What is Golden Key?

Golden Key is the world’s largest collegiate honour society. Membership into the society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of undergraduate students and top-performing postgraduate students, based solely on academic achievement. Golden Key has chapters in more than 400 universities in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, The Bahamas, Vietnam and the United States. Membership has grown to a network of over 2 million members from more than 190 countries.

What is an honour society?

Honour societies have been recognised at universities in the United States for over 200 years. The primary role of an honour society includes providing academic recognition to high-achieving students, and establishing professional and social contacts for these students through a global network.

When and where was Golden Key founded, and by who?

Golden Key National Honor Society was founded by a group of undergraduate students and faculty members at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 29, 1977. In 2001, the society changed its name to Golden Key International Honour Society to reflect its diversity and global presence.

How long has Golden Key been around in the Asia-Pacific region?

Golden Key has been operating in the Asia Pacific Region since 1993:

  • Australia – 1993
  • Malaysia – 1998
  • New Zealand – 1999
  • Vietnam - 2010
  • India and Singapore – 2011

What is Golden Key’s mission?

To enable members to realise their potential through the advancement of Academics, Leadership and Service.

What sort of an organisation is Golden Key? How is it governed?

Golden Key is registered in Australia under the Australian Charities Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC). In New Zealand it is registered under the Charities Commission. In Malaysia it is registered under the Register of Societies. In the USA it is a registered non-profit organisation under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code.

It is governed by a Board of Directors, an International Leadership Council, Council of Advisors and Council of Student Members.

What activities do Golden Key chapters get involved in?

At the international level, Golden Key encourages its members to perform education-based service activities through our global service initiative, SPARK a Change. Chapters are encouraged to organise activities that benefit and contribute to the welfare of their community, as service is a core value of the society. Local chapters organise leadership activities, professional development activities, speaker series, community service events, and more.

Do I need to be a Golden Key Member to be involved in Golden Key activities?

It depends on the activity and is up to the discretion of the Chapter President. Often, both members and non-members are able to participate in a range of community service and social activities. Some career or corporate networking events may be restricted to Golden Key members at the request of corporate groups.

How do I connect with Golden Key online?

Facebook (Global) www.facebook.com/GoldenKey

Facebook (Asia-Pacific) www.facebook.com/gkaphq

Twitter https://twitter.com/golden_key

YouTube www.youtube.com/GKIHS1977

Instagram http://instagram.com/Goldenkeyihs


Why should I join Golden Key International Honour Society?

Membership in Golden Key International Honour Society is an opportunity to be officially recognised as being in the top 15% of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Golden Key offers members valuable opportunities for individual growth, including over US$12.5 million in scholarships awarded to date as well as a range of unique discounts. Members can also participate in a broad range of social activities, community service initiatives and career enrichment programs. Golden Key membership is for life, and connects you to a global network of over 2 million high achievers from 190 countries through the world’s largest honour society.

What are the requirements for membership?

  • Membership into the Society is by invitation only, based solely on academic results.
  • Invitations are mailed out annually as part of the university’s membership drive.
  • Eligibility is identified by the university. Golden Key does not have access to your academic records.
  • Offer of membership is extended to the top 15% of all undergraduate students who have completed their first year of full-time study or part-time equivalent.
  • The top 15% of postgraduate coursework students can also be invited based on their results from the previous academic year or semester.
  • Distance and international students are also eligible.

Are postgraduate students allowed to join?

In Australia and New Zealand, only postgraduate coursework students are eligible. Eligible candidates are required to be in the top 15% of their peers based on their results from the previous academic year or semester, as verified by the university. At some universities, the top performing PhD students are also eligible. In Malaysia, graduate students are not eligible for membership.

How did Golden Key get my personal details for the invitation?

The top 15% list of eligible students each year is provided by the university. Golden Key does not have access to your personal records or details. If you choose not to join, Golden Key does not maintain records of invitees. However, if you continue studying and remain in the top 15% of your class, you may receive another invitation letter next year.

How did my university determine that I’m in the top 15%?

The process differs slightly for each university. Golden Key provides a list of eligibility criteria to the university, who then run the list according to their own internal process. The university may determine that you are in the top 15% based on your degree program, faculty, or overall GPA.

What are the payment options?

Payment options vary for each country. For more information, please visit https://www.goldenkey.org/members-chapters/how-to-join/.

