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Monday, January 7th, 2019

Australian dental school applications are open!

Great news! Dentistry applications are officially open!

And because we love to make our students smile, this year we’re giving away a GoPro HERO7 & Adventure Kit. Your name will be entered into the draw if you apply before February 15, 2019.

Dentistry applications are open!
Dentistry applications are open!

Dentistry Applications are Open!

When you apply through OzTREKK, we add you to our dentistry group so you stay in the loop. We will always keep you informed about

  • application deadlines;
  • admissions requirements;
  • dentistry webinars;
  • OzTREKK and university in-person events; and
  • much more!

We are here to support you throughout your entire journey—from application to arrival—for free. Extra bonus? Most of our Australian university partners waive their application fee for OzTREKK students.

How to Apply to an Australian Dental School

Applying to the Australian Dental Schools listed below via OzTREKK is streamlined and stress-free. You can apply to multiple dentistry programs at the same time via our online OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools application.

Learn more about Australian dental schools:

Dentistry Admissions Webinar

Are your grades competitive? Register now for our upcoming webinar on Thursday, January 10 at 3 p.m. EST to learn more about what it takes to get in to each of our dental schools.

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Need help with your dentistry application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Australian dentistry school students: adjusting to life in Australia

OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa visited Australia for the first time this past summer. With the cold Canadian weather we’ve been having (already!), she’s been reminiscing about her trip. Here are some of the surprises she encountered and how OzTREKK dentistry students are handling living Down Under! (Hint: They are loving the weather!)

What do OzTREKK students say about adjusting to life in Australia?

“It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I think it’s because I had time to get ready for my move. I’m loving every minute here and I’m so happy I decided to study in Australia.” Griffith dentistry student

“It’s been great so far. A bit cold here in Orange but nothing compared to Canada’s winter. The people are very nice and helpful. The campus is small so you get to know everyone. It’s been a very smooth process so far. We get mid-session breaks 2 weeks each semester so if you don’t plan on going back home my advice for you is to go visit other cities here. Sydney is really nice and there’s loads of stuff to do. The Gold Coast is also amazing especially during winter to escape from the cold here in Orange. Lots of beaches everywhere!” CSU dentistry student

“Amazing!!! I love my University and program; I love having the balance of studying and fun in the Gold Coast. My dental program provides state of the art facilities and the professors have been very helpful through the transition. I also got credited for many courses which saved me a lot of time and money.” Griffith dentistry student

Australian dentistry schools

Get ready for your OzTREKK orientation, dentistry students!

“It is going well, I took to it fairly quickly though I still adapt to new things every day. [I recommend students] scuba dive and hike.” JCU dentistry student

“Love it! It is very similar to Canada but with better weather.” Melbourne dentistry student

“It has been far easier than expected despite it being my first time living on my own. The country is well tailored for Canadians. Enjoy the weather while you can. There are plenty of sites to see and places to visit.” Melbourne dentistry student

“Fantastic! I love it here! It will be a shock when you first arrive because it is so damn hot and that lasts until close to April. May starts cooling off. June and July were quite cold, especially early mornings and nights and I pulled out all my Canadian sweaters! The people are great. It feels a lot like Canada!” UQ dentistry student

“It’s been great. If my entire family didn’t live back home I’d probably stay here forever.” Sydney dentistry student

“It definitely took some time, but it’s pretty good. Australians are definitely more relaxed in Perth and are accustomed to a slower lifestyle. But the weather is amazing and the beaches are beautiful! The only thing I’m still having a hard time adjusting to is the time the shops are closed. During the week, most malls are closed by 5 pm!” UWA dentistry student

Think you might like to study dentistry in Australia?

Graduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools offer a graduate-entry dental program. This pathway is exactly the same as in Canada, where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, and then you apply to a four-year dental program.

Undergraduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools allow you to enter into a dental program directly from high school or with a partially completed undergraduate degree. These undergraduate degrees are typically five years.

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, August 24th, 2018

James Cook University supports healthy prospects for education

Training opportunities, new facilities, research, and health workforce were just a few of the topics discussed during a James Cook University (JCU) meeting in the Torres Strait recently.

JCU supports healthy prospects for education and research

JCU Torres Strait Health Sciences Consultative Committee met on Thursday Island recently to give an update on activities in the community. Committee members pictured: Professor Louis Schofield, Romina Fuji (Chair), Pam Stronach, Charlotte Tamwoy, Peter Westwood, Professor Ian Wronski, Professor Melanie Birks and Professor Richard Murray. (Photo credit: JCU)

The JCU Torres Strait Health Sciences Consultative Committee met on Thursday Island to give an update on activities in the community.

