IFSA-Butler James Cook University Partnership, Townsville

Townsville, Australia
Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: November 15

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About James Cook University, Townsville

Dig deeper into ecology, photography, or marine biology while surrounded by the spectacular rainforests of the Wet Tropics, the dry savannahs and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. IFSA-Butler will help you thrive while at this unique and diverse top-ranked tropical research institution. And just imagine what you'll do on your weekends!

James Cook University, Townsville Benefits

  • Experience smaller class sizes and accessible teaching staff at a top-ranked university
  • Choose from two campuses:
    • Townsville, in natural bushland that is home to wildlife such as cockatoos, kookaburras, scrub turkeys, wallabies and kangaroos. Townsville receives around 320 days of sunshine each year and is in easy reach of The Whitsunday Islands and Charters Towers.
    • Cairns, surrounded by rainforest-covered hills is a popular North Queensland tourist attraction. Located 30 minutes from the beach, Cairns is also the adventure capital.
  • Each campus offers a relaxing environment with extensive bike paths and local bus services to the central business districts of both cities
  • Study in an unparalleled diverse physical environment
  • Courses and subjects are designed with clear learning outcomes, coherent structures and manageable workloads

The IFSA-Butler Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at James Cook University Partnership, Townsville campus

Open the James Cook University online course catalog to see available courses. 

IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution, 12 JCU credits per semester or 24 credits per year.  This is the equivalent of 16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester.  

3 JCU credits = 4 U.S. semester credit hours

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA-Butler or billed to you.
Course Restrictions
  • Fourth-year (4000-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). YOu are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate student.
  • IFSA students are eligible to take only courses listed as "Internal" in the description. You will not be permitted to take classes listed as "Block Mode," "Limited," or "External."
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at James Cook University Partnership, Townsville campus
Business Law Business Psychology Chemical Engineering Communication Science/Disorders Cultural Studies Entrepreneurship and Innovation Geography Health Education Human and Child Development Materials Engineering Mechanical Engineering Microbiology Molecular and Cellular Biology Occupational Therapy Oceanography Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy Public/Global Health Veterinary Studies/Science

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
Most meals included
Townsville students live on campus in one of four residential colleges. All Townsville housing options are catered, and three meals per day are included in the program fee.

The IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Christi Hoover

Resident Director, Australia

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Spring 2018

Program start date
February 7, 2018
Program end date
June 16, 2018
Non-refundable Program Deposit
Estimated Personal Costs
Total Estimated Personal Costs

Fall 2018

Program start date
July 9, 2018
Program end date
November 16, 2018
Non-refundable Program Deposit
Total Program Fee
Estimated Personal Costs
Start-up Costs
Independent Travel
Total Estimated Personal Costs


YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.