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 five-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 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

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Australia, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. 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 questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

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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 100 universities in the world for environmental sciences and earth and marine sciences (QS World University subject rankings 2020).
  • 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.


James Cook University is a traditional campus located eight miles from Townsville’s city center in a natural bush and parkland setting. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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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 12 JCU credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Find Courses 

Academic Departments and Schools at James Cook University are divided into eight academic divisions: Arts, Society and Education; Business, Law and Governance; Healthcare Sciences; Public Health and Medical Science; Science and Engineering.

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
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Journalism (General)
  • Media Studies
  • Media/Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Bioengineering
  • Catchment, Stream and Lake Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Concrete Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Power Engineering
  • Process Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Earth Sciences
  • 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
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
International Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Pacific Studies
  • Anatomy 
  • Animal Science 
  • Aquaculture 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Biology 
  • Biomedical Science 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Botany/Plant Biology 
  • Cell Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer and Information Science 
  • Genetics 
  • Geology 
  • Information Technology 
  • Mathematics 
  • Microbiology 
  • Molecular Biology 
  • Oceanography 
  • Physics 
  • Statistics 
  • Vet Science 
Visual, Performing Arts & 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.

Castle Hill Hike

Visit Townsville’s famous Castle Hill – a popular destination for walking tracks and hikes. Upon reaching the top, witness a 360-degree view of the city stretching out beneath the giant pink granite monolith. Afterward, hit up Gelatissimo for ice cream.

Rugby Game

Come and cheer for Townsville’s professional rugby team – the North Queensland Cowboys. You have to catch this game and see this professional Australian sport in all its glory! Don’t worry – our staff will explain the rules.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Spend a morning stand up paddle boarding along the Ross River – the 30-mile-long river that winds its way through the center of Townsville.


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.

Melbourne, Australia

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 1
Fall Deadline April 1


Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here

Spring Payment Deadline Nov 15
Fall Payment Deadline April 15

Spring 2023

Depart the US Feb 4
Arrival Date Feb 6
TEAN Orientation Feb 6-10
University Orientation Feb 13-17
Classes Begin Feb 20
Semester Break April 10-14
Classes End May 26
Study Period June 1
Exams End June 16
Program Ends June 17

Fall 2023

Depart the US TBD
Arrival Date Mid July
TEAN Orientation TBD
University Orientation TBD
Classes Begin TBD
Semester Break TBD
Classes End TBD
Study Period TBD
Exams End TBD
Program Ends Mid Nov

Fees & Inclusions

spring 2023

  • Tuition and program fees: $15,750
  • Housing (on-campus): $4,075 – $5,525

*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.

fall 2023

  • Tuition and program fees: TBD
  • Housing (on-campus): TBD

*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses) 
  • On-campus housing including wireless internet access
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Director
  • Five-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 ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($450)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,500)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
  • Travel insurance ($350)
  • Travel and personal expenses ($1,500 – 2,500+)

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


TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

Explore Northern Queensland

Take advantage of JCU’s incredible unique location, surrounded by the rainforest of the wet tropics, dry savannahs and the Great Barrier Reef, with a wide range of courses offering academic field trips. Popular courses with intriguing field trips can be found in the following disciplines: Archaeology, Earth and Environment, Indigenous Australia, Marine Biology and Tropical Biology.

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Students Say
"I got to visit sea turtle researchers and learn how they capture and tag sea turtles. I was able to go and explore the bird and plant species in the rainforest. I also assessed snail populations on a protected coastal area."
Tricia Temple, Colby-Sawyer College

We Love Townsville

Kate McSurley

Assistant Director - Health & Safety

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.


What is your favorite part of working with students?
For me, I love the first call with a student who has decided to take the leap and study abroad. They know they want to do it, but the idea of checking off all the steps is overwhelming, scary and seemingly impossible. When they realize we are committed to making this easy for them and I hear that sense of relief at the end of our chat, it always reminds me why I love what I do.

Why should students consider studying abroad in Australia?
Some students underestimate the complexity of Australia and don’t realize that it has vastly different locations and environments, similar to the unique cities and environments you can experience across the U.S. Even though the country may at first seem relatively similar to the U.S. compared to other study abroad destination, studying in Australia certainly doesn’t mean you up on the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cultural and outdoor experiences. Here students can access rainforests, reefs, deserts, wildlife, cities and dramatically different landscapes, all without having to cross international borders.

As a TEAN alum and now employee, what do you think makes TEAN unique?
Everyone at TEAN is completely committed to encouraging study abroad experiences. It really is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. As a student, I was taken aback by the level of support and service I received from TEAN staff. Now, I understand the sense of responsibility to ease the burden and shorten the hurdles for our students because there is so much value to studying abroad. We truly believe in what we do.

Where did you study abroad?
After first considering Melbourne for its prestigious reputation and quirky cafe culture, I switched to the University of Queensland in St. Lucia, right outside of Brisbane. I realized I might have a better chance of warm weather for my entire program if I headed for the Sunshine State. Now having traveled to both, I’m confident I would have been happy in either location, but UQ’s campus was the perfect escape from the harsh midwestern winters I was used to in Chicago. I really fell into the laidback Brisbane lifestyle more than anything and quickly understood it’s much more than just great weather. It’s a perfect city for international students because it has the right balance of culture, sport and access to adventure. The twisting Brisbane River gives you front door ferry service to very unique neighborhoods all with their own character and style. The ocean is within easy reach for a weekend jaunt (but spending a night at the manmade beaches of South Bank can be just as breathtaking). The views from Mt. Coot-tha are surreal, especially at sunset, and the city’s a great place for students who want to enjoy both city life and exploring the great outdoors. Brisbane lets you have it all.

Abigail Cousins

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.


Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN.
My role at TEAN is to provide support for the students studying abroad at James Cook University (JCU). I’m a good source of information as I have lived in Townsville and attended JCU for years, so I know the area well! I attend cultural events with TEAN students and assist them however I can throughout their semester in Townsville.

What is your favorite spot in Townsville?
My favorite spot in Townsville is the Strand! There are several great places to have coffee, some delicious food or ice cream. It is also a lovely walk with a stunning view of the ocean and Magnetic Island.

What makes Townsville a great place to live and study?
Firstly, Townsville is full of very friendly and laid-back people, which will make settling in really quick and smooth. Secondly, both the students and lecturers are all very passionate and dedicated to making JCU the best it can be! Thirdly, there are some amazing places to visit around the region on your weekends. (And the weather is also incredible all throughout the year!)

If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I would go to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Many people I know have visited Ho Chi Minh City before and rave about its culture, history and friendly people. I think the opportunity to immerse myself in Vietnamese culture would be incredible!

What are some of your favorite things to do in your free time?
I love going to the gym, going for walks along the Strand or hiking Castle Hill, going for brunch or coffee on the weekends, and exploring new places around Townsville.

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