Committee Chair and Torres Strait Islander Romina Fuji said they are focused on opportunities for the community.

“The advisory committee to James Cook University has had its presence in the Torres Strait and NPA for a number of years and the focus has always been on Torres Strait Islanders entering university, to attain qualifications and to get higher quality jobs. This concept has always been supported by the Torres Strait Islanders Regional Education Committee and the elders always wanted in their words ‘proper education’.”

Ms Fuji said she was pleased JCU has had a long-term presence in the Torres Strait to ensure the elders’ vision lives on.

JCU Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, and committee member Professor Ian Wronski said a key area of discussion was its role in research activity and how to best reflect that role in the Committee’s structure.

“We’re committed to working with the Torres Strait community to build tropical health research and education capacity.  The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU recently completed construction of its Clinical Research and Training Facility on Thursday Island and this is an ideal platform to enhance our engagement and collaboration with the Torres Strait community.  This facility will support health research and training to address health issues of most concern to the Torres Strait.”

The meeting was also an opportunity to reflect on the health workforce trained by JCU in the region.

James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry Dean and committee member, Professor Richard Murray was pleased to report on the number of student placements and General Practitioners servicing the Torres Strait.

“We have three fifth-year dentistry students in the Cape and Torres Strait involved in both clinical and health promotion activities for the community. At any one time there are normally six final year medicine students on a rural internship rotating through Thursday Island and Bamaga.

“We also have four training GPs in the region and a further five qualified GPs from our program, who have decided to stay and work in the Torres Strait. Ultimately that is what we want to achieve in the Torres Strait. Training a health workforce in the community who then want to stay and become part of that community.”

JCU looks forward to a continued partnership with the people of the Torres Strait to provide better health outcomes and opportunities.

About the JCU Medical Program

JCU Medical School offers an undergraduate-entry medical program that specializes in rural, remote and indigenous medicine and is located in north Queensland, Australia. Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. If you have completed high school studies or would like to apply to a medical school in Australia without using your MCAT score, you may wish to learn more about undergraduate-entry medical programs offered by Australian universities.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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About the JCU Dentistry Program

The JCU Dentistry program is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. It is a broad-based program which includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

Apply to JCU Dental School!

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For more info about studying medicine at JCU, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

For more info about the JCU Dentistry program, please contact  OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

James Cook University opens new residence on Cairns campus

Are you thinking of studying dentistry at James Cook University?

JCU has announced that the brand-new John Grey Hall of Residence in Cairns is officially open! This seven-story building offers a variety of self-catered, apartment-style living options including studio apartments, en suite rooms and standard rooms with shared facilities. The new on-campus accommodation facility is one of the best places to live while you are studying at JCU because you’re only a stone’s throw to class!

James Cook University opens new residence on Cairns campus

New John Grey Residence, JCU Cairns campus (Image: JCU)

The first stage of the purpose-built residence is home to 300 students with plans to expand its capacity to 1,000 students in the future.

The seven-storey octagonal building offers a variety of apartment-style living options including studio apartments, six-bedroom en-suite rooms or six-bedroom standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities. All apartments are self-catered and are equipped with modern cooking facilities including cooktop, oven, microwave, and refrigerator. Each individual bedroom is lockable and includes air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

The 42-metre-long internal grass courtyard features shared barbecue facilities and is the perfect place to relax and hang out with friends.

The facility will be fully managed by an on-site manager and administrative support team, with residential assistants providing pastoral care to students.

Studying dentistry at James Cook University

The dentistry program at James Cook University is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. Located at the Cairns campus, this broad-based program includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

The university sends its health professional students, including JCU Dentistry students, to remote and rural regions on placements, and to do outreach in schools, and encourages its graduates to return back to rural and remote areas to work after graduation—including Canada!

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

What do you need to get in?

1. High School

These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements.

  • A minimum of 92% average from grade 12 subjects.
  • Completion of prerequisites in English, Calculus, and Chemistry at a grade 12 level or higher.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree

A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

  • Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements.
  • A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.

Please note the DAT is not required for entry into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program.

Apply to James Cook University Dental School!

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry at James Cook University? For more information and assistance with your application, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com.

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Australian dental school application deadlines

Australian dental schools are very popular among Canadian students. Why? It’s because of the reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates. Canadians who have graduated from an accredited Australian dentistry program are required to write the same National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Written Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination as someone who graduated from a Canadian dentistry program before he or she would be licensed to practice.

