Why YOU Should Put JCU Brisbane First!

JCU Brisbane offers a world-class education, an abundance of opportunities and a campus that’s located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD.

First of all, congratulations on deciding to undertake tertiary education. Studying at university will be one of the most memorable experiences you will have in your young adult life. Throughout your university journey you will make life-long friends who are like-minded like you, learn a wealth of knowledge in a field you’re passionate about and grow personally and professionally.

The world is your oyster. As a fresh high school graduate, you now have the ability to study what your passionate about and in a university of your choice. It’s your time to shine and take control of your future.

Now comes the decision-making process. Deciding what university to apply for can be tricky, and while we might be biased, we believe JCU Brisbane is the best option for you! Why you ask?


A good campus location, can make your university experience go from good to great. Luckily for you, our campus is in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. The prime location for a student wanting to undertake a professional career and explore all the sights Queensland has to offer on the weekend. In walking distance, you will be able to go shopping in Queen Street Mall, eat out at marvellous bars and restaurants, explore the nightlife on Eagle Street and Fortitude Valley and watch live performances and musicals at South Bank. There is never a dull moment in Brisbane.

If you’re looking for a bit of adrenaline though, 45 minutes away by car you can visit one of the Gold Coasts many theme parks, go jet skiing along the East Coast or even hold a real crocodile at Australia Zoo. Crikey mate!


Every university promises a good education, but what really sets the great universities apart from the pack is their prestige and reputation. A great campus, impressive academic faculty and array of high-quality programs will ensure your successful post-graduation when entering the workforce.

When measuring prestige there are several credible outlets who rank universities worldwide and produce updated ranking lists annually.

To save you time, we have sought through all the data and created a few bullet points on how James Cook University preforms.
• JCU is a leader in teaching and research addressing the critical challenges facing the Tropics, worldwide.
• JCU is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the pre-eminent global rankings system, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU, 2017). *
• Recently ranked by Times Higher Education (THE) in the ‘Top 150 Universities under 50’ (2016).
• JCU is internationally recognised for its leadership in tourism teaching and research.
• JCU has been awarded a five-star rating for graduate employment. **

* Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016
** Good Universities Guide 2017


Campus Community
Studying abroad can be difficult, especially if it’s your first time living away from home. We know how it feels, and so does every one of our students studying at JCU Brisbane. Our campus is made up of 100% international students, so like you, they are in the same boat.

To ensure our students become well acquainted with each other and enjoy everything that college life entails, we work very hard in creating a friendly, welcoming campus community.

Before you land in Australia, we encourage our new students to join our Facebook groups where students can introduce themselves, meet other peers also studying in their cohort and learn about the programs we have on campus.

Once arriving, we then hold a big Orientation Day, filled with informative speeches from academics, staff and important members of the public. We want to ensure you feel comfortable and know everyone who works at our campus.

After these speeches, we celebrate your first day with free food (everything tastes better when it’s free), market day stalls and games organised by your JCU Brisbane Student Association (JCUBSA). Your JCUBSA is here to make you feel welcome and introduce you to the several social clubs we have on campus. Social clubs are great places to meet like-minded people, make new friends and become more involved in campus activities. To find out what clubs JCUB has on offer and when their sign-up dates are, please visit: https://www.jcub.edu.au/current-students/campus-life/student-association/social-clubs/

In addition to this, we also have a Student Mentor Program. The Student Mentor Program is a volunteer program designed to connect students with student mentors. Students may want a mentor for a number of reasons, so we have two different types of mentors, Buddy Mentor and Study Mentor. Both of these mentors aim to guide you, so you can get the most out of your experience here at JCU Brisbane.

Whether you are new to Brisbane, new to university or you just want to hone your study, leadership or people skills, the JCU Brisbane Student Mentor Program is here to help. For more information on this, please visit: https://www.jcub.edu.au/current-students/campus-life/student-mentor-program/


If we haven’t convinced you that JCU Brisbane is the place to be and you still have questions, please email our international marketing team at: enquire@jcub.edu.au and a member of our team will happily answer all your questions.