James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is Australia's leading university for the Tropics. Offering excellence in teaching and research, JCU is a vibrant institution operating across two countries and three tropical campuses, with locations in Cairns and Townsville in North Queensland, as well as the city-state of Singapore.

JCU has more than 22,000 students undertaking a wide variety of career-focused programs across its three main campuses and study centres. More than 7500 international students from over 100 countries have chosen to make JCU their study destination.

With degrees accredited by leading professional organisations, JCU has consistently received five stars in The Good Universities Guide* for graduate success in getting a full-time job, and was ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide for academic studies and research**.

Cairns: located in Far North Queensland near the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, as well as the pristine rainforests of the Wet Tropics, JCU Cairns is situated near the northern beaches. The city is also connected with an international airport.

Singapore: a truly multicultural campus located in the heart of the city, JCU Singapore has achieved the highest level of accreditation from the Singapore Government, the EduTrust Star.

Townsville: located in the Dry Tropics of North Queensland, Townsville is JCU's largest campus. From here, students can enjoy exploring the Great Barrier Reef to the east, and Australia's outback savannahs to the west.

Brisbane: operated by Russo Higher Education Pty Ltd, JCU Brisbane provides quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the CBD of Queensland's capital city.

* The Good Universities Guide 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
** Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016.


JCU Cairns and Townsville offer an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses. Study areas include:

  • arts, humanities and social work
  • business, law and information technology
  • creative media
  • education
  • engineering and planning
  • healthcare, rehabilitation and psychology
  • medicine, dentistry and pharmacy
  • public health
  • science, including marine biology and environmental science***
  • veterinary science.

To learn more about Singapore's courses, visit jcu.edu.sg.

Students learn from dedicated staff who design their courses to include hands-on experience. Many JCU courses offer field trips, professional placements and real-world projects that give students the skills they need for the global workforc

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