James Cook University

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Why choose study in Australia

Home for the best universities in the world
Australia has some of the best colleges in the world. Several Australian universities are listed in the top 100 best universities in the world. With approximately more than 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions, a great number of fields or study areas are available, making it highly likely that you can take up your choice of degree, training or course.


The numbers above show that Australian education has the quantity and variety, but it is also worth noting that the country leads in quality. Seven out of the top 100 universities in the world can be found in Australia. Their university system also ranks 8th in the world, ahead of countries such as the UK, Germany and Japan. With these, Australia is recognized as a country that offers world-class education.

Some of the most popular fields to study are the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, social sciences and medical fields. Australian study programmes cover almost every possible subject students might need.

Australian degree is a globally recognized degree
When you study in Australia, your degree is trusted and recognised internationally. The Australian education system maintains its international reputation through high educational standards, with its universities standing out in world league tables. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorised by the Australian government.
 

Be at the forefront of Technology and Innovations
Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than in most other countries. Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology. One of the most appealing aspect of the country for international students is the quality of scientific research. Australia is at the forefront of new technology and innovations. Students who study in Australia can take advantage the country’s impressive technology and research resources. Australia has quality of scientific research programs available for international students.

Pay reasonable tuition fees
Australian education programs represent great value for money. Fees for vocational courses in Australia start from $AUD7000 and can reach around $AUD30,000 per year. An undergraduate program can cost you from $AUD15,000 to $AUD33,000 per year and postgraduate tuition fees range from $AUD20,000 to $AUD37,000 annually. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses start at around $AUD4000 while fees for foundation studies start from $AUD15,000 per year. Planning to take up an English language course? These courses start from only $AUD300 per week depending on the course length.

Australian courses are often shorter than alternatives in other countries, particularly in the US. Most Australian bachelor degree courses can be completed in three years and even less if the education provider works on a trimester system. This means that you can save a whole year's tuition fees if you choose to study in Australian rather than in the US or the UK.

Start a successful career while studying
Australian cities have excellent job prospects and a multicultural community of students who are supported through student services programs. Australian graduates have excellent job prospects from their internationally-trusted universities. Working during your studies is also encouraged – international students on student visas are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week to boost their living expenses. Work experience and internships are all ways in which you can gain Australian work experience in your field of study and be competitive in the international job market after graduation


University Overview

Admissions

Undergraduate application
Step 1: Choose your degree.
Step 2: First, check if you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree and check:
Entry requirements
Fees and costs
Scholarships and financial aid
Credit for previous studies
Pathways to JCU
Step 3: Submit your application by:
Completing an application online
Finding a JCU overseas representative/agent to assist you
Completing a paper application form
Postgraduate application
Step 1: Choose your degree.
Step 2: Register as a first time applicant on the Online Application Portal.
Step 3: Then, upload copies of required documentation.
Step 4: Submit the application.
More application details…

Facilities

Some of JCU is facilities include…
Sports
Students at JCU Townsville have excellent sporting facilities on campus plus plenty of sporting clubs to participate in to help them make friends outside of the classroom. Facilities include:
Cricket pitch
Gym
Hockey field
Netball courts
Football (rugby league and rugby union) ovals
Rowing
Soccer field
Squash courts
Swimming pool
Tennis courts
The campus at JCU Cairns has a growing range of sporting facilities including:
Rugby oval
Basketball courts
Gym
Accommodation
JCU Townsville offers six on-campus accommodation options for up to 1,300 students. Living on campus is a fun and exciting way to experience university life. There is always something happening with plenty of social and cultural activities to keep you entertained.
JCU Cairns i brand new on-campus accommodation facility, the John Grey Hall of Residence, is one of the best places to live while students are studying at JCU. The first stage of this purpose-built residence will be home to 300 students with plans to expand its capacity to 1000 students in the future.
There are a number of secure and convenient off-campus options available. Students looking to rent can look at listings on our large and highly detailed Off-Campus Database.
Organising accommodation is an important step in the student application process and JCU recommends that students start looking at their accommodation options as early as possible.

