IFSA 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 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 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

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the James Cook University, Townsville Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

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

IFSA 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 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 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
Accounting Animal Science Anthropology Archaeology Athletic Training Biomedical Science Business Business Law Chemical Engineering Chemistry Civil Engineering Communication Science/Disorders Community Studies Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Early Childhood Education Earth Science Ecology Economics Education Studies Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English Environmental Health Environmental Science/Studies Finance Foreign Language, Other French Geography Geology German Health Education History Human Resources Indigenous Studies Industrial and Organizational Psychology Information Technology Intelligence/Security Studies International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Italian Journalism Kinesiology/Exercise Science Law/Legal Studies Management Management Information Systems Management Information Systems Marine Science/Oceanography Marketing Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Media/Multimedia Studies Medicine, Pre-Medical Midwifery Molecular and Cellular Biology Nursing Occupational Therapy Pharmacy/Pharmacology Philosophy of Science Photography Physical Education Physics Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Psychology Secondary Education Social Justice Social Work Sociology Special Education Speech Pathology Sports and Recreation Management Veterinary Studies/Science Wildlife Management Zoology

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 Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Christi Hoover

Resident Director, Australia

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
July 16, 2019
Program End Date
November 23, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Students incur a supplemental fee if placed in either George Roberts Hall (supplemental fee of $300) or Saint Catholic College (supplemental fee of $500).

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
February 10, 2020
Program End Date
June 20, 2018

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)