James Cook University

Rank 25
Location Townsville City
Established 1970
Famous For Engineering, Health, Social Sciences


James Cook University is a public research university located in Townsville, Queensland. It was established in 1970 and has been imparting high-quality education since its inception. The university is a dynamic and innovative institution known for teaching, research and engagement in tropical environments. 

The university currently offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in fields such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, social sciences, and the arts. JCU is world-renowned for its excellence in marine biology, ecology, and environmental sciences. It is a member of Innovative Research Universities, which is a network of seven comprehensive universities that are committed to conducting research of national and international importance.

Services for International Students

James Cook University has a wide range of student support services that take care of the needs of students at all levels. Community Health Services, Careers and Employability guidance, financial support, assessment and learning development are some of the basic services provided to students. The International Student Support Team provides other specific services such as the pre-departure webinar, airport arrival services, mentor programs, well-being services, and assistance in emergencies. 


  • 415th in the QS World University Rankings 2024
  • 351-400th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024
  • 101-200th in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023


The university offers on-campus accommodation at its various locations in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns. Students can choose from private rooms or shared accommodation options. Additional services include laundry facilities, meal plans and cleaning services. The environment at the on-campus residences is safe and helps students to live comfortably near their classes. Off-campus housing is also available for students who wish to stay elsewhere. 

About Location

JCU is a multi-campus university having a presence in the tropical cities of Townsville and Cairns. The Brisbane campus provides courses for international and domestic students. A separate international campus is situated in Singapore. Additionally, there are study centres by the university in Mackay, Thursday Island, Mount Isa and Rockhampton, and these provide programs and support for the students living in rural and remote areas of the country. 

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