University of Oregon

James Cook University Exchange

Program Overview


NOTE: This program is projected to be re-launched in fall 2017.

The exchange program with James Cook University (JCU) allows you to directly enroll in a wide range of classes, including subjects such as liberal arts, education, indigenous Australian studies, sciences, exercise and sport science, health related fields, and rainforest science. The program is open to students in diverse majors, but is especially suited for undergraduate students interested in marine biology and environmentally-related fields because of its location in the tropics near the Great Barrier Reef.

 The University has four faculties: Law, Business and the Creative Arts; Science, Engineering and Information Technology; Arts, Education and Social Science; Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences. JCU has a strong commitment to the study of the region’s indigenous cultures and has the second highest participation rate of indigenous students in Australia.

In this program you will be enrolled as a regular James Cook student, taking classes with Australian students and other international students. Classes are structured in a similar way to those found in Oregon. However, in general, greater emphasis is placed on independent study outside of class contact hours than what you may experience in Oregon.

A feature of the JCU study abroad program is the opportunity to participate in courses which contain a field trip component, enabling you to learn from a hands-on experience in your field of study. Field trips can range from day excursions to week-long trips. You will be responsible for the associated field trip costs as listed on the web site.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: 

James Cook University Exchange in Townsville

James Cook University Exchange in Cairns

Housing Description

Housing is usually a residence hall or an apartment close to campus. More housing information coming soon.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • Completed college-level writing courses strongly recommended.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Semester I2017Not OfferedMid-FebruaryMid-June
Semester II2017TBAMid-JulyMid-November

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.