James Cook University - Townsville

1 James Cook Drive Douglas, Townsville, 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 Townsville is Australia’s largest university campus, approximately a 20-minute drive or 45-minute bus from the city centre. Students can be part of a thriving teaching, research and community hub with the latest equipment to help them to excel at university and in their career. Students can enjoy Townsville’s laid-back tropical yet cosmopolitan lifestyle – with plenty of sporting and cultural events, festivals and markets.

Why James Cook University - Townsville

  • Campus Life and Surroundings: Townsville is Australia's largest tropical city. It is home to the headquarters of Australia’s major marine research and management authorities including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Townsville is also famous for an average of 320 days of sunshine per year!

  • Facilities: Students have access to a gymnasium, basketball courts, tennis courts, squash courts, netball courts, rugby and soccer fields, hockey fields, cricket pitches and swimming pool. Students also have access to a range of on-campus services including dental, medical, psychological, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and exercise physiology clinics.

  • 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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