Study abroad in Australia with IFSA

James Cook University Partnership, Cairns

Program Overview

Surrounded by a hilly rainforest and near the beach, this North Queensland location suits students who prefer smaller classes and balancing a manageable workload with plenty of outdoor adventure. As at its other campuses, this JCU location reflects its commitment to Indigenous culture. Easy access to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Wet Tropics rainforests.

 

 

Australian Government | Department of Education | CRICOS: 00117J

Australian Government | Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency | TEQSA:  PRV12077

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

October 15

Minimum GPA

2.50

Credit load

16

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of James Cook, Cairns Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Open the James Cook University online course catalog and use the following filters to search for available courses:

  • Campus: Cairns or Townsville
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Study Period: SP1=Semester 1/US Spring or SP2=Semester 2 or US Fall
  • Attendance Mode: Internal

3 JCU credits = 4 Butler University U.S. semester credit hours

Lab & Field Trip Fees

Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

  • Fourth-year (4000-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate student.
  • IFSA students are eligible to take only courses listed as "Internal" in the description. You will not be permitted to take classes listed as "Block Mode," "Limited," or "External."
  • IFSA students may not enroll in the JCU College of Business, Law, and Governance. Related subjects in criminology and politics may be found in the College of Arts, Society, and Education.
  • Marine biology classes are not available at the Cairns campus. You may select from a broad range of other biology, zoology, and environmental studies classes at Cairns, or consider the Townsville campus for a specific marine biology focus.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Not required.

Visa Requirement

This program requires a visa for all students.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control—including local government regulations and health protocols—could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include:

  • Indigenous Australians Dance Performance: Watch a company of professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary dancers tell powerful stories through movement, dynamic design, poetry, and music.
  • NACE Competencies Workshop: Mastering the eight U.S. National Association of Colleges and Employers competencies is essential preparation for college graduates. This IFSA staff workshop helps you make meaningful links between your study abroad experience and career readiness.
  • Farewell Dinner: Savor the memories and experiences of your time in Australia during a final delicious dining experience with your IFSA family.
Program Excursions:

IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but previous excursions have included:

  • Cairns Aquarium Visit: While at the Cairns Aquarium, visit the turtle rehabilitation center and learn how the aquarium works to protect the six species of endangered sea turtles in its care. The aquarium’s wildlife educators also give daily presentations on aquatic and rainforest animals including river monsters, the life of sharks and rays, and the coral sea.
  • Daintree Rainforest Trip: Explore three of northern Queensland’s most impressive natural wonders including the Daintree, Mossman Gorge, and Cape Tribulation. During this day trip, also experience a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoke ceremony.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Meals

All Included;Self-Catering

Details

Cairns students live in one of two options: Cairns Student Lodge is a 10-minute walk from campus. Each student has their own bedroom and shares a common area and bathroom with two other IFSA and/or international students. All meals are included; no kitchen is available. Amenities include a communal kitchen, pool, and beach volleyball court. John Grey Hall is a new residence hall located on campus. With single bedrooms, each six-bedroom suite includes common area and shared bathrooms. No meal plan is included; you will purchase your meals or cook for yourself in the available kitchen. Amenities include a gym, study rooms, barbeque grills, games, and recreational room.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Spring 2023

February 7, 2023

June 17, 2023

$21,975

October 15

Fall 2023

Mid-July 2023

Late November 2023

$21,475 (estimated)

April 1

Spring 2024

Mid-February 2024

Mid-June 2024

$21,975 (estimated)

October 15

Term

Spring 2023

Term begins

February 7, 2023

Term ends

June 17, 2023

Program costs

$21,975

Application deadline

October 15

Term

Fall 2023

Term begins

Mid-July 2023

Term ends

Late November 2023

Program costs

$21,475 (estimated)

Application deadline

April 1

Term

Spring 2024

Term begins

Mid-February 2024

Term ends

Mid-June 2024

Program costs

$21,975 (estimated)

Application deadline

October 15

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