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    James Cook University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    James Cook University (JCU) is a public university in Australia that is situated in Townsville, Queensland. It was established in 1961 by the Ministry of Education, Queensland to surpass the legacy of research by James Cook. Hence, the intuition is quite famous for its research programs. JCU has been ranked under 2% of recognized universities globally for its academic performance, graduate employability and employer satisfaction. The university carries a total number of 22,000 students out of which around 3,180 are international students, making it an attractive university to study in Australia

    The university offers Internationally renowned teaching and research staff for expertise learning. There are 4 campuses of the university located at Brisbane, Singapore, and Cairns with its main campus in Townsville alongside 3 major study centers at Mount Isa, Mackay, and Thursday Island. JCU is well known for its indulgence in Astronomy, Medical Science and Wildlife Science. It has however taken a major step forward to develop a viable vaccine for malaria

    Key Features and achievements:

    • About 1600 students reside on-campus.
    • JCU has a research network with over 124 countries 
    • JCU's Marine Water and Freshwater Biology is no.1 Globally.
    • JCU's Science Place was awarded LEED Gold rating for its environmentally sustainable design.
    • The University is no.1 for its sustainable development and no.1 for biodiversity conservation.
    • One of the top-30 modern Universities in the world.
    • Received 5 stars for skills development, learning engagement, full-time employment, and social equity by the Good University Guide.


    University Type Public Research University
    Campus Setting Suburban, Regional
    Establishment Year 1961
    No. of Campuses 7
    Graduate Job Rate 72.9% (full time)
    Funding 826 million AUD
    Cost of Attendance 29,036 - 46457 AUD (annually)
    Applications Accepted Online/Offline/Through Agent/QTAC
    Work-Study Available
    Mode of Program Full time, Part-time, Online

    James Cook University Rankings 

    Rankings Ranking Agency
    #462nd World University Rank QS Top Universities
    #29th Young University Rank Times Higher Education
    #39th Impact Rank Times Higher Education
    #210-250th World University Rank Times Higher Education
    #19th Rank in Australia US News
    #21st Rank in Oceania  US News
    #287th Global Rank US News
    #17th National Rank CWUR
    #459th World Rank CWUR
    #433rd Research Performance Rank CWUR
    #301-400 World Rank ARWU
    #39th Country Rank UNI Rank
    #1812 World Rank UNI Rank

    James Cook University Programs

    Popular programs offered by James Cook University (with fees)

    Department Name Estimated Tuition Fee/Year
    Arts, Education & Information Sciences 29471 AUD
    Law & Nursing 31213 AUD
    Business 32186 AUD
    Engineering & Pharmacy 35859 AUD
    Science 36846 AUD
    Medicine 55936 AUD
    Veterinary Sciences 57176 AUD
    Dental 64931 AUD
    • 49 undergraduate and 68 postgraduate degree programs are offered at James Cook University under six colleges and 32 areas of study. 
    • JCU’s Marine Biology is ranked number one in the world. 
    • Other subjects that have ranked worldwide are Art, Business Management Studies, Engineering, Law, Biomedical Sciences, Dental Surgery, etc.

    James Cook University Campus and Accommodation

    • Townsville Campus itself has a capacity of 11,500 students, including over 1,500 international students.
    • Townsville is set in 386-hectare of natural parkland setting with around 13 kilometers from the central business district. 
    • JCU facilities with basic yet attractive libraries, cafes, bars, fitness, sporting, and student clubs. 
    • Around 1,400 students reside on-campus.
    • Brisbane Campus offers accommodation with a total capacity of 687 students. 
    • Alongside on-campus stay facility, the campus also provides basic services from air-conditioned rooms, meals and internet facilities. 
    • The rooms are available in single, twin and triple sharing provisions. 
    • Apart from On-campus, the university also provides off-campus Home-stay facilities.
    James Cook University Campus
    • On-campus, James Cook University, Townsville offers residential facilities for international students. There are five residence facilities on-campus. Along with off-campus accommodation for students. 
    • The accommodation facilities are available for up to 1,550 students. 
    • A few of the popular houses available and operated by the university are namely George Roberts Hall, Rotary International House, and University Hall.
    • The campus does not require a student to be ‘only’ international to live in this residence. However, the residence does require to be shared among 7 candidates/students. 
    • The other rooms include accommodation blocks and room with a common room, attached kitchenette, computer facilities, study areas, laundry facilities, and gymnasium.
    • JCU also offers options for candidates who are under 18 years of age and willing to stay off-campus. For such cases, homestays are provided by the university with Australian families or a guarding certificate.

