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James Cook University
James Cook University (JCU) is world renowned for its research and instruction focused on the tropics, and has been ranked within the top 250 universities by Times Higher Education (2018). At JCU there are hundreds of study areas for you to choose from, many offering exciting, hands-on field components within numerous ecosystems which surround the university, including the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics. Popular study areas include: Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Tropical Biology and Zoology, Earth Science and Indigenous Australian Studies. James Cook University's Townsville campus is the University's largest campus, boasting approximately 12,300 students, including over 1,400 international students, and is located in the suburb of Douglas, approximately 14 miles from the city center.
James Cook University supports ISA students with four $500 AUD awards per year.
Cricos Code: 00117J
Spring 1 2021
Feb 06, 2021 - Jun 19, 2021
Nov 15, 2020
Forms and Payment Deadline
Nov 30, 2020
12 Credit Points
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
The program price listed above is an estimate and does not include the cost of housing. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
- You must have Sophomore standing (second year) and be enrolled in a four-year university at the time of participation.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Program
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 16
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
16 - 24
- Course Selection
The courses listed below are only a sampling of what the university offers. Please see the full James Cook University Course Catalog, linked below, for additional courses.
- Important Note about Course Availability
Study Abroad Students are not permitted entry into the following subject areas:DS (Dental Surgery), MD (Medicine), ML (Medical Laboratory Science), PC (Pharmacy), PS (Physiotherapy), RH (Rehabilitation Science) & TV (Veterinary Science)These subject areas have strict enrollment quotas that are reserved for local degree seeking students only.
- Course Structure
Classes are lecture style with seminar (small group) sessions following the lecture. Focus is on individual study.
- Course Credit
Per JCU's recommendation, 3-4 credit points = 3-4 U.S. semester credits (4-6 U.S. quarter credits). The final decision regarding credit transfer is determined by your home university.
- Transcript Information
The transcript from James Cook University will reflect credit points for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding credit transfer for this program.
- COURSE LEVEL RECOMMENDATIONS
ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the James Cook University subject (course) codes. All JCU subject codes consist of two letter abbreviations detailing the discipline of the subject (such as AN for Anthropology) and four numbers. Subjects with numbers beginning with 1, 2 or 3 are designed for undergraduate students. A code beginning with 1 represents first-year studies, 2 second-year, and 3 third-year. Subjects classified as second and third-year are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.View all Funding Options
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Aussie lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Australia. At James Cook University you will enjoy an authentic experience within on-campus dorms, located within a 15-20 minute walk of the various university buildings. There are many differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Australia and the U.S., but with an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
Housing is provided on all ISA programs in Australia at an additional cost. Costs vary according to accommodation selected and session, but ranges from $4,540-$5,600 (estimated and subject to change). We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
Dorm With or Without Meals
On this program, you will have two dorm styles available; on campus with meals included or on campus without meals included. Placements that include a full meal plan will be in a single bedroom with shared, co-ed bathroom facilities. On campus accommodation that does NOT include a meal plan will be a single bedroom with kitchen, dining, lounge, patio and bathroom areas being shared between approximately 7 students (co-ed). All on-campus accommodation options include Internet and bed linens. Laundry facilities are available within each residence hall.
You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option will be responsible for your own housing during the program and will forgo any ISA assistance for housing matters.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions give you the opportunity to discover underwater wonders and local gems in the Townsville region. You will begin your semester with an exciting four-day Bridging Cultures Program in Cairns, and you will also have the chance to attend a day trip and several cultural activities throughout the semester.
Cairns + Bridging Cultures Program
From scuba diving to chilling with koalas, ISA’s exclusive Orientation Excursion is one exciting and educational introduction to the land down under. Taking place in the northern city of Cairns, famous for its tropical atmosphere and access to the Great Barrier Reef, the Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful experience abroad by acquainting you with the local culture, allowing time to get to know your soon-to-be-friends and having a memorable journey in the process. Our in-country staff will be there to personally guide you through orientation sessions and all the unique activities – including snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and exploring the ancient Daintree Rainforest – planned for the week, all you have to do is show up ready for an adventure!
Take in the spectacular views of rainforests and natural water falls as you journey to these natural gems north of Townsville. This day tour will take in the East Coast, travelling north from Townsville to Jourama Falls, then on to the town of Ingham, and finally to Wallaman Falls.
Cultural Activities in Paris
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Townsville. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Townsville special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a beach day at The Strand, visit to Castle Hill, a classic Aussie BBQ and attending a local rugby game.