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Friday, May 5th, 2017

Griffith University promises 2.5% tuition fee cap guarantee

Everyone knows being an international student can get expensive. Griffith University in Queensland, Australia is poised to help: They’ve recently announced a tuition fee cap guarantee for students from 2018.

Griffith University promises 2.5% tuition fee cap guarantee for students from 2018

Griffith announces 2.5% tuition fee cap

For all degree students commencing in 2018, Griffith University is guaranteeing that students’ fees will not increase by more than 2.5% per year for the duration of their program. This is a significant reduction from the previous 7.5%. The 2.5% cap means that Griffith students and sponsors are provided with certainty and confidence regarding the total cost of degree programs.

Significant savings indeed!

Students at Griffith University learn from degrees informed by world-class research and industry connections. Students learn in and out of the classroom, with teaching methods tailored to suit the needs of each degree. Depending on your degree, you might learn through work placements, overseas field trips, industry projects for real clients, or laboratory studies in Griffith’s state-of-the-art facilities.

What are the most popular degrees for Canadian students at Griffith? Here a just a few:


Would you like more information about how you can study at Griffith University  in Australia? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Griffith Law Futures Centre research finding solutions to 21st century problems

Griffith University launched the Law Futures Centre at South Bank campus on Wednesday, March 22.

Acting Director and international lawyer Professor Don Anton says the centre’s researchers are already responding to 21st century challenges to law and legal institutions.

Griffith Law Futures Centre research – finding solutions to 21st century problems

Professor Don Anton (Photo: Griffith University)

Griffith Law School is placed in the top 50 law schools in the world and research in law is a key strength of the university,’’ he said.

“The centre will continue to leverage off these strengths and expand our research presence nationally and internationally. It will undertake interdisciplinary research responsive to domestic and global change.”​​

Two of the current nine Australian Research Council Future Fellows in law, Professor Elena Marchetti and Associate Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer, feature in the line-up of the Centre’s staff from Griffith Law School—with other academics from law, environmental sciences, international relations, business, health, criminology and humanities.

The centre’s four research programs focus on solving legal problems posed in the areas of

  • Law, Governance and Global Change
  • Law & Nature
  • Law, Risk and Innovation
  • Lawyering, Legal Education & the Future of Law

“I look forward to the LFC meeting the most pressing emerging challenges for law and legal institutions in Australia and internationally; harnessing the law as a key tool for shaping the future,’’ Professor Anton said.

Griffith Bachelor of Laws

Griffith’s Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) degree includes courses that will equip you to sit the NCA accreditation exams when you finish your degree. You can even sit these exams at the Gold Coast. With a Griffith law degree you could seek admission to practice in both Australia and Canada.

Canadian Law Electives

The following courses are taught in Year 3 as optional electives to assist students who wish to return to Canada to practice:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law
  • Canadian Legal Professional Responsibility

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the pre-departure process.

Apply to Griffith University Law School!


Discover more about studying at Griffith Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Griffith University rises up QS World University Rankings

Griffith University features among the world’s elite institutions in 28 subject areas covered in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, which were unveiled last month.

Griffith was ranked in the top 100 institutions worldwide in 11 subject areas, including a world top 10 position in Hospitality and Leisure Management (which was also ranked number one in Australia).

Griffith University rises up QS World University Rankings

Learn more about studying at Griffith

Three other subject areas—Nursing and Midwifery, Development Studies and Performing Arts—gained top 50 positions on the global stage, making this Griffith’s best ever result in the seventh edition of the prestigious annual ranking system.

“This result is significant acknowledgement of Griffith’s status as one of Australia’s most comprehensive research and teaching universities,” Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian O’Connor said.

“The latest QS rankings reflect the rapid expansion and external recognition of our comprehensive research and teaching profile.

“The QS rankings measure reputation through a global academic and employer survey and also use quantitative indicators such as citation rates to rate the quality of our research.”

Leading institutions worldwide

Griffith now ranks in the leading institutions worldwide in 28 subject areas, rising from 18 in 2016 and 15 in 2015, placing it ninth in Australia for total number of subjects ranked.

In addition, Griffith University is now equal ninth with one other university for top 100 subjects, and equal ninth for top 50 subjects, also with one other university.

“With the Commonwealth Games set to bring a wave of new visitors to the Gold Coast in little more than a year, it is also quite fitting that Griffith be showcased at this time as the number one university in Australia in the subject area of hospitality and leisure management, and in the top 100 for sports-related subjects,” Professor O’Connor said.

QS evaluated more than 4,400 universities worldwide and ranked 1117 institutions in compiling the 2017 rankings.

More than 127 million citation attributions were analysed and the provision of more than 18,900 programs was verified.

Griffith Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management is a multi-award winning provider of degrees in the fields of

  • event and sport management
  • property and real estate
  • tourism and hotel management

Crowned Australia’s best tourism educator at the 2010 National Tourism Awards, the department has also been inducted into the Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame, after winning the Tourism Education award for three consecutive years.

The department attracts the nation’s largest student cohort in hotel- and tourism-related degrees. Accreditation from the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) are further testimony to the quality of degrees on offer.

Discover more about studying at Griffith University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information at shannon@oztkrekk.com.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Griffith University students step into trimesters

New students starting at Griffith University this week will have their own unique place in the university’s history books.

Trimesters replaced semesters in 2017, and the first of three 12-week teaching periods commenced Feb. 27.

Griffith is the first Brisbane-based university to offer the trimester structure. So, what does this mean for you?

Griffith University students step into trimesters

Students starting at Griffith in 2017 will arrive in tandem with the trimester structure.

“Universities need to deliver flexible learning options more than ever before,” Professor Debra Henly, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), said.

“Our new structure will allow students in many degrees greater flexibility to balance work and study by spreading their workload across three trimesters, or to accelerate and complete a standard three-year degree in two years.”

In many programs, students will also be able to commence their studies in Trimester 2 starting on July 3 or Trimester 3 commencing on Oct. 30.

The introduction of trimesters is a part of a suite of teaching innovations that Griffith University is implementing in 2017, focusing on preparing students for future career paths. Other initiatives include the introduction of a career portfolio, more opportunities for industry work placements and a unique program of internships with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Explore interests and aptitude

A foundation first year is also being introduced in 2017 for a number of disciplines, including business, commerce, engineering, education, information technology, photography science and fine art.

“This initiative will give students the best start at university. The added flexibility means they can explore their interests and aptitude early in their academic journey before committing to a specialised pathway,” Professor Henly sa​id​.

Bachelor of Education students, for example, won’t have to decide if they want to specialise in primary, secondary or special education teaching until their second year, after completing a first year with common core studies.

Students commencing fine art or photography at the QCA will be immersed in a new joint foundation year program that will foster skills and knowledge key to their artistic development throughout their degree and beyond.

Trimesters 1 and 2 will be compulsory for domestic and international students, with Trimester 3 optional. Not all programs will be offered in Trimester 3, and availability will depend on degree popularity.

About Griffith University

Students at Griffith University learn from degrees informed by world-class research and industry connections. Students learn in and out of the classroom, with teaching methods tailored to suit the needs of each degree. Depending on your degree, you might learn through work placements, overseas field trips, industry projects for real clients, or laboratory studies in Griffith’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Griffith is a comprehensive university, offering more than 200 undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees across all disciplines. Some of the most popular schools and study areas at Griffith for Canadian students:


Find out how you can study Griffith University! Email OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Griffith University scientist named Australian of the Year

Griffith University Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim has been honoured as this year’s Australian of the Year recipient.

The retired biomedical scientist, whose ground-breaking stem-cell research was instrumental in helping a paralysed man walk again, accepted the prestigious award during a live announcement at Parliament House in Canberra on Australia Day eve.

Griffith University scientist named Australian of the Year

Griffith University Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim is the 2017 Queensland Australian of the Year (Photo via Griffith University)

Professor Mackay-Sim has spent his career researching how nerve cells in the nose regenerate and pioneered a way to safely apply that same regenerative process to damaged spinal cords.

Recognised as the 2003 Queenslander of the Year and the 2017 Queensland Australian of the Year, Professor Mackay-Sim will now spend the next year fulfilling his duties for the Australian title while still overseeing several research projects at the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery.

