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Center for Global Education


James Cook University, Queensland

Posted on July 22, 2010


James Cook University was founded in 1970 and is Australia's leading tropical university with main campuses located in Townsville and Cairns. JCU offers 170 undergraduate degrees in Arts, Creative Arts, Education, Law, Medicine, Information Technology, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Science. Between the Townsville (10,000) and Cairns (3,000) campuses, JCU has a total enrollment of 13,000 students including 1,300 international students from over 90 countries.


James Cook University is named after the famous eighteenth century English explorer. It is no surprise why he chose this region as an area to navigate. The campuses in Cairns and Townsville offer a tropical Australian experience. Students studying on the Cairns campus will have easy access to rainforests located just a step away. The Townsville campus is located just outside the thriving coastal city of Townsville, with a population of 140,000. Both areas provide a launching point to the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, Tablelands, and other sites in and around Australia.


Academic Year, Fall, or Spring semesters

Program Dates

  • Fall (Semester II): July – December
  • Spring (Semester I): January - June

Note: The academic year is divided into two teaching periods, Teaching Period 1 (January - June) and Teaching Period 2 (July - December). Study periods fall within one of the above teaching periods. Study Period 1 and Study Period 2 are the most common, and have a study duration of 13 weeks each. Other study periods are block/intensive, and will be shorter in duration.

Courses & Credit

Students enroll in four courses per semester which will equal 4.0 Wheaton credits. Students may enroll in courses taught at either the Cairns or Townsville campus.

Admission Requirements

Students with a minimum GPA of 2.8. Students interested in taking courses in the arts will need to supply a portfolio/audition tape depending on courses.

Housing & Board

Students live in single rooms within a variety of residence halls (Townsville) or in single rooms within a residence hall unit of 3-4 other students in the privately owned, Cairns Student Lodge.


Wheaton Comprehensive Fee. Expenses covered include tuition and fees, housing, board, academic field trips, Australian insurance, and gym membership.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $500 Administrative fee, passport and visa fees, Study Abroad Supplemental Insurance, a refundable housing deposit, and personal expenses.


Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.


Make an appointment with Lynn Gaylord in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

Students should verify that courses are taught on the same campus.

  • Anthropology
  • Japanese
  • Women’s Studies
  • Aquaculture
  • Journalism
  • Zoology
  • Archaeology
  • Law (Australian)
  • Biochemistry
  • Management
  • Biomedical Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Botany
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Cinema
  • Photography*
  • Communications
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Physiology
  • Earth Science
  • Political Science & IR
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Sociology
  • English
  • Sports & Exercise Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Theatre*
  • French
  • Graphic Design
  • Geography
  • Tropical Biology
  • History
  • Visual Arts*
  • Indigenous Australian Studies

* Courses may require an additional application, audition, or submission of a portfolio. See the Center for Global Education for further details. For complete list of courses, check the James Cook University website.

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