Program Details

Situated in northeastern Queensland, Cairns is a playful, laid back retreat where the natural environment brings a unique feel to the charming coastal city.
Cairns, Australia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
As Queensland's second oldest university, James Cook University (JCU) is world renowned for its research and instruction focused on the tropics. The University is surrounded by numerous ecosystems including the Great Barrier Reef, rain-forests of the Wet Tropics and more where students are able to apply their studies within the diverse environment. James Cook University - Cairns is recognized by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australia. At JCU there are hundreds of study areas for students to choose from, many offering exciting, hands-on field components. Popular study areas include: Marine Biology Tropical Biology and Zoology Rainforest and Coastal Science Earth Sciences/Geology Indigenous Australian Studies The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) puts JCU in top 301-400 of the more than 10,000 universities in the world, and in the top 100 in Asia and Pacific. Cricos Code: 00117J Program Price Includes: • Comprehensive Advising and Support • Tuition at the Host University • Official Transcript from Host University with ISA Cover Letter • Housing • Meals and Laundry Services • Bridging Cultures Program • Full-Time Resident Staff • On-Site ISA Offices • Computer and Internet Access • Excursions • The ISA Discovery Model • Cultural Activities • Medical Insurance • Comprehensive Health, Safety and Security Support • Airport Reception • Visa Support • Tutoring • The Professional Development Toolbox • Scholarship Opportunities
Setting Description:
The Cairns campus is home to approximately 4,000 students, including an estimated 410 international students, and has a spectacular surround with rainforest-covered mountains on three sides. Located near the northern beaches in the suburb of Smithfield, the campus is 9 miles north of the city center. Cairns is an attractive costal city with a population of 140,000 and provides students with a large variety of outdoor activities including visits to the Great Barrier Reef and nearby islands and resorts, historic outback towns, and World Heritage listed rain-forests. The city enjoys excellent tropical climates for most of the academic year including autumn, winter, and spring, and an average winter temperature of around 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Additional Program Information

- Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50. - Students must have at least sophomore standing (second year) at their home university and be currently enrolled in a four-year university at the time of participation. - Students must also include an academic letter of recommendation and letter of intent along with their standard ISA application if their GPA falls below the minimum requirement.
Scholarships Description:
ISA awards over $850,000 in grants and scholarships to participating students each year. In addition to those offered by ISA, scholarship opportunities are available through several host universities and outside organizations. For more information, please

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