Overview

James Cook University (JCU) is the second oldest university in Queensland, Australia, and is considered one of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics. JCU has three campuses, with the main two being located in Cairns and Townsville on Australia is east coast. The University offers a broad range of topics to study.
Across the campuses, students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, with the Townsville campus boasting the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, cafes, bars, accommodation and sporting facilities including a swimming pool and gym. It is also close to iconic landmarks including the Great Barrier Reef. The Cairns campus is home to a well-stocked library, bar, gym, sporting oval and basketball court, and accommodation.
A wide range of activities are organised each semester, including live music, barbeques and academic workshops. Students can access support from the International Student Support team and are also encouraged to get involved in clubs and societies.
James Cook University provides students with a safe and supportive environment during their studies, and offers a wide range of support services. On-site services include confidential counselling, 24 hour on-campus security, medical centres and more. There is also a dedicated careers service, allowing students to meet with an advisor to help with everything from job planning and employment advice.
Australian employers are more satisfied with graduates from JCU than any other Australian University (QILT 2017). JCU is also the only university in Queensland to receive 5 stars from the Good Universities Guide for graduate job success for the last seven years in a row, so students can trust that they will complete their degree ready for the global workforce.
Students from over 100 different countries study at JCU, making it a welcoming environment for all students. There are also students from all over Australia, making it a valuable cultural experience for international students.

Scholarships & funding

Research scholarships
JCU offers highly competitive scholarships to students commencing research degrees at master or doctoral level. Students must be accepted for a place in a research degree program to be considered for scholarship support.
Other scholarships may be available for application during studies, but these may be awarded on academic merit.
More on scholarships…

Study options

Some of the subject areas covered by JCU include…
Arts, Social Sciences and Social Work
Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking, problem solving, communication and research skills for successful study and have the opportunity to sample from a wide range subjects. Students will also be given opportunities to study abroad or undertake placements and research in the Asia Pacific region.
Business & IT
Whether it is a first degree or a way to progress to a Master is - a JCU Business or IT degree will equip students with skills to succeed in and out of the business world.
Creative Arts and Media
James Cook University (JCU) offers courses in new media arts, innovation, music, sound and moving image, photo media, media design, and the visual arts. Its courses combine creative thinking and studio work, individual and group projects, lectures, seminars, and fieldwork.
Engineering and Planning
A James Cook University Engineering or Planning degree gives students the skills needed to solve real-world problems and design and develop innovative solutions.
Science
Whether students already have a clear picture of what they want to do with their scientific knowledge and skills, or they are open to many possibilities, JCU is Science programs will both inspire and inform them. The Science Place is a unique and advanced facility designed for collaborative experiences.
Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy
JCU is Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy courses are designed by experienced, professional staff. The College delivers courses and research relevant to people and communities in the tropics, with a strong focus on social justice and humanitarian issues.
Veterinary and Medical Science
Veterinary and Medical Science students at James Cook University (JCU) benefit from extensive research expertise in tropical animal and veterinary science. Some facilities available include teaching laboratories and access to JCU is own cattle station at nearby Charters Towers, Fletcherview.
Visit the University website to view all subject areas covered…

Teaching quality

JCU equips students with work-ready skills, giving the opportunity for field trips, work integrated learning (WIL) and practical placements with key industry partners. In many courses, emphasis is placed on significant hours of practical experience and as a result, its graduates are in high demand. Students will graduate with the knowledge, confidence and work-ready skills needed to succeed.
JCU is career-focused courses will teach students how to have a clear vision into their future profession, with practical, hands-on learning. Some subjects offered require weekly attendance at a lecture followed by participation in a small-group tutorial providing students with a high level of study support and interaction with academics and other students.  
Yet another advantage of attending JCU is the opportunity to complete part of the Australian degree at one of over 60 partner universities from over 20 countries.

What is new

New accommodation at the James Cook University campus in Cairns officially opened recently. The building with rooms for 300 students has been named the John Grey Hall of Residence. It offers residents a choice of studio apartments, shared apartments with en suite bathrooms, and six-bedroom apartments.
JCU graduates topped the list in the Australian Government is Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey (QILT ESS). JCU graduates received the highest percentage of favourable ratings from employers. They outranked graduates from all other universities across Australia.
James Cook University is experiencing strong growth in its undergraduate science courses. The Dean of the College of Science and Engineering Professor Marcus Lane said it is a great result, and an endorsement of the quality of JCU is teaching and research. We have invested in world-class research and teaching facilities at The Science Building and elsewhere, and this renewed interest is an acknowledgement of the quality of our science, which is recognised internationally.
View more recent news listings of JCU here…


