Founded in 1961, James Cook University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the suburban setting of the large town of Townsville (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Queensland. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Cairns, Brisbane, Singapore, Mackay, Beijing, Thursday Island, Mt Isa and Fiji. Officially accredited/recognized by the Department of Education and Training, Australia, James Cook University (JCU) is a large (enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. James Cook University (JCU) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 55 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. JCU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.