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  • Locations: Townsville, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Arcadia 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Apartment, Residence Hall
Areas of study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Marine Science, Math/Statistics, Mathematics, Physics Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

James Cook University

Program Overview

Established in 1961 and currently home to more than 20,000 students, James Cook University, located in Townsville in tropical north Queensland, is ranked number one in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology - a fitting designation for a university with close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding tropical savannahs, bushlands, and rainforest. JCU draws strength and inspiration from Australia’s rich and diverse environment, and many courses offer fieldwork components to maximize your experience with hands-on learning. 

With stellar rankings for student support, skills development, research (with 26 specialized research centres and institutes), and learner engagement, students from over a hundred countries enjoy JCU’s  extensive range of course offerings, with additional strengths in  biodiversity, tropical environmental studies, earth sciences, tropical health, and a special focus on ecotourism, along with cultural heritage management and Asia-Pacific community development.

An inspiring academic community is achieved through strong international services and student programming. You’ll enjoy the sunny, warm climate and the friendly, multicultural  campus culture. 


Arcadia is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, offering exceptional study, research and internship experiences for students from colleges and universities across the US. Our unique combination of customized, diverse academic programming and comprehensive support allows students to explore new worlds, get to know themselves, boost their resumes for future job opportunities and graduate school, and experience the incredible growth and shifts in perspective that a culturally immersive experience can deliver.

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Academic Program
Students may choose from a rich array of courses in the Faculty of Science,  Engineering and Information Technology, specifically within the School of Marine and Tropical Biology or the School of Earth and Environment Sciences. Students may take courses from more than one department within a School, and should pay careful attention to prerequisites when selecting courses. Pomona also requires students to take one course focusing on Australian culture in an area such as literature, history, sociology, or anthropology.

Students enroll in a full credit load of 16 - 17 U.S. semester credits at JCU in order to receiveto earn 4.0 Pomona credits. Refer to Arcadia’s credit translation scale to determine the equivalences between James Cook University credits and U.S. semester credits. Students primarily enroll in courses in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Information Technology, the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Pomona students are required to take one course with significant focus on Australia. Students should note that only whole-letter grades are available.

Living Arrangements
Housing options at James Cook University in Townsville are residential colleges, managed by Unilodge, located on campus.

Number of Students
James Cook University enrolls approximately 11,000 students.

Host Institution
James Cook University

Faculty Liaison
Fran Hanzawa

  • Pomona Biology 41E or Joint Sciences Biology 44
Travel Advisories

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 02/19/2023 03/10/2023 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 02/19/2023 03/10/2023 TBA TBA