The membership fee in Asia-Pacific countries (in 2017) is:

  • Australia, Singapore and Vietnam – AUD $100
  • India – Rs2500
  • Malaysia – MYR 110
  • New Zealand – NZD $115

I meet the Golden Key requirements but I haven’t received an invitation. What do I do?

There are several reasons why this may have occurred:

  • If you recently moved, your letter may have been mailed to the wrong address.
  • Your letter of invitation may have been sent to your permanent address.
  • The invitation could be lost in the mail.
  • Forward a copy of your academic transcript results within the last two years to Golden Key Asia-Pacific, as we do not have access to your academic records. Please allow some time for your eligibility to be verified as it is a manual process.

The deadline has passed on my invitation letter. Can I still join?

  • Yes, you may still join. The invitation code that you received expires within one year of the postmark date. Contact Golden Key Asia-Pacific for more information.

What happens at a Golden Key Information Session?

In most cases the olden Key Information Session is presented b y a Golden Key staff member. The session runs for approximately one hour including plenty of time for asking questions. It covers the Golden Key background, benefits of joining, past and upcoming events, and a Q&A session. If you cannot make the Information Session listed on your invitation letter, you can access the Online Information Session (www.goldenkey.org.au/information) or contact Golden Key Asia-Pacific via phone or email.


How do I obtain my membership certificate?

If you are a new member and have RSVP'd (confirmed) that you are attending the New Member Reception, you will receive a personalised certificate at this event. If you do not RSVP to the New Member Reception before the set deadline date and still attend the event, you will receive an interim certificate to ensure you are part of the proceedings. Your certificate will be mailed to you after the event. If you do not RSVP or attend the New Member Reception, your certificate will be mailed to you.

How long does it take to receive my pin and charm that I ordered?

Pins and charms can take 6-8 weeks to arrive. They are shipped via standard mail, and processed separately from your certificate, so you will receive them at different times. If you have not received it after 6-8 weeks, please contact Golden Key Asia-Pacific.

How do I RSVP (confirm attendance) for the New Member Reception?

The details for your New Member Reception are on the back of your invitation letter. Once your join payment has been completed (either online or through our office depending on your payment method), you should receive within 48 hours: 1) an email payment receipt, and 2) a join confirmation email.

In your join confirmation email will be details regarding your member ID, and a link to your university chapter's New Member Reception. This link will take you to the event registration page where you can confirm your attendance. Alternatively, you can sign into the website with your member ID, and register for the event by locating it on the My Chapter menu and viewing upcoming events.

If you choose not to go, or if for some reason you miss the event, your certificate will be mailed to you.

I joined last year, and received another invitation this year. Do I have to pay annual membership or pay the fee again?

No. There is only one membership fee when an individual joins. There are several reasons why you may have received another invitation:

  • Your name on our record does not perfectly match what the registrar recently provided
  • You recently changed your name
  • You are now at another university and we did not know that you transferred

If your details have changed, please log into your profile via the website and update your details or email us at apac@goldenkey.org and we can update your details for you.

  • Be assured that your membership to Golden Key is a lifetime membership and you only pay a once-off induction fee at the time that you first join the Society.

How is the membership fee used?

The membership fee is shared between the local chapter and Golden Key Headquarters. The membership fee funds membership benefits and supports local chapters in a variety of ways including:

  • Over US$12.5 million of Scholarships and Awards awarded to date
  • Regional leadership conferences
  • International Conference
  • New Member Receptions
  • Local academic, community service and social activities
  • Publications
  • Running the Society

I think I may already be a member. How can I find out for sure?

If you have recently joined please check your email for the email confirmation of your membership. Member IDs are not posted out so make sure when filling in your details you add your email address.

If you are still unsure, please contact Golden Key Asia-Pacific for assistance.

If I transfer from one university to the other, could I have my details transferred?

Yes you can, so long as the university you have transferred to has a charter with Golden Key and has a Golden Key Chapter.

I’m already a member but I have not heard anything from the society, why not?

  • It is important that both your chapter’s Executive Committee and Golden Key Headquarters know that you wish to remain connected with us and that we have your most current contact information.
  • Ensure that we have your correct information by updating your contact information via the Golden Key website: www.goldenkey.org.
  • You should also attend any local chapter programs or meetings. This is often how the local chapter knows that you wish to be actively involved with the chapter.


