International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987

Semester / Trimester

Tropical Studies, Economics, Society & Culture

James Cook University - Cairns

Spring 1 2018 (Feb 6, 2018 to Jun 16, 2018)
Catalog Code: ICNS3118

James Cook University (JCU) is one of the world's leading tropical research institutions where world class research faculty utilize the natural beauty and diverse ecosystems of the Cairns region as unique learning environments to expand upon classroom teaching. All courses are taught by JCU faculty, and ISA participants take classes alongside Australian and other international students. With just over 2,300 students, JCU Cairns is just the right size for meeting plenty of Aussie mates.

Program Highlights
  • Small campus situated among rainforest covered mountains in Northwest Cairns
  • Both Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest at it's doorstep
  • JCU Sponsored Scholarship opportunity available
  • Popular Subjects: Business, Environmental Studies, Sport and Exercise Science, Psychology and Australian Culture
  • Housing: Students will be placed in catered, apartment style student housing across from campus
  • Multi-day Bridging Cultures Program in beautiful Byron Bay
  • Optional Excursions offered to Thailand, New Zealand's South Island, Cairns, Bali or Ayer's Rock
Semester + Semester Programs Available: Students may participate in the Spring + Fall OR the Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting their two semesters of interest when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Cairns Site Specialist.

Prices & Dates

February 6, 2018 - June 16, 2018

Session Dates:


Catalog Code:



November 15, 2017 Extended to November 25, 2017

Application Due Date:

November 30, 2017

Final Forms & Payments Due:

Program in Progress

Admissions Status:

*prices and dates are subject to change

Note: About pricing...

Housing is not included in the price above. Housing at James Cook University is $5,200 with full meal plan (subject to change). A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Students who select the Semester + Semester option for this program will receive a $2,500 discount. ISA support services, housing and insurance are not included during the interim period between sessions but may be added for an additional charge.

The following scholarship is offered for ISA participants:

James Cook University Sponsored Scholarship - James Cook University supports ISA students with four $500 AUD awards awards per year. The award is credited to the student's overall program balance with ISA.


Minimum GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

Minimum Admissions Prerequisites

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

Students must have at least sophomore standing (second year) at their home university and be currently enrolled in a four-year university at the time of participation.

Students must also include an academic letter of recommendation and letter of intent along with their standard ISA application if their GPA falls below the minimum requirement.

Other sessions available: