James Cook University

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA

Brief information

According to AbbreviationFinder, James Cook University is considered one of the best universities in Queensland and also Australia’s leading “tropical” research university. JCU was ranked among the top 250 universities in the world in the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings. This puts it among the top two percent of the approximately 10,000 universities worldwide. With a huge selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, it offers a wide range of programs from almost all disciplines.

The courses and research in the fields of Marine Biology, Earth Science, Environmental Studies, Plant and Animal Science, Tropical Medicine and Tourism are particularly renowned – which is not least due to the university’s location in the tourist-oriented coastal region of Northern Queensland.

But also in the other disciplines, the students of the JCU can be sure to find excellent study conditions, committed lecturers and a student-centered learning atmosphere.

JCU students are motivated at an early stage to gain practical experience in their subject in order to apply what they have learned and establish a connection between their studies and later professional life. For this purpose, practical phases and extensive field trips have already been integrated into some courses.

  • Website der James Cook University

University facts

Year of foundation: 1970

Type of university: State university

Number of Students: Total 19600, 14200 Undergraduate, 3700 Postgraduate, International 5800

Accreditations:

  • CRICOS Provider Code: 00117J

Academic year:

The academic year at James Cook University is basically divided into two semesters. A different trimester system applies to business administration courses at bachelor level.

Study programs

  • postgraduate studies
  • semester abroad
  • bachelor’s degree
  • LLM
  • Master’s degree
  • MBA
  • Promotion
  • language courses

International students are offered the opportunity to study at JCU for one or two semesters as part of the “Study Abroad” semester program. There is the possibility of free semester and cross -departmental course selection from the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs offered at the JCU.

The desired courses are already specified in the application. Course selection must be approved by the relevant JCU department. As a rule, you will also receive confirmation of the approved courses together with the acceptance for the Study Abroad program.

Numerous practical courses with field trips in the area offer the participants of the Study Abroad program the opportunity to explore the country and to learn more about its flora and fauna as well as its geography and culture not only in their free time but also as part of their studies.

  • James Cook University semester program

Fees

  • Semester 2 2022

Tuition for 4 courses (postgraduate)

14740,00 AUD

Tuition for 4 courses (undergraduate)

12900,00 AUD

Tuition for 3 courses (postgraduate)

11055,00 AUD

Tuition for 3 Courses (Undergraduate)

9675,00 AUD

Student Services and Amenities Fee

156,00 AUD

  • Trimester 3 2022

Tuition for 4 courses (postgraduate)

11464,00 AUD

Tuition for 4 courses (undergraduate)

9520,00 AUD

Tuition for 3 courses (postgraduate)

8595,00 AUD

Tuition for 3 Courses (Undergraduate)

7140,00 AUD

Student Services and Amenities Fee

156,00 AUD

  • Semester 1 2023

Tuition for 4 courses (postgraduate)

14740,00 AUD

Tuition for 4 courses (undergraduate)

12900,00 AUD

Tuition for 3 courses (postgraduate)

11055,00 AUD

Tuition for 3 Courses (Undergraduate)

9675,00 AUD

Student Services and Amenities Fee

156,00 AUD

  • Trimester 1 2023

Tuition for 4 courses (postgraduate)

11464,00 AUD

Tuition for 4 courses (undergraduate)

9520,00 AUD

Tuition for 3 courses (postgraduate)

8595,00 AUD

Tuition for 3 Courses (Undergraduate)

7140,00 AUD

Student Services and Amenities Fee

156,00 AUD

In addition to the tuition fees, there is an additional AUD 330 for compulsory health insurance (OSHC).

  • Tuition fees at James Cook University

Financing options

For a semester abroad at the JCU, students can apply for foreign BAföG, among other things. This includes a subsidy towards tuition fees of up to EUR 4600 as well as financial support for travel, living expenses and health insurance, provided the students are eligible for funding.

Requirements

German applicants for the Study Abroad program must have successfully completed the first semester of study at the time of departure for Australia. Those wishing to participate in postgraduate courses need a first academic degree such as a bachelor’s degree.

All international applicants must also prove that they have a sufficiently good knowledge of English. This proof can be provided via one of the classic language tests such as the TOEFL or IELTS.

