Study Science in Tropical Australia
Study at the university ranked #1 in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology and #2 in the world for Biodiversity Conservation.
Ranked in the top 250 universities in the world we provide world-class facilities, career-focussed courses, and leading research excellence.
• Scholarships and financial aid available to US citizens
• Experience World Heritage listed research environments.
James Cook University (JCU) is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Tropics, the dry savannahs of the Australian Outback, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. JCU’s unique position enables students to study in a location like no other.
With campuses located in the tropical cities of Townsville and Cairns in the state of Queensland in northeastern Australia, the region provides an ideal base to experience the best Australia has to offer. Enjoy a safe and supportive community atmosphere, a lower cost of living compared to larger cities, and a relaxed lifestyle.
Approximately 12,200 students study at JCU Townsville’s campus and 4,000 students in Cairns.
International students makeup 11% of the student cohort and contribute to a vibrant community culture that provides students with a welcoming, supportive environment.
Students can specialise in their major from year one, and some bachelor's degrees can be completed within three years. James Cook University offers a comprehensive range of world-class, career-relevant degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
A practical focus
A practical approach to learning is central to study at JCU, being awarded a five-star rating for graduate employment by the Good Universities Guide for ten years in a row. Students gain hands-on experience through internships, placements, and projects with industry, business, and government organisations. The University’s tropical location also offers unparalleled opportunities to experience unique field work, research stations, and state-of-the-art facilities.
A supportive environment
James Cook University strives to create an educational environment where students are supported to take full advantage of their university experience. The accessible teaching staff, friendly campuses, and support services (including student mentor and study skills programs) all ensure students have the environment to succeed. The dedicated International Student Support team provide a range of services, from social activities, referrals, and arrival services to academic and personal support.
With more than 60 clubs and student societies, JCU offers plenty of opportunities to make friends, stay active, and have fun on campus. Clubs and societies range from the JCU International Student Association to various sporting and special-interest clubs, including the Dive Club, Townsville Ultimate Disc, Rugby Union, and Water Polo Clubs.
For those who want to experience campus life to its fullest, there are extensive on-campus accommodation options, with and without meal plans included. While there may be some shared facilities, all rooms are single occupancy. Private rental options, such as share housing with easy access to campus, are affordable and readily available in both cities.
James Cook University is registered as a provider to certify and administer US Federal Aid loan applications for new and continuing students. The school code is G12206. JCU also has scholarships available for high-achieving students.