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ISA: James Cook University, Australia (Third Party)

The Program

ISA, a non-profit organization, directly enrolls you into James Cook University for a semester or year abroad.  James Cook University is Australia’s premier tropical university, well known internationally for the quality of its teaching and research.  Named after the British explorer, Captain James Cook, the University offers a first class education in a unique tropical setting.  James Cook University’s main campuses are in the northern Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns, which are home to a combined total of 12,000 students from over 70 countries around the world.

The Academics

James Cook University is a world leader in environmental ecological and biological research and is also strong in a wide range of other areas including:

  • Marine Biology
  • Environmental and Rainforest Studies
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Economics
  • Earth Sciences/Geology
  • Health
  • Creative Arts (Photography/Theater/MultiMedia/Music)
  • Social Sciences (especially Anthropology, Maritime Archaeology)
  • Indigenous Australian Studies

* Please verify all independent studies with appropriate professor.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study AN2106 The Anthropology of Violence 3 6/30/2016 – need to be reaccredited
ANTH 3201 People and the Conservation of Nature AN2013 Culture, Knowledge and Environment 3 6/30/2019
ANTH 3300 Medical Anthropology AN2004 Medical Anthropology 3 12/31/2019
ART 2993 Foreign Study PT1410 Photography 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ART 2993 Foreign Study VA2622 Painting Techniques 3 6/30/2020
DRAM 1710 Introduction to Acting NM1701 Acting and Improvisation 3 6/30/2017
EEB 2245 Evolutionary Biology BZ 2820 Evolutionary Biology 3 6/30/2019
EEB 3893 Foreign Study BZ3220 Population and Community Ecology 3 12/31/2021
ENGL 3693 Foreign Study EL2016 Modern Literature 3 6/30/2017
FNCE 3101 Financial Management BU2004 Financial Management 3 6/30/2018
GEOG 4500 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems EV2502 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 6/30/2016 – need to be reaccredited
HIST 2993 Foreign Study HI2424 History of Western Political Systems 3 6/30/2020
HIST 2993 Foreign Study HI2001 Asia and the World 3 6/30/2020
HIST 2993 Foreign Study HI2006 Australian and Pacific Exploration 3 12/31/2019
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HI2191 Australian History 3 6/30/2020
MUSI 1001 Music Appreciation MU1411 From Bach to Beatles 3 6/30/2016 – need to be reaccredited
NRE 2325 Introduction to Fisheries and Wildlife EV3203 Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles 3 6/30/2016 – need to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study LA1101 Legal Institutions and Processes 3 6/30/2017
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PL2110 Government and Politics in Developing Areas 3 6/30/2020
PSYC 2200 Physiological Psychology PY2101 Brain and Behaviour 3 12/31/2020
PSYC 2301 The Study of Personality PY3108 Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mystery of Humans 3 6/30/2022
PSYC 2500 Learning PY2111 Learning and Behaviour 3 12/31/2020

The Experience

Cairns and Townsville are attractive coastal cities with populations of around 120,000 – 140,000, both within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef.  Both cities enjoy excellent tropical climates with most of the academic year following autumn, winter and spring, and average winter temperatures of around 25 degrees Celsius (approx. 80 degrees Fahrenheit).

Students can live on-campus at Townsville in eight residential colleges for over 1000 students.   Accommodation ranges from self-catering townhouses to 3-room apartments.   All students have a single study bedroom.

Cairns has a brand new 234-bed student lodge, Uni Pacific, just next to the campus in easy walking distance.   Students live in 3-bedroom apartments and facilities include a swimming pool, bar and BBQ area, volleyball courts & computer lab. The Accommodation Service can also help with off-campus accommodation.

You will be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation.   At every step of the way you are given information packets detailing all the steps you need to take, with answers to frequently asked questions.  The International Student Center staff are always there to help, and run a full orientation program with excursions and social events as well as academic information.

Click here for information on applying to an ISA program.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

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  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sciences, Social Sciences, Sports Management, Arts, Engineering, Public Health
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.75