What scholarships are available?

Golden Key has awarded over US$12,500,000 in scholarships to date. Up to date listings can be viewed at https://www.goldenkey.org/scholarships-awards/listing/. Scholarships are only available to Golden Key members, and each one has different application dates, deadlines and eligibility criteria. Non-members may view the scholarship details online but cannot apply. Applications are judged by a third-party, independent of Golden Key. Golden Key Asia-Pacific and your URO do not have access to your scholarship applications.

Are the scholarship application deadlines very strict?

Yes. All scholarship applications must be submitted by the indicated deadline. The deadline is listed directly under the scholarship name.

The scholarship application requires a GPA. My country uses a different GPA, what do I do?

GPA's vary from country to country, and even within Australia these vary as well, from a 4 point system to a 7 point system. In New Zealand cumulative GPA's do not apply. For this reason members will need to calculate the corresponding GPA themselves. We suggest that scholarship applicants include a simple covering letter for the panel highlighting they are from a different region. You can also use a GPA calculator to convert your GPA to a 4 point system. An easy way to calculate your GPA on the 4.0 system is to divide your GPA by the total GPA and then times it by 4. For example, if your GPA is 6.5 out of a possible 7.0, you would 6.5 / 7 x 4 = 3.7 out of 4.0

When will I hear whether I have won a scholarship?

Winners and non-winners will be notified via email up to 120 days after the listed application deadline.

Who do I contact about scholarship enquiries?

Email all enquiries to awards@goldenkey.org.


What is the SPARK a Change initiative?

  • SPARK a Change is our global community service initiative, bringing our 400+ chapters together towards a common objective.
  • Mission: to impact and improve the lives of at-risk youth across the globe through literacy, education and real-world preparedness.
  • The initiative allows members, advisors and volunteers to help disadvantaged groups that may not have the resources to reach their full potential.
  • Golden Key chapters around the globe plan SPARK events each year to help us reach our goals of raising $40,000, dedicating 400,000 hours of service and impacting 400,000 lives by 2017.
  • Examples of SPARK projects include book drives, tutoring, mentoring, after-school programs and workshops. Contact your local chapter to see how you can get involved at your university.

What is the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP)?

  • Golden Key International Honour Society has partnered with the International Scholar Laureate Program to offer our members access to career-focused short term study abroad programs.
  • Over the last five years, more than 1000 members from around the world have attended one of the academic delegations offered by ISLP.
  • Five career field choices are offered: Business & Entrepreneurship, Engineering & Technology, International Relations & Diplomacy, Medicine & Science, and Nursing & Health Care.
  • These are offered in four destinations: United States, China, Australia and New Zealand.
  • ISLP provides Golden Key members the opportunity to apply for scholarships to participate in the program. These scholarships help offset the cost of tuition, are awarded on financial need, and available during the enrolment process.
  • Please contact ISLP directly with questions regarding enrolment and tuition by emailing admissions@scholarlaureate.org.

What is Vault’s Career Insider and how do I access it?

  • Career Insider provides Golden Key Asia-Pacific members exclusive online access to Vault – the world’s leading source of career intelligence.
  • Career Insider is an online career library, featuring a wide range of career advice and blogs relating to resume, interview, communication and networking advice; job and industry-specific guides; and reviews for a variety of global companies.
  • With Golden Key membership, you automatically gain access to the full Vault Gold membership (normally an annual fee).
  • Link: https://www.goldenkey.org/programs-privileges/jobs-internships/career-insider/. You must be logged into the Golden Key website to access the link.
  • Contact Golden Key Asia-Pacific for more information.

What is Money 101 and how do I access it?

  • GK Money 101 is an online Financial Education Program, an independent, non-product aligned education program, designed to help users take control of their finances and plan for a secure future.
  • It covers a series of online modules including borrowing, debt, credit history, building good money habits, spending and saving, stress busters and more. There are also modules on superannuation and HECS-HELP loans that are useful to Australian members.
  • Members should access modules through https://www.goldenkey.org/programs-privileges/leadership/gk-money101/. You must be logged into the Golden Key website to access the link.
  • Contact Golden Key Asia-Pacific for more information.

What is the Lenovo discount and how do I access it?

