More about James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading University for the Tropics. Our multi-campus university spans two countries, with the main campuses located in the tropical north Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns, and the city-state of Singapore. Student enrolments are over 22,000 and growing, including over 7,000 international students from over 100 countries.

Reasons to choose JCU:

  • One university, two countries, three campuses
  • Study in a tropical paradise
  • Quality courses in a wide range of disciplines
  • Subjects designed to help make you ‘work-ready’
  • Opportunities for projects and placements
  • Connected learning spaces
  • Support from application through to graduation
  • Helpful and knowledgeable staff
  • Packaged offers
  • Peaceful and natural study environments
  • A warm climate all year
  • Great weekend holiday destinations at your doorstep.

JCU’s location gives students a rare opportunity to study in the natural, tropical environment. With the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the east, the Daintree Rainforest to the north and Australia’s outback to the west, you will experience the ‘living laboratory’ that is unique to JCU.

JCU is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide* and offers more than 100 undergraduate and 140 postgraduate courses across a variety of disciplines. Many of our coursework programs are accredited by industry and professional associations. In addition, most of our degrees offer small student to teacher ratios, as well as hands-on, practical experience in the form of professional and clinical placements, field trips and workshops. You may also be eligible to complete part of your degree overseas at JCU Singapore, or one of 60 partner universities through the JCU Global Mobility program.

Our study disciplines cover a broad range of career-oriented courses, and include:

  • Arts, Social Sciences and Social Work
  • Business and Information Technology
  • Creative Media
  • Education
  • Engineering and Planning
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Law and Governance
  • Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy
  • Nursing 
  • Psychological Science
  • Science
  • Veterinary and Medical Sciences.

JCU also offers a variety of research and doctorate courses. Our research strength means that if you are planning research studies with us, your supervisor is likely to be internationally recognised in their field.

*Pre-eminent global rankings system, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), 2016

Chancellor: Mr Bill Tweddell
Vice Chancellor: Professor Sandra Harding
Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor: Professor Chris Cocklin
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Division of Tropical Environments and Societies): Professor Iain Gordon
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Division of Tropical Health and Medicine): Professor Ian Wronski
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic): Professor Sally Kift
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Strategy and Engagement): Professor Robyn McGuiggan
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Services and Resources): Ms Tricia Brand

Key Statistics:
  • 12,004
  • 22.9
    Student:Staff Ratio
  • 13%
    International Students
  • 63 : 37
    Female:Male Ratio


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