James Cook University - Cairns

14-88 McGregor Road Smithfield, Cairns, Queensland, Australia | Public University | Established 1970

About us

James Cook University offers all students a world-class education. Located in North Queensland, JCU has a focus on both teaching and research. JCU is ranked as one of the top 400 universities in the world and is also ranked as number one in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology. Students can enjoy a vibrant and diverse campus with a supportive learning environment and expert teaching staff.

JCU Cairns is located in Smithfield, near the popular Northern Beaches and approximately a 20-minute drive or a 40-minute bus ride from the city centre. At JCU Cairns, students can explore unrivalled research locations, work in World Heritage listed natural environments and learn in state-of-the-art facilities. Students can build valuable professional networks while developing the skills and knowledge to make a difference.

Why James Cook University - Cairns

  • Campus Life and Surroundings: Cairns is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. It’s a gateway to many famous natural wonders, including: The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas, Atherton Tablelands, and The outback Gulf Savannah region. Students can enjoy a wide array of activities whilst pursuing their studies such as snorkeling, diving, hiking and camping.

  • Facilities: Students have access to a gymnasium, basketball courts, sport fields and a world-class mountain bike track. JCU students also have access to a range of on-campus services, and can access local healthcare services including dental, medical and psychological services.

  • Relevant and Practical Curriculum: As a JCU graduate, students will have the perfect balance of technical skills and creative outside-the-box thinking. Students will be equipped with the expert knowledge and job-ready skills to stand out in their chosen career path. Practical, immersive learning is emphasised – making JCU graduates highly employable. Field trips and practical placements are just some of the real-world experiences on offer at JCU.

  • World-Class Research: Students can study at a university known for its world-leading research, knowledge infrastructure, partnerships and research findings. JCU is committed to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through discoveries that make a difference.


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