• The new Student Centre on Townsville campus. Photo credit: James Cook University The new Student Centre on Townsville campus. Photo credit: James Cook University
  • Student Dentists outside the Dentistry building on the Cairns campus. Photo credit: James Cook University Student Dentists outside the Dentistry building on the Cairns campus. Photo credit: James Cook University
  • The Marine and Aquaculture Research Facility at JCU. Photo credit: James Cook University The Marine and Aquaculture Research Facility at JCU. Photo credit: James Cook University
  • Clinical Practices Building at Townsville. Photo credit: James Cook University Clinical Practices Building at Townsville. Photo credit: James Cook University
  • Aerial view of the Cairns campus. Photo credit: James Cook University Aerial view of the Cairns campus. Photo credit: James Cook University
  • Computer lab in the Student Centre. Photo credit: James Cook University Computer lab in the Student Centre. Photo credit: James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading university for the tropics. Offering excellence in teaching and research, it is a vibrant, multi-campus university with main campus locations in the tropical Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns and the city-state of Singapore. Student enrolments are over 20,000 and growing, and include over 6,000 international students from 100 countries. There are over 300 programmes available.

Popular Study Areas

JCU works with employers and industry to ensure its programmes are always cutting-edge, and offers a comprehensive range of exciting and career-relevant courses at all levels in subject areas including:

  • Accounting
  • Arts and social sciences
  • Business and law
  • Creative and new media arts
  • Earth and environmental science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health and molecular science
  • Marine and tropical biology
  • Medicine and dentistry
  • Tourism

A Practical Focus

JCU courses give you opportunities for plenty of hands-on experience through internships, placements and projects with business and industry. Unique to JCU is the opportunity to undertake field trips in the natural environments of northern Queensland and beyond.

A Supportive Environment

With friendly campuses, small classes, accessible teaching staff, and strong support services including study skills and student mentor programmes, our students get the personal attention they need.

A Research-Led University

As a leading research university, JCU provides excellent facilities for teaching and learning. Much of our research focuses on the industries and environments of northern Australia, including tropical environmental studies, marine biology, biodiversity, earth sciences and geology, tropical health, tourism, and engineering. JCU receives more than A$27 million in research funding each year, is a member of the Australian IRU (Innovative Research Universities) and aims to be one of the world’s leading research universities in the tropics.

A Natural Choice For Study

JCU’s unique natural location is a key draw for students. Visitors and residents enjoy a huge range of leisure activities including diving on the Great Barrier Reef, visiting ancient rainforests and waterfalls in the national parks, bushwalking, camping, fishing and visiting historic Outback regions.

Student Services

James Cook International provides a full range of support services to help our students make the most of their time at university. Whether you need help finding suitable accommodation, with an academic assignment, or just need someone to talk to, there are services on campus to help.

The International Office helps every international student to ensure their stay in Australia and at JCU is a pleasant and productive one. Based at the Student Centre on each campus, JCU’s International Office should be your first point of contact if you need help. It provides support and information including pre-arrival information; an arrival service and orientation programme; social activities; accommodation advice; emergency assistance; personal well-being and welfare support; information on health insurance; advice, advocacy and referral; help with course admission procedures; and a returning home programme.

University Accommodation

The Townsville and Cairns campuses offer a range of housing options for students. Purpose-built accommodation is available on campus in Townsville in halls of residence or colleges. In Cairns, there are privately owned and run student residences near campus. Private rental options include houses and apartments.

JCU’s Accommodation Service helps students to find on-campus accommodation, or private rental or shared accommodation off-campus. For students who prefer off-campus accommodation, the Service maintains a register of houses, units, apartments, shared accommodation, homestay and caretaker arrangements.