    James Cook University Admission Process

    Application Form: International students can apply online, offline or through their country-specific agents. The students belonging to Australia and/or pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma can apply through QTAC Application. The application can be submitted six weeks before attending college. 

    The following table shows the required score for each exam:

    Test Test Scores
    ACT 22
    SAT 1000
    GMAT (for PG) 620
    TOEFL (iBT) 79-100
    TOEFL (PBT) 550-577
    IELTS 6.5 overall
    PTE 79-100

    Admission Deadlines James Cook University 

    Bachelor of Business  May 21st, 2021 September 2021 26th April 2021 9th August 2021
    Bachelor of Commerce  May 21st, 2021 September 2021 26th April 2021 9th August 2021
    Bachelor of Medicine  February 2022 31st August 2021
    Bachelor of Veterinary Science  February 2022 31st August 2021
    Bachelor of Psychological Science February 2022 31st October 2021
    • Graduate Deadlines 
    Program Commencement Period  Deadlines 
    Master of Medical Science  July 2021 31st May 2021
    Master of Data Science  August 2021 19th July 2021
    Master of Psychology(Clinical) February 2022 30th September 2021
    Master of Teaching and Learning  February 2022 30th November 2021
    Master of Medical Science  February 2022 27th December 2021

    Cost of Attendance at James Cook University

    • The cost to stay in Australia in a broader perspective remains quite the same. However, the major change in cost is seen, due to residence differences. Either on-campus or off-campus with a full board facility is around $290 AUD to $442 AUD per week. 
    • Those who are willing to self-cater can expect expenditure of at least $270 AUD to $350 AUD per week.
    James Cook University Cost of Attendance
    Expenses Approximate Costs (weekly)
    Rent (on share) 120 AUD
    Homestay 180 AUD
    Electricity 80 AUD
    Internet 55 AUD
    Transport/Travel 70 AUD
    Books and Supplies 55 AUD
    Other 50 AUD
    • Based on a privately rented share house. All costs are estimated and are subject to change. 
    • JCU, however, offers free Wi-Fi to students on Campus. 
    • Approximate costs of attendance generally shoot up to 48,731 AUD per year. 

    Financial Aid and Scholarships James Cook University

    International students are offered various scholarships by the James Cook University. These scholarships are widely for research scholars also. Some of them are:

    Name of Scholarship Value
    James Cook University International Excellence Scholarship Depending upon profile
    JCU International Merit Stipend $700 AUD/ monthly
    JCU College Pathways 25% reduction in tuition fee
    Australia Award Scholarship Depending upon profile, reason - Maximum benefit, the full cost of attendance to be relieved
    • For all the scholarships above, JCU has maintained a very flexible design for students in need. 
    • There are no certain criteria which decide the value and eligibility. However, the Scholarship is indeed assessed on the basis of an overall academic and scholastic profile. 
    • It is necessary to provide all the information and documents asked at the time of the process. 
    • All profiles are automatically accepted for the scholarship when applying for admission to the university. The further process is required to be taken by a specific request. 

    James Cook University Placements

    JCU's Career and Employability help students in career planning and provide a variety of employment opportunities.

    • Students may explore full-time and part-time jobs along with internships through CareerHub. The CareerHub also provides information about upcoming career events, workshops, and employers. 
    • Students can also earn work experience and increase their employability skills through volunteering programs. Participation in volunteering can increase a student's chances of getting hired during on-campus recruitment. Students can work as volunteers either on-campus or off-campus including overseas.
    • Students are also advised to apply for an internship program during the second year of their study program. The internships are advertised throughout the year on various internship job portals.

