The James Cook University (JCU) Townsville campus is situated amongst the Northern Queensland rainforests and provides the perfect entry point to exploring the stunning Great Barrier Reef. With strong biological and environmental science curricula, the university offers students plenty of hands-on experience while being surrounded by a diverse array of natural flora and fauna on campus. Non-science majors will also find a comprehensive range of courses to meet their academic needs and students are housed in on-campus accommodations where a strong sense of community abounds.


Select from James Cook University’s comprehensive array of courses and enjoy the natural beauty of this Australian campus

Live with Aussies and international students in on-campus housing

Enjoy Townsville, a coastal country town with a relaxed pace

Be surrounded by the World Heritage listed areas of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforests – this is a truly unique environment

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive six-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning

Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details


TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.

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Students live in JCU on-campus housing with other local and international students. A range of self-catered or catered accommodation options are available. All rooms are singles and internet is included in the housing.

TEAN Staff

Throughout your semester you will meet with the Townsville Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social or cultural issues that you may face during your time abroad.


About James Cook University

  • JCU is one of the leading universities focused on the tropics, surrounded by the incredible ecosystems of the rainforests, dry savannahs and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • James Cook University is ranked in the top 50 universities in the world for environmental science and in the top 100 for earth and marine sciences (QS World University subject rankings 2015).
  • Ideally located as the closest university to the Great Barrier Reef, and with the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies based at JCU, this campus hosts the largest concentration of coral reef scientists in the world.
  • The university offers a range of courses with built-in field trip components that get you out into this incredible surrounding environment.
  • Located eight miles from Townsville’s city center in a natural bush and parkland setting, the campus is full of native Australian flora and fauna. The smaller student population allows for a friendly campus, intimate class sizes and accessible teaching staff.
  • More than 1,400 students live on campus, giving the university a true community atmosphere.



Academic Departments and Schools at James Cook University are divided into eight academic divisions: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; College of Arts, Society and Education; College of Business, Law and Governance; College of Healthcare Sciences; College of Marine and Environmental Sciences; College of Medicine and Dentistry; College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences and College of Science, Technology and Engineering.

Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3 – 4 subjects per semester (between 9 and 15 JCU credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Subject Areas
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Sports Management
  • Tourism
Communications & Media
  • Cinematography
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Media/Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Music Education
  • Construction Engineering
  • Engineering, Chemical
  • Engineering, Civil
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering, Electrical
  • Engineering, Environmental
  • Engineering, Mechanical
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy / Physiotherapy
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Speech Pathology
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • Family/Human Studies (Humanities)
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
International Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • German Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Pacific Languages / Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Animal Science
  • Aquaculture
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Vet Science
  • Zoology
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Art History
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Theatre Performance
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design



  • 2.5 GPA. Students below a 2.5 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
  • Freshmen and/or students attending a two-year institution may be considered on a case by case basis.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Townsville-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Townsville. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.

Tour of Townsville and Magnetic Island

Hit the ground running with this tour highlighting all the local haunts in Townsville, as well as providing historical background on the region. The afternoon is spent on Magnetic Island, exploring remote beaches and interacting with the local wildlife.

Rugby League Match

The locals love their football, and up north this means following the rugby league. Townsville is home to the North Queensland Cowboys who play in the National Rugby League. We join the vocal locals to cheer on your newly adopted team at a home game.

Coffee Breaks

While Northern Queensland is in the hot tropics, Australians still enjoy their fabulous coffee. At various times during the semester, we follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake on The Strand in Townsville, a strip dotted with alfresco cafés and restaurants. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your Resident Advisor.


During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks.


Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates


TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 18
Fall Deadline April 21

Spring 2017

Application Deadline Nov 18
Date of Departure Feb 2
TEAN Orientation Feb 4 Feb 9
University Orientation Feb 10 Feb 17
Classes Begin Feb 20
Semester Break March 27 March 31
Classes End  May 26
Study Period May 29 June 2
Exam Period June 3 June 16
Program Ends June 17

Fall 2016

Date of Departure July 10
TEAN Orientation July 12 July 17
Housing Move-In  July 17
University Orientation  July 18 July 22
Classes Begin  July 25
Semester Break  Sept 26 Oct 3
Classes End  Oct 28
Study Period  Oct 31  Nov 4
Exam Period Nov 5  Nov 18
Program Ends Nov 19

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2017

  • Tuition and services: $12,980
  • Housing (on/off campus): $4,070 – $4,615

What’s Included

  • Full tuition
  • On-campus housing including wireless internet access
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Director
  • Six-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations, and transportation
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
  • Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraires
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Townsville
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Townsville Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($2,200)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($475)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,000)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.


In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, James Cook University provides an additional AU$1,000 per semester in scholarship funding. Any TEAN JCU students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for this university specific scholarship.

We Love Townsville

Bianca De Villiers

Resident Assistant - Townsville

Townsville Tip
Dive the SS Yongala
Just an hour south of Townsville, off the coast of Ayr, you can explore the historic SS Yongala wreck. The passenger ship sunk off the coast in 1911 during a cyclone and is now teaming with marine life, sitting at around 30m below. You are bound to see many giant trevally, olive sea snakes, coral trout, moray eels, beaked eagle rays, great barracuda, nudibranchs and much, much more. If you love diving, it’s not to be missed.

Kaylie Adams

Program Manager

Townsville Tip
Castle Hill Hike

Castle Hill is located in the heart of Townsville City and offers a number of breathtaking walking trails leading to a spectacular 360-degree view at the summit! A great way to orientate yourself in a new city and stay active throughout the semester.


Where did you study abroad?
I studied on the Gold Coast of Australia with TEAN at Bond University. I have loved going from participant to now advising on the program. Think beaches, outdoor restaurants, sunshine and sunscreen and it has my name written all over it.

What do you think makes TEAN unique?
Hands down, our staff. The TEAN staff really pours their hearts and souls into our students to make their experience (before, during, after) legendary. It’s a pretty great crew we’ve got here and I’m so happy others recognize us as dedicated to student success.

How do you advise a student who wants to go to New Zealand?
When speaking with new applicants, I ask why they chose a particular program. The reasons will always vary but in that conversation, I’m listening for quite a few things: interests, typical activities they’re looking to do abroad, personality, to name a few. If a student comes to me completely unguided, I ask what they envision for studying abroad. Are they in a city? A mountain? A beach? Campus setting? From there, I take them on a little imaginative day in a respective city and see how they fare with that. Internally, I use a barometer of city life — Auckland to Wellington to Dunedin. I throw in Christchurch and Palmerston North when I know their keen on a city like those. If that fails (or they want wherever), I go into campus settings. New Zealand has a nice divide of city campuses and traditional settings.

What advice would you give to students applying for scholarships?
Aside from following all the directions, work to make yourself stand out. I’ve read probably close to 500 scholarship applications and I still remember a good number of the winners because their stories, experiences, credentials have stuck with me. The scholarship committee will read close to 100 applications on certain application cycles, so we are looking for students who have excelled outside of the classroom and within experiences. Everyone has an experience that has shaped why they want to go abroad but the really good scholarship applicants have applied that experience to their everyday life and told us about that, not the experience itself.

What is your favorite travel or study abroad quote?
“Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.” I love this quote because sometimes I’m guilty of thinking travel isn’t top priority and I should save my money towards tangible investments. The little reminder of, “Don’t be sorry” propels me to book that plane ticket.

Kate McSurley

Senior Program Manager

Townsville Tip
On-Campus Cafe

Julliettes Coffee and Gelato located on the ground floor in the Library on Campus is an ideal spot to grab a quick pick-me-up and meet some fellow students for a much needed study break. If the weather is nice (which is nearly always is in Townsville), take your yummy treats out to the lawn and enjoy the occasional wallaby popping by to say hello!

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