Short Study Programs

If you're looking for a brief overseas experience, several of JCU’s partner universities and third-party providers offer programs of 2–6 weeks that you can complete during the university breaks. Short study programs are offered all over the world, with different courses available in the summer and winter holiday breaks.

To qualify, students must be enrolled in a degree program at JCU, have a free elective subject, and have completed at least 12 credit points of study. Speak to us about your study plan and eligibility.

Global Experience Program Portal

Use the Global Experience portal to view the brochures of potential programs offered by our third-party providers. 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
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CISaustralia offers 70+ international programs in 30+ countries for short-term study, intern and volunteer opportunities. Application deadlines and fees vary by program. Availability of courses and locations may also change each year.

Visit the CISaustralia website for details
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Institute for Study Abroad

The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) creates global learning environments designed to foster the development of critical perspectives, knowledge and skills essential for students to thrive in the future. Application deadlines and fees vary by program. Availability of courses and locations may also change each year.

Visit the IFSA website for details
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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 a short study program

Found a program through the Global Experience portal? You can apply directly through JCU.

Complete an application through JCU

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