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FAQ2018-08-30T15:45:51+00:00

Ranked in the top 2% of Universities in the world by the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2016), James Cook University (JCU) is the second oldest university in Queensland and Australia’s leading university in the tropics. Over the past five years, JCU academics have won more awards for their excellence in teaching from the Australian Teaching and Learning Council than many larger universities.

You can complete an application form for the relevant course and email or post this back to us, together with copies of your qualifications.

Understandably, making a decision about what to study can be a difficult process.  We have staff based in some countries who may be able to assist you.  Alternatively, you can send us an email at enquire@jcub.edu.au.

JCU Brisbane has three start dates each year – in March, July and November.  As the student visa application process can sometimes be lengthy, it is best to choose a study date once this has been approved.

There is no application fee for JCU Brisbane.

Send us your application and transcripts so we can assess for credits.  Once this is processed, you will receive a Letter of Offer listing the number of credits you are eligible for, if any.

You must include your student ID number in the transaction details, this will ensure the Finance department can identify the payment and allocate to your ‘My Finances’ account.

JCU Brisbane does not have instalment plans. You can make numerous payments of fees up to the due date each trimester. Last payment of total fees must be paid by the due date each trimester.

Credit card payments can be made on campus at Student Services, student ID must be presented. You can also make a Direct Deposit (online transfer) if you have internet banking. You must use your student ID number as a reference. This will ensure the Finance department can identify the payment and allocate the amount to your ‘My Finance’ account.

An Authorization Form can be collected by you or the cardholder at Student Services. Please ensure that the person completing this form knows the exact amount that needs to be paid and has your student ID number.

You can request this yourself by logging into ‘My Finances’, selecting the link at the bottom of the page ‘Email my Fee Statement/Tax invoice’. This will automatically be emailed to your JCU email inbox.

As a JCU Brisbane student, you must pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSA Fee). The income from the SSA Fee is used to improve services and facilities on and off campus.  The SSA Fee is helping to build a better university experience for you. In October 2011, the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing universities to charge a student services and amenities fee up to a maximum annual amount (in 2017 this is $294). JCU introduced the SSA fee from 1 January 2012.

JCU Brisbane does not charge a student when payment is received from an international bank. Your bank may however charge you a fee when making this transfer. Please ask your bank if there will be any transfer charges as this may leave you with an outstanding balance on ‘My Finances’.

Starting November 2012 all newly enrolled students will be able to compete for the Academic Excellence Scholarship. This award program is of monetary value and is specifically designed for all students enrolling into our Brisbane programs from November 2012 onwards.

The Academic Excellence Scholarship will give all students the opportunity to improve their Grade Point Average (GPA) throughout their stay at JCU Brisbane and ultimately the possibility to compete for a JCU university medal.

You will require an IELTS score of 6.0, with no score lower than 5.5.   Other English tests that are accepted by JCU Brisbane include TOEFL (both paper & internet based) and Pearson (PTE Academic).

JCU Brisbane works in conjunction with Sarina Russo Institute to provide English programs to students who may require further English in order to pursue a degree.

Sarina Russo Institute is co located at 349 Queen St, in the same campus as James Cook University Brisbane. This provides students with access to a university study environment whilst allowing students to access all the same support services that are available to JCU Brisbane students.

If you are pursuing the Bachelor of Business, entry requirements for the relevant countries can be found here.

If you are after a Master degree, you will require an undergraduate degree in any discipline equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree.

If you are thinking of doing an IT degree, then you will need to have completed a recognised undergraduate degree in IT OR equivalent prior learning plus appropriate professional experience.

Send us your application and supporting documents so that your undergraduate degree can be assessed for entry into a Master degree in IT.

There are a range of services available to students.  The Learning Centre, Library, the Student Mentor Program and the Student Council all offer different services, and they are all here to provide you with the best university experience possible.

Once you have met all the conditions listed on your Letter of Offer (if any), you can accept the offer and make the required payment.  This usually consists of tuition fees for three subjects and the premium for your Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC).

You must complete the Acceptance and Payment Agreement and indicate where you intend to apply for your student visa.  We will also need a copy of your passport at this point.

If you have completed a degree that does not quite equate to an Australian degree, you may be eligible for the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP).

Successful completion of this four subject program will allow you entry into a number of postgraduate programs.

A trimester means there are three study periods in a year.  Australian universities usually provide a semester system, with start dates in Feb and July.  At JCU Brisbane, start dates are in March, July and November.  JCU Brisbane students can complete their degrees and enter the workforce earlier.

Yes, these days more employers are looking for graduates who can show that they have both the qualification and the work experience to do the job.

There are two ways to gain work experience while you’re studying at JCU Brisbane.

  1. You can apply to do an internship in your last trimester.  This is available as an elective in all programs except the Master of Professional Accounting.  For approximately 10 weeks, you will spend 10 to 20 hours per week working on a project set by your host organisation.  This experience will allow you to put into practice the theory you have learnt.  At the same time it allows you to experience the Australian work environment.
  2. Joblinx offers work experience opportunities.

Under Australian immigration regulations, students on a student visa may work up to 40 hours per fortnight during university teaching periods and without restriction during university vacations. Permission to work in Australia will be automatically included when the student is granted a student visa. For further information regarding your working rights please refer the Fair Work Australia website.

If a student’s spouse is joining them, they will also be able to work whilst the student is studying in Australia and can apply for a permission to work visa. The work conditions for the spouse will vary depending on the degree that is being studied. For further information regarding working rights please refer to the Fair Work Australia website.

JCU Brisbane has an employment and careers department which is run by a privately owned recruitment agency called Joblinx.

Joblinx assists students with part time and graduate employment as well as work experience opportunities.  A range of training programs are also available to prepare students for the global workplace.

There is some useful information on the Study Brisbane website that may be able to help you settle in when you first arrive in Brisbane to ensure a smooth transition.

Popularly known as the Sunshine State, Brisbane’s weather is never too cold or too hot.  Summer temperatures range between 20°C and 28°C, while the cooler winter months provide a temperature range between 10°C and 21°C.

Buses and trains are the most common forms of public transport.  Depending on where you stay, you might be able to take a ferry, walk or even cycle to the campus.