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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia; Townsville, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/20/2019 10/04/2019 TBA TBA
Quick Facts:
Quick Facts:
Language of Instruction: English Class Status: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
SEU GPA Requirement: 2.75 VA Benefits Eligible: YES
Study Abroad Advisor: Marlena Coco Likelihood of Placement: Highly Likely
SEU Aid Applies: YES SEU or Transfer Credit: Transfer Credit
Money in Country: Australian Dollar
Program Brochure:


James Cook University


Born of the traditional model of excellence in teaching and research, James Cook University has become a modern and dynamic university of truly global standing. Our graduates hold top-level positions around Australia and the world, and our research has earned us a worldclass reputation. JCU is Australia’s leading tropical research university and Queensland’s second-oldest university. JCU has two campuses with access to the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics. Students can study at the Cairns or Townsville campus and have over 300 subjects to choose from, especially in the sciences.



Townsville, Queensland

Surrounded by The Great Barrier Reef, the scenic northern coastal city of Townsville provides the perfect backdrop for your study abroad experience. The city is home to various wildlife sanctuaries, notably the Billabong Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as numerous aquariums housing hundreds of aquatic species. With a population of roughly 180,000 Australians, Townsville has the feel of a small city while providing big city amenities. Whether you're visiting the beach before class or exploring Townsville's restaurant scene, you're sure to have an unforgettable study abroad experience!

James Cook Campus (Townsville)

Great Barrier Reef
Townsville, Queensland James Cook University- Townsville Campus Great Barrier Reef

Cairns, Queensland

Commonly referred to as the "gateway" of The Great Barrier Reef, the city of Cairns is situated in Northwest Australia. It boasts a location close to both the Daintree National Forest as well as countless beaches. The James Cook University Cairns Campus is located 9 miles north of the city center and provides the perfect balance between having a rich academic and social life. You're sure to never forget your time abroad in Cairns!

Great Barrier Reef-2 James Cook Campus (Cairns) Cairns Beaches (James Cook)
Great Barrier Reef The James Cook University- Cairns  One of Cairns' many beaches!




Great fit for:
  • Psychology 
  • Biology
  • General Education Courses
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • and more...

Courses at Host University:

Areas of Study Cairns or Townsville:

  • Accounting
  • Arts 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Biology 
  • Biomedicine
  • Business
  • Chemistry 
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology 
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • Education 
  • English Literature
  • Graphic Design 
  • History 
  • Information Technology 
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Management 
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health 
  • Social Work 
  • Sociology 
  • Sports Science

Search courses at JCU here

Credit System:

Credits are equivalent to US Credits

3 JCU credits = 3 US credits

Full course load is 12 JCU credits

Pre-Approved Courses:

Check out the pre-approved course listing here.



Housing Options

On Campus Housing Off Campus Housing
JCU Halls info here.  Real Estate sites here and here
Living in Cairns or Townsville generally costs less than living in a capital city Living in Cairns or Townsville generally costs less than living in a capital city

Cost and Funding

Cost and Funding

Budget Sheet:

In the above charts, select the budget sheet applying to the semester you are planning to study abroad. This is a budget sheet you can use in planning for your term abroad on your own and/or with your Financial Aid Advisor. Hint: You can download the budget sheet as an Excel file to manipulate the data for your own budget as well.

The budget sheet includes the basics and starting information you will need to understand what costs will generally apply to study abroad. For a more thorough budget template, refer to this template.

Note: All costs external to SEU are estimates and may vary depending on your program selection, personal selection of housing, airfare, and more. It is your responsibility to secure funding for your semester abroad and to communicate with Financial Aid using this budget sheet or whichever budget template you prefer to help plan how aid may or may not apply to study abroad.

Financial Aid:

Under Quick Facts above, there should be a note whether or not SEU Institutional Aid can apply to the program you are viewing.

All SEU Institutional Aid, Federal, and External Scholarships will apply to these programs during the semester. Tuition, Tech Fee, and International Insurance will be billed by St. Edward’s and aid will apply as it usually does in other semesters on campus. Housing and other expenses will be billed externally. Aid might support these costs, but consult your financial aid advisor to discuss specific application to you and your program.


There are many scholarships available for study abroad programs.
  • GEOPAAS: Scholarship offered to SEU students with financial need. You will receive an email from GEO after program placement to encourage you to apply to this scholarship.

  • Lawson: Scholarship offered to SEU students studying abroad in Japan, including APU Dual Degree. You will receive an email from GEO after program placement to encourage you to apply to this scholarship.

  • Gilman: US State Department Scholarship offered to Pell Grant recipients. Fellowships Office on campus will co-advise on this application.

  • Boren: US State Department Scholarship offered to those interested in National Security work post-grad. Fellowships Office on campus will co-advise on this application.

  • Freeman Asia: External scholarship for students studying abroad in Asia. Fellowships Office on campus will co-advise on this application.
More Scholarships available on our website here.

Money in Country:

Cairns or Townsville: 
Australian dollar

Cost of Living in Cairns here
Information on Cost of Living in Townsville here

Application and Important Dates

Application and Important Dates


All programs have a minimum GPA of a 2.75. If you do not meet the minimum GPA, there is a petition process included in the application

Important Dates:

  Summer & Fall Spring
Pre-Decision Deadline March 1 October 1
Decision/Placement Date March 10 October 10
Post-Decision Deadline May 1 December 1
Pre-Departure Orientation Last Sunday of April Last Sunday of November
or First Sunday of December

How to get in:

Application to semester programs is an application and placement process.

Students will select their top three choice programs from the offered programs on the study abroad portal.

Students should then apply to their top choice program through the portal, noting within that application their second and third choice programs.

Within the top choice application, students should detail their reasoning for each program choice, explaining one’s academic, professional, personal, and extra-curricular goals as they relate to the program choice.

On the Decision Date (listed above) students will be offered placement into the available program if approved for study abroad. Students will then accept their placement and move into the Post-Decision phase of study abroad. Post-Decision includes program acceptance and preparation, both academically and personally, for the program abroad.


GEO Advisor for this program:

Alex McLelland
Walk-In Hours: M 2-4pm; F 9-11am, 1-3pm
Make an advising appointment here.


Passport and Visa

Important Documents



All students who will study abroad are required to hold a passport valid for 6 months past the scheduled end of their study abroad program.

You will not be approved for a study abroad program without a valid passport. If you do not yet have a valid passport, you must apply for one immediately.

For information on applying or renewing passports go to the U.S. Department of State website.

If you are an international student, your home country passport must be valid for 6 months past the end of study abroad as well. Contact your international student advisor for specific information on maintaining your US student status while studying abroad.
The visa is the entry or residency permit that allows you to study or travel within the country of your destination. You are responsible for obtaining your visa and completing the application process for the visa.

Going to the US's State Department Website searching for your country, and looking at the "Entry, Exit, and Visa Requirements" section, you can find a link to the country's consulate where visa information will be found.

Information for Australia is located here for US Passport holders.

If you are an international student, you will need to research the process for the country of your citizenship to obtain a visa for the country of your intended study abroad.

The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad. This includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program.