How to apply – Exchange

Students from any of JCU’s network of Exchange partner universities can apply for an Exchange opportunity. Read below the steps to receive a nomination for a JCU Inbound Exchange.

Contact your home university’s international office to discuss your eligibility and available study options.

Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you can arrange for them to nominate you via the JCU Exchange program webform.

Please note: Students must meet specific criteria and be nominated by their home university for JCU Exchange.

We will review your nomination and let you know via email when it has been accepted.

Identify your preferred area of study and search for subjects within that study area based on the subject prefixes. Make a list of the subjects you plan to study as you'll need to include these as part of your application. When selecting your subjects, ensure that:

  • you meet any subject prerequisites;
  • your chosen subjects are offered in the semesters or trimesters you plan to study at JCU and are either all semester or all trimester subjects;
  • your subjects are offered at the campus you want to study at (Cairns or Townsville);
  • your application includes 6 to 8 subjects (one semester/trimester) or 12 subjects (two semesters/trimesters).

Note: It is your responsibility to ensure subjects studied at JCU are eligible for credit at your home institution.

Find more information on subject selection.

Work with your home university on your JCU application. They will assist you with the application process and advise you how to submit your documents.

You need to submit copies of the following documents with your Exchange application:

  • Previous and current certified academic transcripts and certificates (if completed) and the Grading Scale used at the institution/s you studied at. Include certified English translations if your transcripts are not in English.
  • Proof of English proficiency* (not required for native English speakers)
  • Passport

*Your academic transcript and proof of English proficiency must be original certified copies.

Note: It could delay the outcome of your application if you don’t submit all the required documents with the application form. If you have outstanding documents when you apply let us know when you expect to submit them.

There are two ways to submit your Exchange application.

  • Direct: Download and complete an application form. Email your completed application form and supporting documents to
  • Exchange Partner Institution: Contact your home institution. They will assist you with the application process and advise you how to submit your documents.

Application due dates

Semester programs

  • 1 November (year prior) for Study Period 1 (Semester 1)
  • 1 April for Study Period 2 (Semester 2)

Trimester programs

  • 1 October (year prior) for Trimester 1
  • 1 February for Trimester 2
  • 1 June for Trimester 3

For full semester and trimester academic calendars, please visit JCU Important Dates.

We will assess your eligibility for entry based on academic and English language entry requirements.

If your application is successful you will receive your Offer Letter by email.

The Offer Letter includes:

Once you have received your Offer, sign each page, complete the Acceptance and Payment form, provide your subject preference for enrolment, and meet any conditions outlined in your Offer Schedule. Return it to Admissions by emailing or your JCU representative/agent, with proof of payment for any required payment as set out in your Offer Letter.

Need assistance or have a question?

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

Contact JCU Global Experience

Next steps

It is essential that you apply for an Australian Student Visa before arriving in Australia.

Once your Offer acceptance and payment have been processed you will receive an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Use this to apply for your Australian Student Visa.

The Department of Home Affairs website contains comprehensive information about applying for visas, student work rights and restrictions, health requirements, and FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about student visas.

After you’ve been admitted and enrolled into your subjects you can activate your JCU computer account and email account.

You should also think about what you need to do before you leave home and arrive in Australia – things like where to live, what to wear in the Tropics and exchanging money.

Use the JCU International guide for pre-departure information to ensure that you're ready for each step along your journey to JCU.