The University was established by an Act of the Queensland Parliament, the James Cook University of North Queensland Act 1970, which provided for "the establishment and incorporation of a University at Townsville, and for purposes connected therewith". It received assent on 20 April 1970.
There is more than one way to become a JCU student. If your goal is to obtain a world-class degree and and excel in your chosen field, we have a course for you.
The James Cook University Research portfolio is a full profile of our researchers and their research efforts, demonstrating everything from publications to supervision and collaboration to research projects and grants.
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JCU Accommodation Services is a resource available to all JCU students looking for on-campus accommodation for long term and short term stays. Short study stays, group and conference bookings are also available to students, visitors and staff.
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:
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at James Cook University (JCU) provides essential services and support to the JCU community. We aim to make sure that your experience with information and communication technology at JCU, meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.
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 campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to allow optimal learning experiences. Our cutting-edge lecture theatres and our small tutorial sizes are designed to encourage collaborative learning and problem-solving. JCU’s external study options offer flexibility for students who want to complete courses at their own pace or from a distance.
There are a wide range of sporting club, annual sporting events, and social sport to keep you healthy and happy while studying.
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.
The communication and quality of the courses and teachers, is at a high level. I have learnt so much. The only complaint I have, was in my case, there was a constant change of subjects and teachers, due to the major for my degree been taught out and discounted. This caused quite some disruption. But otherwise, I can highly recommend the University. Especially for those who...
Got to be independent and make the most of it
The overall experience of studying at James Cook University was good, but the curriculums were not as good as I expected.
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