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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Sarah Beumer Harlow Advising Required: No
Language Pre-requisite: none Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Housing: Dormitory Internship: No
Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

James Cook logoIs this program right for you?

An incredible natural environment and a strong academic program are just a few of the reasons why students choose to study abroad at James Cook University.  This program is right for students who wish to experience the Australian education system first hand by directly enrolling in courses alongside local students.   Students who choose to study at James Cook University want an Australian program with smaller class sizes and more accessible teaching staff than those offered at other Australian schools.   They want the relaxed pace of tropical north Queensland and the independent nature of a direct enrollment program. 

Academic Information

The university offers a wide range of classes in the shadow of two of the world's finest natural world heritage areas - the Wet Tropic Rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.  Many study areas offer field trips that take you into the northern Queensland environment.  James Cook is ranked among the top universities in the world and is particularly recognized around the world for its expertise in marine biology, environmental studies, tropical health and tourism.


The program is open to a range of majors but is especially well suited for students interested in the environment and marine biology. View and search for subjects on offer at the James Cook University website. Some popular courses offer field trips to gain practical experience in their field of study.

Students on field tripView the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.

Academic environment

Students should be prepared to directly enroll in the Australian education system which is based on the British model of education. The student's academic schedule fluctuates between lectures, tutorials (small group sessions), laboratory work, seminars, and library study.  For the class grade students may be expected to concentrate their academic efforts in library research and writing, and it is not uncommon to have a large percentage of the grade based upon only 1 to 2 exams.  The tutorials may require students to prepare materials, present a paper, read articles, or participate in group discussion.  Australian students generally concentrate on their major in the first year since there is not a "general education" requirement like most US four year institutions, and therefore introductory subjects may be more difficult than at AU.

Student Life

Most study abroad students are based at the Townsville campus.  Around 13,000 students study at JCU Townsville, including over 1,700 international students. The campus is located in the suburb of Douglas, in a 386-hectare natural bush and parkland setting, 13 kilometres (8 miles) from the central business district.  JCU Townsville houses teaching and research facilities, the main JCU library, cafés, bars, fitness and sporting facilities and a wealth of student clubs and societies. Around 1,400 students live on campus in colleges and halls of residence, giving the campus a true community atmosphere.  Townsville is Australia's largest tropical city with a population of around 175,000. It's a thriving coastal city and port, and a stepping-off point for visiting the Great Barrier Reef.

JCU Townsville campus 2Northern Queensland is well known for embracing a relaxed tropical lifestyle. The cities of Cairns and Townsville, where JCU's main campuses are located, are popular destinations for visitors with modern facilities and vibrant, multicultural populations not usually found outside of capital cities with Indigenous, European and Asian communities. Townsville offers a wide variety of dining and shopping opportunities, and has a wealth of sporting, cultural and entertainment options available.

Additionally, the university holds a range of events throughout the year that cater to a variety of interests. Social events, sporting activities, talent competitions and celebrations are organized for students on campus, and are also hosted by community organizations.

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students are typically housed in one of the various Colleges and Halls of Residence right on campus. Learn more about accommodation options at the university's accommodation website.

Visa Information

AU students are responsible for researching what they need to do to legally study in Australia. Please visit the Australian Embassy website in order to figure out what you need to do to legally be a student in Australia.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 07/16/2018 06/16/2019
NOTE: The start date includes orientation. The end date is tentative and based on dates for Spring 2018. Please check with you host university or program for specific arrival and end dates before arranging travel.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 07/16/2018 11/16/2018
NOTE: The start date includes orientation. Please check with you host university or program for specific arrival and end dates before arranging travel.
Spring 2019 10/12/2018 ** Varies by program 02/18/2019 06/21/2019
NOTE: Official acceptance decisions can often take several weeks to be received from the overseas partner university. Also be aware program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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