James Cook University
About the Program
Named after the British explorer Captain James Cook, JCU is Australia’s leading tropical research university and Queensland’s second oldest university offering excellence in teaching and research. Over 16,000 students including 4,000 international students from 100+ nationalities currently study with JCU. Tulane students who study abroad in the direct enrollment program at James Cook University will take courses alongside local, degree-seeking students.
Australia’s largest tropical city with a population of approximately 200,000 people, Townsville is home and JCU’s main campus. The city is located in northeastern Australia, adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef. On average, Townsville experiences 320 days of sunshine a year, but is located within striking distance of the beautiful beaches of Magnetic Island and world-class diving opportunities. A demographically young city, filled with students, Townsville is also pedestrian-friendly, with a number of 19th century buildings and a thriving outdoor recreation scene as well. Northern Queensland is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia with a fantastic range of leisure activities.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Prior coursework in the intended field of study at JCU
Fields of Study
As a leading research university, JCU offers a wide variety of courses within the fields of Liberal Arts and the Sciences. Students are able to study in the following disciplines: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Creative Arts, Engineering, Literature, Environmental Science, History, Mathematics, Physics, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, and Sociology. Tulane students can browse the programs of study at JCU at this link.
A past Tulane JCU student had this to say about her professors: “Many of the professors, especially those in the marine biology and environmental science programs, are extremely knowledgeable and highly accredited worldwide in their fields. I was always impressed by the background and research of my professors.” JCU research has a tropical focus, with recognized expertise in marine science, environmental studies, tropical agriculture, tropical biology and tropical health.
Students studying at JCU are unable to take courses in fields for which there is no undergraduate counterpart at Tulane or in the following departments: Education, Business, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Physical Education, Social Work, Culinary Arts or Computer Applications.
On this Direct Enrollment program, students take the same courses undertaken by Australian students who are studying for their degrees. All courses are taught by JCU faculty. U.S. study abroad students may find that they spend less time inside the classroom and more time doing directed reading outside of class while in Australia than they would at Tulane.
Past students have indicated that the in many classes, much of the work consists of “reading, and studying for tests and exams, so most of study time is highly self-directed. The professors expect students to thoroughly read the course material before class.” Pre-departure and onsite orientation programming can help students become acclimated to the different aspects of Australian academic culture.
Tulane students take a full course load (12 points) including one course with Australian content. A full course load at JCU is four courses per semester, worth 3 points each.
As a visiting student directly enrolled at James Cook University, you can participate in the various on-campus student organizations and associations, just like you would at Tulane. As one JCU alum explained, “Studying at JCU is a gateway towards exploration of beautiful and diverse outdoor environments and ecology!” Your study abroad at JCU will begin with an on-campus orientation during which time you’ll learn about all of these on-campus opportunities. JCU is unique in that they offer field trips as part of the course load through which (some for an additional fee) students may participate in an immersive, off-campus experience. Some examples include spending a day on a research ship working with faculty to acquire geophysical data or visits to the Reef headquarters and Orpheus Island to study the biology of coral reef fishes. Another alum remarked that, “I took many classes that went in-depth about many aspects of Australia. I loved my classes, especially the ones with field trips – those were invaluable experiences that developed my understanding of Australia more fully.”
Overall, the program at JCU allows Tulane students to become completely immersed in Australian culture.
JCU offers a housing service to help you find accommodation either on or off campus. Around 1,400 students live on campus in colleges and halls of residence, giving the campus a true community atmosphere. The housing service office can help you find a place to live on campus – and recommends early application to those interested in doing so – and also provides links and information on off-campus option as well.
JCU Study Abroad Page
Browse JCU Academic Departments
Browse JCU Course Field Trips
JCU Pre-Departure Information
Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.