Those projects include stem cell research into treatments for conditions such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to talk about the importance of research on spinal cord injury and brain diseases,” Professor Mackay-Sim said in his speech.

“About new treatments using stem cells and cell transplantation, undreamed of 20 years ago. About how we must, as Australians, prioritise our spending so that we can afford not only to look after the diseased and disabled in our communities but also to afford the research for new and radical treatments to reduce future health costs.

“As a nation we must be part of this. And we must invest in young scientists.”

Professor Mackay-Sim highlighted the vital need for continued support and funding for research to ensure this life changing work isn’t compromised.

Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor congratulated Professor Mackay-Sim on his national award.

Griffith University is extremely proud to have such a remarkable man and scientist among us,” he said.

“Alan’s research has laid the foundation for global efforts to use stem cell surgery to repair spinal cord injury. It is an extraordinary field.

“He is a deserved recipient of Australian of the Year and we join the rest of the country in applauding him.”

Pro Vice Chancellor (Sciences) Professor Andrew Smith said, “We are delighted Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim and his research has been recognised at the highest level. Griffith Sciences Group remains committed to supporting this pioneering stem cell research towards new innovative treatments for spinal injury.”


Find out more about studying science at Griffith University! Contact OzTREKK’s Admission Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com for more information.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Griffith Business School Student Leadership Program gives students the edge in tough job market

In a job market full of qualified applicants, it can be difficult to get your resume to stand out from the crowd. But a Griffith Business School program is helping to change all that.

The two-year Student Leadership Program aims to give its members the life and job skills to stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Georgia Newell knows firsthand just how beneficial the program has been to increasing her skill set as she progresses through her dual Bachelor of International Business/Bachelor of Government & International Relations degree.

Leadership program gives Griffith Business students the edge in tough job market

Griffith Student Leaders on the Borneo Project. (Photo credit: Griffith University)

“The Student Leadership Program has given me real-world professional experiences. I’ve been to networking events, and interacted with alumni of Griffith, so now I know how to interact with people in the workforce and also through seminars, develop my professional skills,” she explains.

“I know that if I go out into the world I will be able to do public speaking, I am already able to set up my personal brand, I know how to do my LinkedIn and so on. This program has really set me up to be able to take that next step into my career instead of finishing uni and being unsure of where I want to go next.”

The program gives students the opportunity to learn new skills through business-themed seminars, as well as offering overseas experiences, camps, and volunteering work.

Georgia recently travelled to Borneo as part of the GBS Leadership Program, an experience she said was a highlight of her whole university experience so far.

“It really just made me so aware how other cultures deal with things,” she says. “Professionally it has definitely changed my life because it’s made me more globally aware.”

She says being a part of the program has been life changing. “It’s honestly shaped my whole university life and even my future career. It’s made me so much happier at university and made me feel like I belong here.”

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of International Business student Alvin Yap, who also travelled to Borneo, says he’s really expanded his horizons thanks to the program.

“During my time as a student leader, I’ve learned networking skills, attended GBS alumni breakfasts, met with former students who are now in the business world,” he says. And that’s important, he says, because “in today’s business world it’s often not just what you know but who you know.”

All students who participate in the leadership program contribute to various volunteer projects that, apart from adding a socially responsible element to their resumes, also serve to provide them with an emotionally rewarding experience.

Georgia says she thinks that participating in the program will definitely give her an edge in the job market when it comes time to graduate, and she couldn’t have imagined her university experience without it.

“This program has really let me build that bridge between university and professional life,” she says.

Griffith Business School

Griffith Business School’s new $38-million building on the Gold Coast campus is setting the standard for business education, research and industry collaboration in Australia. More than 4,500 Gold Coast-based business students have access to world-leading resources including an advanced financial trading centre, a dedicated Griffith MBA and postgraduate teaching suite, technology-rich seminar and public lecture spaces,  international conferencing and dialogue facilities and much more.

Apply to Griffith Business School!


Would you like to know more about studying at Griffith Business School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Get around town: transportation in Brisbane

So, you’re heading to beautiful Brisbane! Many university students feel that finding a place to live near their university can be challenging, so many opt to live farther away, despite the travel time. The good news is that Brisbane has great travel options!

