James Cook University (JCU) combines excellence in teaching and research in a unique tropical setting. JCU is one of Queensland’s premier universities and Australia’s leading tropical University. Diverse environments, vibrant communities, and challenging academic programs are just a few of the reasons why so many students choose to study abroad at James Cook University.
James Cook University’s main campuses are located in the northern Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns. These locations offer a large variety of outdoor activities including visits to the Great Barrier Reef and nearby islands and resorts, historic outback towns, and World Heritage listed rainforests.
Townsville and Cairns are attractive coastal cities with populations of 175,000 and 140,000, respectively, and are within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef. Both cities enjoy excellent tropical climates for most of the academic year including autumn, winter, and spring, and an average winter temperature of around 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
James Cook University is world renowned for its research in a number of areas relating to its tropical location including marine biology, environmental studies, and tourism and has outstanding research facilities including island and rainforest research stations. Accordingly, there are hundreds of study areas for students to choose from, many offering exciting, hands-on field components. Study areas include:
- Marine Biology
- Tropical Biology and Zoology
- Rainforest and Coastal Science
- Tourism and Hospitality Management
- Indigenous Australian Studies
- New Media Arts (including photography, sound, graphic design)
- Anthropology, Archaeology, Sociology
- Sport and Exercise Science
- Health Sciences including Nursing
- Earth Sciences/Geology
- Information Technology
- International Relations
Studying abroad at James Cook University in Australia is available as a semester abroad program in the Fall or Spring semesters or for a full academic year abroad.