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Semester / Trimester

Tropical Studies, Economics, Society & Culture

James Cook University - Townsville

Fall 1 2017 (Jul 9, 2017 to Nov 18, 2017)
Catalog Code: ITNF3117

James Cook University (JCU), Townsville, one of the world's leading tropical research institutions, is home to a top-notch faculty, who take full advantage of their natural laboratory. Students have the opportunity to take what they learn in the classroom and put it to work in fantastically diverse ecosystems, right at their doorstep. All courses are taught by JCU faculty, and ISA participants take classes alongside Australian and other international students.

Program Highlights
  • U.S. style campus located in Southwest Townsville
  • Credit-bearing undergraduate research opportunity available. Contact your ISA Site Specialist for more information.
  • Numerous experiential learning courses offered containing field components
  • JCU Sponsored Scholarship opportunity available
  • Popular Subjects: Marine science, Psychology, Environmental Science, Sport and Exercise Science and Australian culture
  • Housing: Students will be placed in on-campus, catered or self-catered single dorms
  • 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 Townsville Site Specialist.

Prices & Dates

July 9, 2017 - November 18, 2017

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April 15, 2017 Extended to April 25, 2017

Application Due Date:

April 30, 2017

Final Forms & Payments Due:

Program in Progress

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*prices and dates are subject to change

Note: About pricing...

Housing is not included in the price above. Housing at James Cook University - Townsville ranges from $4,600 - $6,100 (subject to change). Where available, a full meal plan is included in housing costs. 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 $1,500 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.

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