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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1961
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 1 James Cook Drive, Douglas, Queensland, Australia, 4811
    • Phone:
    • +61747815255
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is a public university and is the second oldest university in Queensland, Australia. It is a teaching and research institution. The University's main campuses are located in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. JCU also has study centres in Mount Isa, Mackay, and Thursday Island. A Brisbane campus, operated by Russo Higher Education, delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses to international students. 

Academic Highlights

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked in the top 4% of Universities worldwide, for academic studies and research. As a University internationally recognized for excellence in teaching and research, JCU has attracted over 20,000 students to study a wide variety of career-focused programs available  across its three campuses.

Life in James Cook University

Over 13,000 students, including around 1,500 international students, create a lively atmosphere on campus. Free parking is available in several areas of the University and free Wi-Fi access is across most of the campus. 

School Ranking

JCU has consistently ranked in the top 400 academic universities worldwide since 2010. For 2016, JCU ranked in the top two percent of universities in the world by ARWU.


Entrance requirements for the Singapore campus of James Cook University differ according to the applicant desired course of study but in general applicants must have satisfactorily completed 12 years of schooling and an English level equating with a minimum IELTS of 6.0.

Notable Alumni

JCU has many notable alumni now working in different fields. These include celebrities, professors, Politicians, athletes, and businessmen. Here is a list of a few of these famous people who have attended James Cook University. Jan McLucas – famous Australian politician, Paul Bowman – Professional Rugby League Footballer, Christina Ochoa – Spanish Actress, Scientist and Author, Mark Andrew Robinson – Australian politician, Silma Irham – Activist

Acceptance Rate

For Undergraduates, You must have completed 6 months of full-time study at a recognized higher education institution and received a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.9 out of 7.0 or minimum average results of approximately 65-70%. For Postgraduates, You must have completed a bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognized higher education institution. English Language Entry Requirements, IELTS score of more than 6.0,TOEFL score of more than 7.0 

Other Campuses
    • 14-88 McGregor Road, Smithfield, Queensland, Australia
    • 149 Sims Drive, Singapore
    • 349 Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia



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