Bond University Gold Coast, Australia

Bond University Preliminary Course Instructions

Course Load and Credits
Choosing Your Courses
Course Approval
Enrollment Process
Other Important Points

Course Load and Credits

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your semester at Bond University. A full-time course load is defined by Arcadia University as 14-16 U.S. semester hours of credit; this is the equivalent of 40 units at Bond University. Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your courses:

Australian University Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
10 4


Choosing Your Courses:

You should include at least 8-10 courses on your Preliminary Course Form to allow for scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations. Your flexibility is very important to the process.

When selecting your courses from the university's website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology:

Australian Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty School or College
Course Degree
Subject or Unit of Study Course
Course Outline Syllabus
January Semester Spring Semester
September Semester Fall Semester
May Semester Summer

From the Bond University website,

  • Select the Undergraduate Study Option, and set the additional criteria according to your interests.
  • Be sure to check the box for study abroad students, and then click on the Search button. A list of subjects will appear.
  • By clicking on the title of each course, you will be able to view the course description and subject outline.
  • Remember to make sure the appropriate semester of study is selected.


Course Approval

Bond University will review your Preliminary Course form for approval and your Program Manager will inform you of their decision.


Enrollment Process:

Bond opens their online enrollment process approximately 3 weeks prior to departure. Through Bond's online enrollment portal, you will be able to formally register for your courses (from the list of approved courses by Bond) and create your timetable.

These instructions will be emailed to you by your Program Manager approximately 3 weeks prior to departure.

The Arcadia University Australia Centre requires that you enroll in only one 100-level type course for the semester. To enroll in additional 100-level courses, you must appeal your timetable with the Associate Director of Queensland during orientation.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school. Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on the Arcadia Passport.

Every effort will be made to place you in the courses you originally request. However, neither Bond nor The College of Global Studies can guarantee approval or placement in any course. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Alternate course approval and flexibility is extremely important.


Other Important Points:

Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work (i.e. courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips). Please see our fee information online here.

In some cases, Bond University will request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript. Please have this information available should we need to contact you for this material.

Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas. If you intend to enroll in a unit that is assessed pass/fail, please contact Arcadia University to discuss the procedures associated with the grade translation.