Exchange Program-Australia

Griffith University

About Griffith University
Established in 1975 Griffith University today has five campuses that span over three cities in beautiful Queensland, Australia. Each campus provides its own specialty of study and support services for its students. For example, Nathan campus one of Griffith’s larger campuses offers a college community complete with dorms, sports fields, and bookstore. Then Logan campus is a smaller campus great for those focused on Education and Community Health. Griffith University is one of the largest universities in Australia; forty thousand student currently enrolled ten thousand of those students are international. The university has a very strong research program in Environment Science and offers a variety of other courses. Students can view the website to find more information on each of the campuses and what they have to offer.

Location: Griffith has five campuses on Queensland, Australia. (Click on links to view campuses) 

Website: or you can check out the 2015 Prospectus Student Guide for more information.

Academics Available: At the Gold Coast campus is Griffith College of Health, for students pursing a degree in Medicine and Oral Hygiene. Logan campus has a strong focus on Education and Community Health. Mt. Gravatt is well known for the Social and Behavior Science research. Nathan is one of Griffith’s larger campuses offering a variety of courses with a strong emphasis in Asian studies, Corporate Sustainability and other general education courses. The South Bank campus is Griffith college of Art and Film and offers graduate studies Students can view available courses by visiting Griffith's website.

Please find the application procedure for the Exchange Program by clicking here (please ensure you scroll down to where to where it mentions 'Application Process - Exchange Program').

Dates to Remember:


Application Due

Study Abroad Dates

Semester 1

September 30th 

February 27 – June 23

Semester 2

June 30th

July 23 – October 26

 * Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be fluent in English

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara 
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application: Griffith University Application
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Credit Registration Approval (CRA) form to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

Health Insurance:  Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students.  HPU recommends health insurance that provide Overseas Health Coverage (OSHC), some of the insurers approved by the Australian Department of Health are Australian Health Management, BUPA Australia, Medibank Private, Allianz Global Assistance, and nib OSHC. To find out more information about OSHC, click here.

Housing Accommodations: Griffith University offers a variety of accommodations to students. Depending on the campus you are studying at students have the option of on campus housing, homestay, and off campus housing. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangement as soon as possible to secure their placement. 

On-campus accommodation: On-campus accommodation is available in the Griffith University Village (GUV), operated by Campus Living Villages on behalf of Griffith University.  For on-campus housing at GUV, please apply on-line:

Off-campus accommodation: Off-campus accommodation is available in the surrounding suburbs and includes a number of purpose-built, private student apartment complexes. For information please refer to the following Gold Coast campus Student Guild website: you are looking into a Homestay, this option is also available:

Semester in Australia:

Life at Griffith and in Australia: For additional important information about Griffith, Queensland and Australia such as climate, lifestyle and visa regulations please refer to the Griffith Destination Guide:

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Visa Information: Participants can apply for a visa online. Information is at the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs’ website: click here. U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and on line at

Streamlined Visa Processing: Please note that James Cook University is a part of the Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) which means Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will assess student visa applicants who lodge their applications with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from JCU as though they were a lower migration risk, regardless of country of origin.  For information on the Streamlined Visa Processing, please go to  

Melissa Matsubara
Director, International Exchange and Study Abroad
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-0288, Fax: 1-808-544-9355
Skype: melissa.matsubara