Griffith University is in Queensland, Australia, the "Sunshine State." Queensland is the most northern state on Australia's east coast with a landscape ranging from outback deserts to lush tropical rainforests and coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland has an average of 300 days of sunshine a year and a warm climate, hence its nickname, "The Sunshine State."
The capital of Queensland, Brisbane, is located in the south-east corner of the state and is a modern and vibrant city with the perfect mix of city life and relaxed outdoor opportunities. Brisbane regularly hosts national and international cultural and sporting events, including the 2001 Goodwill Games. One hour south of Brisbane is the Gold Coast, considered to be "Australia's playground," famous for its miles of surfing beaches and hinterland rainforest. Students may opt to live and study at the Gold Coast campus, but it is only recommended if all classes are also at Gold Coast due to it's distance approximately 45 minutes drive from the other campuses.
Founded in 1975, Griffith University took the name of a visionary Queenslander: Sir Samuel Griffith. A former Queensland Premier and the first Chief Justice of Australia, Samuel Griffith's spirit of innovation and leadership continues today at the university that bears his name. Griffith University is one of the most progressive and distinctive universities in the Southern Hemisphere. Griffith has more than 40,000 students, including 10,000 international students, and more than 140 undergraduate degree programs on six campuses from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. Griffith takes a multidisciplinary approach to teaching, using the newest methods available.
Students on the study abroad program to Griffith University may choose to take classes at any of the five campuses, but most tend to study at the Nathan campus or Mt Gravatt campus located just outside of Brisbane. Click here for information and links to course offerings at Griffith.
Students must take 3 or 4 courses at Griffith per semester to be considered full time (for a total of 12-16 transfer credits). Each class is usually worth 10 credit points and should transfer back to Mason as 3 or 4 credits each, depending on the departmental advisor approving your transfer credits.
Classes are taught Monday-Friday through a mixture of lectures and tutorials. Lectures are just like they sound - large classes in which the professor lectures the students. During the smaller tutorials you will have the chance to voice your opinion in a small group of students as you discuss the topics covered in the lecture. Though the tutorials are generally more informal and laid-back, they are where you will submit assignments and give presentations as required by your class.
The method of grading at Griffith is similar to that at Mason and other US institutions. Professors may take into account class attendance, oral presentations (in tutorials), group or individual assignments, exams and quizzes when determining your grade.
Courses are available in many departments, including:
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This program is open to George Mason students ONLY. Students must be at least a second semester sophomore at the time of departure (45 credits) and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students should not study abroad the last semester of senior year if they plan to graduate on time.