Why choose JCU?

James Cook University (JCU) is proud to be Australia’s leading University for the Tropics. We are ranked in the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide for academic studies and research by the pre-eminent global rankings system, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2017).

World-class facilities

With an outstanding global reputation, impressive, world-class facilities and dedicated academic staff, you can be certain that an education from JCU will provide the ideal start, or new direction, to your career.

Career-focused courses

JCU’s career-focused courses are designed to give you the kind of education employers rate highly. You will receive practical, hands-on training, learning from real-life scenarios that take you beyond our campuses. It’s no surprise that JCU has received a 5-star rating for job success from the Good Universities Guide for the last seven years running.

Leader in research excellence

JCU is also a renowned leader in research excellence, addressing the critical challenges facing the Tropics, worldwide. We collaborate with many of the most highly-respected local, national and international research organisations and industry groups, so you can feel confident that what you learn at JCU reflects current trends and innovation.

Three tropical campuses

Our three tropical campuses in Cairns, Townsville and Singapore are the perfect bases for you to combine study with adventure. Surrounded by some of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, you will be inspired by the complex eco-systems of our vast rainforests, arid outback and the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. These living laboratories provide JCU staff and students with unlimited research opportunities.

You can find out why Australia is known as ‘the lucky country’ by experiencing everything Australia has to offer. From our ancient Aboriginal culture, vibrant and friendly cities to our relaxed, tropical lifestyle, you will make treasured memories and new friendships to last a lifetime.

Our multi-cultural campuses are friendly and inclusive communities of like-minded people. JCU’s International Student Support team provide services to help you adapt well to university life and feel at home.

Northern Queensland has something for everyone. Whether you enjoy water sports, mountain biking, shopping or fine dining - we’re confident you will find plenty to keep you busy when you’re not in the classroom.

You may even have the opportunity to study some of your degree at JCU’s campus in Singapore. A highly accessible infrastructure and rich multicultural society make Singapore one of the best places to live and study in Asia. You can sample the Singaporean cuisine, explore one of the many malls, markets or arcades or just take in the sights on a tour of the city.

So, what are you waiting for? Take this opportunity to change your life, follow your passion and create a brighter future.

Read what some international JCU graduates say about why they chose to study at JCU:

I would encourage other international students to come to JCU as there is never a better time in your life to have such an incredible and eye-opening experience. Australia is a beautiful country and JCU is so friendly and welcoming.”

Ally Kristan

If you are thinking of studying in Australia, don’t hesitate, just come to JCU. I found it really easy to adjust to campus life and there is help everywhere. It’s probably going to be the best decision of your life.”

Saliza Awang Bono
Bachelor of Marine Science