Study Abroad at James Cook University

"One of my classes was Coral Reef Ecology, taught by one of the leading coral reef scientists in the world. Part of this class included spending a week on Orpheus Island. We spent from 6am to 4pm in the water snorkelling and diving along the reefs, conducting experiments that we got to design ourselves. It was a dream come true!"
- Jesse Osborn, Scripps College student who studied at JCU with Arcadia

  • James Cook University offers two campuses to choose from in a uniquely Australian environment.
  • Science courses utilize the surrounding natural area for field research.
  • Courses are available in a wide array of subject areas.


If Australia's environment is what attracts you to studying there then you should consider James Cook University (JCU). With two campuses in Tropical North Queensland, in Townsville and Cairns, JCU uses its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, tropical rainforests, arid outback Queensland and indigenous communities to create an innovative and inspiring academic community. With 11,000 students on the Townsville campus and 3,000 students at Cairns, you'll find active student communities in cities that provide a unique perspective on Australian life.

As a comprehensive university, you'll find that there are a lot of courses available to you. While you may think of marine biology when you think of JCU, it's also a great destination if you are interested in indigenous peoples and sociology, rural education issues, business and economics, geology or ecology, or engineering related to tropical climates. Don't rule it out for subjects like political science or history either as you will receive a distinct regional perspective on these topics.


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Courses may be selected among various departments. You will earn the following hours of credit:

  • Fall and spring semester: 16 credits.
  • Academic year: 32 credits. 

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: March 15
  • Spring semester: November 15
  • Academic year: March 15
CRICOS Provider Number: 00117J