Environmental and Marine Science, Business, Psychology & Liberal Arts

James Cook University
Townsville, Australia
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Environmental and Marine Science, Business, Psychology & Liberal Arts

  • Location

    Townsville

  • Host University

    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

  • Term

    Fall 1 2019

  • Program Dates

    Jul 14, 2019 - Nov 23, 2019

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 25, 2019

  • Credit

    12 Credit Points

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $14,995

  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

Housing is not included in the price above. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section. 

Enjoy a perfect blend of lifestyle and learning with a semester at James Cook University (JCU). JCU holds the ranking for the #1 Marine Biology program in the world and is world renowned for its research and instruction focused on the tropics. With diverse ecosystems and the Great Barrier Reef at its doorstep, you will be presented with the unparalleled opportunity to apply your learning through exciting, hands-on field components. Take advantage of tropical weather that is warm and sunny nearly every day of the year and explore the natural beauty, friendly, local hospitality, and relaxed lifestyle that Townsville will offer you.
 
As a JCU student, you will have countless courses available to you from a variety of academic disciplines, including Marine Biology, Environmental Sciences, Business, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, Biology, Zoology, and so many others. Courses will be taught by JCU faculty and will be taken alongside local, Australian students as well as fellow international students. As an ISA participant, your semester at JCU will begin with an exciting four day/three night Bridging Cultures Orientation Program in stunning Byron Bay - click on excursions to learn more.

Semester + Semester Programs Available: You may participate in the Spring + Fall OR the Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting your two semesters of interest when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Townsville Program Manager. 

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

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.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Bridging Cultures Program

Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Credit Points

12

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 16

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

16 - 24

Academic Information

  • 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.

ISA provides a sample list of courses available on this program; however, for the most up-to-date course listings, please visit the JCU Subject Search, linked below.

HOW TO NAVIGATE THE SUBJECT SEARCH
1.) Type a subject prefix or keyword into the "search for" box. If searching by keyword, be sure to click the "in title" bubble to the right of the search box. 
     - JCU Subject Prefix List

2.) Apply the following filters in the "search by" area. 
     - Campus = Townsville 
     - Study Period 
       - U.S. Spring = SP 1 
       - U.S. Fall = SP 2 
     - Level = Undergraduate 
     - Attendance Mode = Internal

Important Notes About Courses
Study abroad students are not permitted to take "external" or "block" mode courses.  
     - Study Abroad Students are not permitted entry into the following subject areas, as these subject areas have strict enrollment quotas that are reserved for local degree seeking students only. 
       - DS (Dental Surgery) 
       - MD (Medicine)
       - ML (Medical Laboratory Science) 
       - OT (Occupational Therapy) 
       - PC (Pharmacy) 
       - PS (Physiotherapy) 
       - TV (Veterinary Science)

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Courses

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James Cook University - Townsville
College of Arts, Education and Social Sciences
Anthropology
Archaeology
3 Credit Points
Arts and Social Sciences
Education
English
3 Credit Points
French
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
German
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
History
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Italian
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Japanese
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Journalism
3 Credit Points
Media Editing
JN2306
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Music
3 Credit Points
New Media Arts
Art Direction
NM2630
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
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Political Science
3 Credit Points
Welfare Studies
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
College of Healthcare Sciences
Nursing Science
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Occupational Therapy
Psychology
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Speech Pathology
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Sport and Exercise Science
College of Law, Business and Governance
Business
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
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Communication
3 Credit Points
Computer Science and Information Technology
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
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3 Credit Points
Law
3 Credit Points
Land Law 2
LA2016
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
College of Marine and Environmental Sciences
Aquaculture
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Botany/Zoology
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
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Environmental Science
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
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3 Credit Points
Marine Biology
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
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3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Science - General
3 Credit Points
College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
Biochemistry
Biotechnology
BC3201
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Biomedical Sciences
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Health Science
Microbiology
Physiology and Pharmacology
3 Credit Points
College of Science, Technology and Engineering
Chemistry
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Civil and Environmental Engineering
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Computer Systems Engineering
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Earth Science
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credits
3 Credit Points
Electrical Engineering
3 Credit Points
Electronics 1
EE2300
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Engineering
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Mathematics and Statistics
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Mechanical Engineering
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Physics
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
3 Credit Points
Indigenous Centre
Indigenous Studies
3 Credit Points
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Jeffrey Sendejar

Program Manager, Australia

TOWNSVILLE TEAM

Brett Bolte

Resident Director, Australia

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, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

View all Funding Options

Housing

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 $6,150-$6,350, with meals, and starts at $4,800, without meals (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.

Independent Housing

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.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

ISA excursions give you the opportunity to discover underwater wonders, local gems, and gain an introduction to local industry in the Townsville region. You will begin your semester with an exciting four-day Bridging Cultures Program in Byron Bay, and you will also have the chance to attend one weekend trip and two day trips to the following destinations throughout the semester.

Byron Bay + Bridging Cultures Program

Kick-off your semester abroad with ISA during our 4-day Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) in beautiful Byron Bay. The BCP integrates our ISA on-site orientation with exciting activities aimed at introducing Australian culture, helping you define your study abroad goals, and encouraging you to meet other students. Activities include: Surf Lessons, Aboriginal Culture in Australia Ceremony, a Community Farming Lesson, a Bush Tucker Walk and Food Experience, a Visit to the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse, a Kangaroo and Koala encounter at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and most importantly, an informative, interactive, and memorable start to your study abroad experience.

Waterfalls Tour

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.

Charters Towers

Founded in the late 1800's after a gold nugget was discovered by a young, local boy, Charters Towers is both historically and presently known as a gold mining town. It is home to numerous historic buildings with stunning architecture, including the stock exchange building, one of Australia's few regional stock exchanges. Explore the streets of this quaint city, pan for gold, visit a nearby museum or cattle station, meander through the markets or simply relax in this cozy, country town.