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James Cook University
Townsville, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment (Shared), Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

James Cook University

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 

  • JCU application deadline: January 31, 2021
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
James Cook University offers students in the EEB Department the opportunity to study at Australia's leading tropical research university and Queensland's second-oldest university. JCU has several campuses, the main one being in Townsville, close to the Great Barrier Reef.

The University

As one of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, JCU is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet Tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. The unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.

The Setting

JCU has two campuses, one in Townsville, and one in Cairns. Townsville is Australia’s largest tropical city with a population of around 190,000. It’s a thriving coastal city and port, and a stepping-off point for visiting the Great Barrier Reef. The resort regions of the Whitsunday Islands and Mission Beach are within easy reach, as are historic outback towns such as Charters Towers.



Students will enroll in a full course-load while at JCU, which is a total of 12 points and four courses total. Courses can be found in the areas of Biology, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Anthropology, and more. You can visit the JCU study finder for a detailed list of courses. Please note that what we call "courses" is referred to as "subjects" at JCU.


Applicants must have a B average for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year preceding the year or semester abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.     

Academic Calendar

Fall semester typically runs from mid July to late November 
Spring semester typically runs from early February to late June

You can view exact program dates on the university’s academic calendar 


On-campus accommodation is available at the Townsville campus for Australian and international students, with options for all female or mixed boarding. Student colleges and halls provide a single furnished bedroom with a phone connection and internet access. Additional facilities may include computer rooms, televisions, laundry, sport and recreation resources, and tutorial support. More information about housing can be found on the JCU website.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    
Students must have a student visa issued before going to Australia. Information on how to obtain an Australian student visa can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program should complete the following steps:
  1. Open an application in GPS, which can be accessed by clicking "apply now" at the top of this page, and submit all documents and required materials according to the GPS deadline. 
  2. Submit a program application to the JCU Please select "study abroad" and not "student exchange" on the JCU website. All application materials must be submitted according to the JCU deadline. 


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 02/12/2021 06/18/2021
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