    Top Paid Jobs offered to James Cook University Graduates:

    Job/Position Average Salary
    T & Software Development 59,000 USD
    Compliance, AML, KYC & Monitoring 56,000 USD
    Executive Management & Change  36,000 USD
    Marketing, Product & Communications 34,000 USD
    Support Functions & Translation 25,000 USD
    Human Resources 24,000 USD

    Average Salary of JCU Graduates by Degree 

    Degree Average Salary
    Bachelor 76,000 USD
    Master of Science 68,000 USD
    Bachelor of Science 36,000 USD
    MBA 35,000 USD
    Bachelor of Arts  31,000 USD
    Masters in Management 9,900 USD


    Ques. James Cook University Famous for?

    Ans. The University is famous for its innovative research as well as high-quality teaching. It has received many accolades for its research performance. It also received Excellence for research in Australia.

    Ques.  Is James Cook University worth it?

    Ans. JCU is worth it as it is one top-rated university in Australia. It has received much recognition for teaching standards all over the world. The university also helps international students through financial aids and helps them in career planning through internship programs and career opportunities. It is worth going for those who are looking for good placements along with scholarships.

    Ques.  What is the minimum GPA required for admission to James Cook University?

    Ans.  A GPA of 5.0 on the scale of 7.0 or a 3.0 GPA on the scale of 4.0 is required for admission in undergraduate and graduate programs.

    Ques.  What are the courses offered by MTU?

    Ans. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in programs are offered in disciplines like Business, Law, Pharmacy, Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Education, Tourism, Veterinary, and Nursing. 

    Ques. What is the admission process for international students at Michigan Technological University?

    Ans. International students are required to provide their high school or college transcripts along with English proficiency proof, standardized test score, international declaration form, resume for graduate programs, and passport.

    Ques. What are the Tuition fees at James Cook University?

    Ans. Average Undergraduate tuition fees are 12,900 AUD per semester. The tuition fee for graduate programs is 14,450 USD per semester. 

    Ques. Does James Cook University offer scholarships for international students?

    Ans. International students are eligible for need-based and merit-based scholarships. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on the minimum GPA scored.

    Ques.  Does James Cook provide Career Service?

    Ans. The career service of James Cook University has a variety of services available from job opportunities to career development resources. It also helps international students in search of jobs and helps them in securing their careers.

    Ques.  Is there an Accommodation facility available at James Cook University?

    Ans. Accommodation facility is available both on-campus and off-campus. On-campus Accommodation has numerous facilities available. Students looking for an independent house can opt for off-campus Accommodation.

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    James Cook University Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $20,286 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    8 : 1

    James Cook University comparison

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    collegedunia score4.8 Out of 104.6 Out of 104.2 Out of 10
    ranking (overall)# 101 Times Higher Education 2021
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    # 174 US News 2021
    # 201 Times Higher Education 2021
    subject strength# 201 for Sciences by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 251 for Education by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 251 for Clinical Science by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 101 for International Business by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 101 for Economics by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 101 for Law by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 126 for Education by Times Higher Education 2021
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    programsUG Programs -112
    PG Programs -51
    Doctorate Programs -13
    UG Programs -184
    PG Programs -62
    Doctorate Programs -4
    UG Programs -130
    PG Programs -66
    exam scoreGMAT - 675
    PTE - 63
    TOEFL - 97
    IELTS - 7.5
    GMAT - 675
    PTE - 66
    IELTS - 7.5
    TOEFL - 99
    GRE - 315
    GMAT - 550
    PTE - 62.5
    TOEFL - 94
    IELTS - 7.5
    cost to studyAverage Tuition Fees   20286 USD
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   26882 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 21491 USD Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   19300 USD
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    Average Tuition Fees   21300 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 17222 USD Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   20217 USD
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   22356 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 15715 USD Per Year
    placement (average package)

    Top paying sectors are IT & Software Development, Compliance, AML, KYC and Monitoring, and Management; Average annual salary are Bachelors – 76,000 USD, MS – 68,000 USD, BS - 36,000 USD, MBA – 32,000 USD

    Graduate Employability Rankings: 301- 500; Top recruiters: Flight Centre Ltd., Telstra Corporation Ltd, George Floth Pty Ltd, Harbour Town Centre Management; Highest paid degrees: Masters (79,000 USD), MBA (71,000 USD), Bachelor of Science (78,000 USD), Bachelor of Arts (57,000 USD).

