James Cook University

James Cook University

1 James Cook Dr, Townsville City QLD 4811, Australia

James Cook University is Australia's leading tropical research university. The university has 2 campuses - the main campus in Townsville and a smaller campus in Cairns. The Townsville campus is located in the North-eastern part of Queensland in a 386-hectare setting of natural bush and parkland, and approx 2 hours from the Great Barrier Reef.

The campus is home to various Australia native birds and animals include kookaburras, cockatoos, bush turkeys and wallabies. There are about 11,400 students on the Townsville campus, and 130,000 people live in Townsville. The city enjoys a relaxed lifestyle and a lower cost of living than the major Australian cities. On average, there are over 300 days of sunshine a year in the region, with summer temperatures averaging 24-34 degrees and winter minimum temperatures of 10-15 degrees.

Website URL: http://www.jcu.edu.au/
Accommodations: http://www.jcu.edu.au/accommodation/
Cost: Very High https://jcu.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/525/~/what-is-the-cost-of-living-in-australia-as-an-international-student%3F
External Funding Available: No
Availability: 1
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Course Timetable: https://www.jcu.edu.au/international-students/study-abroad/selecting-your-subjects
Program Type: Exchange
Language: English
Available Subjects: anthropology , archeology , biology , business and entrepreneurship , chemistry , computer science , english literature , environmental studies , economics , french , geology , history , international development studies , kinesiology and sports sciences , law , marine biology , mathematics , media and film , philosophy , physics , political science , psychology , sociology , engineering - chemical , engineering - civil , engineering - mechanical
Travel Information: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/australia
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Visa Requirements: http://www.immi.gov.au/Study/Pages/Study.aspx
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/jamescookuniversity


Alyson Pickard-Tattrie, BSc Kinesiology, on exchange in Winter 2016

My 5 months in Cairns, Australia, were incredibly rewarding. Travel has allowed me to gain experience, chase my dreams and explore new interests and hobbies. Travelling alone I learned to tackle challenges independepently, work on my communication skills and make friends with people from all over the world. During my time in Australia, I was able to volunteer at a turtle rehab center, be a research assistant for a professor on the other side of the world, and learn about the differences in education between two commwealth countries. At the turtle rehab center, I worked with a team of volunteers to clean and feed a group of turtles in preparation for their relaease back into the world. Following the rehab we got to spend the rest of the day on Fitzroy Island which was a secluded island amongst the Great Barrier Reef where we went snorkelling, kayaking an hiking. Other adventures included surfing in Byron Bay, driving the Great Ocean Road, roadtripping arround New Zealand with friends for spring break, and visiting firends in Vietnam and Cambodia.

I definitely achieved what I expected to and learned and experienced much more than I ever thought possible. I feel this experience allowed me to grow both in my personal and professional life as I made connections around the world and learned to take on new challenges in new environments. The opportunities were endless and everyone was always helpful in offering new adventures. My professor was willing to take me on as an assistant because I just asked her if it were possible. Making friends at my place of volunteer allowed me to learn to dive. It is important to step out of your comfort zone and just ask for what you want and work hard to get it. I now know more about the world and have a new perspective of what is out there and what I can achieve. Instead of always thinking about what I can do to help locally, I now look for ways to help internationally as well. Travelling has changed my life and is something I want to continue to pursue a it challenges me to be better and to continue to grow and learn new skills."

Tyler Trask, Biology, on exchange in Winter 2015

“There really is no better place to study coral reef ecology than on the worlds most famous reef. The chance to see another country, driving down the eastern coast of Australia, exposed me to a lot of different situations and challenged me in a variety of ways. The change and challenge were welcome and refreshing, and I'm more than glad to have had this experience.”


Brittany Dixon, BSc/BIOL 2013, MSc/BIOL candidate at UNB with the Canadian Rivers Institute on exchange in Winter 2012.

“I believe that the time I spent abroad really helped me understand what I wanted to do with my life. I discovered my love for field work and biology. Being able to work and study in such a rich and vibrant environment helped me to make many important life decisions upon returning to UNB. I knew I wanted to get my hands dirty and work outside as much as possible, so I decided to enroll in the Marine Block program during my final year, and now I am incredibly happy to be starting my Master’s project on American eel elvers with the Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study.”


Amanda Grant, BSc.BIOL 2010, on exchange in Winter 2009 "Participating in the Study Abroad Program was the coolest thing I have ever done! I had the opportunity to meet some great people, see some amazing places and study course material that I otherwise wouldn't have been exposed to! My classes even included field trips to the beach and the Australian Outback, who could ask for more? I needed to de-stress before exams and decided to jump out of a perfectly good plane at 14 thousand feet in the air!! We jumped out over the Great Barrier Reef and landed on Mission Beach in Brisbane! It was the scariest thing I have ever done, but the views were spectacular and it was the highlight of my trip! I strongly urge anyone who has the opportunity to study abroad to take it, you won't regret it and the memories will last a lifetime!"


