Semester Abroad and Bachelor's Degrees at James Cook University, Australia

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Australia: Cairns, Townsville


James Cook University (JCU) is the second oldest university in Queensland and Australia's leading university in the tropics. Offering excellence in teaching and research, JCU is a vibrant, multi-campus university with campuses in the Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns, and a modern city campus in the city-state of Singapore.

Total student enrolments are more than 18,000 and growing, including over 5,000 international students from 100 countries. JCU's activities have a strong focus in regional Queensland but its impact and reach are international, as recognised in the respected Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking system which has placed JCU in the top 400 universities in the world and in the top 4% of universities worldwide.

JCU's study areas include the arts and humanities, business, the creative arts, education, engineering, health sciences, information technology, law, medicine, social sciences and science. Importantly, JCU works with employers and industry to ensure that courses are relevant and cutting edge and is consistently adapting and updating its programs to meet students' demands.


A Natural Choice for Study
JCU's main sites are located in tropical northern Queensland, a remarkable region where over two million visitors come each year to experience two World Heritage listed natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics region.

Practical Focus
JCU encourages students to gain practical experience while they study, and understands the importance of a qualification that will equip students with the skills that employers value. Many degrees are structured to include practical sessions, field trips, internships and vacation placements, ensuring graduates are job ready.

Supportive Study Environment
With friendly campuses, smaller class sizes, accessible teaching staff and excellent support services including study skills and student mentor programs, our students receive the personal attention they need to achieve their best.

Teaching Excellence
JCU teaching staff are highly qualified and dedicated and many JCU academics are considered to be leaders in their fields. JCU Academics have won 31 awards for teaching excellence from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council - more than many larger universities.

Research Intensive
As a leading research university, JCU provides excellent facilities for teaching and learning. JCU receives more than 27 million dollars in research funding each year and is a member of the national alliance, Innovative Research Universities and has as its vision to be one of the world's leading research universities in the tropics.


Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter


Please contact us using the link at the top/bottom of this page.

Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Minimum Education

High School

Subject Areas

  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Admin (health Services)
  • Admin (hospitality, Sports)
  • Admin (recreation, Parks)
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Science
  • Archaeology
  • Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Australian Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Business
  • Business Admin. & Management
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language
  • City And Regional Planning
  • Comm. (radio, Tv, & Film)
  • Comm. Science & Disorders
  • Communications
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science / It
  • Conflict Studies
  • Conservation And Preservation
  • Counseling
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Design
  • Development Studies
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Management Systems / Policy
  • Environmental Risk
  • Environmental Sci. (atmosph.)
  • Environmental Studies
  • Field-study
  • Film
  • Finance
  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Government
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Hospitality
  • Human Res. Management
  • Humanities
  • Industrial Design
  • Interdisciplinary
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Internship Programs
  • Japanese
  • Journalism / Broadcasting
  • Kinesiology/exercise Science
  • Labor & Industrial Relations
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Science
  • Marketing, Ad., & Pr
  • Mathematics
  • Media And Cultural Studies
  • Medicine
  • Meteorology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Natural Resources
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Occupational, Environ. Health
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Photography
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Plant Sciences
  • Political Science/politics
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-med
  • Psychology
  • Public / Community Service Sciences
  • Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
  • Public Health
  • Pure Science
  • Restoration/conservation
  • Science
  • Sculpture
  • Service-learning
  • Social Policy
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sports
  • Sports Economics/management
  • Sports Science
  • Statistics
  • Student Trips (non-credit)
  • Studio Arts
  • Sustainable Development
  • Technology
  • Theater, Drama, Dance
  • Town And Country Planning
  • Travel / Tourism
  • Tropical Biology
  • Tv And Media Production
  • Unrestricted / Other
  • Urban & Regional Planning
  • Veterinary Medicine/science
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Design
  • Zoology & Wildlife Sciences

Cost in US$:

The cost for semester abroad programs and bachelor degrees varies. Please contact us using the link at the top/bottom of this page.

Program Fees Include:

Students must pay international tuition fees and overseas health care cover. All other associated living costs are also the responsibility of the student.

Experience Required


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Dormitory
  • Independent living
  • Other
  • Group living
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work


Scholarships are Available

Students are advised to explore their options for loans, grants, subsidies, sponsorships, scholarships and awards within their home country prior to accepting an offer to study at JCU. JCU does offer a limited number of scholarships and grants to international students and more information can be found on the JCU website.

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Other

Typically The Application Process Time is

1-2 weeks

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad