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Friday, July 7th, 2017

Living the tropical lifestyle at James Cook University

James Cook University students are living in a tropical paradise

Some of the most common comments we receive from OzTREKK students include “I love my program!” and “The weather is so tropical, so beautiful!”

Living the tropical lifestyle at James Cook University

Great Barrier Reef diving

Yeah, we know! Not only are you studying at one of the world’s top universities and in a world-renowned program, but you’re also in Australia. So enjoy it! Here, let’s take a look at Australia’s Tropical University, James Cook University.

Located in Queensland (the northeast coast of Australia), JCU bathes in warm, sunny weather almost every day of the year, and their tropical campuses in Cairns and Townsville are the perfect settings for you to fully experience the Australian way of life.

Friendly people

Australians are relaxed and friendly people. They enjoy gathering with friends and family to share good food and spend quality time together. Most Australians are passionate about sports and there are lots of opportunities to watch live sports including cricket, Australian rules football, netball, rugby league, union, football and tennis at one of their many sporting venues.

Great outdoors and the Great Barrier Reef

Aussies love the great outdoors and northern Queensland provides the ideal base for a variety of recreational activities including

  • rainforest hikes
  • mountain biking
  • snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef
  • interacting with native Australian animals
Living the tropical lifestyle at James Cook University

Beach life in Australia

Entertainment and nightlife

Queensland’s welcoming towns boast a fun and thriving nightlife with restaurants, cafés and bars where you can relax and meet new friends. If you’re heading to Australia, you’re not allowed to be a hermit. Everything about Australia will pull you outside to experience the true Aussie lifestyle.

Low living costs

Regional cities are small enough to avoid the hustle and bustle of big city life, and large enough to have all the facilities you’ll need. The cost of living is low compared to major Australian capital cities, allowing you to get out and enjoy the many events and activities the region has to offer.

Did you know…

North Queensland is well known for embracing a safe and relaxed tropical lifestyle. Established Indigenous, European and Asian communities add to the cultural diversity of the region not usually found outside of the capital cities.

If you’re looking for something different—a truly Australian experience, consider James Cook University. The population of the area reflects many university towns in Canada, and OzTREKK students enjoy the gorgeous, hot weather and the friendliness of Northern Queenslanders. The cities of Cairns of Townsville provide you with the feeling of a small-town atmosphere, yet there is plenty to see and do in and around each city. As a smaller university, JCU staff members are approachable and friendly, and students enjoy the attention they receive upon arrival and throughout their program.

In JCU Townsville, you’ll find JCU Medical School. In Cairns, JCU Dental School!

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Discover more about the amazing tropical setting and study opportunities available at James Cook University.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Don’t miss the 2017 JCU Orientation for international students

JCU On-campus Welcome Information Sessions

If you’re headed to James Cook University for the semester 1, 2017 intake, it is important to arrive at the university in time to attend a Welcome Information Session.

JCU Orientation for international students

JCU dentistry students at Trinity Beach during their OzTREKK Orientation

Arriving early will allow more time to adjust to the culture (and warm weather!) and ensure the transition is a smooth experience. After arriving on campus either in Cairns or Townsville, please visit the Student Centre as soon as possible so that they can provide you with details of the JCU Orientation program.

Cairns – JCU Dental School

Compulsory Welcome Session
When: Friday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. Morning tea and lunch will be provided
Where: Building A3.2, JCU Cairns campus
What to bring: Passport, copy of your visa, JCU user name and password (if you have one)

Arrival service
Service dates: Monday, Feb. 6 – Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017
Booking deadline: Two weeks prior to your arrival. Book your arrival service now! Visit the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for all your airport arrival info.

Orientation Week
Make sure to attend your faculty welcome on Monday or Tuesday and participate in any of the other activities on offer: campus tours, workshops, student ID card sessions, timetable assistance, parties and much more. Get the most out of JCU O Week!

When: Monday, Feb. 13  – Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Townsville – JCU Medical School

Compulsory Welcome Session
When: Friday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. Morning tea and lunch will be provided
Where: Building 26 (Sir George Kneipp Auditorium), Townsville campus
What to bring: Passport, copy of your visa, JCU user name and password (if you have one)

Arrival service
Service dates: Monday, Feb. 6 – Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017
Booking deadline: Two weeks prior to your arrival. Book your arrival service now. Visit the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for all your airport arrival info.

Orientation Week
Make sure to attend your faculty welcome on Monday or Tuesday and participate in any of the other activities on offer: campus tours, workshops, student ID card sessions, timetable assistance, parties and much more.
When: Monday, Feb. 13  – Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

OzTREKK Orientations at James Cook University

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Orientations which are designed specifically for our students! We offer our OzTREKK Welcome breakfast or lunch and the OzTREKK Shuttle service.

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Be sure to log on to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for all of your orientation details! Do you have questions about orientation? Contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

JCU opens Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine building

Study medicine at JCU, get brand-new facilities!

Australian research into tropical health and medicine has received a major boost with the opening of a $31M world-class infectious diseases research facility at James Cook University’s Townsville campus.

JCU opens Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine building

JCU has officially opened the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine building (Credit: JCU)

On Oct. 7, the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk officially opened the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine’s (AITHM) new facilities.

AITHM Townsville will undertake research into tropical infectious diseases and will develop vaccines, diagnostic tools, and the identification of bacterial pathogens.

James Cook University Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding said AITHM is a crucial element of JCU’s goal to create a brighter future for people living in the tropics, and the opening of the Townsville facilities cements Australia’s position as a global leader in tropical health and medicine.

“JCU has a proud history of research and development relevant to the tropics, and the research AITHM undertakes will improve health in the tropics both within Australia and worldwide.

“There are extraordinary opportunities for Australian tropical medicine given Northern Australia’s proximity to the fast-growing nations of the Asia-Pacific region,” Professor Harding said.

AITHM’s Director, Professor Louis Schofield said research programs underway within AITHM include identification, prevention and better treatments for tuberculosis, development of malaria vaccines and peripheral artery disease.

“The Institute will build essential research programs in tropical health and medicine for Australia and the region, specifically building important biosecurity capacity for Northern Australia.

“Our tropical locations and capabilities make a significant contribution to Queensland’s competitive advantage in knowledge-based industries directly relevant to Asia and the Pacific in the areas of research, research training, and the transfer and commercialisation of research findings.”

The Townsville facility and research undertaken within it will

  • focus on re-emerging bacterial diseases for which tropical Queenslanders are at significant risk, including tuberculosis, meliodosis and Q fever, and on communicable disease diagnostics and control;
  • provide a bio-bank facility for clinical and epidemiological samples;
  • engage new high-quality biomedical research staff to join existing researchers;
  • host visiting experts (visitors and trainees will include participants from Australia and from neighbouring countries);
  • train and mentor young researchers and health professionals involved in translating innovation into practice; and
  • accommodate proof-of-concept work leading to commercialisation opportunities.

Facilities include world-class physical containment laboratories for the safe handling of hazardous microorganisms (PC2 and PC3 laboratories). The PC3 laboratory will be used to for research into tuberculosis.

The building also includes a Translational Research Facility, which will allow patients to undergo clinical trials of research findings, improving the delivery of health care for those living in tropical regions.

It will also provide space for researchers in key supporting disciplines, including biostatistics, epidemiology, bioinformatics and health economics.

The Queensland Government has invested $21.49M in AITHM Townsville and the Federal Government has provided funding of $8M, via the Australian Research Council’s Special Research Initiative Scheme.

Study medicine at JCU Medical School

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 semester intake: February 2018
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: Generally the end of August each year

Apply now to James Cook University Medical School!

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Would you like more information about studying medicine at JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

James Cook University Private Hospital powers ahead

We’ve got great news for future JCU MBBS students!

James Cook University is taking the next big step towards the construction of a private hospital on its Townsville campus. This develop means that students beginning the JCU medical program in 2017 will be able to do clinical training in brand new facilities!

JCU has shortlisted to three the number of proponents who would build and operate the University Private Hospital in the JCU and Townsville Health and Hospital Service medical precinct in Townsville.

James Cook University Private Hospital powers ahead

Study medicine at JCU

The three shortlisted proponents have now been invited to make a Request For Proposal (RFP) to build and operate the facility.

The proponents will prepare detailed plans for the development, including concept designs, and information about clinical training, research and the range of medical services to be provided by the private hospital.

Details of construction will be finalised with the successful proponent, but Stage 1 of the development is expected to offer about 100 beds, which would cost about $113 M to build.

It’s estimated Stage 1 would create more than 300 full-time construction jobs and more than 350 operations jobs.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Services and Resources Tricia Brand said it’s another exciting announcement for the project and another step towards bringing the project to fruition.

“We warmly welcome the strong interest we have received for the university private hospital, and we look forward to seeing the detail of the proposals.

“JCU is dedicated to improving the health of people in the Tropics. The private hospital will offer world-class medical facilities and improve the healthcare options for Townsville and beyond.

“It will be co-located with existing JCU world-class medical teaching and research infrastructure and the public hospital, providing a tremendous boost to medical services, clinical training and research.

“It will ensure the Douglas medical precinct is the regional epicentre of health services in northern Australia,” Ms Brand said.

The RFP closes in November with construction of the university private hospital expected to be completed in 2019.

