Is this program right for you?
This program is right for students who wish to experience the Australian education system first hand by taking classes directly enrolled at an Australian university alongside local students in a small city setting along the coast, located in the warm, tropical environment of North Queensland.
An incredible natural environment and a strong academic program are just a few of the reasons why so many students choose to study abroad at James Cook University. 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 awesome 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.
James Cook offers a wide range of academic subjects and study abroad students can take courses across various academic areas. View and search for subjects on offer at the James Cook University website.
View 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.
Blue skies, crystal clear waters, and white-sand beaches stretch as far as the eye can see on the coasts of Australia. AU students can take advantage of this amazing natural beauty and amplify their academic experiences by directly enrolling in classes at James Cook University and earning a semester or year of AU credit.
Northern 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. Of course, the Great Barrier Reef, ancient rainforests and tropical beaches are all there to explore. The outback is just as accessible and provides opportunities to experience the Australia of legend.
Most study abroad students are typically based at the Townsville campus. Around 11,500 students study at JCU Townsville, including over 1,500 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.
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.
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.