Such proof can be waived for German applicants if the applicants have at least a 2nd grade on average(10 points) in the basic course or a 3 (7 points) in the advanced course in English or they have passed a DAAD test.

The minimum number of points in the language tests for master’s courses can sometimes be higher than specified below.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Abitur/university entrance qualification at least 10 points (basic course), at least 7 points (advanced course) English at least 10 points (basic course), at least 7 points (advanced course)
DAAD language test B2-Level B2-Level
IELTS 6.0 (no range below 6.0) 6.0 (no range below 6.0)
TOEFL (internet-based) 74 (Writing: 18) 74 (Writing: 18)

The language certificate can be submitted up to two months before the start of the program.

  • James Cook University Application Requirements

Degrees/Courses

Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Environmental & Marine Geosciences
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Genomics
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Geography
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Geology
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Zoology
  • Advanced Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Ecology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in French Advanced
  • Bachelor of Arts in French Foundation
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts in German
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
  • Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Australian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Italian
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Advanced
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Foundation
  • Bachelor of Arts in Media and Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Business in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business in Banking and Finance
  • Bachelor of Business in Economics
  • Bachelor of Business in Financial Management
  • Bachelor of Business in Health Management
  • Bachelor of Business in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Business in Human Resources Management
  • Bachelor of Business in International Business
  • Bachelor of Business in Management
  • Bachelor of Business in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Business in Sports and Events Management
  • Bachelor of Creative Industries in Media Design
  • Bachelor of Creative Industries in Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Education in Middle School
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary Education
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary RATEP
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary Special Needs
  • Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education
  • Bachelor of Education in Secondary Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Education in Secondary Vocational Education
  • Bachelor of Education Professional Development (Primary Special Needs)
  • Bachelor of Education Professional Development (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education Professional Development (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Education Professional Development in Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical
  • Bachelor of Exercise Physiology in Clinical
  • Bachelor of Geology
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Physician Assistant
  • Bachelor of Information Technology in Computing and Networking
  • Bachelor of Information Technology in Interactive Technologies and Game Design
  • Bachelor of Languages in French Advanced
  • Bachelor of Languages in French Foundation
  • Bachelor of Languages in German Foundation
  • Bachelor of Languages in Italian Foundation
  • Bachelor of Languages in Japanese Advanced
  • Bachelor of Languages in Japanese Foundation
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Marine Science
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism
  • Bachelor of New Media Arts in Illustration and Visual Media
  • Bachelor of New Media Arts in Media Design
  • Bachelor of New Media Arts in Music and Sound Media
  • Bachelor of New Media Arts in Photomedia
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Planning
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental & Marine Geosciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Genomics
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology Advanced
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology
  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Ecology
  • Bachelor of Social Science in Asia-Pacific Governance and Development
  • Bachelor of Social Science in Environment and Heritage
  • Bachelor of Social Science in Social and Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Social Science in Tropical Health and Society
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Sustainability in Business
  • Bachelor of Sustainability in Science
  • Bachelor of Sustainability in Social Science
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Studies/Courses in English – Postgraduate

