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Universities in Cairns

James Cook University - Cairns


As Queensland's second oldest university, James Cook University (JCU) is world renowned for its research and instruction focused on the tropics. The University is surrounded by numerous ecosystems including the Great Barrier Reef, rainforests of the Wet Tropics and more where students are able to apply their studies within the diverse environment. James Cook University- Cairns is recognized by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australia. At JCU there are hundreds of study areas for students to choose from, many offering exciting, hands-on field components. Popular study areas include:

Marine Biology
Tropical Biology and Zoology
Rainforest and Coastal Science
Earth Sciences/Geology
Indigenous Australian Studies

The Cairns campus is home to over 4,000 students, including about 380 international students, and has a spectacular surround with rainforest-covered mountains on three sides. Located near the northern beaches in the suburb of Smithfield, the campus is 9 miles north of the city center. Cairns is an attractive costal city with a population of 140,000 and provides students with 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. The city enjoys excellent tropical climates for most of the academic year including autumn, winter, and spring, and an average winter temperature of around 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Times Higher Education has ranked James Cook University within the top 300 universities (2016).

James Cook University supports ISA students with four $500 AUD awards per year.

Cricos Code: 00117J

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