Griffith University Courses

You’ll take a full credit load of 16 U.S. credits (40 Griffith units). 10 Australian university credit point units = 4 U.S. university semester hours of credit.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Special Considerations

Griffith may request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript.

Course Restrictions

Ensure adequate time for your application for the following:

  • Architecture (ENV)
  • Education (EDN) courses are restricted to students undertaking an Education degree at their current university.
  • Criminology (CCJ) courses are restricted to students whose major is Criminology or a related field.

Study Abroad students are not permitted to enroll in:

  • Film (GFS)
  • Forensic Science (BBS or BPS)
  • PGA Golf (HSL)
  • All courses with a practical component (such as Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Teacher Education)

Choosing Your Courses 

You can find a list of pre-approved courses for study abroad students here. These will not be reviewed by Griffith faculty, so it is extremely important that you review the pre-requisites to ensure you have the adequate background.

You can also choose courses from the Griffith course catalog by following these steps:

  • In the Search for a Degree box click Courses radial, then the three horizontal lines to bring up search filters.
  • Complete the form by choosing a group area and then the appropriate school, program level (undergraduate), semester (commencing), and campus.
  • Click the Search button.
  • Clicking on the course name will take you to a full description of the course.
  • From this page, you can view the available course profile (syllabus).
  • Students intending to live on the Gold Coast campus may only take courses at the Gold Coast campus.
  • For U.S. Spring courses (February-June in Australia), please select courses for Trimester 1 at Griffith. For U.S. Fall courses (July-November in Australia), please select courses for Trimester 2.

  • Please select at least 8 courses and mark alternative courses on the form.


Course Approval

Griffith will review your online course form. Your Program Manager will email you Griffith's Course Approvals Report (CAR).

You must have at least 6 courses listed on your CAR. If you do not have at least 6 courses approved on your CAR, please email additional courses for approval to your Program Manager.

Special Nomenclature

Australian Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty School / College
Program Degree
Course Outline Syllabus
Semester 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2 Fall Semester

Enrollment Process

Online enrollment process opens approximately 4 weeks prior to departure. Access the online enrollment portal using your Username and Password in your Griffith Offer Letter. At least 6 courses must be listed as APPROVED on your CAR. Create your schedule using only those courses. You must have received your Certificate of Enrollment (COE) before Griffith will allow you to log on. Instructions will be emailed when it’s time to register.

Bring an updated copy of your official transcript, your passport and COE with you to final registration orientation.

There is a drop/add period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.


Additional course fees may be imposed by Griffith University for enrollment in courses at the Queensland Conservatorium or Queensland College of Art. 

For studio art, graphic art, art media production, drama, dancing or music courses, submit a non-returnable portfolio or audition tape on slides or a CD. Submit between 8-12 examples of your work.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Grade Description Ranking U.S. Equivalent
7 High Distinction  85 – 100%  A
6 Distinction  75 – 84%  A
5 Credit  65 – 74%  B
4 Pass  50 – 64%  C
3 Conceded*  Pass (45 – 49%)  D
1-2 Failure  0 – 44%  F

*Note: The Conceded grade is not offered by all institutions. Where a host institution uses the Conceded, Conceded Pass or Pass Conceded grade, a D will be issued. Where the host institution does not use Conceded, Conceded Pass or Pass Conceded grade, an F will be issued.