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Griffith University [Australia]

Founded in 1971, Griffith University was named in honour of Sir Samuel Walker Griffith, twice the premier of Queensland and the principal author of the Australian Constitution. The university was established to be a progressive university of a new kind, offering sustainable qualifications in the areas of growing importance for the region.

Accreditations, ranking and awards

Griffith University is rated in the top 400 universities in the world, which puts it in the top 5% of all universities globally. According to the QS World University Subject Rankings 2015, Griffith is in the top 100 for a range of subjects including law, education, politics, architecture, and art and design. The Griffith MBA programme is ranked amongst Australia’s leading MBAs according to the CEO Magazine and 2015 MBA Rankings.


Griffith University is the second major university in the state of Queensland. Its five campuses are lined up along the coastline, between the state’s largest city of Brisbane and the resort city of Gold Coast.

  • The South Bank Campus is located within a 10 min walk to the Brisbane CBD. It is home to the Queensland College of Art, Griffith Film School, Queensland Conservatorium and Griffith Graduate Centre.
  • The main and original campus is located in Nathan, within a 10-minute drive from central Brisbane. The main areas of study here are environment, corporate sustainability, Asian studies and bio-sciences.
  • Not far from Nathan is the Mt Gravatt Campus. The focus there is on social and behavioural sciences.
  • At 2500 students, Logan Campus is the smallest. It has a strong focus on community health and education.
  • On the other hand, the Gold Coast Campus is the university’s largest and specializes primarily in health studies.

Student numbers

There are over 44,000 students studying at Griffith University, with around 8,900 of those being international students.

Key study areas

Griffith University offers over 200 degrees in the following areas:

  • Business and Government
  • Criminology and Law
  • Education
  • Engineering and Information Technology
  • Environment, Planning and Architecture
  • Health
  • Humanities and Languages
  • Music
  • Science and Aviation
  • Visual and Creative Arts

Tuition Fees

Griffith University is quite affordable compared to other universities of this ranking. For a bachelor degree, you can expect to pay around AUD19,000.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to an undergraduate programme, students are required to have the equivalent of Australian Year 12 qualification. If you do not meet the academic requirements, you may want to consider taking a preparatory programme at Griffith University.

International students also need to meet the English language requirements – a minimum overall score of 6.5 on IELTS with no score below 6.0 in any band, or a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL.

Candidates for master’s degree are required to have a bachelor’s degree in the same area of study and be able to provide two recommendations.

Accommodation options

The university offers on campus accommodation. However, with only 950 places available, you have to be quick to book or make arrangements of alternative, off campus accommodation. Student hostel rates start from $ 150 per week. To rent an apartment would cost over $300 per week.

Additional services

Griffith University campuses are amongst the most advanced in the country. All of them boast new facilities with lots of opportunities for learning and leisure. A great deal of attention is paid to sports with a range of high quality sporting facilities offered both to university students and staff as well as members of the community.

Interesting facts

The university is one of seven Innovative Research Universities in Australia. The university researchers work in four areas of study: Arts, Education and Law; Business; Health, and Sciences.

Griffith University was first in Australia to offer degrees in environmental science and Asian studies.

Famous alumni

Griffith University has produced a number of noble graduates including politicians and activists, journalists, actors, writers and musicians and not only in Australia. For example, a Czech model and writer Paulina Porizkova is also a Griffith graduate. Amongst its famous alumni are also four of Australian’s Olympic gold medallists.


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