Get around town: transportation in Brisbane

Welcome to beautiful Brisbane!

Brisbane provides a reliable network of travel and transport links, as well as paths and walkways that make up one of Australia’s most compact and foot-friendly city centres. TransLink, Brisbane’s integrated ticketing system, provides students with the flexibility to travel on train, bus and ferry services using just the one card. Go cards can be bought at Queensland Rail stations and selected ticketing agents and provide fares cheaper than buying paper tickets at transit stations. The green student Go card offers full-time students even further discounts.


Brisbane’s speedy network of electric trains covers the broadest reaches of Greater Brisbane and provides direct access to the city and outer suburbs.

An AirTrain service that is completely integrated into the Queensland Rail suburban network provides travellers with regular trains running from Brisbane Airport directly to Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Passengers can travel on a single ticket from any station in South East Queensland to Brisbane Airport.

There are also special post-midnight services on Friday and Saturday nights for late-night adventurers.


Brisbane’s comprehensive bus service runs throughout the city connecting the outer and inner suburbs to the CBD, major shopping centres, railway stations and ferry terminals. There are also special NightLink bus services after midnight on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be bought on buses and selected ticketing agents.

Visitors can also make use of the free weekday bus services, the Loop and Spring Hill Loop, which circle the central business district every 10 minutes and stop at visitor-worthy destinations including the Queen Street Mall, Conrad Treasury Casino, City Botanic Gardens and Riverside Centre and link the City and Spring Hill precincts.


CityCats are one of the most enjoyable ways to get around the city. Brisbane’s CityCat and CityFerry services glide along the river, allowing travellers to sight-see and access key city spots. Tickets can be bought on board Brisbane’s CityCats and CityFerry services or at most newsagents and selected retail outlets, or you can use your Go card.

Students can also take advantage of the free CityHopper ferry service, which travels along the river from North Quay to Sydney Street, New Farm.


Brisbane has extensive bicycle paths running throughout the city. Getting around by bike is a great and inexpensive option. If you don’t own a bike, Brisbane City Council has CityCycle bikes for hire at key inner-city destinations. Safety is important and wearing a helmet is mandatory in Australia. Courtesy helmets are available with many of the bikes at stations across the network. You’ll need to be a subscriber to the CityCycle program to access the bikes.

Taxi Services

Brisbane is well equipped with an array of taxi services, including disability services and larger group bookings—up to 10. There are taxi ranks near business centres, shopping precincts and venues and bookings can also be made online or by phone.

Car Hire

On your uni break? If you’re day-tripping to Brisbane’s beautiful fringes, nothing quite beats the freedom of a lovely set of wheels, and Brisbane offers a range of car rental options from all of the big names and several local operators. For those who would rather sit back and let someone else do the driving, a comprehensive range of limousine and chauffeured car services is available.

Find out more at Choose Brisbane.


Two of OzTREKK’s Australian universities are in Brisbane: University of Queensland and Griffith University! Find out more about how you can study in Australia!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Griffith University 2017 orientation for international students

Griffith University 2017 Orientation February  20 – 24

Griffith University’s Orientation Week includes everything undergraduate and postgraduate students need to get ready to study! Packed with information about living in Australia, skills workshops and tours, Orientation Week is your chance to meet staff and students, explore campuses and find out what to expect as a Griffith student. Make sure you say hello to Griffith Mates and attend some of their social events, as it is a great way to meet new people and make friends.

You must attend the compulsory International Welcome and Orientation session and your school orientation session.

Student Administration

Griffith University Student Administration centres can assist with program information and the enrollment process, as well as fees and charges details.

Download the Griffith App

The free Griffith App has been developed in partnership with Blackboard inc. to provide students, staff and visitors with a diverse suite of interactive features to enhance their university experience.

The App is available on Apple iOS and Android devices, as well as a web-based smart phone version that is accessible to all smart phones with internet connectivity.

Latest Update

Griffith University 2017 Orientation

Enjoy your international orientation at Griffith!

The app was last updated in July 2015. Version 4.5 of the app brings you the following features and a new look!