Now on to the good part: the application deadlines. Remember, it’s always best to apply as early as possible since dentistry admissions can be very competitive! If you’ve already filled out an Australian dental schools application, now is the time to get the remaining app documents in!

Upcoming Australian dental school application deadlines

Don’t miss the upcoming Australian dental school application deadlines!

University of Western Australia

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 6
Deadline: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

University of Sydney

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 25+
Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018
Note: Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Melbourne

Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery
International places: 20 – 25+
Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018
Note: If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, you must have all application documents submitted to OzTREKK before July 13.

Griffith University

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry
International places: 25
Deadline: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Note: Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

James Cook University

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Note: JCU sometimes issues early offers to highly qualified students. If you apply early, there may be an opportunity to meet with the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine when they are in Canada for med interviews (this June). This is strongly recommended if you are interested in studying at JCU.

Charles Sturt University

Degree: Bachelor Dental Science
International places: 10
Deadline: September 27, 2018
Note: This program fills quickly! Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Queensland

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Science
International places: 40
Deadline: October 30, 2018
Note: This program has filled for the 2019 intake. (As this program is extremely competitive, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.)

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Do you need help with your Australian dental school application? Please contact OzTREKK’s Dentistry Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com. We’re here to help!

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

New JCU Dentistry students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

We know what it’s like to be overwhelmed with predeparture preparations, and we know what it’s like to be stressed after arriving in Australia.

New JCU Dentistry students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

OzTREKK Orientation with JCU Dentistry students

Where am I? How will I know where to go? What am I doing here?!

No worries! We’ve got your back!

In order to help you get settled, we do our best to organise an “OzTREKK Orientation” at your Australian university, as they provide a great opportunity for you to meet fellow Canadians so you can establish a network of friends right away. It’s also a great way to meet upper-year Canadians who can show you the ropes so you know what to expect. When possible, we try to include as many upper-year students to attend the orientation and to share their stories.

This year, new James Cook University dental school students enjoyed the traditional OzTREKK Orientation lunch at Burger Urge, where they were able to meet and chat with their JCU Dentistry classmates. The weather was beautiful and typical for Cairns: downpour, sun, downpour, sun…. Even still, the new students had a great time!

OzTREKK sends out a huge thank you! to former OzTREKKer and now fourth-year JCU Dentistry student Hilary Bell for assisting us with the orientation and for helping new OzTREKK students feel at home in beautiful, balmy Cairns.

We really appreciate your help, Hilary!

Are you interested in studying at JCU Dentistry School?

If improving the health of people who live in tropical, rural, and remote places appeals to you, then you might be interested in studying dentistry at JCU. The five-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery  degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. While it is a broad-based program including all aspects of dental practice, it also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

New JCU Dentistry students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

Enjoying hamburgers at Burger Urge!

JCU Dentistry accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

Apply now to JCU Dental School!

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Learn more about JCU Dentistry! For more Bachelor of Dental Surgery program information, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

JCU Dentistry students enjoy placements in Solomon Islands

Sometimes you don’t know your own abilities until you’ve been tested. Going to a new place and being with different people can lead to a fresh perspective and the chance to develop greater skills. Why stay in your comfort zone when the world can become your classroom?

JCU Dentistry students enjoy placements in Solomon Islands

Mathew Robertson and Thomas Meath deliver dental care to local school children in the Solomon Islands (Photo: JCU)

When you think of studying dentistry, you probably don’t think of the Solomon Islands. This unusual mix came together when JCU Dentistry students travelled to the faraway country to do a placement. The journey was not only about learning skills, but also about providing dentistry services to communities and creating lasting memories.

Final-year dental surgery students travelled to the remote islands with South Australia-based dentist and JCU dental surgery graduate Dr Michael Robinson. Working alongside local oral health teams, the students built relationships, learned how to adapt to different environments and developed cross-cultural understanding.

“The people were so friendly,” student Mathew Robertson says. “We visited a small village and the kids were climbing coconut trees, and they served us their local food. We played soccer with the kids, and they loved it.”

Senior Research Fellow and public health researcher Dr David MacLaren facilitated the trip to the Solomon Islands, which was the first for JCU dentistry. David has an interest in community health issues in remote areas of the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. He says the responses from JCU’s partners in the Solomon Islands were overwhelmingly positive. Following this success, JCU is planning another trip in 2018.

“The World Health Organisation classifies the Solomon Islands as one of 57 countries deemed to have a critical shortage of health workers,” David says. “There is a workforce deficit across every level of care in the Solomon Islands, with one dentist per 100,000 people. JCU is pleased to be working with partners in the Solomon Islands to help deliver important dental services.”

