James Cook University

Study in Australia at James Cook University

Study at James Cook University

James Cook University in Australia is the second oldest university of Queensland and is a cultural and diverse university with multiple campuses. The university offers a wide variety of study courses in the most amazing locations. Close the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest of the Wet Tropics, the university gives students the choice out of more than 300 different courses.

Below, you will find basic information about studying at James Cook University. Our other pages provide you with information about study programsaccommodationstudent life in Cairns and the application process.

10 good reasons to study at James Cook University

  1. Leading tropical research university
  2. Excells in research in the areas of ecology, environment, plant and animal science, geosciences, coral reef science and tourism
  3. Australia’s leading university in Environmental Science and Management and Fisheries Science research
  4. Ranked in the top 4% of universities worldwide (2011 assessments by one of the world’s leading university ranking systems – the Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
  5. Internationally recognised degrees 
  6. Over 300 available programs to international students
  7. Many courses include hands-on experience
  8. Campuses surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet Tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef
  9. Lots of practical experience through field trips in the great environments of Queensland
  10. Located in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia


If you are studying at James Cook University you will be studying at the leading tropical research university. JCU has a clear regional focus in her activities, but has received a high international recognition. The university is ranked as one of the world's top universities based on the 2015 assessments of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)JCU’s Ecology and Environment research is better than both Cambridge and Yale.

What can I study at James Cook University?

Find more information under study programs. You can study: 

  • A Bachelor degree
  • A Master degree 
  • 1 or 2 Study Abroad semesters

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What does it cost to study at James Cook University?

The cost of studying at James Cook University varies according to your level of study, study field and whether you will be using on- or off- campus housing facilities. Our study advisors will be happy to send you the accurate price for your preferred study program and courses, as well as an estimated budget of living in Cairns.

Why study at James Cook University?

James Cook University is a highly recognised university and Australia’s leading tropical research university. The university has 3 different campuses, located in the tropical Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns. 

As an international student at James Cook University you can choose from a full range of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and short term/semester level. As the university offers a broad range of study areas, this means you will be able to combine different areas of personal interest into a customised study plan. 

Fun facts about James Cook University

  • The university is Queensland’s second oldest university
  • More than a quarter of the students enrolled are international students 
  • 6.000 international students representing over 100 countries
  • Gather more than 20 people and start your own Student Association club
  • The Cairns campus has it own aquarium with an impressive collection of fishes
  • Variety of clubs going from kiteboarding to motorsports to ultimate frisbee

How can KILROY help me to study at James Cook University?

KILROY can help you all the way from your very first questions about studying abroad, to the application process and to your arrival at James Cook University in Australia. Besides this, our study counsellors can help you with guidance and estimating your expenses during your studies at the James Cook University. Contact one of our study advisors to hear more about your possibilities to study at James Cook University.

KILROY offers free student counselling and our study advisors answer any question you might have. Students from some countries can apply for part-time work in Australia besides their studies e.g. in a café or in a movie theatre. This can give you a little bit more flexibility while studying abroad. Contact KILROY for more information and regarding your rights to work on a student visa. 

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