James Cook University Courses

You’ll take a full credit load of 16 US semester hours of credit, which translates to 12 units at James Cook University.

  • Make sure your courses transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Special Considerations

James Cook University may request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript.

Course and Department Restrictions

You may only select courses available on, either the Townsville or Cairns campus. Please be sure to know your campus preference and limit your course selections to one campus.

You are not permitted to enroll in courses in the following areas:

  • Honors subjects and Postgraduate level (Level 4 and above, except in Law and Engineering).
  • Some External or Limited mode subjects.
  • Block subjects with inappropriate dates. If unsure, you may select the subject and we will check if you are able to take it.
  • MD, ML, PC, PS, RH, TV subjects.
  • Some subjects are only available to students completing their full degree at JCU or graduate students.

Choosing Your Courses

Refer to the credit translation scale below:

Australian University Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
2 2.5
3 4
4 5
5 6.5
6 8
  • Include 8-10 courses on your Preliminary Course Form.
  • When selecting your courses from James Cook University, you can refine your search by narrowing down the following fields:
    • Campus (Townsville or Cairns)
    • Study Period (SP1=Spring semester; SP2=Fall semester)
    • Level (undergraduate)
    • Subject code prefixes
  • Click on each subject to see a subject outline and prerequisites.
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Level by the first number in the subject code - i.e. MB2050 is a 2nd Level subject.

For Cass School of Business courses, please confirm that "Yes" is listed next the course title in the column "Study Abroad or Exchange." The Yes indicates the course is open to study abroad students.

Course Approval

James Cook University will review your Preliminary Course form. Your Program Manager will email you JCU's approved subjects, included in your official JCU Offer Letter. You must rank your approved courses in numerical order of preference and send this completed document back to your Program Manager. JMUwill pre-enroll you in your subjects (based on availability). Changes to enrollments can be made when you arrive on campus.

Special Nomenclature

Australian Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty Department, School, or College
Course Degree
Subject Course
Subject Outline Syllabus
Semester 1/ Study Period 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2/ Study Period 2 Fall Semester

Enrollment Process

James Cook University enrolls you in courses based on the preferences you give on your acceptance of offer. JCU then gives you access to the online student portal approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure. To access, use your JCU Student ID number, located on your Certificate of Enrollment (COE). Then, you can view your study plan and timetable. Changes to enrollments can be made when you arrive on campus.

The preliminary course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is a drop/add period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.

Be sure to bring an updated copy of your official transcript, your passport and COE with you to orientation sessions.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Grade Description Ranking Suggested U.S. Equivalent
7 High Distinction 85 - 100% A
6 Distinction 75 - 84% A
5 Credit 65 - 74% B
4 Pass 50 - 64% C
3 Conceded* Pass (45 - 49%) D
1 - 2 Failure 0 - 44% F
Intellectual property copyright AACRAO EDGE.

* Note: The Conceded grade is not offered by all institutions. Where a host institution uses the Conceded, Conceded Pass or Pass Conceded grade, a D will be issued. Where the host institution does not use Conceded, Conceded Pass or Pass Conceded grade, an F will be issued.

Miscellaneous

Possible additional fees for courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips. Many fine art or production courses will include a supplemental fee.