James Cook University (JCU) is recognized throughout the world as a leader in environmental and ecological research, and its Department of Marine Biology is world famous. As a former college of the University of Queensland, it enrolled its first students
- Townsville, Australia
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Summer
- Program Description:
- Semester or Summer at James Cook University (JCU)
James Cook University (JCU) is recognized throughout the world as a leader in environmental and ecological research, and its Department of Marine Biology is world famous. As a former college of the University of Queensland, it enrolled its first students in 1961. JCU became autonomous in 1970, and currently enrolls around 11,000 students at the Townsville campus. James Cook University offers excellence in teaching and research in a tropical setting. It has grown over the past thirty years to become one of Queensland’s premier universities and an internationally renowned tropical university. In addition to boasting a uniquely diverse international student body, JCU takes great pride in the fact that over 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are enrolled at James Cook University across all of its campuses and faculties in northern Australia.
The atmosphere at JCU is very relaxed and informal with an emphasis on faculty-student interaction and a close family feeling. The university is located about 10 minutes from the city center in a lovely, tropical, and natural setting with many eucalyptus and palm trees, and the occasional kangaroo or dingo dog wandering around.
- Setting Description:
- Townsville is a city of 120,000 people, located in North Queensland on the Coral Sea. It is Australia’s largest tropical city and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Located on latitude similar to Fiji and Tahiti, the climate, particularly in the winter months is unsurpassed. With beaches, deserted tropical islands, and the vast open spaces of the Outback nearby, as well as easy access to Southeast Asia, the Townsville area has a lot to offer the exchange student.
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