University Study in Australia: James Cook University

University Study in Australia: James Cook University — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type University study; take classes alongside Australian students
Program Level Lower- and upper-division classes available.
Courseload 16-17 credits per semester; 32-33 credits per Academic / Calendar Year




Grade & Credit conversion scale

You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.

Other academic information, as well as program dates, housing options, special classes, etc., can be found at JCU's main study abroad page.

CBS, CFANS and BLOCK mode classes

JCU has identified a number of classes across several departments that match well with UofM's CBS and CFANS majors. Note that some classes are taught as BLOCK mode. BLOCK mode classes are intensive, 2-week classes offered after the end of the semester, usually including a field trip component to one of JCU's research stations. BLOCK mode classes can be used as a replacement for one of your regular classes during the semester (Example: you could enroll in three regular semester classes and one BLOCK mode class, rather than four regular classes during the semester). Doing so will require you to budget for an additional two weeks abroad.

CBS, CFANS and BLOCK mode classes at JCU

Cairns campus

JCU's satellite campus in Cairns is an ideal spot for explrong the outdoors, surrounded on three sides by rainforest-covered mountains and in close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef.  As one of Australia's top tourist destinations, Cairns is an excellent alternative to the main campus in Townsville for those seeking a smaller campus environment.  NOTE: Due to the distance between them, it is NOT possible to take classes at both Townsville and Cairns in the same semester.  

Major Advising Pages 

James Cook University offers coursework, and has been identified as a strong curricular match, for the following UMN degree programs,

Global Identity

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in marketing your study abroad experience for future goals, making you stand out from your peers upon return.

Benefits of Global Identity

No Additional Cost

Because integrated-study programs like University Study programs provide less on-site support than other study abroad program models, Global Identity is offered at no additional cost (regular $200 tuition is waived for students on this program). Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you understand and articulate the skills you’re developing during your time abroad. Registration instructions will be emailed out via the Learning Abroad Center, or you can contact Ryan McCarthy for additional information.