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.
Our students come from many backgrounds, promoting a rich cultural and experiential diversity on campus. Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Creative Media, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Healthcare Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, Planning, Psychological Science, Science, Social Work, Sustainability and Veterinary Science. We aim to give graduates the qualifications and skills they need for the global workforce.
JCU is a leader in research addressing the critical challenges facing the tropics, world-wide.
A defining feature of JCU is its tropical location and its research excellence in disciplines of particular relevance to the tropics.
As a comprehensive university in the tropics, JCU is well placed to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations to meet these challenges.
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.
Access Ability 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.
JCU's main sites are located in tropical northern Queensland, a remarkable region where over a million visitors come each year to experience.
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.