AUSTRALIA: Cairns/ Townsville
James Cook University (JCU)
Townsville and Cairns are attractive coastal cities with populations of 175,000 and 140,000, respectively, and are within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef and home to a year-long tropical climate. Described as the rainforest campus, the Cairns campus is surrounded on three sides by World heritage-listed rainforests and located near local beaches. Townsville has a slightly more urban feel. Students can choose between the Cairns campus and Townsville campus, which are roughly four hours from each other.
This program is offered in collaboration with the affiliate provider International Studies Abroad (ISA). Students will complete a USD application as well as an ISA application to participate in the program. ISA offers an additional level of support including on-site orientation activites, on-site resident staff, and visa application support, among other things. To visit the ISA program page for JCU, click here for the Townsville campus and here for Cairns campus.
James Cook University is ranked in the top 5% of universities in the world by two of the world's leading university ranking systems: the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Higher Education and Accreditation Council . The University is world renowned for its research in a number of areas relating to its tropical location including marine biology, environmental studies, and tourism and has outstanding research facilities including island and rainforest research stations. Study areas include: coral reef ecology, tropical biology and zoology, rainforest and coastal science, tourism and hospitality, indigenous Australian studies, new media arts, anthropology, archaeology, history, sport and exercise science, education, nursing, psychology, geology, engineering, information technology, international relations, and business/economics.
Australia and New Zealand Course Selection Guide
JCU Course Equivalencies NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only.
JCU Course Handbook (Classes at JCU are called SUBJECTS)
Class sizes at JCU are generally large, and students are enrolled in courses with local students as well as other international students from all over the globe.
Please note: The grading system in Australia is VERY different from the US grading system. US grades are often inflated; students can expect it to be significantly more difficult to get an A in courses in Australia.
James Cook University (JCU) is Australia's leading tropical university, offering students a quality learning experience in a unique environment. Named after the British explorer Captain James Cook, our main campuses are located in the tropical northern Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns, home to a combined 15,500 students including 1,900 international students from 100 countries worldwide. Diverse environments, vibrant communities, and challenging academic programs are just a few of the reasons why so many students choose to study abroad at JCU.
Students are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation in university student residental apartments through the International Studies Abroad program provider. Housing costs are included in the program fee, which is paid to USD through the USD student account.
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage.
Students studying abroad in Australia are permitted given the conditions of their student visas to work up to 40 hours per fortnight. However, it may not be as common to secure employment on campus, but rather a small job near or off campus.
James Cooke has put together a number of available employment opportunities on their website, which students are able to utilize and consult when looking for part-time employment while abroad: https://www.jcu.edu.au/international-students/coming-to-australia/working-in-australia/finding-work-in-australia
Scholarships are a great way to help fund your study abroad program. ISA awards over $850,000 in grants and scholarships to participating students each year. In addition to those offered by ISA, scholarship opportunities are available through several host universities and outside organizations.
Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and
Correspondent Internship Opportunity
• 12 x $2,000 for Fall Study
• 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Study
• 2 x $2,500 for Year (Fall start)
• 2 x $2,500 for Year (Spring start)
ISA Diversity Scholarship
• 2 x $1,000 for Summer Study
• 3 x $2,000 for Fall Study
• 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Study
Live Like Ally Memorial Scholarship
• 1 x $1,000 for Fall Study
• 1 x $1,000 for Spring Study
HOST UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS
Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane
James Cook University: Cairns and Townsville
Macquarie University: Sydney
AUT University: Auckland
University of Waikato: Hamilton
Fall Programs: April 30th
Spring Programs: October 30th
All students studying in Australia for a semster WILL need a visa. The visa application process happens after acceptance to the program, and all visa application instructions are sent to students directly by the program provider International Studies Abroad.
EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Upon arrival in Australia, students will take part in a 3-4 day Bridging Cultures Orientation Program. This orientation will consist of cultural activities, as well as logistical information to prepare students for their semester abroad. To learn more about this program, click here.
To view photos of Townsville, click here.
To view photos of Cairns, click here.