Select your subjects

JCU has two main study periods each year: Study Period 1 (February-June) and Study Period 2 (July-November) which are each 13 weeks long. Study abroad and exchange students should avoid selecting subjects that run before the start of their chosen study period as it could create visa issues.

At JCU most individual subjects have a value of 3 credit points. A normal full-time study load for a study period is four subjects or 12 credit points. The minimum allowable enrolment for study abroad students at JCU is three subjects or 9 credit points.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the subjects you wish to study at JCU are eligible for credit at your home institution.

Subject search

You can use the JCU Subject Search to search for subjects by campus, study period, level of study, and subject code prefixes.

Alternatively you can review the full lists of undergraduate or postgraduate subjects. Click on the subject title or code to see a subject outline and prerequisites.

All JCU subjects have a six character subject code. The first two characters, or prefix, indicate the teaching area and the first digit is the year level.

The two digits at the end of the code indicate the number of credit points eg CH2101:03 Synthesis and Structure in Chemistry is a three credit point subject.

For example:

CH2101:03 Synthesis and Structure in Chemistry

CH = teaching area (Chemistry)
2 = year level (Level 2 subject)
:03 = credit points (three credit points)

Undergraduate Study Abroad/Exchange

You can study Level 1, 2 or 3 subjects if you meet the required subject prerequisites (if applicable).

When you apply you should list between six to eight subjects (one semester) or 12 subjects (two semesters), and ensure the subjects are available in the Study Period you prefer (Study Period 1 or Study Period 2) and at the campus you are applying for.

Postgraduate Study Abroad/Exchange

Postgraduate students can enrol in both undergraduate (Levels 1–4) and postgraduate (Level 5) subjects.  It is your responsibility to ensure that subjects studied at JCU, either undergraduate or postgraduate, are approved by your home university for credit towards your degree program.

As a postgraduate student you must enrol in at least one Level 5 subject during your Study Abroad or exchange semester and meet the required subject prerequisites (if applicable).

When you apply you should list between six to eight subjects (one semester) or 12 subjects (two semesters)*, and ensure the subjects are available in the Study Period you prefer (Study Period 1 or Study Period 2) and at the campus you are applying for.

*Exchange students only

Block or intensive subjects

Some subjects are available outside the main study periods and are offered by block/intensive mode. These are usually available in the mid-year break or before the start of the main study year. Many subjects with longer field-trip components are offered in block mode.

You should avoid selecting subjects that run before the start of your chosen study period as this could create visa issues.

Restricted entry to some subjects

Please note that the subjects below are not available to Study Abroad/Exchange students:

  • Honours subjects and Postgraduate level (Level 4 and 5, except in Law and Engineering). (Undergraduate Study Abroad/Exchange students only).
  • Some External or Limited mode subjects (US Financial Aid students should check if subject choices will affect funding options)
  • Block subjects with inappropriate dates (check subject face-to-face teaching dates on Subject Search)
  • Any MD, DS, ML, PC, PS, RH, TV subjects.

Some subjects are only available to students completing their full degree at JCU or graduate students. If you are unsure, you can select the subject and we will check your eligibility.

You will be advised in your Offer Letter if the subjects you have applied for have been approved.