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.
U.S. Fall Semester: Australia Semester 2
U.S. Spring Semester: Australia Semester 1
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.
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.
Students studying abroad will continue to pay Wheaton tuition. Students are not charged Wheaton room and board, or the Wheaton technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program. Wheaton will, in turn, pay the program for all tuition and academic fees and international insurance. Students will pay costs directly to their study abroad university. Please note that this may or may not include a meal plan. Students will book and pay for their own flights.
Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December).
Federal, state, Wheaton need-based and merit scholarships will be applied to these charges for Wheaton-approved programs. Students must consult with the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) for a comprehensive review of their aid. If a student receives aid beyond the cost of Wheaton tuition, they can request a refund through SFS. This can in turn be used to pay their study abroad university for room and board charges.
Please do your research as housing and meal costs vary greatly from program to program. This Budget Worksheet
can help you estimate the total costs of your program. Refer to your university’s visiting or international student website for an overview of all additional expenses, which may include visas, international cell phones, and discretionary expenses.
For Wheaton specific questions contact:
Center for Global Education
5 Howard Street
Norton, MA 02766-2322