Summer School

Are You Currently in Year 12 and Planning to Study in 2025?

Then our intensive preparatory program is open to you! This is the perfect opportunity for you to build basic knowledge and skills to commence university studies next year.

JCU’s IERC Summer School for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

The Summer School conducts pre-programs for prospective Indigenous school leavers who are seeking to gain entry into JCU in 2025. It is run over a five-day period during the Summer school holidays and is taught by us here at the Indigenous Education and Research Centre (IERC). The focus is to build capabilities in Math, English, Chemistry and tertiary study skills. IERC staff run the program and supervise academic and recreational activities, with the help of Indigenous Student Ambassadors at JCU. The students will live on campus and take part in academic lectures and team-building activities. This interaction provides opportunities to meet University staff and students and form bonds with other students in the program.

JCU covers all costs associated with the program, including travel to and from Townsville, accommodation and catering costs for all participants. Accommodation is at the Saints Residential College on the Bebegu Yumba campus where students will be fully supervised at all times. On-campus accommodation allows for a complete university experience!

You will get to participate in experiments and develop critical reading and writing skills. Our sessions will introduce you to:

  • Academic literacy;
  • Mathematics; and
  • Chemistry

Come along to boost your confidence and skills and prepare your future with this higher education opportunity!

IERC Summer School 2023

Summer School 2023 Highlights

Check out the highlights from the 2023 Summer School Pre Program.

Summer School dates

This program is run at the end of each year. Dates for this will be released closer to the Summer school holiday period.

Click the registration button below to be added to our correspondence list for this program and we will notify you as soon as registrations open.

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“I attended the 2022 Indigenous Summer School all the way from Deniliquin NSW, Koori country. Summer School gave me the opportunity to experience what university life was like, it helped me build basic knowledge and the skills to commence my own university studies in 2023.

The experience helped me grow confidence in my ability to move away from home and live and study on my own. Meeting and becoming close with everybody who works in the Indigenous Education and Research Centre made me feel so comfortable and safe within the space.

The students and staff have become like family, and I wouldn’t be on this journey without their continued support and the warm experiences I had at Summer School."


Current JCU student

Summer School Alumni

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