Australia’s Leading University for the Tropics


James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading university for the tropics and is ranked in the top 4% of the world’s tertiary institutions for academic studies and research *. The multi-campus university spans two countries, with the main campuses located in the tropical Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns and the city-state of Singapore. The University’s Australian campuses are surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Student enrolments are over 20,000 and growing, including over 6,000 international students from over 100 countries. 

*Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014.

  • Concrete goes green

    In a first for Australia, James Cook University engineers have swapped steel reinforcing for plastic waste and look set to drastically reduce the environmental cost of concrete.

  • Can conservation lead to more chocolate?

    Researchers at James Cook University are looking at how native animals might increase cocoa production and reduce insecticide use in tropical forests near Daintree National Park.

  • JCU scientist named Pew Fellowship recipient

    James Cook University scientist, Professor Joshua Cinner, has been awarded one of the world’s top prizes for marine conservation.

  • JCU joins forces with Hospital

    A new research partnership between James Cook University scientists and Mater Hospital Townsville orthopaedic surgeons could dramatically improve knee surgery results.

  • Pretty fish gets a brighter future

    Scientists at James Cook University have been given $100,000 to study a fish endangered by its own beauty.

  • JCU expands into Townsville’s CBD

    James Cook University is expanding its presence in Townsville, celebrating the opening of its innovative, multi-use campus in the heart of the city.

  • James Cook University Townsville Campus

    James Cook University’s Townsville campus is the largest campus with over 13,000 students. The campus is situated on 350 hectares of natural bushland and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. 

  • James Cook University Cairns Campus

    James Cook University’s Cairns campus is situated at the base of rainforest covered mountains just north of the Cairns city centre. The campus is close to the northern beaches and hosts a total of 4000 students. 

  • 2016 study guides

    Find everything you need to know about studying at JCU including courses, fees and academic requirements.

  • Interactive full degree guide

    Still deciding what you’d like to study and where? Check out this interactive guide to help you make your decision.

  • Interactive Study Abroad guide

    Find out what it’s like to study for one or two semesters at James Cook University.

  • JCUConnect blog

    Keen to hear from our students? Follow the blogs of students based on our Cairns and Townsville campuses.

  • JCU International on Facebook

    Get social with us and see what it’s like to be on campus.

  • JCU International on Instagram

    A picture tells a thousand words, follow the antics of James from JCU, our team mascot as well as other great pics from around the campus.