University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 - Rank: 301st

Diversity Index - Rank: 105

Feel At Home Index - Rank: 4.97%

QS World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 367th

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 201st


Overall Cost of Living

A$19,006


Campus Accomodation

A$16,692


Undergraduate

A$30,830


Post Graduate

A$31,090


Overall Cost of Living Value

A$ 19.006


Campus Accomodation Value

A$ 16.692


Undergraduate Value

A$ 30.830


Postgraduate Value

A$ 31.090


Minimum IELTS Score

Post Graduate : 6.5

Undergraduate : 6


Minimum TOEFL IBT

Post Graduate : 90

Undergraduate : 79


Arrow Energy-JCU Go Further Indigenous Tertiary Scholarships

AUD $10,000 for full time; AUD $5,000 for part time

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship: I am Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident; I am enrolled or will be enrolling in a course at JCU; and I am an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

All international

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below. Applicants wanting to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents: a copy of your Australian passport, permanent Australian visa or proof of citizenship; a copy of Proof of Aboriginality (must use the Arrow Energy form as attached when you Apply Now); a written submission of 500 words or less addressing the key selection criteria - listed below; a high quality photo, (head and shoulders only) of yourself; a talent release form (included in the application form); and any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in assessing your application.

Expected January 2019

Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship

A$5,000.00 (US$ 3,911) total value

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship: I am an Australian citizen; I am a direct descendant of the South Sea Islanders who were brought into Queensland between 1863 and 1904 and worked as indentured labourers; I am a member of the Australian South Sea Islander community; I am or will be enrolled as an undergraduate student at JCU; I have not previously completed an undergraduate degree; and I am not in receipt of another scholarship in the year of the award.

All international

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below. Applicants wanting to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents: a copy of their birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate; an unofficial copy of their academic record from James Cook University; a copy of their academic record from any other academic institution, including secondary school; no more than three written references attesting to the applicant is character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship; their curriculum vitae; a written statement outlining their motivation to complete their tertiary studies; a letter of support from a registered Australian South Sea Islander organisation; and any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

31 July 2018

Cowan Grant Young Endeavour Leadership Scholarship

AUD $5,000 to cover voyage, return flights (Cairns to Sydney) and overnight accommodation

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship: I am an Australian citizen; I am enrolled in a course of study at James Cook University or; I am a school leaver and have applied to study at JCU through QTAC; and I will be under 23 years of age on the day of the voyage departure. I understand preference will be given if I am studying at the Cairns campus, or are Cairns resident studying at another campus of James Cook University.

All international

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below.  Applicants wanting to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents: a copy of their academic record from James Cooke University or any other academic institution; a certified copy of their birth certificate, passport or permanent visa; a copy of their curriculum vitae; proof of Cairns residency (if applicable); a written statement (maximum 500 words) addressing the following criteria: Why you would like to be involved in the Young Endeavour Voyage. How do you think the experience will benefit you personally and professionally in the future, and; How you think the experience will enable you to benefit the community in the future. one character reference outlining the applicant is suitability for the scholarship; and any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

Friends of Good Schooling (FRoGS) Merit and Equity Based Scholarships

Up to AUD $7,904 Prizes are offered for good performance

FRoGS scholarships-mentorships are open to competition among candidates who: are Australian citizens and residents of Queensland; are enrolled as full-time internal students at JCU is Townsville campus in an undergraduate teacher education program approved by the SMC;  have achieved Queensland overall position [OP] university entrance scores 1-11, or the equivalent;  have homes so far from the nearest university that daily travel for full-time internal study is impracticable;                                                                           clearly describe and provide documentary evidence of their financial need; and have lodged through applications for the Australian Department of Human Services/Centrelink Youth Allowance/Austudy/Abstudy and have received hard copy approvals/rejections, or have official decisions pending. [Careful observance of this clause should ensure that awardees receive the maximum total (FRoGS + government) financial assistance.]

All international

Applications must be submitted on the official form no later than 24 January. Copies of the documentation listed in the application form must accompany the application. In submitting an application, an applicant authorises the SMC to make whatever enquiries they consider necessary as to the applicant is good character and suitability to receive the  award.This includes authorisation to examine the applicant is academic record and to receive opinions  of the staff of any academic institution, and applies equally for the duration of any FRoGS scholarship- mentorship that may be awarded.

Expected January 2019

George Roberts CBE Bursary

A$3,000.00 (US$ 2,347) total value

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship. I am admitted to an undergraduate course at James Cook University; I have obtained a course GPA of 5.0; I have been in residence at George Roberts Hall for at least one full academic year; I am an outstanding resident and contribute to the ethos of the Hall; and I have not previously received a George Roberts CBE Bursary or Halls of Residence Bursary.

