any required GTE/GS checks, students will be issued with an eCOE to enable them to apply for a student visa.
  • The remainder of fees payable, based on the student's enrolment, must be paid by census date. This recognises that many students will be commencing studies from outside Australia with online delivery of courses, and some will choose to undertake part-time study in their first trimester.
  • Study Abroad and Exchange applicants who wish to commence in Trimester 2 or Trimester 3, 2020 will not be required to pay a deposit. Fees payable, based on a student’s enrolment, must be paid by census date.


  • Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants will be required to pay visa-length OSHC with their deposit to accept their offer.
  • Students can claim an OSHC refund if, at the end of their studies, they have an unused portion of OSHC from when they were studying offshore at the beginning of their program.
  • Study Abroad and Exchange applicants will not be required to be pay OSHC when accepting their offer. If travel restrictions are lifted and they plan to travel to Australia, OSHC must be paid before a COE is issued.

Student visas

  • Students in Australia should submit their visa application to the Department of Home Affairs immediately.
  • Students who are overseas are recommended to submit their visa application as soon as they have the required supporting documentation.


  • If you commence your program from outside Australia for Trimester 2, 2020, using online program delivery, you have the option of enrolling full-time (40 credit points) or part-time (10-30 credit points) to suit your individual circumstances, although you should consider how this will impact the study plan for your program.
  • If you are already in Australia and commencing your program in Trimester 2, 2020, you should enrol full-time.

Existing offers

  • All offer letters for Trimester 2 that were issued prior to the change in Trimester 2 start dates will automatically be reissued for Trimester 2, 2020 and beyond.
  • If you have an offer letter for Trimester 2, but you now wish to commence in Trimester 3, you can ask to defer your offer to Trimester 3 if your program has a Trimester 3 intake.
  • If you commence your studies at Griffith in Trimester 2 or Trimester 3 2020 you will have the option to withdraw at any time during the trimester with no financial or academic penalty.
  • Please note that course withdrawals after census date will be reflected as a W (for withdrawn) on your academic transcript, which will not affect your GPA.

Trimester 2 census

Census date for Trimester 2 is now 9 August 2020, which is 4 weeks after trimester commencement. This change was made when the Trimester 2 start date was delayed by 1 week. Note: Some programs have different calendars.

Academic calendar


New scholarships for commencing and continuing international students

In recognition of the financial hardship COVID-19 has created for many students and their families, Griffith University is providing international students studying full-time in undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, and Study Abroad programs in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3, 2020 with a 20% scholarship toward their tuition fees for these trimesters.

Key conditions:

  • The scholarship will be provided to students studying in Australia and those studying temporarily from overseas due to travel restrictions and safety measures.
  • Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 30 credit points (3 courses).
  • The scholarship will be applied to student fees prior to census date, based on their enrolment.
  • Students who are a recipient of a higher value scholarship will retain that scholarship rather than the 20% scholarship.

If you are a commencing student find out more about the Griffith 2020 International Starter Scholarship

If you are a continuing student find more out about the International Student Support Scholarship

  • Trimester 2 2020, students who commence online and otherwise meet normal scholarship conditions will be eligible for the current scholarships listed online.
  • Scholarship recipients must be enrolled full-time (whether onshore or offshore).
  • Scholarship offers cannot be deferred; if an applicant defers their intake they must reapply for a scholarship.
  • The deadline for Excellence and Remarkable Scholarship applications for Trimester 2 2020 has been moved to Sunday 17 May 2020. Outcomes will be advised by 29 May 2020.
  • Recipients of Excellence and Remarkable Scholarships must be enrolled full-time. These scholarships cannot be deferred.

International scholarships

Online program delivery and assessment

  • The commencement date for Trimester 2 has been moved by one week to 13 July 2020. Note: some programs have different calendars.
  • There are learning components of some programs and courses that cannot be completed wholly online, such as clinical placements, laboratory-based activities, workshops, and site visits. The University is committed to ensuring these components can be completed once students are able to resume on-campus study in Australia.

Studying in Trimester 2

  • The University has modified its assessments to allow for online assessment options. In-person assessment that is required for some programs is being delayed until it can be undertaken safely in person.

Studying in Trimester 2

While during Trimester 2 some teaching activities will begin to be delivered on campus, the University will also continue to deliver most courses online throughout the trimester to ensure that students studying online can continue making academic progress.

To participate in online study you will need:

  • a modern device (less than five years old)
  • headphones
  • access to wifi.

For more information, see minimum IT requirements.

Social and academic engagement online

We are ensuring we stay connected more than ever through a range of helpful platforms and online communities and academic support to assist with your studies and to welcome you into our community.

Griffith Mates

Griffith Mates is a vibrant team of current Australian and international students from across the world. The team welcomes thousands of international students each year, helping them adjust to university life through a range of community events and activities. Connecting with Griffith Mates is a great way to practise English, make new friends and learn how to navigate your way through university life. The Griffith Mates program is delivering its signature activities online by offering a series of virtual coffee catch ups, live webinars, competitions and more.

In this together

International student buddy program

The International Student Buddy Program matches new international students with experienced local students (Senior Buddies) for social support meetings once a week. Sessions are currently being held online and are designed to help ease the transition to uni life and provide a safe and comfortable environment for new international students to ask questions about Griffith, studying online, life in Australia, as well as practise English. It's also a great way to make friends!

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A student wearing headphones

Griffith community online

There are many additional ways you can connect with your Griffith community online.  There is a Teams channel for all the different programs so students can meet or work with other students online.

  • Enrich your studies by volunteering remotely
  • Partake in online community internships
  • Stay fit with virtual fitness classes
  • Join the Griffith Sport Strava Club for a fitness challenge club
  • Get some advice on connecting with other from Thrive Online
  • Join the Griffith Students Facebook page
  • Join the Health, Counselling and Wellbeing Instagram

Stay connected

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EnglishHELP offers free individual one-to-one consultations with an academic language specialist. Students can also enrol to attend English workshops in speaking, listening and academic writing, as well as free self-help resources. Students can book online individual consultation, or enrol in live online workshops!


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PASS is a free program that is run online. It offers structured and fun group learning sessions for some of the courses that students find to be more challenging. The weekly one hour study sessions begin in Week 2 and run all trimester. The sessions are facilitated by students who have previously achieved excellent results in the course and who have completed a nationally accredited training program.


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Study Smart online

Students are encouraged to discover how to make the most of their study time and give themselves the best chance of acing their assignments and exams. Read advice on study tips, researching and writing assignments, learn how to correctly reference, update your social media skills and learn some techniques for exam prep by reading our online guides.

Study Smart online

Student support

Student Connect

All support services, including advice on degree structure from Student Connect, are available online. There will also be additional sessions covering online study held at orientation.

International Student Advisory

Our team of International Student Advisors offer personal support, advice and information on issues that can affect student's studies at Griffith. Our friendly advisors are here to help students and direct them to the right person and they'll be able to help you or direct you to the right person. One-on-one appointments are offered via phone of video consultations.

Trimester 2 Orientation

Trimester 2 Orientation will include the normal compulsory self-paced online orientation for all students, as well as live orientations sessions with schools, and special international orientation virtual events.

International orientation

Contact us

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