    Graduate Employability Ranking 2020: 251 – 300; Sectors paying the highest salary to graduates are HR, Media & Communications, Finance; MBA: 146,000 USD per annum; BBA: 122,000 USD per annum; Masters in Management: 83,000 USD per annum

    application requirements

    English as pre-requisite subject; Work experience; Statement of Purpose

    Certified copies of academic result; Proof of English proficiency; portfolio or audition or work experience (if relevant); Resume

    60% – 70% for admission in UG; Grading System Description; Portfolio

    campuses and b schoolsJames Cook University (Brisbane Campus)
    NACurtin Business School
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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $20,286 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $26,882 / Year
    On Campus
    Standard Room
    $12,163 / Year
    Off Campus
    Private Room with shared bathroom
    $9,328 / Year

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    Address: Ground Floor/349 Queen St, QLD 4000


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    7.9 out of 10
    8.4/10Social Life


    7.8 /10

    It is one of the oldest University with very reputable identity. The course work and education structure is of highest of standards

    Course Curriculum :

    It amazing in very simple words. University has a structure of much more exposure for students towards education structure and student council. It’s important to be a part of student body to be heard and learn new things especially when studying abroad.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    6.3 /10

    I decided to study in Australia to gain better education and career opportunities and as I heard a lot about JCU from my friends living there, I decided to opt forthis university only. My GPA of 8 helped me to get admitted here. I had to submit a common application form.

    Course Curriculum :

    By choosing to study an MPA at JCU Brisbane, I undertook advanced learning in both theory and professional practice whilst learning to solve accounting and business problems in innovative ways. I was equipped with the skills to advise companies on current and future financial issues, enabling strategic goals to be achieved.

    9 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    6 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 extracurricular
    9.0 /10

    While I was going through colleges and universities for my management program, I shortlisted some of the colleges of the Australia. I chose to study at James Cook University as it offers the best research programs and is recognized globally for it's exceptional academics and a degree from here will multiply my career prospects. I applied to the university by filling an online form and paid $250 for it.

    Course Curriculum :

    My 4-year program is providing me with a solid foundations needed for a prosperous business career in a modern organization. Upon graduating, we will be ready to apply the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that are valued in today’s business world. It is the most flexible degree. Once the foundation is set with the core business subjects, we'll be able to construct a personalized business degree to suit our chosen profession.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    8.5 /10

    I first came to know about it through the newspaper where a study abroad ad was given. After enquiry, I then started with my application process. I paid an amount of $150 which was non refundable. The application was to be filled through the online university portal.

    Course Curriculum :

    I would say it was average, for me personally a degree was all that mattered to me. The subjects were easy but it was hectic due to assignments.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    6.3 /10

    This university was good in academics and had a good location

    Course Curriculum :

    James cook university is good in studies. But still i wont recommend people to study there as its content is not of college or how it should be as i thought of college studies

    7 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    1 James Cook Dr, Douglas 4814

    Nearby this campus

    • Book Store
    • Bus Station
    • Airport
    • Shopping Mall
    • Super Market
    • Restaurant

    Book Store

    The Co-op at JCU Townsville0.00 km
    Medico News0.86 km
    Adventist Book Centre Northern Australia2.69 km
    ABC Christian Books2.69 km
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    Helipad Hospital0.86 km

    Super Market

    Wantok Minimart & Kofi Haus2.18 km
    Woolworths Kirwan3.07 km
    Woolworths Nathan Plaza3.14 km
    Coles The Willows3.33 km
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    Bus Station

    Student Union Mall0.46 km
    Student Union Mall0.48 km
    Buchan Rd near Endeavour Dr0.64 km
    Parkinson Rd at George Robert Halls0.66 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Medilink Townsville Hospital0.87 km
    Riverside Shopping Centre1.23 km
    Parkside Plaza Kirwan3.08 km
    Stockland Townsville Shopping Centre3.24 km
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    Lenard's Chicken - Stockland Townsville Kmart3.16 km
    Tong Kee Chinese Takeaway3.17 km
    Skewerz3.34 km
    Hungry Jack's Burgers Willows Food Court3.36 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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