Griffith University is a public research university in Queensland, Australia. It was founded in 1971 and began formally operating as a university in the year 1975. The university currently has five physical campuses across three cities in Australia, with its largest campuses being the Nathan campus in Brisbane and the Gold Coast campus in Southport, Australia. It also has a sixth digital campus, which offers students worldwide the opportunity to receive online degrees from the university. The university has various cultural, social and intellectual groups across each campus with a wide range of facilities, from state-of-the-art lecture theatres, sporting facilities, on-campus restaurants, cafes, libraries, retail shops, as well as computer labs, available to cater to the growing needs of the student population. With a student population of about 50,000 students, the school offers various undergraduate, post-graduate, and research degrees in various fields such as business, environment, health, humanities, law, science, and many more. Griffith University is ranked in the top 400 universities worldwide in five major world rankings and is ranked 18th out of 37 universities in Australia.
How to Apply
The application process for Griffith University is categorized into local and international applications. In order to ensure a successful application and admission, students have to fulfil all the requirements and conditions set out by the university. The requirements may vary from program to program and also on whether those applying are either local or international applicants.
Griffith University accepts applications from applicants all over the world. The university requires that all international applicants meet the academic requirements for the program they want to read and Australia’s accommodation and visa requirements. The standard requirements for undergraduate degrees require completion of secondary school comparable or equivalent to Australian Year 12. Applicants who studied in a language other than English may need to take and pass an English test (IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English, or ISLPR). For entry into most master programs, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification from a recognized university. Post-graduate applicants must also meet the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required.
Preparing the necessary documentation before applying to the university is an important part of the application process and may include;
-a certified copy of your academic results
-a certified copy of your English test results
-a portfolio of work or audition (for some programs)
-documents confirming sponsor, program(s) being supported, duration of support, tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover (sponsored applicants only)
-a signed and stamped copy of results from a public notary (lawyer, policeman, solicitor, embassy official)
International applicants can apply online or through a registered Griffith recruitment representative or agent. Currently, no application fee is required, however from 2023 onwards; applications will attract a non-refundable fee of $50AUD. Applicants can check on the status of their application either online or from their registered Griffith representative. Once the application is successful, the applicant has to either contact their registered agent or log in to the International Application System to formally accept and respond to the offer of enrollment from the school to secure their place. Once that’s done, applicants are required to make payment for the Griffith University deposit fee. An electronic Confirmation of Enrolment will be sent to the applicant, which they will need to apply for an Australian student visa.
NB; 1. The university will contact applicants who have been issued a provisional or conditional offer on what steps to take next. This may include meeting any outstanding conditions that need to be fulfilled before they can be offered admission.
2. International applicants must ensure they meet Australia’s visa requirements. Also, those under 18 years must meet the Australian government’s welfare arrangements, such as approved accommodation.
Australian citizens or resident applications are assessed using either recent academic achievements or work experience. Based on these two criteria, applicants are required to submit certain documents before they are eligible to apply to the university:
-a copy of your Australian or New Zealand citizenship document (passport, birth certificate, Australian Citizenship Certificate), or proof of Australian Permanent Residency
-academic certification (Certificate III or higher, Queensland Certificate of Education)
-a detailed resume of your employment and study history
-a statement of service (company letter from) your place of work with a minimum of 2 years work experience
-a short essay of not less than 500 words giving a brief summary of your career and education. Why you wish to study your program of choice, your future goals, and practical examples of your preparedness to study
Once that’s sorted, applicants can lodge their applications online and upload and submit the necessary documents. A successful application means the applicant receives a direct offer of admission from the school and secures their place by accepting the offer. Once you accept your place, you will receive emails from Griffith University about enrolment and orientation.
Application Close Dates and Deadlines
By 31st January (to begin Trimester 1)
By 3rd June (to begin Trimester 2)
By 30th September (to begin Trimester 3)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What happens after I’ve submitted my application?
Once submitted, your application will be assessed within five business days. You will be notified via email of the outcome or if further documentation is required.
- Can I still apply for admission?
You can lodge your application for commencement in 2022 at any time.
- How are scholarship applicants selected?
Scholarship applications are assessed against Griffith University’s criteria for scholarship consideration and ranking.
- What scholarships are available?
Scholarships are available through the Scholarship roundtable. They include Griffith University research scholarships and Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships.
- What should I do if I can’t travel to Australia to commence my research program?
If travel restrictions persist, making you unable to travel to Australia to commence your program as planned, you can request a deferral or study away option.