Completing your studies

Exams and results

Exams are held in the last two weeks of a teaching period. A draft exam timetable is available on StudentsOnline approximately seven weeks before the official exam period and the final timetable will be available approximately five weeks before official exams begin.

For more information visit Exams and results.


Once you have completed the requirements of your course and wish to graduate you must complete an online Graduation application form. This form must be completed even if you will not be attending the graduation ceremony.

Further information regarding the graduation process and attending the graduation ceremony can be found at Graduation ceremonies.

Note: this information does not apply to students enrolled in the Study Abroad or Exchange programs.

Returning Home Program

The International Student Centre holds a Returning Home Program for all international students who are due to complete their studies at the end of the teaching period. The program covers a number of topics to assist you with your returning home arrangements including: graduation procedures, immigration and visa matters, returning home travel arrangements, reverse culture shock and how to stay in touch with the JCU community.
Dates and venues for the next Returning Home Program in both Townsville and Cairns will be sent to your JCU email, they will also be published on the James Cook International Facebook page.

If you need any further information, contact the International Student Support.

Preparing to Go Home Guide

Access the Preparing to Go Home Guide

JCU Alumni

You are encouraged to become an active member of the JCU alumni community as it provides you with a life-long link to JCU after you have completed your studies.  All JCU students who have completed their studies are eligible to be part of the JCU alumni group (including Study Abroad and Exchange students).

For further information about the JCU alumni and its benefits visit Graduates and Alumni.