Having done dental outreach trips to the Cape and the Torres Strait, student Thomas Meath was already aware of the diversity of practice that comes with working in remote locations. Visiting the Solomon Islands has increased Thomas’s confidence and broadened his knowledge.

“We performed a lot of extractions, so we learnt a lot more about exodontia (the branch of dentistry that deals with the extraction of teeth),” he says. “We had to be resourceful, as they had limited equipment. We were generally a lot busier than we are in Australia due to the fact that the local dental team can only travel to the area every three months. We saw a lot more patients than we would generally see in an Australian setting. We learned a lot from the dentists and staff there.”

This was student Marcus McShane’s first international travel experience. He has caught the travel bug and hopes he can undertake further international dentistry outreach work.

“The experience opened up my eyes to the world of possibilities that exist for dentists,” Marcus says. “Dentistry is a rewarding field, and there are opportunities for dentists to work in such a great variety of settings, so I’m really excited about graduating and getting out there and working.”

Gaining an understanding of the world and being immersed in another culture is an experience that Mathew will never forget. For other Bachelor of Dental Surgery students thinking about doing an international placement, he has some clear advice.

“Grab the opportunity with both hands,” Mathew says. “Getting out there and seeing how other countries do things is excellent for your development as a dentist. I learned so much about dentistry that I don’t think I would have learnt here in Australia and I developed and progressed a lot in my final year because of the experience. If there is the opportunity to go overseas, especially to a developing country, definitely take it.”

Studying dentistry at James Cook University

The dentistry program at JCU is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. It is a broad-based program which includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

The university sends its health professional students, including JCU Dentistry students, to remote and rural regions on placements, and to do outreach in schools, and encourages its graduates to return back to rural and remote areas to work after graduation.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

What do you need to get in?

1. High School

These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements.

  • A minimum of 92% average from grade 12 subjects.
  • Completion of prerequisites in English, Calculus, and Chemistry at a grade 12 level or higher.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree

A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

  • Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements.
  • A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.

Please note the DAT is not required for entry into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program.

Apply to JCU Dental School!

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Are you interested in JCU Dentistry? For more information and assistance with your application, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

JCU offering Health Sciences Toolkit to help students brush up in biology

James Cook University has announced they are offering a four-day intensive course to students who will be entering in to health science degrees in 2018!

JCU offering Health Sciences Toolkit to help students brush up in biology

Think you might need a biology refresher?

The JCU “Health Sciences Toolkit” is designed to help students prepare for further studies leading into the health science degree programs. It is particularly helpful for those who have a limited or no background in biology, and for those who have not studied biology for a long time.

The course is introductory in nature and it is assumed that those participating may have never studied biology before. Please note it does not meet any of JCU’s prerequisites for admission to university and is not credit bearing for JCU subjects. Rather, it is designed to give students a head start if their university degree requires some knowledge of biology; however, if you have studied some biology and wish to brush up your skills, the course will be a beneficial refresher!

The Health Sciences Toolkit will be especially helpful for students intending to study any of the following degree programs at JCU: Biomedicine, Dentistry, Exercise Physiology (Clinical), Medical Laboratory Science, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, or Sport and Exercise Science.

This program is a four-day intensive course that will be held on both Townsville (Douglas) and Cairns (Smithfield) campuses and involve approximately 28 contact hours spread over both large group lectures, and small group tutorial/workshop sessions. The topics covered will include the following:

  • Laboratory Safety and Introduction to the Human body
  • The hierarchy of cells, tissues and systems
  • The basic elements of life
  • Water Biology
  • The cell membrane
  • The genetics of life
  • The essential compounds of life
  • The essential reactions of life
  • Communication in the body
  • The food we eat and the air we breathe

The course will be held Feb. 6–9, 2018.

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Are you interested in studying at JCU and the Health Sciences Toolkit program? Please email us at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

James Cook University’s seven in a row for graduate jobs

James Cook University has been awarded top marks for graduate employment for the seventh year in a row—and JCU is the only Queensland university to achieve the distinction for the past seven years.

James Cook University's seven in a row for graduate jobs

The Good Universities Guide confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand (Image via: JCU)

The authoritative tertiary education guide, the Good Universities Guide, confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand, with the university receiving 5 out of 5 stars for its graduates’ job prospects.

Only three Australian universities achieved the rating over the past seven years.

The rating means JCU is in the top 20% of universities whose graduates were employed full-time within four months of graduation.

74.9% of undergraduates from James Cook University find full-time employment within four months of graduating, higher than the national average (69.5%).

