AUSTRALIA: Brisbane & Gold Coast


Griffith University (GU) is a top-ranked research institution. Griffith offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees in diverse academic disciplines. The University is validated by the Australian Ministry of Education. Griffith Business School is also accredited by AACSB.

Griffith campuses

Griffith University consists of five campuses: Nathan, Gold Coast, South Bank, Logan and Mt. Gravatt. The Nathan campus is situated on a nature reserve on the outskirts of Brisbane. The city center is a 15 minute bus ride from Nathan. The South Bank campus is situated in the center of Brisbane. The Gold Coast campus is 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise, a small resort city along the shore, and about 1 hour from Brisbane.KEI students may take courses at the Nathan, Gold Coast and South Bank campuses. The Nathan and Gold Coast campuses offer similar courses, although some subjects are offered at only one of these campuses. South Bank offers studio and technical courses in visual and performing arts. Note that many courses at South Bank require a lab/tutorial fee (which is not included in the KEI program fee) that ranges from $500 to $2000. There are no lab/tutorial fees at Nathan and Gold Coast. Housing (either Nathan or Gold Coast) should be based on course selections. Students who take most of their courses at Nathan and/or South Bank, should live on the Nathan campus. Students who take most of their courses at the Gold Coast campus should live on the Gold Coast.

Quick facts

  • Established in 1971 and officially opened in 1975.
  • The University is named in honour of Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920), a former Premier and Chief Justice of Queensland and the first Chief Justice of Australia.
  • Griffith’s Queensland College of Art was established in 1881.
  • Griffith’s Queensland Conservatory, one of the top in Australia, was founded in 1957.
  • Griffith consists of five campuses: Nathan (Brisbane), Gold Coast, Logan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank.
  • 43,000 students from all over the world study at Griffith.
  • Griffith was the first Australian university to offer Environmental science and Asian studies degrees.
  • Griffith University is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact – the world’s largest voluntary corporate and sustainability initiative.

Rankings & honors

  • Griffith is ranked in the top 5% of universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings.
  • Griffith Business School is recognised by the Aspen Institute’s Top 100 for its leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its programs.
  • The MBA program is ranked #26 in the world.
  • Griffith placed in the top 200 for Social Sciences in the CWTS Leiden Rankings.
  • Law and Legal Studies; Education; Environmental Sciences; Agriculture and Forestry; Communication and Media Studies; Sociology and Psychology; and Politics and International Studies are ranked in the top 100 worldwide.
  • Griffith ranks 8th in research among Australian universities (Nature Publishing Index for the Asia-Pacific region).
  • Griffith faculty have been recognised with numerous Australian Learning and Teaching Council awards.