James Cook University

James Cook University

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Student Centre
James Cook University
TOWNSVILLE QLD 4811 Australia


About James Cook University (JCU)

Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2016), James Cook University 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, and the city-state of Singapore.

Over 21,000 students, including 6600 international students, are enrolled in a wide variety of career-focused programs across JCU’s three campuses and multiple study centres.

JCU’s degrees are accredited by leading professional organisations, consistently receiving five stars in The Good Universities Guide (2018) for graduate success in getting a full-time job. The University prides itself on its wide range of practical, hands-on learning experiences and small class sizes, ensuring every student is given the opportunity to excel.


JCU’s Cairns and Townsville campuses are located near the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, as well as the pristine rainforests of the Wet and Dry Tropics, allowing students to enjoy a healthy, vibrant outdoor lifestyle while completing their studies. JCU’s Singapore campus is in the heart of the city, and has achieved the highest level of accreditation in Singapore for private education providers, the EduTrust Star.

In addition, JCU’s Brisbane campus, operated by Russo Higher Education Pty Ltd, provides quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses to international students, in the CBD of Queensland’s capital city.

Open days


Sunday, 19 August 2018


Sunday, 26 August 2018

Important dates

Visit the JCU website for information on enrolment, teaching, semester start and end, and other important academic dates.

Visit key dates and fees for information on important QTAC dates.


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 arts and media
  • education
  • engineering and planning
  • healthcare sciences, rehabilitation and psychology
  • medicine, dentistry and pharmacy
  • public health (JCU is ranked above world standard for neuroscience, public health, immunology and veterinary sciences – ERA 2015)
  • science, including marine biology and environmental earth science (JCU is number one in the world for marine and freshwater biology and number two for biodiversity conservation – CWUR 2017)
  • veterinary science.

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 workforce.

Courses offered at JCU’s Singapore campus follow JCU Australia's curriculum, ensuring the same high-quality program content. Learn more about courses offered at JCU Singapore.

Courses with special entry procedures

Applicants for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Veterinary Science are required to apply online to QTAC by the due date, and a separate written application to JCU by 5pm, 30 September 2018.

Learning skills

Language and learning services are available to all students, and include workshops to help with academic reading, writing, speaking, presentations, referencing, grammar and note-taking. We also offer programs to assist in the transition to tertiary study, individual and group support, and online learning skills resources.

Student services

JCU strives to create a student-centered learning environment where students can take full advantage of their university experience.


A range of quality on-campus and off-campus housing is available for rent around all three main campuses. New on-campus Cairns accommodation opened in 2018. Students can refer to JCU’s Accommodation Office for help with their living arrangements. Find out more about accommodation.

Support services

Comprehensive support services include career advice and student employment services, chaplaincy, disability and accessibility support (AccessAbility), and personal counselling. Our award-winning student mentor program links new students with second and third year students who provide support and information about life at university.

Information services and technology

Our students enjoy access to technology-enriched learning spaces and a wealth of electronic resources. All students can access free computing and library support, including support online, and workshops on campus. Both the Townsville and Cairns libraries offer individual and group learning spaces, with a 24-hour space available at Townsville’s Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.

Global Mobility Program

JCU has over 50 partnerships with universities in North and South America, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, Africa and the Pacific. The Global Mobility program provides opportunities for JCU undergraduate students to study overseas for one or two semesters while gaining credit towards their studies. Australian students can also study for one or two teaching periods (trimesters) at JCU’s Singapore campus through our Experience Singapore program, or on various short programs, including international study tours, internships and work placements.

More information

For additional general admissions information, visit the JCU website.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students to JCU. It provides data on students who commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date for semester 1, 2018, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses and international students studying in Australia.
Student profile
Applicant background Semester 1, 2018
Number of students % of all students
(a) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
877 30.85%
(b) Vocational education and training (VET) study 114 4.01%

(c) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of OP/selection rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points





Admitted where both OP/selection rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum OP/selection rank) 353 12.42%
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/selection rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, school recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/selection rank requirement, VET qualification completed during school) 10 0.35%
(d) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
249 8.76%
International students 160 5.63%
All students 2843 100%
Notes:        <5 – The numbers of students is less than five.
                    N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
                    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than five students.



Page last updated: 26 Jun 2018