All international

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below. Applicants wanting to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents: an unofficial copy of their academic record from James Cook University; a certified copy of their academic record from any other tertiary education institution; a statement detailing the applicant's involvement in activities and contributions made toward collegiality at George Roberts Hall; and any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

Hugh Alexander Grierson Trust Scholarship

A$5,000.00 (US$ 3,911) total value

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship: I am an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and I am or will be enrolled full-time in a diploma or undergraduate degree.

All international

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below. Applicants wanting to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents: an unofficial copy of their academic record from James Cook University; a certified copy of their academic record from any other academic institution; proof of Australian Aboriginality; written references (no more than three) attesting to the applicant's good character and/ or suitability to receive the scholarship; a curriculum vitae; and any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application. Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.

Expected January 2019

JCU Access Bursary

AUD $1,500 one off payment

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for the JCU Access Fund: I am an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Permanent or Humanitarian Visa holder I am in need of financial support I am or will be enrolled in my first or second calendar year of an undergraduate diploma or bachelor course I have not previously completed a bachelor degree (or it is a prerequisite to my current course) I am or will be enrolled full-time

All international

For further information please contact the university website.

JCU Access Scholarship

AUD $5,000 one off payment

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for the JCU Access Fund: I am an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Permanent or Humanitarian Visa holder I am in need of financial support I am or will be enrolled in my first or second calendar year of an undergraduate diploma or bachelor course I have not previously completed a bachelor degree (or it is a prerequisite to my current course) I am or will be enrolled full-time

All international

For further information, please contact the university website.

John and Janice King Bursary

A$3,000.00 (US$ 2,347) total value

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship: I am a Papua New Guinean citizen and holders of a student visa; and I am or will be enrolled full-time in a course offered by the Division of Tropical Health & Medicine.

All international

Applications accepted at any time Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below. Applicants will attach to the official form, where appropriate: a copy of their academic record from James Cook University; a certified copy of their academic record from any other academic institution; a certified copy of their passport and visa; no more than three written references attesting to the applicant's good character; their curriculum vitae; and any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

Lloyd Fourmile Jnr Bursary

A$1,200.00 (US$ 939) total value

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship: I am an Aboriginal Australian, or a person of Australian Aboriginal descent; I am from Yarrabah, Palm Island, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Hopevale, Pomporrow, Aurukun, Wugul Wugul or any other Deed of Grant in Trust Community; and I am enrolled or intend to enrol as a full time student in an undergraduate degree at James Cook University.

All international

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below. Applicants wishing to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents: Up to three references attesting to the applicant is good character. Documentation from the relevant community leader/s stating the applicants is a member of the community; Their curriculum vitae; and Any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

Expected January 2019

Morey Scholarship

A$6,000.00 (US$ 4,693) total value

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship. I am a Torres Strait Islander woman or, an Australian aboriginal woman living in the Torres Strait; I am or will be admitted to an undergraduate or tertiary access course at a campus or study centre of James Cook University (excluding Brisbane and Singapore); I am or will be enrolled full-time; I intend to return to work in the Torres Strait; and I have not previously completed a degree.

All international

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below. Applicants wanting to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents: proof of indigenous status; an unofficial copy of their academic record from James Cook University; a certified copy of their academic record from secondary school or any other academic institution; a written personal statement of no more than 300 words describing what the applicant aims to achieve by studying at university and how they believe they will contribute to the Torres Strait Community through their return to work in the Torres Strait; a letter of support from any Torres Strait community organisation, outlining the degree and length of acquaintanceship with the applicant, and an indication of the applicant is motivation and ability to undertake the studies; their curriculum vitae; the names and contact details of two referees; and details of any other scholarship awarded to the applicant.

Yvonne Thomas Bursary

A$3,000.00 (US$ 2,347) total value

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship. I am female and 25 years or older I am enrolled in an enabling or undergraduate course at James Cook University I am or will be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit points per teaching period I have not previously completed a degree I have not previously been the recipient of the Yvonne Thomas Bursary

All international

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below. Applicants wanting to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents: a copy of their academic record from James Cook University; or a certified copy of their academic record from  any other academic institution a written statement supporting their application, including details of dependent children and family circumstances you would like taken into consideration documented evidence of financial hardship any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application

Expected January 2019


Overall Review

Overall Experience : 4.1 / 5

Admission Process : 4 / 5

Scholarships : 4 / 5

Life Experience : 4 / 5

Job Prospects : 4 / 5