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James Cook University, Cairns


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Over 4,000 students study at JCU Cairns, including about 380 international students. The campus location is spectacular – surrounded on three sides by rainforest-covered mountains. Located near the northern beaches in Smithfield's suburb, the campus is 15 kilometers (9 miles) north of the city center.

JCU Cairns houses state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities in an attractive setting. Facilities include an impressive library and information technology building, health science and science laboratories, student refectory, café, licensed bar, gym, sporting oval, and basketball court.

With over two million visitors annually, Cairns is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. Attractions include two World Heritage natural environments – the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Wet Tropics ancient rainforests. Nearby resort regions include Port Douglas and Mission Beach, the picturesque Atherton Tablelands and outback Queensland are within easy reach.

Our preferred accommodation partner in Cairns is the Cairns Student Lodge, who offers the full university study/accommodation experience. There are other private rental options close to campus, and our Accommodation service can help you find the best option for you.

Since our establishment in 1970, we have expanded into a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore, and Townsville, with smaller study centers in Mount Isa, Thursday Island, and Mackay. We also have a campus in Brisbane, operated by Russo Higher Education.

Our students come from many backgrounds, promoting a rich cultural and experiential diversity on campus. Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Creative Media, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Healthcare Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, Planning, Psychological Science, Science, Social Work, Sustainability and Veterinary Science. We aim to give graduates the qualifications and skills they need for the global workforce.

We also recognize our outstanding obligation to be relevant to our region and have forged close linkages into northern Queensland's economy and social fabric. We are dedicated to ensuring that our teaching, learning, and research are of high quality and deliver practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.

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