James Cook University

  • Location: Australia - Townsville
  • GPA Requirements: 3.0 GPA
  • Other Requirements: Junior standing or above
  • Application Deadline: February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring
  • Official Website: James Cook University

Program Dates:

Spring 2023: February 10 – June 16

Fall 2023: July 14 – November 17

Where: Townsville, Australia

There are two main campuses at James Cook University (JCU), one in Townsville and one in Cairns. Allegheny students can attend the campus in Townsville. Situated on the northeastern coast in the state of Queensland, the city of Townsville boasts over 300 days of sunshine each year. The Great Barrier Reef is only miles away from Townsville. In addition, the Paluma rainforest, Atherton Tablelands, and many marine park islands are easily accessible by bus, train, and plane. Townsville has an active theater and music scene, plenty of shopping, many restaurants and a popular beach area known as “The Strand.”


JCU offers courses in a range of disciplines including Business, Communications & Media, Education, Engineering, Environment, Health, Humanities & Social Sciences, International Studies, Natural Sciences, and Visual, Performing Arts and Design. JCU is noted for its departments of tropical environment studies and marine science. Students enroll directly in university courses open to visiting international students.


This program is open to students who are at least first semester juniors. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to participate.

Housing & Student Life

Students may live on or off campus. On campus students choose from five different residences and dining options vary based upon housing selection. Some residence halls offer dining plans, while others are self-catered (you must cook on your own). All rooms on campus are single spaces with a bed, desk, chair, air conditioning and WIFI.

Fees & Costs

Students are charged Allegheny tuition and off-campus fee ($300).  The Allegheny tuition charge covers tuition at JCU, the students services and amenities fee which is used to provide a range of student support services and facilities that students can access, the mandatory Australian international student health insurance, program application fee and the student union fee. Students will pay for room and board on-site (cost depending on housing placement). Additional costs will include Australian student visa (approx. $450), airfare, books and personal expenses.

Visa Information

U.S citizens are required to apply for a visa before departure. Non-U.S. citizens should consult their home country’s Australian embassy or consulate.

Application Process

Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit: Apply