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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2.5 - Second Semester Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Hospitality Management
Program Description:
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Program Overview     

Bond University at duskBond University is located in Gold Coast, Australia. Gold Coast is a coastal city on the Pacific Ocean, approximately 60 miles south of Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland. Gold Coast is a leading tourist destination, with 10 million tourists visiting annually. Gold Coast has a subtropical climate, beaches and a high-rise dominated skyline.

Bond University has a friendly, close-knit student community of international and Australian students. The university is set around a beautiful man-made lake with extensive recreational and entertainment facilities on campus. From 2007-2012, Bond University was ranked either number one or two in the Good Universities Guide ranking of Australian Universities.

This program is designed for Hospitality Management students to take major-related courses while on a study abroad program. Bond University offers a wide variety of hospitality management courses as well as other courses that may fill general education requirements. To get an idea of the types of classes offered at Bond visit the Bond University Course Catalog

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.

You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load. A minimum of 30 Australian credits but no more than 40 Australian credits which is equivalent to 12 - 16 credits at Penn State.

Academic Terms in Australia and the United States

When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the Australian academic terms are different than what is used in the United States.

Academic Terms Used in the United States and Australia
Australian Term
United States Term
School or College
Subject, Unit or Paper
Course outline
Semester 1
Spring semester
Semester 2
Fall semester

Course will be transferred back to Penn State through the course equivalency process. To see a list of courses previously reviewed please visit the Dept HM Bond Equivalency List. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


This program is only for Hospitality Management majors. There are no exceptions.

Housing and Meals

Bond University by dayStudents will have the option of living in on-campus dorm-like accommodations or off-campus apartment style accommodations. The Study Abroad office at Bond will provide information about how to apply for on-campus housing and can provide a list of recommended off-campus accommodation providers to students wishing to live off campus. On-campus accommodation rates include a dining plan, which is compulsory for all students living on campus. On-campus housing is not guaranteed and students should be prepared to consider living off-campus should they not be offered a room on-campus. For more information on the housing options at Bond, visit the Student Accommodation website and understand the cost of living.

Housing costs in Australia can vary significantly between the different residential colleges (dorms) and off-campus options. Students are responsible for researching the different housing opportunities in order to choose their best option. Review the notes section of the budget sheet for more details on the varying costs.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/09/2018 04/25/2018
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 09/04/2018 12/15/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
Rolling Admission 01/07/2019 04/19/2019
NOTE: Students must arrive in the Gold Coast on or before January 7. Mandatory orientation will take place on January 8. Final exams conclude on April 18 so students may depart on or after April 19.
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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