JCU Winter School: Discover university life and gain skills for success

Want to know what it's like to be a uni student? Then our residential preparatory program for high school students may be the program for you.

The JCU Winter School for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students offers students in Year 10, 11 and 12 the chance to experience university life during the school holidays.

Over five days, students live on campus and take part in academic lectures and team-building activities in an interactive program that provides opportunities to meet University staff and students and form bonds with other students in the program.

On-campus accommodation allows for a complete university experience. Accommodation is in the residential colleges on campus and catering is provided for all participants while students are on campus. JCU covers the cost of return travel, including flights, bus or train, for students outside of the Townsville region.

Further Information

Applications for the July 2019 Winter School are open from 25 March.

To find out about the next opportunity or for further information, contact the Indigenous Education and Research Centre administration team.

Indigenous Summer Pre-program

The JCU Summer Pre-program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is a new initiative of the Indigenous Education and Research Centre (IERC), in partnership with the JCU academic Colleges.

Summer Pre-program conducts pre-programs for prospective Indigenous students who have completed Year 12 QCE or HSC requirements and are seeking to gain entry into JCU.

Summer Pre-programs are intensive preparation programs related to a students' preferred course of study.

The pre-programs also serve as an alternative selection process for students who may not achieve the required OP, ATAR or HSC score for their preferred course of study.This year, the initial Summer Pre-program will conduct a pre-program for prospective engineering and nursing students only.

Applications closed 12th November 2018.

We hope to offer Pre-programs in other disciplines in 2019.

At JCU we give you every opportunity to succeed in your studies

There are course options available for everyone, whether you are leaving high school, returning to study, or starting university as a mature-age student. You will find a degree that suits you and can be delivered at your own pace (part-time, full-time or external mode, online or on-campus).

Pathways to University

You may have the skills, maturity and commitment needed for tertiary study, but not the formal academic qualifications. Maybe you didn’t achieve the OP or ATAR score you had hoped for. All is not lost. We offer alternate pathways to help you get into university.

Visit the JCU Pathways to University website, or call us on Freecall 1800 246 446 to find out how higher education at JCU may be accessible and achievable for you.

Not sure if you're ready for university? Try the Readiness Assessment, a pre-enrolment online tool that helps you gauge your readiness for tertiary study.

JCU Courses and Degrees

Explore JCU's course and study options by area of interest, course level, or campus.

You may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course, but might consider the Diploma of Higher Education, a one-year course designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

For a taste of university, single subject short courses are also available.

Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP)

The only program of its kind in tropical Queensland, IHCAP is a pathway into a health degree for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. It provides access to academic and social support services by dedicated and experienced staff.

IHCAP offers a 3-4 week orientation held at JCU Townsville each year in January. During that time, students will complete our Effective Writing subject as preparation for university study.

For further information, download the IHCAP Brochure (PDF, 617 KB) or contact Dr Karen Ives, Indigenous Student Support Advisor on (07) 4781 3804 or email Karen.Ives@jcu.edu.au.

RATEP Community-based Teacher Education Program

RATEP is an award winning community-based program which enables Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become fully qualified teaching assistants and/or registered teachers. It is offered in partnership with the Queensland Department of Education and Training and TAFE Queensland North.

Eligible students who live in locations where there is a RATEP Study Centre can apply through QTAC for entry into the full-time 4-year Bachelor of Education (Primary).

For further information, contact ratep@jcu.edu.au or visit the Queensland Government website.

Fees and Financial Support

Check out this handy video about the costs of going to university. Find out what fees you have to pay for a university course or degree.  You can also find out if you're eligible to defer payment of your fees through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) scheme.

The Scholarships@JCU website provides a searchable database of available internal and external scholarships, including Commonwealth funded scholarships for Indigenous higher education students to support the general costs of study, and support those who have to move from a regional or remote area to be able to study.

ABSTUDY is an Australian Government initiative that provides financial help for eligible Indigenous students.