International Exchange

Broaden your horizons, develop your language skills and build your global network through a student exchange. Studying overseas lets you develop cross-cultural connections and new perspectives to take into your life beyond JCU.

Choose to study for up to 12 months at one of JCU’s network of exchange partner institutions across the globe.

Global Experience Program Portal

Use the Global Experience portal to view the brochures of potential programs offered for Outbound Exchange students. When deciding which program will have the best experience for you, you should consider factors such as areas of study, associated costs, program dates, and location.

Browse programs with the Global Experience Portal
Tall, multi-coloured buildings along a canal in Copenhagen.

Key information

To be eligible, you’ll need to:

  • be currently enrolled in a full undergraduate degree program at JCU in Cairns or Townsville
  • have a minimum GPA of 4.5
  • have successfully completed at least one year of full-time study (24 credit points) at JCU by the time you depart for your exchange (the requirement for postgraduate coursework students is 12 credit points)
  • have room in your study plan to support an exchange
  • be receiving credit for your overseas study with approval from your college.

Students in degree programs within Education, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Vet Science, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy are unable to undertake an exchange due to onshore course requirements.

While on exchange, you’ll continue to pay course fees to JCU.

  • What part of the world interests you? Is there a destination with relevance or significance to your area of study?
  • Do you want to study in an English or non-English speaking country? Many partner universities in non-English speaking countries offer subjects taught in English.
  • Do you want to experience a big city, or would you prefer to live in a small town? Or does the idea of a university town interest you?
  • What is the cost of living? Does it fit with your budget?
  • Do you want to live on-campus or off-campus?
  • What climate would you prefer to live within?
  • What cultural activities do you want to experience?

Apply for international exchange

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

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JCU Bachelor of IT student, Lucy Smith, talks about her one-year exchange at the University of Southern Denmark.

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