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James Cook University

Established:  1970

Location:  Cairns and Townsville

Student population:  21,000

CRICOS:  00117J

TEQSA:  PRV12077

Looking for an unforgettable study experience that will set you up for lifelong success in your career? Look no further than James Cook University (JCU). Our stunning campuses in the tropical North Queensland cities of Cairns and Townsville offer more than just a world-class education – they provide the perfect environment to form lasting connections and achieve your goals. With modern facilities, career-focused courses, and a commitment to research excellence, James Cook University is the ultimate choice for anyone who is looking to make their mark in the world.

Our degrees are designed to give you the skills, impact, and hands-on experience you need to succeed in your chosen field. With field work, lab time, clinical and professional placements, work integrated learning and internships included in many programmes, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain valuable industry experience and build a network of professional connections while you study.

Everything you need to know


What can I study?


  • Business and law
  • Data science and IT
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental science and management
  • Marine biology
  • Medicine
  • Psychology and social work
  • Public health
  • Science
  • Veterinary science

A research-intensive university


Our research excellence is reflected in our impressive rating of above world standard in 38 academic areas by Excellence in Research For Australia. Our researchers contribute significantly to fields including ecology, environmental science, fisheries science, and organic chemistry. Additionally, JCU hosts three National Research Hub Centres of Excellence, including the prestigious ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. With renowned research institutes like the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture, and state-of-the-art facilities like the Orpheus Island Research Station, JCU is a unique destination for researchers.

Enjoy life in tropical paradise


JCU offers spacious and friendly campuses with accessible teaching staff and extensive support services to ensure students receive the personal attention they need to succeed. Our campuses are located in the stunning North Queensland region, a place like nowhere else in the world! With breath-taking reefs and rainforests, significant coastal, mountain and outback ecosystems, and a multicultural population, you’ll find everything you need to live, work and study.

We offer purpose-built student accommodation and affordable private rental options with easy access to campus. Students can enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year and choose to cycle or walk, or to take advantage of reduced public transport student rates for bus and ferry services.



JCU recognises academic excellence via its international student scholarship programmes. The JCU International Excellence Scholarship provides a 25% tuition fee reduction for the minimum course duration. For details of additional scholarships and further information, including eligibility criteria required to apply, please visit our website, below.