James Cook University (JCU) is ranked in the top 4% of universities worldwide and is Australia’s leading university for the tropics.
It is internationally recognised for excellence in teaching and research, a supportive study environment and a practical approach to learning.
JCU is a vibrant university with three campuses situated in the tropical Australian cities of Cairns and Townsville in Northern Queensland and the city-state of Singapore. The University has a student population of more than 20,000, including around 6,000 international students from 100 countries. It has a comprehensive range of exciting, career-relevant courses offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Short-term options are also available and many courses include practical, hands-on experience.
JCU at a glance
- JCU is ranked in the top 4% of world universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
- JCU is a world leader in teaching and research.
- JCU’s tropical campuses are located near the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics.
- JCU is consistently recognised for high levels of graduate success.
- JCU is ranked first in the world for citations in the field of coral reef ecology by Essential Science Indicators.
Popular study areas
JCU works closely with employers and industry to ensure that its degrees are accredited by leading professional organisations.
A comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses are available in academic areas including:
- Medicine and health
- Psychology and social work Education
- Business and IT
- Creative arts
- Humanities and social sciences Sustainability
- Veterinary science
A practical focus
JCU received five stars for job success from the Good Universities Guide in 2015. JCU students gain hands-on experience through internships, placements and projects with business and industry and government organisations. The University’s tropical location also offers students unparalleled opportunities to experience unique field trips, research stations and state-of-the-art facilities.
A research intensive university
JCU’s high quality research informs teaching and learning. Ranked first in the world for citations in the field of coral reef ecology, according to the ISI Essential Science Indicators 2008-2013, JCU is a world leader in areas such as marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments, climate change, tropical medicine and public health. As a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU), JCU conducts research of national and international significance using an extensive network of research stations, centres and institutes including facilities in two UNESCO World Heritage sites; the Wet Tropics Rainforests of Northern Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.
JCU research centres include:
- Centre for Research Excellence in the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote Populations Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in Coral Reef Studies
- Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
- Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change
JCU research facilities include:
- Cyclone Testing Station
- Daintree Rainforest Observatory
- Fletcherview Tropical Veterinary Research Station
- Marine & Aquaculture Research Facilities Unit (MARFU)
- Orpheus Island Research Station
A supportive environment
JCU strives to create an educational environment where students are supported to take full advantage of their experience in Australia and at university. The friendly campuses, accessible teaching staff and strong support services (including student mentor and study skills programmes) all ensure that JCU students get the personal attention they need in order to achieve their best. The International Student Support team provides a range of support services and information for students, from social activities to referral services and academic and personal support. Programmes are designed to create a smooth introduction to university life, support throughout the academic course and a returning home programme that helps students to make the transition back home.
The JCU Townsville and Cairns campuses offer a range of housing options for students. Purpose-built accommodation is available on campus in Townsville. In Cairns, there are privately owned student residences near campus.
Private rental options, such as share housing and apartments with easy access to the campus and public transport links are readily available.