  • Updated Maps – including new information for a number of buildings and Places.
  • Updated Events – see more of what’s on!
  • CareerBoard – prepare for your career! Book an appointment with a guidance counsellor, search for your dream job, and more via the Griffith CareerBoard.
  • Textbooks – the Griffith Textbook Exchange and the Co-op Bookshop Textbook search are now both in one place for all your textbook searching needs.
  • Accommodation – get information about living on and off campus, search for off campus accommodation, apply to live on campus and more via Griffith Accommodation.


We know starting university in another country is stressful—that’s why we’re here to help. If you have questions about your Griffith University orientation, be sure to contact us at info@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Griffith University is getting ready to welcome you!

Griffith University is ready to welcome you!

Attending orientation is the best way to start your studies at Griffith University and to meet the people who will become your friends.

Attend your school orientation session and international welcome session and register for workshops that will help you prepare for study. You can also register for Griffith Mates events that will help you meet fellow Australian and international students like yourself!

When is your Griffith Orientation?

Heading to Griffith Medical School? Your orientation will be held January 16, 2017!  If your classes are held during the regular trimester 1 schedule, your orientation will be held the week of February 20, 2017.

Why Canadians Enjoy Studying at Griffith

Griffith University is getting ready to welcome you!

Don’t miss your Griffith University Orientation

Griffith University is an award-winning industry leader in services and support for international students. Here are some of the services available to international students:

International Student Advisors
Griffith’s team of dedicated International Student Advisors offer personal support, advice and information on issues that can affect your life in Australia, and your studies at the uni.

Griffith Mates
The Griffith Mates are a team of Australian and international students dedicated to welcoming new students and enhancing your university experience. Mates come from a range of nationalities, speak more than 30 languages, and are there to support you throughout your Griffith journey.


Do you have questions about starting at Griffith University? Be sure to contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com for more information!

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Griffith dentistry researcher leads nano-engineered dental implants study

Our outstanding Australian dental schools are at it again.

The complications and high costs associated with dental implants could be a thing of the past as Griffith dentistry research aims to reduce the associated risks of infection using cutting-edge nanotechnology.

The study is being led by post-doctoral researcher Dr Karan Gulati from the Griffith School of Dentistry and Oral Health/Menzies Health Institute Queensland, who is presenting his research at this week’s Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise (Dec. 1–2).

Griffith dentistry researcher leads nano-engineered dental implants study

Griffith dentistry researcher Karan Gulati (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Hundreds of thousands of Australians need dental implants each year but the risks of infection and poor stability can be high, particularly if the patient has a condition such as osteoporosis or diabetes, which may compromise the dental healing process.

However early stage nanotechnology techniques in animal studies are now showing promise in allowing faster integration of an implant in order to prevent bacteria from setting in.

Nanotechnology is science, engineering and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.

“The technology I am using enables me to nano-engineer the surface of commercially established implants with nanotubes, which can later be loaded with drugs such as antibiotics or proteins for maximised therapeutic effect.”

“When these are inserted into the patient’s jaw, they improve soft- (gingiva) and hard-tissue (bone) integration and therefore dramatically decrease the likelihood of oral microbes being able to enter the tissue,” says Dr Gulati.

“Based on the initial results, we expect to achieve early implant stability and long-term success of such therapeutic dental implants.

“In addition, the overall costs to the patient are expected to be reduced, considering that there will be no expenses associated with follow up drug treatment, cleaning of possible bacterial attachment or correction of implant failure”

The groundbreaking work is still in the very early stages; however, clinical trials are planned to commence in 2017.

Dr Gulati says this implant technology can easily be extended to orthopaedic implants.

About Griffith Dentistry

The new $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre, established in 2013, features state-of-the-art special-purpose dental facilities to assist Griffith dentistry students’ professional learning. Modern laboratories, including a commercial dental laboratory, will help them develop key skills in a fully supervised environment.

Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science/Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply to Griffith University’s Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, applicants must have

  • academic achievement in year 12 or equivalent with one of biological science, chemistry, physics, or maths B;
  • demonstration of English proficiency.


Find out more about the Griffith dentistry program! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at at adam@oztrekk.com.