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Programs : Budget Sheet

The following listing represents the Fall Budget Sheet for James Cook University (BJC).

Fall Budget Sheet for James Cook University (BJC)
Fall Budget Sheet for James Cook University (BJC)
Budget Item Cost
Tuition (This item will appear on your Penn bill) *   $24,610.00
Study Abroad Fee (This item will appear on your Penn bill) *   $2,469.00
Mandatory Health Insurance (This item will appear on your Penn bill) *   $250.00
Billable subtotal:  $27,329.00
Lodging   $6,000.00
Meals   $2,000.00
Personal Expenses   $2,000.00
Local Transportation   $700.00
Books and Supplies   $375.00
Visa Fee   $430.00
Round Trip Flight from Gateway city to Program site   $2,000.00
Non-billable subtotal:  $13,505.00
Total: $40,834.00
Cost Estimate Preparation: This cost estimate was prepared on March 12, 2018 for the Fall 2018 semester. These costs are approximations and are subject to change.

Exchange Rate: USD $1 = 1.27 AUD (3/12/18)

Lodging: The cost for lodging reflected above refers to approximate lodging costs at the Townsville campus based on weekly prices for on-campus rooms w/ full board, ranging from $305-$324 AUD calculated for 18 weeks (based on the JCU academic calendar. Students should be prepared to pay a deposit (rental bond) to secure their housing.
  • On-campus accommodation is available at the Townsville campus for Australian and international students. Student colleges and halls provide a single furnished bedroom with a phone connection and internet access. Please keep in mind that there are several colleges/halls and the exact cost will vary. Students should check with the individual college/hall to find out what is/is not included in the fees.
  • Please note the Cairns campus does not offer on-campus accommodation. There are accommodation options located near the Cairns campus that are independently owned and operated: Cairns Student LodgeThe Beaches Apartments, and the Cairns Lodge are some of the possible options. It is not possible for students to live at Townsville and commute to Cairns.

Meals: Supplemental meals throughout the semester.

Personal Expenses: This estimate is meant to cover general expenses of college life, including additional course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, cell phone, etc. Personal expenses do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.

Local Transportation: Based on JCU website, $10-$50 AUD a week.

Books and Supplies: JCU recommends students be prepared to spend $400-$500 AUD per semester on books and supplies.

Additional Program Information: The compulsory OSHC health insurance is about AUD $322. Penn Abroad will pay for it initially and then add it to the student's semester bill. For all non-Australian and New Zealand passport holders, a visa is required to enter and stay in Australia to study. Full details on the student visa requirements and application process are available on the Australia Government's Department of Immigration and Border Protection website: The current application fee is about AUD $550.

Visit this link for more information on how Penn Abroad prepares program budget sheets.
* Billable item