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We invite high schools and their students to visit a JCU campus and experience university life. Students gain new insights and skills at events that are tailored to suit the needs and aspirations of students in their respective year level.

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Open Day for Schools –  July 2024

High schools are invited to bring their Year 10 and 11 students along to an exclusive Open Day event. Previously known as UniX Senior, Open Day for Schools is tailored to help students with senior subject selection and post-school decision making through exploration of study and career opportunities.

Held on the days before the public Open Days in Cairns and Townsville, students will benefit from a quieter environment with more one-on-one time to discover their future opportunities.

To register your school or find out more information, visit Open Day for Schools.

Neuroscience & Stress STEM-Day

High schools in Townsville are invited to nominate Year 10 and 11 students to attend this exclusive full-day event, offering hands-on neuroscience workshops with a real-world focus at JCU Townsville, Bebegu-Yumba campus. Students (and parents who are interested) will engage in a variety of practical STEM-based workshops exploring Neuroscience and Stress. Students will learn from JCU’s scientists with different backgrounds (e.g., anatomy, neuroimaging, medicine, engineering) and will have the opportunity to see a real brain in JCU’s world-class anatomy lab. By doing so, this event aims to build confidence in STEM and to open up the opportunity for related degrees and careers.

Limited student places are available per school – express your school’s interest below to be the first to know more information. Attendance is FREE but limited and includes free transportation and catering.


  • JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas – Saturday 9 March 2024

Contact Us
For more information please email

Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with JCU. 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 battled 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 hovercrafts.

The challenge encourages students to think outside the box and come together as a team to achieve a mutual goal, check out some photos from the Science and Engineering Challenge 2023 on the JCU Facebook page.

School Registrations will be sent to identified schools. Please contact your school relationship manager for further details at

Schools that register in the event will receive confirmation of inclusion, please identify students you wish to participate and request they complete the online student registration.

Get a sneak peek at the career of your dreams

The JCU Heroes programs have been designed to create a realistic experience of ‘a day in the life' of your chosen field. Students from all over North Queensland are offered the opportunity to attend these programs throughout the school year to gain practical skills and real career experience. To help with your future goals, JCU Advisors are always on hand to provide information about JCU and the courses of interest to you.

JCU’s Heroes programs are open to all year 11 and 12 students and give you behind the scenes access into what your dream career may look like. JCU works with our industry partners including the Mater Hospital, North West Hospital and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Country Bank and the North Queensland Cowboys to give you a chance to meet the experts and experience a day in their lives.

Visit the JCU's Heroes programs page to find out more information, including dates and how to apply.

Experience university, but not as you know it

TeacherX is an immersive, on-campus program for educators. Extend your professional development and explore
the opportunities available to your students by joining us for an engaging and unique on-campus experience.

What you will experience:

  • Hands-on, interactive sessions whilst finding out more about JCU
  • Engage with JCU’s state-of-the-art campus facilities
  • Delve into study and career options for your students
  • Experience student life in our on-campus accommodation

    To express your interest for the 2025 program, click below.

    More information available here

Titration Competition

JCU is excited to host the Titration Competition for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 located in Far North Queensland (Cairns and Townsville). The competition aims to encourage students who enjoy Chemistry - especially practical Chemistry - to recognise proficiency.

Students who prepare for the Titration Competition will gain confidence in the laboratory skills necessary to conduct volumetric analyses and in the analysis of the data obtained.

The competition will be run as per RACI Titration Competition Rules. Please read the Teacher Information and Student Information documents on the RACI website.

DATE: Tuesday 28 May 2024 | LOCATION: JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas
Email Dr Winnie Lee for any further enquiries.

DATE: Thursday 30 May 2024 | LOCATION: JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield
Email Rhiannon Connors for any further enquiries.

Register your school here.

Young Language Ambassador Conference

The College of Arts, Society and Education is excited to bring back its annual Young Language Ambassador (YLA) program in Townsville, inviting language students and their teachers to participate in an inspirational and fun conference. To participate in the event, schools selected a maximum of 6 language ambassadors. Selected ambassadors can be in Year 5 to 12. If your school offers more than one language and has a large amount of passionate language students, please feel free to contact us below.

DATE: Friday 26 July 2024 | LOCATION: JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas
Email for any further enquiries.

Register your school here.

Details for 2024 yet to be confirmed.

Why AI and Social Sciences are Everywhere
Artificial Intelligence is everywhere – we talk about it in classrooms, on the news, on social media, and it’s fast becoming part of our everyday lives. But what does AI mean for people and for society? What are the ethical issues involved? Spend a day exploring these questions at JCU.

September 4 to 10 is Social Sciences Week in Australia. The theme for 2023 is Social Sciences are Everywhere. On Friday, 8 September, the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) group at JCU is inviting Year 9 students to come to campus for a day of discussion, activities, and scenario-based learning with social scientists and current social science students from a range of disciplines.

The day will include short ‘lightning talks’ from experts in a range of social science disciplines, interactive ‘beat the bot’ sessions to apply a critical lens to AI, and small group activities to facilitate inquiry skills, ethical thinking, and futures thinking about the impacts of AI on society and our environment.

UniX Year 8 - November & December

Schools are invited to bring their Year 8 students to JCU Cairns or JCU Townsville for a day of excitement, fun and discovery. The Year 8 UniX experience provides students with an opportunity to sample what it’s like to study different subjects broadly covering science, engineering, medicine, nursing, education, social sciences, business and law. We aim to provide students with various career tasters to help identify and shape their future ambitions, assist with student subject choices in senior schooling years, and to promote positive post-school pathways to tertiary education.


  • JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield – 25 - 29 November 2024
  • JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas – 2 - 6 December 2024

A residential program is also available for schools in regional or remote areas that need to travel and overnight to attend the event.

Contact Us
For more information please contact (07) 4232 1562 or email

A unique opportunity to up your STEM game

Engineering Futures is a live-in program giving students in Years 10, 11 and 12 the chance to sample university life and get more familiar with STEM subjects during the school holidays.

Fully funded by JCU, the program offers students a distinctive experience of tertiary education in science, engineering and technology-related fields, while still studying in high school. Over five days, students live on-campus and take part in academic, personal development and team-building activities, with opportunities to meet current JCU students, university staff and other like-minded high school students.

Monday 1 July - Saturday 6 July 2024
JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas