Townsville, Australia

James Cook University Partnership, Townsville

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Program Overview


With about 13,000 students, Townsville has a close, tight-community feel that’s different from most large Australian universities—and a coastal Queensland location that brings the outdoors to your door. This top-ranked research institution has amazing opportunities to pursue ecology, environmental science, or marine biology, near spectacular rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: April 15-Extended
Spring: Oct. 15

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


Visa required?

Yes. Learn More.

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Open the James Cook University online course catalog to see available courses.

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

IFSA requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution, 12 JCU credits per semester. This is the equivalent of 16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester.

Credit Conversion
3 JCU credits = 4 U.S. semester credit hours

CHART Your Course
Find the classes you need fast with CHART. Our easy-to-use tool shows you classes recently taken by IFSA students

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.


Australian Government | Department of Education | CRICOS: 00117J
Australian Government | Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency | TEQSA: PRV12077

  • 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.



  • 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) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter
Not required.


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 classes 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.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.


  • 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.


  • Billabong Sanctuary Visit: This Townsville wildlife, located in traditional bushland along the shores of a billabong, provides the opportunity to meet your favourite Australian animals up close and personal. Engagement includes crocodile feeding, hand-feeding kangaroos, and even cuddling a koala and wombat.

Housing and Meals


Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option




IFSA students live on campus in either residence hall rooms (like a U.S. dorm) or shared student apartments. You’ll have a private (single) bedroom, whichever option you choose.  

Keep in mind that housing options are priced differently. Housing with additional perks tends to cost more. To cover these expenses, expect an additional housing charge if you choose a more expensive option.   

Sample housing 

Take a look at Burralga Yumba to see what your Townsville home might be like: 

  • Location: On campus, centrally located. 
  • Living space: Dorm-style hall. Each student has their own bedroom with a large bed, desk, chair, lamp and storage, and shares bathroom facilities with others on the floor. Complete bedding and towel kit provided.  
  • Meals: Students are responsible for preparing or purchasing their own meals. The hall has a large kitchen and a large outdoor barbecue area. Basic kitchenware provided.  Many tell us cooking together is a fun, social part of their day. 
  • Other details: Internet included. On-site laundry facilities. Staff on-site and available 24/7. Student rooms are cleaned every other week. Extensive activities and events include dinners, day trips, volunteering, and workshops. 
  • Nearby: Cafes, restaurants, city center, the Strand.   

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Fall 2024
July 9, 2024
November 16, 2024
April 15, 2024-Extended
Spring 2025
Early Feb. 2025
Mid-June 2025
$22,575 (estimated)
Oct. 15, 2024

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Emma Lynch

Emma Lynch

Student Engagement Manager