About James Cook University

Ranked in the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide*, James Cook University is Australia’s leading university for the Tropics. Offering excellence in teaching and research, over 22,000 students, including 7,000 international students from over 108 countries, study for JCU degrees.

Degrees are accredited by leading professional organisations and JCU consistently receives the top five-star rating** for graduate success in getting a job. James Cook University offers practical, hands-on learning experiences, as well as small class sizes, ensuring every student is given the opportunity to excel. * Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2018, produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
** The Good Universities Guide (2012 – 2017)

About JCU College

Studying an International Pathway program at JCU College can be your gateway to university and new opportunities. JCU College provides study options for students who are unable to meet the academic or English language entry requirements needed for direct entry into their preferred JCU degree, or for those seeking to enhance their career prospects.

Students studying an international pathway program at JCU College benefit from learning in a nurturing, supportive environment with small class sizes and lecturers committed to student success. With central locations at both JCU Townsville and JCU Cairns Campuses, JCU College students have full access to JCU's facilities and events, making the transition from pathway study into a JCU degree easier.

World-class facilities

With an outstanding global reputation, impressive, world-class, newly built facilities and dedicated academic staff, you can be certain that an education from JCU will provide you with the tools you need to start your ideal career.

Career-focused courses

JCU’s career-focused courses are designed to give you the kind of education employers rate highly. Student placements provide the opportunity to take part in a wide range of hands-on experiences which are designed to prepare students for the jobs of the future.

Beautiful campuses

Our two campuses based in tropical Townsville and Cairns locations have a modern and innovative, yet homely and welcoming appeal. Both campuses are surrounded by breathtaking scenery and are home to many native Australian animals.

Top 2 percent

We are ranked in the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide for academic studies and research by the pre-eminent global rankings system, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2017).

5 star rating for graduate employment

James Cook University has been awarded a five-star rating for graduate employment - the eighth year in a row the university has achieved the result.

Full range of student support

The JCU student support team place much of their focus on international students. They organise events and social gatherings and provide support if you’re feeling homesick or have any other issues.

Practical learning

Studying doesn’t have to happen purely within a classroom. Study on-site at JCUs reef, farm and rainforest learning facilities.

Great social opportunities

You’ll be studying on-site at the uni campus so you will feel like part of the family from day one. The uni hosts many social activities which you will be able to attend to broaden your social circles.

Experience JCU

A message from the Pro Vice Chancellor International


JCU College is proud to work in partnership with James Cook University (JCU), offering a range of pathway programs that prepare students for success in their degree studies and help them to achieve their career objectives and personal goals. At JCU College, every student's individual needs are important. Our class sizes are small and our staff are committed to student success. JCU College provides a positive, vibrant and supportive environment that enables you to immerse yourself in your studies, and the Australian way of life. Our highly qualified and experienced teachers will provide you with the very best learning experiences in class.

Outside the classroom, JCU College students can continue to develop through fun social activities, experiences of local Australian culture and adventures exploring our beautiful natural environment. Not only will you become prepared for university life, you will form lifelong friendships with students from all around the world.

I encourage you to make JCU College your first step towards a world class education at James Cook University and look forward to welcoming you to the JCU College community. Our dedicated and dynamic JCU College team is ready to work with you to achieve your study goals.

Melissa Banks,
Pro Vice Chancellor International,
James Cook University

Pro Vice Chancellor International James Cook University