Planning for your future Frequently asked questions about uni

Frequently asked questions about uni

Do you have a question about applying to study at JCU, our courses or life on campus? Check out our list of commonly asked questions below and if you can't find the information you’re looking for get in touch with your query and one of our Future Student Advisors will be in touch.

If we think other students may have a similar question or would be interested in the answer we’ll add it to the FAQs listed below (don’t worry, we won’t include your name).

First off think about what your interests or passions are. Is there a subject at school you really like, or a real world issue that you would love to solve? Answering these questions can be a good starting point when thinking about possible university courses as you are more likely to complete your degree and enjoy your time studying if you have a keen interest in the subject matter.

Our course pages are packed full of helpful information about what you can expect from a course, including videos, brochures and testimonials from current and past students, as well as ideas for future careers.

If you have questions or want to chat about your options you can get in contact with the JCU Student Centre. They’re available face-to-face, on the phone or via email. Your school Guidance Officer is also available for advice on courses and careers, and your family and family friends can also be a good source of information when it comes to seeing what a job looks like in real world situations and finding out how they got into their chosen career.

If you’d like further inspiration or want to know more about a specific job you can also visit the Job Outlook site.

Yes, if you feel like a course or subject isn’t right for you, there are options.

You are able to withdraw from subjects before the Census Date, which means you won’t have to pay for that subject. The Census Date is usually a few weeks into the semester. For more information click here.

If you change your mind further down the track about studying a subject, or your whole degree, JCU has staff who are experts in subjects and enrolments who’ll be able to chat with you about your options and help you make a plan - you may even be able to receive credit towards starting your new course.

ATAR results aren’t always what you expect and changing your mind about your career path (after you’ve already chosen your final year subjects) is common. To help you get back on track and continue your journey towards your dream career there are various pathways and options available to help you succeed.

  • Bridging Courses: some undergraduate courses have prerequisites to admission. If you don’t have these and know exactly what subject you need to get into a course, a bridging course could be for you.
  • The Certificate of Higher Education: if you meet the ATAR score for your preferred bachelor degree but are missing one or two prerequisite subjects this is the course for you. Choose to study Bridging Science for Teachers, Essential Maths, Preparatory Mathematics or Preparatory Chemistry, in short intensive block modes, and complete in time to start your Bachelor degree.
  • The Diploma of Higher Education is a one year course designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into their desired course. The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first-year degree subjects and is designed to help you develop the necessary skills to be a successful university student through one-on-one personal support and subjects related to your desired degree.

Assessments change depending on your course. You might be:

  • writing an essay on the causes of crime
  • producing your own radio show
  • demonstrating your theoretical knowledge in an exam
  • completing interactive quizzes
  • teaching strength exercises to members of the community, or
  • providing healthcare to a remote community in need.

Have a course in mind and want to know more? Check out the Course Handbook. This will tell you the admission requirements for the course and the various subject combinations you could take during your degree.

If you ever need help during your studies, a wide range of academic and personal support is available. Explore more.

JCU’s Student Success Package provides Year 12 students with the reassurance of knowing they have secured a place at JCU prior to ATAR results being released. The Success Package consists of three components: Early Offers, Guaranteed Admission, and Adjustment Factors.

  • Early Offers: apply for a place at JCU today and receive your conditional offer in only 48 hours. To participate in JCU’s Early Offer Program you must work with your school on a recommendation and list JCU as your first preference in QTAC when applications open in August.
  • Guaranteed Admission: receive guaranteed entry to the majority of JCU courses based on your ATAR results only.
  • Adjustment Factors: you could be eligible to receive ATAR adjustments based on where you live in Queensland or what subjects you successfully completed at school.

To learn more visit Year 12 Student Success Package.

JCU has over 50 scholarships available, some up to the value of $45,000. Students of all abilities and backgrounds may be eligible to apply - even those waiting for ATAR results and offers.

In addition to JCU-run scholarships there are also external scholarships available which are scholarships offered to students by private companies and the government.

Yes, JCU has a wide variety of sports, events and clubs to match your interests – which means you can make the most of your uni experience on and off campus.

Want to join a sports team or social club? The JCU Student Association has you covered with over 40 clubs available covering running, basketball, AFL, swimming, bike riding, films, sustainability, esports and robotics, to name a few. Can’t find the right club? Don’t worry, you can create your own!

Do you have the travel bug and want to explore the world while completing your course? You can with the JCU Global Experience. JCU has Outbound Exchange partner universities in more than 20 countries across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas. JCU offers free events for students, including helpful workshops, career fairs and fun social events to help you make the most of your time at uni.

Starting university is an incredible time packed with many new experiences and emotions. To give you the best start, you will be matched with an experienced student mentor who’s been there before. Students find these mentors great for advice and support, because they’ve often studied the same course and know what you’re experiencing

You can contact the Future Students Team via one of the following channels:

Living on campus is fun, social and supportive. It’s a great way to get the most out of your time at uni and will introduce you to new friends from all over Australia, and around the world. Whether you have to move away from your hometown for study or just want more independence, finding the right accommodation to suit your individual needs is an important step.

You may find you enjoy traditional dorm style accommodation where you share dining facilities with hundreds of other students. Or perhaps you’re more suited to a smaller apartment or unit where you cook your own meals?

Throughout the year there are lots of fun social activities on campus including movie nights, sporting events, festivals, outings and much more.

Explore JCU accommodation options here and check out one of the accommodation tours below.