We empower students to be independent, critical and analytical thinkers, and assist them to plan, set and achieve their goals.

At JCU, students have access to a wealth of professional development opportunities, mentor and peer-support programs, and learning support, as well as free learning, reading, writing and maths study sessions.

Students can also take advantage of our dedicated meeting spaces and computer labs to commune and provide and receive peer support.

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Thinking about uni?

Discover pathways and options for enrolling in a course at JCU

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Current Students

JCU students have free access to academic, personal and financial support services and advice

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JCU Inaugural Indigenous Student Awards Night

Community

We give voice to Indigenous students, their families and communities, and celebrate our collective achievements

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Research

We engage in and support innovative research that benefits Indigenous communities

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Teaching and Learning

Our students gain knowledge and understanding of the importance of culture to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and other Indigenous peoples living in the Tropics

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Our Staff

Meet our dynamic team of academic and teaching staff, professional staff, academic support advisors, student support officers and researchers

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We pay our respects to our ancestors and Elders past, present and future


We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation and the traditional custodians of the lands on which our campuses are located and where we conduct our business.

JCU is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to JCU and society.

How doctors can help close the gap

First year Medicine student Joanne Kaczmarek talks about how doctors can help close the gap in Indigenous health


Hear from graduates and current students


Michale Chandler

Michale Chandler

Michelle graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree

"I'm an Aboriginal and Australian South Sea Islander woman from Juru country in the Birri Gubba nation of Bowen. I really enjoyed my placements while studying, some of which were really interesting, like the Acute Neurology Rehabilitation Ward at The Townsville Hospital, and the Surgical Ward at the Cairns Base Hospital.

I have been employed as a full-time school based physiotherapist with the Department of Education in Townsville. I will be working with a team of therapist visiting local schools and helping students from 5-17 years of age. Eventually, I would like to start my own practice in my hometown of Bowen."

Find out more about the JCU Bachelor of Physiotherapy Degree
Assan Sam

Assan Sam

Assan is studying in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science degree

"I'm of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and my home community is Palm Island. I visit the Indigenous Education and Research Centre regularly. They are like my family. I head in to have a yarn most of the time and I occasionally use the other services provided. I like the space and the environment of the Centre.

My advice to others is to not hesitate to study. If this is something you really want to do, just dive straight into it. You'll have all the support you need and probably more. Making friends will help you get through the degree and will come in handy when you need to study and do assessment. When you come to university, try to participate as much as you can."

Explore JCU's Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science degree