James Cook University

    James Cook University
    World Rank: 251-302th by Times Higher Education
    Established on: 1970

    James Cook University (JCU), established in 1961, is a public institution in North Queensland, Australia. JCU is both an educational and research university. The primary campuses of the institution are in the tropical towns of Cairns and Townsville, and another one in the city-state of Singapore. JCU's enrollment was 17,001 in 2021, including 4,289 international students.

    JCU has an academic department in charge of six colleges and service divisions in charge of research, education, services, and resources.

    • Arts, Society, and Education
    • Business, Law, and Governance
    • Healthcare Sciences
    • Medicine and Dentistry
    • Public Health, Medical, and Veterinary Sciences
    • Science and Engineering

    The university's primary research areas include ecological, natural sciences, mathematics, earth sciences, agricultural and veterinary sciences, engineering, and medical and health sciences.

    JCU acknowledges its fundamental and distinctive position in its alumni's education opportunities and research capabilities as North Queensland's leading university of higher education. JCU aims to improve the quality of life in the tropics across the world by producing students and making significant discoveries.

    JCU students and academics have the chance to collaborate and study in breathtaking settings such as the Australian Outback and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest. Fieldwork, clinical placements, lab time, work-integrated learning courses, apprenticeships, and other activities are included in many JCU course programs.

    The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and the Cairns Institute at JCU conduct internationally recognized research in fields such as ecosystems and biodiversity, flora and fauna science, earth sciences, coral reef science, tropical health research, and hospitality.

    Students are at the core of JCU and recognize the importance of individuals from rural, regional, and distant regions in determining future actions about living in the tropics. JCU is dedicated to providing suitable paths and opportunities for all students to pursue higher education and reach their full potential. JCU collaborates with students to provide opportunities and long-term, sustainable benefits for our community and beyond.

    The school community of James Cook University is made up of individuals from 108 different nations. On campus, you will meet students of all ethnicities, countries, and faiths and those who speak diverse languages.

    University Rankings

    James Cook University is one of Australia's finest public institutions. As per the QS World University Rankings 2023, it is placed 461.

    University Highlights

    University Type


    Established Year


    Number of Programs

    44 undergraduate & 65 postgraduate

    International Students

    4289 (the year 2021)

    Tuition Fees

    $30000- $45000


    Feb & July

    Mode of programs

    Both online & offline

    Main Intakes

    The main intakes are February and July.


    • Scholarship for EGRU Honours

    The Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU) Scholarship is intended to encourage JCU Honours students to pursue further studies in Geology. For the first year, the total cost is $5000.

    • Stipend for International Merit

    The JCU International Merit Stipend gives biweekly payments of A$350 to help with expenditures while studying at JCU, provided a good GPA is maintained.

    • Scholarship for International Excellence

    The JCU International Excellence Scholarship offers a 25% tuition discount for the length of authorized full-time degree programs, providing beneficiaries maintain a high GPA each semester.

    • International Student Scholarship from the Vice Chancellor of JCU

    The JCU Vice-International Chancellor's Student Scholarships grants up to $40,000 annually for a minimum course duration of one year.

    Application Process

    Applicants can apply for admission to the college in two ways: online through the college website or by an education agent.

    Documents required for Admission

    1. Academic Documents
    • SLC Mark sheet
    • School Leaving Certificate
    • SLC Character Certificate
    • Transcript of 12th-grade
    • Individual Mark sheet of 12th-grade
    • Character Certificate of 12th-grade
    • Provisional Certificate of 12th-grade
    • Migration Certificate of 12th-grade

             For Masters, include the following:

    • Transcript of Bachelor's Degree of 12th-grade
    • Individual Mark sheets of Bachelor's Degree of 12th-grade
    • Character Certificate of Bachelor Degree of 12th-grade
    • Provisional Certificate of Bachelor Degree in 12th-grade
    • Migration Certificate of Bachelor Degree of 12th-grade
    1. IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scores
    2. Passport
    3. Work Experience (if any)
    4. Statement of Purpose (SOP)
    5. Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
    6. College Recommendation (if a current student)

    Language Requirements




    6.0 (no component lower than 6.0)


    74 (no component less than 18)

    PTE Academic

    52 (no component less than 52)


    What are the fees to study at the university?

    The costs depend upon the courses you apply for. They range from A$30000 to A$45000 per year. However, medicine and dental surgery can cost up to $75000 per year.

    Can I work as a student in Australia?

    Yes, you can work for 40 hours per fortnight during course sessions and unlimited when out of the course session. This is to make sure that you are focused on your studies.

    Does the University provide scholarships to international students?

    Yes, multiple scholarships are provided, as mentioned in the scholarship section of the article.

    Does the university offer any accommodation?

    Yes, the university does provide accommodation. The weekly rental costs $200 - $500 depending on the campus location.

    Where is the university located?

    The primary campuses of the institution are in the tropical towns of Cairns and Townsville, and another one in the city-state of Singapore.

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