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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 2019
Feb 10, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019
Nov 25, 2018
12 Credit Points
2.50 Minimum GPA*
- This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.
Housing is not included in the price above. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section.
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.
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.
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 and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
- Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
- Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
- Some courses may require additional fees.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you will 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 Funding Your Program page.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 $6,100-$6,400, with meals, and starts at $4,900, without meals (Subject to Change). You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount. 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
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.
Magnetic Island and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Magnetic Island, or "Maggie" as it's referred to by locals, is located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage listed area, a quick 25 minute ferry ride from Townsville. Nearly 70% of Magnetic Island is National Park, home to koalas, rock wallabies, brush-tail possums and an abundance of birds. While visiting Maggie, you can experience the Koala trail, horse riding, snorkeling and beach activities.
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.
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.