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the ratings underline the university’s strong performance in teaching and research.

“Our graduates continue to be in demand and are finding employment quickly.

“We know that our graduates are highly sought after, and to receive a five-star rating for graduate employment seven years in a row confirms JCU is providing its students with a high-quality education and very strong career prospects,” said Professor Harding.

“It’s a great achievement for James Cook University to be awarded five stars for graduate employment for seven consecutive years,” said Chris Lester, the CEO of the Good Education Group, which publishes the guide.

“It’s promising to see regional universities providing students with a great student experience, backed by strong graduate outcomes,” Mr Lester said.

The university again scored top marks (five stars) for “Learner Engagement”—the proportion of students who positively rated their engagement with learning at their university.

And for the first time, the guide also includes an in-depth breakdown of university ratings at a field of study level.

JCU has achieved 5 stars in a range of categories across 14 fields of study.

The Good Universities Guide has highlighted JCU’s key strengths in fields of study including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary science:

  • Pharmacy students are more satisfied with key measures of student experience than at any other university.
  • Dentistry graduates from James Cook University are better employed than from any other university.
  • Medicine graduates have a 100% employment rate.
  • Veterinary science students are more satisfied with Skills Development than at any other university and graduates and have the highest employment rates in the country.

Find out more

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Find out more about studying at James Cook University.

Friday, August 18th, 2017

JCU dentistry student talks about his placement experience

Fifth-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery international student, Ryan Yue-Hin See (also a former OzTREKK student!), moved from his hometown of Toronto, Canada to come to Australia to study in the tropics with James Cook University in Cairns.

See said James Cook University’s unique rural and remote placement program was an unmissable Australian opportunity.

JCU dentistry student talks about his placement experience

Former OzTREKK student Ryan See is almost finished his dentistry degree (Photo: JCU)

“I had a couple of offers available and JCU just seemed much more appealing than the other offers. I just wanted to study in the tropics. The facilities were brand new facilities and there was a big focus on rural and remote and underserviced populations. That really appealed to me and the kind of things that I am interested in. I knew there was a lot of work available, so I thought it would be a good experience,” he said.

He said the rural and remote placements that JCU Dentistry provide help to transition students into real-world practice and give them a chance to apply learned skills on real-life patients.

“A lot of personal development has happened in the last two years. I mean five years is a pretty long time so, a combination of up-to-date training they [JCU] provide at the union level and the exposures we’re given from the rural and remote placements and working with really great supervisors in the clinic,” said See.

See’s said due to the array of clinical specialists that JCU employs to lecture and teach students, he has gained a valuable array of new skills that will advance him in his future career.

“Most of them tend to be retired dentists and they bring a wealth of knowledge. They don’t tend to be Cairns locals because they are fly in, fly out. They come from all over the place really. Everyone has their own sort of thing—just a range of personalities, a range of skills and doing things. How to handle different situations,” he said.

See said he got the life-changing opportunity to complete a four-week international placement at JCU’s sister university in Sri Lanka.

“It was fantastic. It was just life changing really. The university was really generous and sent us and one of our senior lecturers back to his home country (Sri Lanka). So, he showed us around and the professors that we met were his old students, which was kind of cool to see that continuity. We saw lots of different things. Lots of stuff you would expect in southeast Asia and low socio-economic areas.”

On placement, See got the chance to explore Sri Lankan historical landmarks and learn the language.

“The professor—it being his home country—showed us around and we got to go sightseeing and have language classes as well. Lots of cultural exposure.”

See said one of the most memorable experiences he had in Sri Lanka was walking up Sigiriya.

“We hiked up a place called The Lions Rock. The locals call it Sigiriya. It’s this big monument similar to Uluru, and you have to climb up all these steps all the way to the top and at the top there used to be a castle,” he said.

Ryan See said that over the five years he’s lived in Australia it has become his second home and the support he has received through JCU has helped him integrate into the Cairns community.

“I love the lifestyle. I think more than anything else the people kind of make the place. It’s a bit cliché, but they have become my family over the last two years.”

See said each year has its own landmark, and if he was to give advice to a prospective JCU international student, he would tell them to go for it and take a chance.

Apply to JCU Dentistry directly from high school

If you’re interested in improving the health of people who live in tropical, rural, and remote places, then the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program at JCU might be for you. This five-year undergraduate degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. While it is a broad-based program including all aspects of dental practice, it also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

JCU Dentistry accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017

Apply now to JCU Dental School!

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Learn more about JCU Dentistry! For more Bachelor of Dental Surgery program information, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Caitlin Sargeant at caitlin@oztrekk.com.