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IFSA-Butler James Cook University
Townsville, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Sponsor: IFSA-Butler 
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Program Type: Study Abroad (semester) Language of Instruction: English
Degree Level: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior Housing options: Dormitory, Student responsibility
Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:


IFSA-Butler James Cook University

This program is not running in spring 2021. Please contact Jordan Zilla for more information. 

IFSA-Butler at James Cook University offers students across many disciplines to study in alongside the famous Great Barrier Reef at the Townsville campus. JCU is a leader in tropical biology research and the program is a great fit for biology and other STEM students.

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. Its 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 (Princeton students attend the Townsville campus). 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.



IFSA students studying at JCU will enroll in a full course-load, 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.

IFSA students can also take advantage of opportunities provided through the program such as volunteering and local internships. Please note that if you are interested in participating in an internship, it must be in addition to a full course-load. Princeton does not award academic credit for internships. More information about these opportunities can be found on the IFSA website


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 IFSA's website.


Students will live on campus in one of four residential colleges. All of the housing options are catered, and three meals a day are included in the program fee. More information about housing at JCU Townsville can be found here

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.     
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

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 IFSA-Butler by their deadline.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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