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts – Journalism
  • Master of Biomedical Science
  • Master of Biomedical Sciences in Aquatic Microbiology
  • Master of Biomedical Sciences in Clinical Microbiology
  • Master of Biomedical Sciences in Pharmacology
  • Master of Biomedical Sciences in Physiology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration in Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Master of Business Administration in Creativity and Innovation
  • Master of Business Administration in International Tourism
  • Master of Business Administration in Managerial Accounting
  • Master of Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Master of Development Practice
  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Economics in Environmental Management
  • Master of Economics in International Political Economy
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Education in Sustainability
  • Master of Guidance and Counselling
  • Master of Information Technology in Business Informatics
  • Master of Information Technology in Computing and Networking
  • Master of Information Technology in Interactive Technologies and Game Design
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Master of Science
  • Master of Medicine
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Nursing Science
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Pharmaceutical Public Health
  • Master of Pharmacy
  • Master of Philosophy in Acquaculture
  • Master of Philosophy in Anthropology
  • Master of Philosophy in Archaeology
  • Master of Philosophy in Botany and Topical Plant Sciences
  • Master of Philosophy in Business
  • Master of Philosophy in Chemistry
  • Master of Philosophy in Computer Science
  • Master of Philosophy in Creative Arts
  • Master of Philosophy in Criminology
  • Master of Philosophy in Cultural Heritage Studies
  • Master of Philosophy in Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Master of Philosophy in Economics
  • Master of Philosophy in Education
  • Master of Philosophy in Engineering
  • Master of Philosophy in English
  • Master of Philosophy in Environmental Earth Science
  • Master of Philosophy in Geographic and Land Information Systems
  • Master of Philosophy in Geography
  • Master of Philosophy in History
  • Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Australian Studies
  • Master of Philosophy in Information Technology
  • Master of Philosophy in Journalism
  • Master of Philosophy in Languages
  • Master of Philosophy in Management
  • Master of Philosophy in Marine Biology
  • Master of Philosophy in Marketing
  • Master of Philosophy in Mathematics and Statistics
  • Master of Philosophy in Music
  • Master of Philosophy in Physics
  • Master of Philosophy in Political Science
  • Master of Philosophy in Psychology
  • Master of Philosophy in Social Policy
  • Master of Philosophy in Social Science
  • Master of Philosophy in Social Work
  • Master of Philosophy in Sociology
  • Master of Philosophy in Tourism
  • Master of Philosophy in Tropical Biology and Conservation
  • Master of Philosophy in Tropical Urban and Regional Planning
  • Master of Philosophy in Welfare Studies
  • Master of Philosophy in Wildlife Biology and Management
  • Master of Philosophy in Women’s Studies
  • Master of Philosophy in Zoology and Ecology
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Medicine
  • Master of Science in Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Master of Science in Pharmacy
  • Master of Science in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Master of Speech Pathology
  • Master of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Master of Tropical Animal Science
  • Master of Tropical Veterinary

Campus

James Cook University ‘s main campus in Townsville is home to more than 13,000 students, including 1,500 internationals. It is located about 13 kilometers from the city center in the suburb of Douglas in the middle of an area between bush and parkland with a lot of native flora and fauna: kookaburras and cockatoos are just as at home here as bush turkeys and wallabies.

In addition to lecture rooms and institute buildings, the campus also houses the main library of JCU as well as restaurants, cafés, sports facilities and the premises of numerous student clubs and organizations. With more than 1,400 students living directly on campus, the “community spirit” is always felt here.

James Cook University ‘s second main campus in Cairns is in Smithfield, about 15 kilometers from the city center and surrounded on three sides by rainforest. It is smaller than the Townsville campus and hosts approximately 4,000 students, of which approximately 400 are international.

Due to its size, the atmosphere here is particularly “family” and personal, but of course students will also find all the necessary facilities here, such as modern classrooms and an IT building, a library, cafes and sports facilities.

Other locations are in Brisbane, Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island. Smaller research stations and other offshoots of the university are spread throughout northern Queensland, and there is an offshore campus in Singapore.

  • James Cook University campus maps

Housing

Different campuses offer different accommodation options for international students, although Cairns does not offer on-campus living.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Apartments on campus
  • Private Apartments / Hotels

Townsville

Townsville is a vibrant port and coastal city in Northern Queensland and, with around 160,000 inhabitants, the largest city in tropical Australia.

The city is the economic and administrative center of Australia’s northeast and also the starting point for tourists who want to go to the Great Barrier Reef, which is only about two hours by boat from Townsville. It’s also about an hour to the Wet Tropics Rainforests of Paluma, and even less to Magnetic Island and the Billabong Sanctuary, home to koalas and crocodiles. In the wider area are the famous Whitsundays.

Townsville Beach is considered one of the most beautiful city beaches in Australia. It stretches for more than 2 kilometers lined with restaurants, cafes and bars and is a popular meeting place for Townsville residents who meet there to jog, picnic, swim or skydive.

Despite its location in the tropics, the climate in Townsville is pleasant – it is comparatively dry outside of the rainy season (January – March) and mostly very nice with 9 hours of sunshine per day, 320 sunny days per year and average temperatures of 25-30°C.

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