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.
The University has recently restructured its Academy into seven Colleges, nested within two Divisions. The Academy is supported by four enabling service divisions.Academic Divisions
James Cook University is defined by the tropics. We are unique among Australian universities, woven into the intellectual, economic and social fabric of our tropical location and set amid irreplaceable ecosystems and cultures that fire our intellects and imaginations. Our aims are challenging but attainable. Marshalling our broad intellectual strengths, we seek knowledge-based ways to help the world’s tropical regions prosper. We do this through shaping our teaching, research and engagement around four themes:
The JCU Careers and Employment Service has offices on the Townsville and Cairns campuses. It offers student and graduate career advice, job application and career planning workshops, career information libraries, and an online job database, CareerHub.
The Service also organises an annual careers fair that brings major employers and industries to the Townsville and Cairns campuses.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at James Cook University!
AccessAbility Services is a confidential support service for all students on campus who identify as having a temporary or permanent disability, injury, illness or health condition. The service can, for example, provide alternative formatting of course materials, supply assistive equipment and aids, and liaise with teaching staff. Medical documentation is required in order to register with the service and AccessAbility Support Advisers are based on the Cairns and Townsville campuses.
The JCU Accommodation Office is a resource available to all JCU students looking for on or off-campus housing. The Accommodation Office assists students with the application process for living on-campus in Townsville and provides information to students wishing to live off campus. James Cook University facilitate this website which is a database of privately owned and managed housing options in both Townsville and Cairns.
Library and Information Services provides knowledge services to support the University’s high quality education and world-class research through innovative discovery and access to:
InfoHelp is your first point of contact for assistance with library and IT questions. Staff can help resolve laptop/mobile device issues, locate information for assignments and assist with referencing. Staff work at the InfoHelp desks located in the Cairns and Townsville libraries, you can also look out for InfoHelp Rovers, or get in touch via live chat, the online help form, or via phone.
JCU’s Counselling Service is confidential and available to students on the Cairns and Townsville campuses. Individual and group counselling is available if you have personal issues like stress, relationships or anxiety. The Service also conducts workshops on topics including Settling into University and Managing Stress. Find out more about the Counselling Service.
Students at JCU Townsville have excellent sporting facilities on campus plus plenty of sporting clubs for participating and making friends. Facilities include:
The JCU Student Association represents the interests of all students at JCU.Membership is voluntary and entitles you to discounts at food outlets on the Cairns and Townsville campuses, and at the gym and The Club (Townsville). Membership also entitles you to social sport nominations; participation in the Fisher Shield competition and access to specialist support services such as tax help; student employment; welfare support; and academic support.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.