JCU's Exchange program offers the opportunity for students currently enrolled at one of our partner institutions across Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and the Americas, to study at JCU for up to three consecutive trimesters, all while earning credit towards their degree. While on Exchange, you'll continue paying course fees to your home university, helping you keep your finances in check.

If your home university is not an exchange partner, check out JCU’s Study Abroad program options instead.

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Experience Far North Queensland whilst you study

JCU students participate in hands-on learning in unique and spectacular locations including the Australian Outback and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforests of the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef. Many JCU subjects include field trips (additional fees apply) to various locations within our region

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Key information

Living costs

North Queensland offers a unique combination of stunning climate, pollution-free environment, multicultural population, and a significantly lower cost of living than other Australian cities. Learn more about Townsville and Cairns.

Use the Study Australia website and Insider Guides Cost of Living Calculator to help estimate your cost of living in Australia and build a realistic budget for the duration of your Exchange.


Learn more about accommodation options in Townsville and Cairns and view the comprehensive Accommodation Guide for assistance in choosing the right housing option for you.

You can apply to live on campus via the online accommodation portal. There are also off-campus accommodation options available.

Before applying, please consider all required expenses, including fees and costs which must be paid upon acceptance of your offer, as well as any additional expenses you may need to pay when you arrive. All upfront payments will be detailed in your Letter of Offer.

As an Exchange student you will continue to pay tuition fees to your home institution for the duration of your exchange.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for Study Abroad and Exchange students is determined by the length of time you study at JCU. Students studying for 12 months will pay 100% of the maximum permissible amount for the calendar year. Students studying for 6 months will pay 50% of the maximum permissible amount for the calendar year.

Check the current SSAF amounts and SSAF payment procedure for more information.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

OSHC is insurance to assist international students in meeting the costs of medical and hospital care that they may need while in Australia. International students in Australia must hold OSHC for the duration of their stay in Australia, as a condition of their student visa.

An estimated OSHC premium is provided to students in their JCU Letter of Offer, along with further details about how to make any adjustments to cover as required, including adding family members to your policy.

Most students are required to pay the OSHC premium upon acceptance of the JCU offer. If you are applying through a partner institution, or have an official sponsorship recognised by JCU, payment will be arranged in accordance with the relevant agreement.

Learn more about OSHC in this overview, including potential exceptions.

Field Trip Costs

Keep in mind that there may be additional costs if you choose subjects with field trip components. View more information about field trip costs and other incidental fees.

Explore our subject offerings and get help understanding key JCU terms, including study periods, attendance modes, credit points and more.

JCU has partner universities around the world. Check the official list of exchange partner universities to see if your university can facilitate your journey to JCU.

View all exchange partner universities

Undergraduate entry requirements

You must have successfully completed 6 months of full-time study at a recognised higher education institution and received a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 out of 7.0, or minimum average results of a passing grade.

Postgraduate entry requirements

You must have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognised higher education institution.

English language entry requirements

Students whose native language is not English must generally demonstrate their proficiency by achieving a score in a test such as Academic IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson (PTE Academic). Other English language tests may be accepted as proof of English language proficiency.

View the full overview of entry requirement details.

Apply for Exchange

Once you're ready to apply you should begin by getting in touch with your home university. Use our step-by-step guide on how to apply for a smooth application process.

Learn how to apply

Need assistance or have a question?

If you need any help with applying or want advice on tailoring your study abroad experience, you can reach out to the Global Experience team for guidance.

Contact JCU Global Experience