Want the tropical, coastal lifestyle without the huge population? Then definitely head to Northern Queensland. Swim in crystal clear water with the vibrant colors of the Great Barrier Reef below; relax on a pristine beach fringed by palm trees; and fly through the rainforest canopy in a thrilling bungee jump. It's not just rainforest and reef, though, this region has remote outback landscapes, a rich history and Aboriginal heritage, and the vibrant yet laid back towns of Townsville and Cairns. Sure it's an ideal location for biology and environment students, but anyone can appreciate the pristine beauty of this part of the world!
James Cook Program Highlights
With campuses in Townsville and Cairns, James Cook University provides a comprehensive array of courses
Live with locals in on-campus housing
Be surrounded by the World Heritage Listed areas of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforests – this is a truly unique environment
Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive six-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning
Experience an Alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand, South Island excursion
Benefit from the knowledge of our Resident Director staff who introduce you to the local culture
I chose to study abroad at James Cook University in Townsville for two reasons: its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and its selection of unique marine science classes. My favorite class included a weekend-long field trip to Orpheus island, a research station out on the GBR. I was jotting down some observations when I decided to take this photo. I waded off the edge of the reef; this is looking back across the reef flat towards where my classmates were surveying. Some live coral is visible in the foreground.
Katherine Montgomery, University of Virginia