A friendly world-class campus located in an environmental wonderland

If the natural environment is what attracts you to study abroad in Australia then you should consider James Cook University (JCU). The unique location of JCU allows for world-class studies in marine biology, biodiversity, tropical environmental studies, earth sciences, tropical health and tourism. JCU is consistently ranked in the world’s top three for research performance in the areas of ecology and environment, plant and animal sciences and geosciences, and is ranked among the top 12 tourism education institutions in the world with its special focus on ecotourism.

As a comprehensive university, you'll find that there are also plenty of other courses available covering topics such as indigenous peoples and sociology, rural education issues, business and economics and engineering related to tropical climates.

Arcadia's Australian staff and overseas advisers are extremely supportive and helpful throughout the entire experience. ”

Katelyn Abiston

University of Vermont Student, James Cook University

  • With its campusĀ in tropical north Queensland, in Townsville, JCU uses its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, tropical rainforests, arid outback Queensland and indigenous communities to create an innovative and inspiring academic community.

  • JCU has a strong international services office with pastoral care and a fabulous orientation and welcome session.

  • Learn more about Arcadia in Australia.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2023 2/4/2023 6/18/2023 12-16 $20,900 11/15/2022 More Info
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2023 2/4/2023 11/19/2023 24-32 $36,700 11/15/2022 More Info
Fall 2023 7/8/2023 11/19/2023 12-16 $20,615 3/15/2023 More Info
Academic Year 2023 7/8/2023 6/16/2024 24-32 $38,075 3/15/2023 More Info
Spring 2024 2/2/2024 6/16/2024 TBA TBA 11/15/2023  
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2024 2/2/2024 11/17/2024 TBA TBA 11/15/2023  

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed housing. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


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Student health, safety and security in Australia are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

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