James Cook University (JCU) combines excellence in teaching and research in a unique tropical setting. JCU is one of the premier universities in Queensland, and is Australia's leading tropical university. With study abroad offerings at two campuses in North Queensland, students have the option of choosing from more than 300 study areas across four faculties. Study areas include anthropology, archaeology, education, exercise science, business, marine biology, zoology, nursing, visual arts, tropical ecology, and much more. Many of the subjects offered to study abroad students include a field trip component, allowing you to experience hands on what you are studying. Please note that Semester 1 at JCU is typically from February-June and Semester 2 is from July-November.
Described as the rainforest campus, JCU Cairns nestles below rainforest-covered mountains in the suburb of Smithfield, approximately 9 miles north of the city centre and near the northern beaches of Cairns.
JCU Townsville is the larger of the two campuses. The campus is located in a 953 acre setting of natural bush and parkland, a short drive from the city centre and local beach. For additional information about this university, please visit the JCU website.
This program has a limited number of exchange positions available. While all SUNY students are able to participate in this program as fee paying students, the exchange opportunity is open only to SUNY Oswego applicants. Students awarded the exchange will see their program differential reduced (see budget sheet for more details). While early applications are strongly encouraged, a decision is not made until the deadline to allow for all to apply. To apply for the exchange position, complete the Exchange Scholarship Application.
Please note: The application deadline for students wishing to be considered for an exchange position is earlier than the listed deadline. All application materials, including the Exchange Scholarship Application, are due one month prior to the posted deadline. For Fall programs, this deadline is March 1. For Spring programs the deadline is September 15. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the program coordinator.
Housing and Meals
There are a variety of housing choices at JCU, depending on the campus and your personal preference. The costs listed on the budget sheet are general estimates, however, depending on your accommodation selection, you may find the costs to be higher. For more information on the types of housing at JCU and prices, visit their website.
Costs (budget sheet)
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All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
National Health Insurance
In addition, students on this program must be enrolled in their host country's mandatory health insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact our office at email@example.com for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.