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All students have the opportunity to come to a JCU campus and experience university life. Students gain new insights and skills at events tailored to suit the needs and aspirations of students in each Year level.

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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 – Thursday 26 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 23 October 2020.

Time & date: 3.30pm, Monday 23 November 2020

Location: JCU Cairns & Townsville Campus

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 who do not require overnight accommodation, are invited to participate in the Year 10 University Experience Local program.

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

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

Heroes in Health:

Get a sneak peek of what it’s really like to be in a healthcare career at Heroes in Health. This two-day program is a joint collaboration between JCU and the Mater Hospital that offers a unique opportunity to explore Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Careers.

What to expect?

Gain unique insights into careers in healthcare. You will go behind the scenes at the Mater Hospital, with opportunities to speak directly with health professionals and have all your questions answered. To help with your career goals, JCU Advisors will be on hand to provide information about JCU health courses.

This program will be run in October 2020 and is available in Rockhampton, Mackay, and Townsville. Coming to Cairns and Mount Isa in 2021.
Please visit our online registration page for more information.

Heroes in Business:

Fuel your passion for a career in business, law, finance and tourism, hospitality, and events at Heroes in Business. This two-day program is a joint collaboration between JCU, Pullman Cairns International, and The Ville Townsville that offers a unique opportunity to explore careers in business, law, finance, and tourism.

What to expect?

Gain unique insights into Business. You will experience hands-on activities showcasing all the elements to a successful business operation as well as hear from local business professionals. To help with your career goals, JCU Advisors will be on hand to provide information about JCU courses.

Accommodation Scholarship

Two accommodation scholarships are available for successful students who are located more than 150km away from their chosen program location.

This program will be run in October 2020 and is available in Cairns and Townsville. Coming to Mackay, Rockhampton and Mount Isa in 2021.
Please visit our online registration page for more information.

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