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Year 8 Uni Experience will be back in 2021 where students will have the opportunity to sample what it is like to study a range of different subjects broadly covering Science, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Education, Social Sciences, Business, Law, and Creative Arts.

JCU Year 10 University Experience will now be offered from Monday 23 – Friday 27 November 2020

Year 10 students are offered the opportunity to experience university life for themselves. Though interactive information sessions in key study areas, engaging with academics and hearing from current students, your students will be supported through the fundamental time in their future studies decision making process. The Year 10 university experience has been design to help inspire and provide relevant information while making these important decisions for their senior Years.

Residential Program:

Living outside of the JCU catchment shouldn’t be an obstacle in allowing students to participate in JCU activities. For the Year 10 University Experience, we appreciate you travelling the distance to get to our campus, so we have implemented a residential component to the program. This program provides students from regional and remote areas the opportunity to participate in our full University Experience. Students will gain experience staying in university residential accommodation* whilst also increasing self-confidence and self-efficacy.This program builds awareness about university life while being able to participate in the uni experience program.

*Please note - Residential accommodation placements are limited. We Strongly encourage schools to register residential placements as soon as possible before the closing date Friday 16 October 2020.

Time & date: 3.30pm, Monday 23 November 2020

Location: JCU Cairns & Townsville Campus


3.30pm – Arrival & check into accommodation

4.00pm – Activities

6.00pm – Dinner

7.00pm – Activities

8.00pm – Students return to their accommodation


Accommodation will include:

  • Single bed in a shared room,
  • Shared bathroom facilities
  • Meals (Dinner and Breakfast)

Accommodation will be capped at $90 per person. The accommodation provider will issue your school with an invoice directly following your stay. There is no requirement to pay on the day.

Local Program:

Schools within the Cairns region, who do not require overnight accommodation, are invited to participate in the Year 10 University Experience program.

Lunch will be provided for students and teachers attending this event. There is no cost associated with this program.

Indicative Program

09:00am              Arrival

09:30am              Introductions and Welcome

10:00am              Academic Session one

10.45am              Academic Session two

11:30am              Lunch

12:15pm              Academic Session three

1:00pm                Student Life Session

1:45pm                Conclusion

2:00pm                Depart Campus

Register your attendance:

Register your school though our online registration page to participate for Year 10 Uni Experience on both JCU Cairns and Townsville campus’.

Please contact the Future Students team for more information.

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with James Cook University. Through the Challenge, students experience aspects of science and engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment.

Year 10 students from across the region will battle it out for a place at the State Super Challenge by building bridges, wiring cities, building a bionic hand, constructing earthquake proof towers and designing a catapult.

Students are supported to explore scientific principles for themselves rather than being guided to a pre-determined answer. The Science and Engineering Challenge strives to encourage students in Year 10 to consider a future career in science or engineering as they enter their senior schooling.

The challenge has a maximum of 8 schools in attendance each day, with a maximum number of 32 students per schools.

Contact the Future Students team to register your interest in attending the 2020 Science and Engineering Challenge.

Cairns Science and Engineering Challenge
3rd November 2020

Townsville Science and Engineering Challenge
5th and 6th November 2020

Have you ever wondering what it’s like to be in a working hospital? The HERO - Health: Exploring the Realm of Opportunity program offers students a first-hand view of what it’s really like to work in a healthcare career. The two-day program,collaborated between the Mater Hospital and James Cook University, offers students a unique opportunity to explore Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Careers.

The HERO Program offers unique insights into careers in health care. Students go behind the scenes at the Mater Hospital, with opportunities to speak directly with health professionals and have all their questions answered. To assist students with their career goals, JCU Advisors will be on hand to provide information about JCU health courses during The Hero Program.

This program will be available to students in the second half of 2020. Contact us for more information.