Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions relating to exchange.
Yes, as long as you stay enrolled in your approved program of study and your College approves your overseas subjects.
No, not unless you do not stay within your approved study program or fail subject(s).
No. While on exchange you will pay your HECS fees for a full-time load at JCU. You do not pay any tuition fees to your host university.
Yes. See the section on Financial Assistance.
As soon as possible! This gives you the most time to prepare financially and to select your subjects at JCU to leave as many electives as possible for an overseas program.
Choosing a host university is a personal decision, which depends on your current course and what you wish to gain from the experience. Some things to consider when making the decision about where to go include:
Students must be in at least second year of their degree before going on exchange.
Exchange is possible for postgraduate coursework students, depending on the degree requirements and availability at chose partner university. Please contact the Global Mobility office for options.
Yes. International students are welcome take part in the exchange program. However, they cannot go on exchange to their home country.
Yes. Part-time students can take part in exchange but must undertake full-time study whilst abroad.
No, most of our partners offer subjects taught in English.
Yes. However, you will need to make all your own arrangements, including paying all tuition fees required by the host university. You will need to take a leave of absence from your JCU degree and enrol directly into your chosen overseas institution and you will not be officially considered a JCU student whilst overseas. You will also need to ensure that you arrange prior approval, in writing, to transfer credit gained at the host institution to your JCU degree.
Most students go for one semester, but you can choose to go for one academic year (two semesters). Some of our exchange partners also offer short courses which run for less than a semester.
You must apply through the JCU Global Mobility Office. You cannot apply directly to the host university. Make an appointment to see Global Mobility Office staff who will help you with advice, information and the procedures. The earlier you can start the process the better! For further details see How to Apply.
Exchange students typically live in on-campus accommodation or other student lodges or hostels. While it is not usually guaranteed, most host universities do try to make sure that exchange students obtain a place in campus accommodation.