  • Golden Key partners with Lenovo to bring exclusive discounts to all Golden Key members.
  • Lenovo is the second largest and fastest growing PC manufacturer in the world, with the greatest track record for innovation in the PC industry.
  • Golden Key members, friends and family save up to 20% on Lenovo PC products: laptops, desktops, tablets and accessories.
  • There are also many limited-time special offers given to members which are announced through our eNews.
  • To access the discount, go to https://www.goldenkey.org/programs-privileges/your-partners/ and click the Lenovo logo on the main page. You must be logged into the Golden Key website to access the link.
  • Contact Golden Key Asia-Pacific for more information.


After graduation, will I continue to receive benefits?

Yes, the following benefits will remain available to Members after graduating from their undergraduate degree:

  • A number of scholarship programs to fund postgraduate research and professional development.
  • Golden Key will continue to stay in touch with you after your graduation to remind you of member benefits. Just remember to update your contact informationwith Golden Key at least once a year online.
  • Many graduated members continue to be involved with their university’s Golden Key Chapter, by being part of the committee, attending events and initiatives, or becoming invited as special guests or speakers for future events.
  • Golden Key alumni members are still eligible for member discounts and promotions after graduation.
  • You can attend a variety of networking events to build personal and professional contacts in various industries.
  • Golden Key promotes targeted career vacancies that may be relevant to alumni members.
  • Members have access to the Golden Key Money 101 Financial Education Program
  • Members have Vault Gold access to CareerInsider, an online career library with a vast range of useful career tools, downloadable content and career data.

How do I engage with Golden Key as an alumni member?

  • Email your success story to Golden Key Asia-Pacific to be added to our database of alumni success stories, and potentially be featured in our eNews, blog or Facebook.
  • Offer to become a mentor for current chapter committee members who could use your advice and experience.
  • Offer to be a speaker at an upcoming speaker series event or leadership/career workshop.
  • Join our exclusive member-only LinkedIn group to network with members from around the world: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=27238


We do not charge for postage and handling; and ship internationally. Please note that certificates and merchandise will be processed and shipped separately. Orders may take up to 10 business days to be processed, picked, and packed before being shipped.*

All orders travel via Australia Post standard shipping. For an estimated delivery time, please refer to the carrier site linked below.^

Australia Post Delivery Timetable


  • If you are a new member and have RSVP'd (confirmed) that you are attending the New Member Reception, you will receive a personalised certificate at this event.
  • You may still RSVP to the event up to the RSVP deadline date.
  • If you do not attend the event but have RSVP’d, your certificate will be mailed to you after the event.
  • If you do not RSVP or attend the New Member Reception, your certificate will be mailed to you after the RSVP deadline date.
  • If you do not RSVP to the New Member Reception before the set deadline date and still attend the event, you will receive an interim certificate to ensure you are part of the proceedings.

Order Processing

The Golden Key Office is open Monday to Friday. Orders made on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will begin processing on Monday the following week.

*Attention: Orders made at peak times may take longer to arrive.

^Please note that international (outside Australia) will take longer

Refund Policy

We will happily provide a full refund within 72 hours of joining if you change your mind and wish to cancel your membership. However after this time has passed, a refund cannot be issued.

We are unable to offer merchandise refunds for change of mind once items have been shipped. If your item arrives damaged, we will happily send out a replacement.


  • Membership to Golden Key International Honour Society is facilitated through partner universities whereby students who meet the criteria of being in the top 15% of their cohort are extended a formal invitation to join.
  • Without access to top 15% benchmarks at local universities, the society reserves the right to approve at its discretion.
  • The membership fee, as stipulated on our website and updated from time to time, is for lifelong membership. There are no subsequent renewals or premiums.
  • Membership includes various benefits as provided by the Society.
  • Benefits provided to members at the time of joining are subject to adjustment without notice.
  • Members have access to their online profile by supplied login details where profile, program, and benefits are facilitated.
  • Golden Key will send out information relevant to members from time to time via various mediums. These may include information on events and initiatives, partner opportunities, and general Society news. Members may adjust their contact permissions at any stage.
  • All members of Golden Key may choose to stand as an elected officer within their local chapter committee.
  • Participation of members within Society events and initiatives, while recommended, is entirely voluntary.
  • Refer to our order and shipping policy for fulfilment information.
  • Refer to our privacy policy for more information – Golden Key respects your privacy and does not have access to your student records.

Contact us:

Email: apac@goldenkey.org

Telephone: +61-2-8332 4500