James Cook University

Townsville, Queensland, Australia
One of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia's James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Our unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.



JCU is Queensland’s second oldest university. We offered our first courses in Townsville in 1961 as an annex of the University of Queensland. Since then we have become a dynamic, multi-campus university with a total of 17,500 students. Our main campuses are located in Townsville and Cairns, and we have international campuses in Singapore and Brisbane.


The University has recently restructured its Academy into seven Colleges, nested within two Divisions. The Academy is supported by four enabling service divisions.Academic Divisions

  • Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
  • Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre
  • College of Arts, Society and Education
  • College of Business, Law and Governance
  • College of Healthcare Sciences
  • College of Medicine and Dentistry
  • College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering


James Cook University is defined by the tropics. We are unique among Australian universities, woven into the intellectual, economic and social fabric of our tropical location and set amid irreplaceable ecosystems and cultures that fire our intellects and imaginations. Our aims are challenging but attainable. Marshalling our broad intellectual strengths, we seek knowledge-based ways to help the world’s tropical regions prosper. We do this through shaping our teaching, research and engagement around four themes:

  • Tropical Ecosystems and Environment
  • Industries and Economies in the Tropics
  • Peoples and Societies in the Tropics
  • Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity


The JCU Careers and Employment Service has offices on the Townsville and Cairns campuses. It offers student and graduate career advice, job application and career planning workshops, career information libraries, and an online job database, CareerHub.

The Service also organises an annual careers fair that brings major employers and industries to the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Law (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Education & Training (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)


Student services

AccessAbility Services is a confidential support service for all students on campus who identify as having a temporary or permanent disability, injury, illness or health condition. The service can, for example, provide alternative formatting of course materials, supply assistive equipment and aids, and liaise with teaching staff. Medical documentation is required in order to register with the service and AccessAbility Support Advisers are based on the Cairns and Townsville campuses.

Housing services

The JCU Accommodation Office is a resource available to all JCU students looking for on or off-campus housing. The Accommodation Office assists students with the application process for living on-campus in Townsville and provides information to students wishing to live off campus. James Cook University facilitate this website which is a database of privately owned and managed housing options in both Townsville and Cairns.

Library services

Library and Information Services provides knowledge services to support the University’s high quality education and world-class research through innovative discovery and access to:

  • information resources, scholarly and cultural collections;
  • learning facilities,
  • library and research services in the physical and virtual environments.

ICT services

InfoHelp is your first point of contact for assistance with library and IT questions. Staff can help resolve laptop/mobile device issues, locate information for assignments and assist with referencing. Staff work at the InfoHelp desks located in the Cairns and Townsville libraries, you can also look out for InfoHelp Rovers, or get in touch via live chat, the online help form, or via phone.

Medical services

JCU’s Counselling Service is confidential and available to students on the Cairns and Townsville campuses. Individual and group counselling is available if you have personal issues like stress, relationships or anxiety. The Service also conducts workshops on topics including Settling into University and Managing Stress. Find out more about the Counselling Service.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Townsville Campus
  • Cairns Campus
  • Singapore Campus

Sports facilities

Students at JCU Townsville have excellent sporting facilities on campus plus plenty of sporting clubs for participating and making friends. Facilities include:

  • Cricket pitch
  • Gym
  • Hockey field
  • Netball courts
  • Football (rugby league and rugby union) ovals
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash courts
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis courts
The campus at JCU Cairns has a growing range of sporting facilities including:
  • Rugby oval
  • Basketball courts
  • Gym
  • Mountain bike trails
Additionally, a range of excellent sporting facilities are available in nearby Smithfield less than a kilometer from the campus including:
  • Several commercial gyms
  • Local swimming centre including Olympic-sized pool and heated pool
  • YMCA fitness centre.

Student clubs

The JCU Student Association represents the interests of all students at JCU.Membership is voluntary and entitles you to discounts at food outlets on the Cairns and Townsville campuses, and at the gym and The Club (Townsville). Membership also entitles you to social sport nominations; participation in the Fisher Shield competition and access to specialist support services such as tax help; student employment; welfare support; and academic support.

Townsville, Queensland, Australia