Planning for your future Frequently asked questions about uni

Frequently asked questions about uni

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Below are frequently asked questions from high school students like you.

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Yes, there are 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. Are you interested in running, basketball, AFL, swimming, bike riding, films, sustainability or robotics? There are so many options, with more than 40 clubs. If you don’t find the right club for you 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 over 50 exchange partner universities across 20 countries.
  • 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

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 on a subject or your whole course there are options. JCU has staff who are experts in subjects and enrolments. So you’ll be able to chat to one of them about your options and make a plan. You may even be able to receive credit toward your new course.

What are your interests or passions? Is there a subject at school you really like? Or real world issue that you would love to solve? These can be good starting points to think about when considering a course.

  • University course pages are often packed with helpful information about what you can expect from your subjects, 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, email and live chat.
  • Your school guidance officer is available for advice and to bounce ideas off. Family and family friends can also be a good source of information to see what a job looks like in real world situations and how they got into their chosen career.
  • If you need inspiration or want to know more about a specific job you can visit the Job Outlook site.

ATAR results aren’t always what you expect and choosing your subjects can be difficult when you’re not yet sure of your career path. There are pathways and options to help you succeed.

  • Bridging Courses: there are some prerequisites for admission to an undergraduate courses, and a university bridging course can help to fulfil them. If you know exactly what subject you need to get into a course a bridging course could be for you.
  • One year study option: the Diploma of Higher Education. 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, designed to help you develop the necessary skills to be successful university student. This includes one-on-one personal support and subjects related to your desired degree

There are over 50 JCU-run scholarships and we also provide links to as well as external scholarships (offered by private companies and the government). Some scholarships are worth up to $25,000 and there is at least one scholarship that every new full-time JCU student is eligible to apply for.

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
  • bringing healthcare to a remote community in need.

Have a course in mind and want to know more? Check out the course Handbook. These tell you the admission requirements and all the different subjects you could take.

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

Living on campus is fun, social and supportive. It’s a great way to get the most out of your time at JCU. Whether you have to move away from your hometown for uni or want more independence, finding the right accommodation to suit your individual needs is an important step.

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

One of the most exciting things about living on campus is meeting the other students. Throughout the year there are lots of fun social activities including movie nights, sporting events, festivals, outings and much more.

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

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

  • Email:
  • Phone: Cairns: 07 4232 1785 / Mackay: 07 4965 5778 / Rockhampton: 07 4848 5112 / Townsville: 07 4781 4108
  • Live chat (Monday - Friday 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM AEST)

JCU recently announced our Year 12 Student Success Package which offers alternative admission processes to help Year 12 students who apply for university to overcome the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Student Success Package includes early offers of places at JCU (based on a combination of results to date and feedback from the student’s school); guaranteed admission; bonus ATAR points for students from regional and remote Queensland as well as those who have studied particular subjects. To learn more visit Year 12 Student Success Package.