Griffith University

Year of foundation: 1971
Approx. number of students: 37,000
Period of study: End February-Mid June; Early July-Mid October; End October-Mid February
MCI partner since: 2009

The City

The Gold Coast is a city in the southeast corner of Queensland, Australia. It is the second most populous city in the state and the sixth most populous city in the country. It is also the most populous non-capital city in the country. Gold Coast City is known for its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches, waterways and canal systems, a skyline dominated by high-rise apartment buildings, a rainforest hinterland in the west of the city, nightlife and its tourist attractions. The city is often compared to the city of Miami, Florida in the south eastern United States. Gold Coast has approx. 585,000 inhabitants.

Brisbane is the capital of the Australian state of Queensland and is the largest city in that state (with approx. 2 million inhabitants).The city is situated on the Brisbane River on a low-lying floodplain between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range in southeastern Queensland. The city played a central role in the Allied campaign during World War II as the South West Pacific headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur. Brisbane has hosted many large cultural and sporting events including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo '88 and the final Goodwill Games in 2001.

The University

Griffith University is a public university that has five campuses in the Gold Coast and Brisbane regions of the State of Queensland, Australia. Griffith University offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across a number of disciplines including Arts, Health, Business, Music and Law. In Australian University Rankings it consistently ranks in and around the top 20 in the country

Griffith University has campuses located at the Gold Coast and Nathan, Mount Gravatt and Logan in the outer suburbs of Brisbane and the Queensland Conservatorium in Inner Brisbane. The Mount Gravatt campus is also home to the Queensland Institute of Business and Technology. The Nathan Campus was designed by prominent Australian architect Robin Gibson and was the founding campus of the University. The university has a campus on High Street, Southport specifically designed and built for Oral Health and Medicine students called the "Center for Medicine and Oral Health". It contains lecture theatres, cadaver labs, pathology labs and a dental clinic which serves the public. Building has commenced for a new University Hospital at the Gold Coast campus, which is due to open in December 2012 and will replace most functions of the Center for Medicine and Oral Health.