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James Cook University - Cairns Campus

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School ID: SU610025
Rank: 201
* The Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Applied number: 100

Ranked top 2% of global universities and top 30 in THE Top 50 under 50 2018 Rankings 

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General Description

James Cook University (JCU) is a public university in North Queensland, Australia.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. JCU also has study centres in Mount Isa, Mackay and Thursday Island. The University’s main fields of research include marine sciences, biodiversity, sustainable management of tropical ecosystems, genetics and genomics, tropical health care, tourism and engineering. 

Why JCU?

  • World-class facilities: With an outstanding global reputation, impressive, world-class facilities and dedicated academic staff, you can be certain that education from JCU will provide the ideal start, or new direction, to your career.
  • Career-focused courses: JCU’s career-focused courses are designed to give you the kind of education employers rate highly. You will receive practical, hands-on training, learning from real-life scenarios that take you beyond our campuses. 
  • Leader in research excellence: JCU is also a renowned leader in research excellence, addressing the critical challenges facing the Tropics, worldwide. We collaborate with many of the most highly-respected local, national and international research organisations and industry groups, so you can feel confident that what you learn at JCU reflects current trends and innovation.
  • Three tropical campuses: Our three tropical campuses in Cairns, Townsville and Singapore are the perfect bases for you to combine study with adventure. Surrounded by some of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, you will be inspired by the complex eco-systems of our vast rainforests, arid outback and the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. These living laboratories provide JCU staff and students with unlimited research opportunities.
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Avg Cost of Tuition/Year AUD$ 35,280
Cost of Living/Year AUD$ 22,500
Application Fee AUD$ 250
Estimated Total/Year AUD$ 58,030

Main majors

  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Environmental Management


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