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Australia’s leading tropical research university

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Townsville campus.

JCU is one of the most successful research universities in regional Australia. It is the second oldest university in Queensland and the primary provider of professional personnel for northern Queensland.

The range of courses and study areas is extensive at JCU, for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. JCU courses are also available with our network of education partners in Australia and overseas.

Our modern campuses in Cairns and Townsville house excellent teaching facilities including: state-of-the-art science and health science laboratories, aquarium complexes, speech pathology and psychology clinics, creative arts studios, exhibition spaces, television and radio studios and an archaeology field laboratory, to name just a few. The JCU library is one of the best in regional Australia.

Our academics are highly qualified, often world-leaders in their fields, and accessible. The study experience at JCU consistently gains a 5-star rating by our graduates in the Good University Guides.

JCU is recognised for providing a student-centred learning environment. Our comprehensive support services and friendly campuses will enable you make the most of your time at university.

International opportunities are open to all JCU students. You can complete part of your studies at an overseas partner university through our JCU Students Abroad Exchange Scheme.

As a leading research university, JCU attracts over $27 million in research funding annually. Students benefit from outstanding facilities, access to island and rainforest field stations, curriculum input from research and industry experts, and valuable work-placement opportunities.

JCU’s spectacular location alongside two World Heritage environments – the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics – is a bonus for our students. Northern Queensland is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, with a fantastic range of leisure activities. Cairns and Townsville are thriving coastal cities in some of the fastest growing regions in Australia.

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