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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia; Townsville, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: Wheaton applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Residence Hall or Dormitory Minimum GPA: 2.85
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Business and Management, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Film & New Media Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Law, Marine Science, Mathematics, Photography, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Studio Art, Theater Studies, Women's and Gender Studies Program Type: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: English Class Year: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Features: Direct Enroll at a University
Program Description:

About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) was founded in 1970 and is Australia’s leading tropical university with two campuses located in Townsville and Cairns. JCU offers 170 undergraduate degrees in Arts, Creative Arts, Education, Law, Medicine, Information Technology, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Science. Between the Townsville main campus (10,000) and Cairns (3,000), JCU has a total enrollment of 13,000 students including 1,300 international students from over 90 countries.

James Cook University is named after the famous 18th century English explorer.  It is no surprise why he chose this region as an area to navigate.  There are two campuses: the main campus - Townville (pop. 172,000) and Cairns (pop. 142,000). Both offer an Australian experience in the tropics and provide launching points to the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, Tablelands, and other sites in and around Australia. Marine Biology courses are offered only on the main campus in Townsville.

Program Dates: 
U.S. Fall Semester:             Australia Semester 2
U.S. Spring Semester:         Australia Semester 1A blue sky with mountains of green and a blue sea beneath it
Courses & Credit: 
Students enroll in four courses per semester, which will equal 4.0 Wheaton credits. Important Note: Marine Biology courses are taught only at the Townsville campus.

Admissions Requirements:
Students interested in taking courses in the arts will need to provide a portfolio/audition tape depending on the courses.

Housing & Board: 
In Townsville, students live in single rooms within a variety of residence halls; in Cairns students live in single rooms at the Cairns Student Lodge.
Budget Worksheet:
Click here for the JCU budget worksheet.!
(Estimated personal expenses are available on the James Cook University website)

Other Items to Note:
- All students accepted to a study abroad program will be assessed a $500 non-refundable confirmation fee at the time of final confirmation of study abroad participation.
- Students are not charged the technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program.
- Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December).               

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     For Wheaton specific questions contact:    
     Center for Global Education
     5  Howard Street
     Wheaton College
     Norton, MA 02766-2322
     508-286- 4950

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.