Katriena McKay, BSc.(Hon)BIOL 2011, on exchange in Winter 2009

"As I am heading into my last week here, I find that the thing that struck me most is how fast it went by. I know people always say that, but I seriously feel like I arrived here a couple days ago. I was surprised with how easy it was to meet people with whom you instantly become so close with. I have met some people here that have quickly become my best friends, and because of some of the adventures and experiences we’ve gone through together, I know they will stay that way for a long time. I was also very surprised to find how much nicer people are to you when you tell them you are from Canada… be proud of that!!! I have learned a lot about the Australian culture: what a Tim-Tam is, how to dig for a witchery grub in the outback and what it tasted like, how to drive on the other side of the road, the sarcastic aussie humor, what humidity REALLY feels like, and what words like “keen”, “heaps”. “singlet”, “oi”, “arvo”, “mate”, “dodgy”, “esky”, “lollies”, and “togs” mean, and even now use some of them on a daily basis. I have also learned a lot about myself, and surprisingly, learned how much I appreciate that I live in Canada: I really miss some of the things about it, and hear all the time from people how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful and wonderful place.

"Because of its close location to the Great Barrier Reef and rainforests, James Cook gave me a chance to study hands-on parts of biology that I have only read about in textbooks, including seeing some famous Australian animals like kangaroos, koalas and wombats! I went on some incredible field trips. School is also a bit different here; there is a lot of paper and report writing instead of testing, so I had a lot of practice doing that.

I have grown a lot since coming here. I had to learn to be really independent, and had to step very far outside my comfort zone- but it was so worth it. I have made some lifelong friends, both other international students and Australian, have traveled over almost the entire country, and done some pretty incredible things. This whole experience has been like one big adventure, where along the way I have learned a lot about the kind of person I am and met some people with some incredible stories that made me look at parts of my life completely differently. Being here has made me proud to be Canadian- it’s incredible the huge smile that comes across people’s faces when you tell them you’re from Canada."



Monica Boudreault, BSENR 2014, on exchange in Winter 2013

"I would have never imagined how at home I would feel overseas. The Australian people and James Cook University made me feel very welcome and at home. There was not one moment that I didn’t feel safe and secure. What struck me most about Australia was how beautiful the country is and how friendly the people are. I was surprised at how many close and lifelong friends I have met. I have learned that traveling is not only a fun, enjoyable experience but it is also very educational in the sense that you learn and grow so much when you are living in a place that is different from your own. In Australia, I realized what is truly important to me. The Australian people do what they enjoy and live life to the fullest. I have learned to pursue what makes you happy and travel as much as possible because there are some amazing places and people around the world.

This experience has enhanced my UNB degree because I am much more driven to obtain my degree and get a good career which allows me give back to this beautiful Earth and preserve it but also allows me to work or save money in order to experience more trips like my trip to Australia. I also learned a great deal about environmental issues in countries such as Australia but also developing countries such as the Philippians, Indonesia and Malaysia which has also inspired me to use my degree to the best of my abilities...

There are some spectacular place to see in the world I cannot stress enough how happy I am that I decided to do my international exchange to Australia. The places I have seen and the people I have met have changed me. I have been home from Australia for almost 2 months now and I still talk to my friends in Australia every day. I am very lucky to have experienced this amazing trip."


Julia Howland, BSc.BIOL 2014, on exchange in Winter 2013

“The thing that struck me most about my time in Australia was how quickly it began to feel like home. I was nervous to go because I had never travelled so far from home before, but after taking the opportunity to go I would recommend it to anyone.

Studying in Cairns was truly a biologist’s dream. The chance to see and study the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest was incredible. It was a great opportunity for me to attend lectures from some of the leading conservation biologists in the world in a location where new conservation strategies are being implemented today.

My time in Australia gave me the chance to see so many breathtaking places and meet so many amazing people from all over the world. It was so different from other trips I have taken because I had the time to really immerse myself in the culture and become a part of the campus community at JCU – I will always think of Cairns as a second home.

I would not hesitate to recommend the study abroad program to other UNB students, it was one of the most unbelievable experiences I’ve ever had and it is a great way to travel without taking time off of school.

I will never forget the time I spent in Australia. I have met the most amazing friends who I will always be in contact with and experienced things I never would have if I only studied in Canada. If you are given this amazing opportunity don’t hesitate to take it!”



Jay Phinney, JD 2013, on exchange in Fall 2012

"How similar the culture in Australia was to Canada surprised me. The weather difference was also a great surprise. It has given me a different perspective on how the law works internationally. It has also allowed me to interact with people from many different cultural backgrounds.”