JCU Medical School MBBS program

Located in Townsville, JCU Medical School offers the MBBS medical degree and aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

The James Cook University medical precinct is opposite the Townsville Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in regional or tropical Australia. In later years, students have a base at one of the James Cook University clinical schools that include Townsville, Cairns, Mackay or Darwin.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Apply to James Cook University Medical School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com for more information.

Friday, May 27th, 2016

JCU Master of Public Health / MBA combined degree

James Cook University has an illustrious record in public health education and research. The Public Health and Tropical Medicine discipline at  JCU represents one of the largest graduate public health training programs in Australia, and was one of a select group of academic institutions funded by the Australian Government to assist in training public health professionals.

JCU Master of Public Health / MBA

Study at James Cook University

Within the business discipline, leading-edge postgraduate study areas reflect global industry needs. Strong links to industry  and government agencies enhance opportunities for students within the program. Students develop leadership skills in the  management of people, organisations and change.

The joint Master of Public Health / Master of Business Administration degree enables health professionals to gain advanced management skills while undertaking further study in the area of their specialisation.

The program aims to develop the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding current major health and management issues, managing information and human financial resources within health care delivery organisations
  • Critical analysis by health managers in the context of national and global economic and political environments
  • Identification and analysis of management issues in health care delivery organisations and the identification of appropriate solutions

Program: Master of Public Health / Master of Business Administration
Campus: Townsville
Duration: 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to James Cook University Public Health School!

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Learn more about studying public health at James Cook University. Please email OzTREKK’s Australian Public Health Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Tropical focus for JCU’s new Chancellor

One of Australia’s highly successful career diplomats, Townsville’s Bill Tweddell, has begun work as James Cook University’s Chancellor.

Mr Tweddell grew up in Townsville, studied at JCU, and went on to enjoy a distinguished career in Australia’s diplomatic service spanning four decades. Most recently he was Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines.

JCU Townsville

One of Australia’s highly successful career diplomats, Townsville’s Bill Tweddell, has begun work as James Cook University’s Chancellor (Photo: JCU)

“I have lived and worked in some of the world’s most fascinating cities, but Townsville will always be my hometown, and I am excited to be returning to my alma mater as Chancellor.”

Mr Tweddell’s career highlights include serving as Ambassador to Vietnam, Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Deputy High Commissioner to India, High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau.

Bill Tweddell said he will bring to the university his experience in the region at a time when a new global dynamic is emerging.

“The JCU-led State of the Tropics report confirmed the importance of the tropics to the future of the world. And in the Asian century, there is tremendous potential for the growth and development of Northern Australia.

“Throughout my career, I have been focused on Asia, where I had six of my eight long-term overseas postings. I believe this has allowed me to develop extensive knowledge and access to senior government representatives in the region. My background growing up in North Queensland has also brought depth to my commitment to JCU’s tropical agenda in our region and beyond,” he said.

Mr Tweddell already has a long history with JCU. He completed degrees in English and economics at the university and worked in the JCU Library and administration. In 2010 he was recognised as an Outstanding Alumnus of JCU.

James Cook University Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding has warmly welcomed Mr Tweddell back to the university.

“Bill Tweddell brings such a rich background of experience and understanding of our region to JCU after serving Australia as a senior diplomat of the highest calibre. That he has decided to return to JCU in this position speaks volumes about his confidence in the potential of the university and its burgeoning role in the region,” Prof Harding said.

While Townsville is his hometown, Bill Tweddell says he will be a Chancellor for all of three of the university’s campuses.

“As a student at JCU in the 1970s I would never have dreamed that JCU would have such a vibrant campus in Cairns.

“Similarly, the Singapore campus provides wonderful opportunities for students to study in both countries.”

In November, James Cook University’s governing body, the University Council elected Bill Tweddell as Chancellor for a five-year term, which began on March 26, 2016.

Mr Tweddell is the university’s fifth Chancellor, and the first alumnus to be elected to the role.

He replaces Lt. Gen. John Grey AC (Retired), who retired from the position at the completion of his term on March 25, 2016, after 17 years of exemplary service to JCU. Mr Tweddell has paid tribute to the outstanding leadership of his predecessor.

The Chancellor is the Chair of the university’s governing body, Council and presides over all Council meetings. The Chancellor is elected to this honorary position by the members of the Council.

About James Cook University (JCU)

James Cook University is the second oldest university in Queensland, and Australia’s leading university in the tropics.

Offering excellence in teaching and research, JCU is a vibrant, multi-campus university with its main sites in the tropical Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns, and modern city campuses in Singapore and Brisbane. Total student enrollments are more than 17,000 and growing, including more than 4,000 international students from 100 countries. There are more 300 programs available to international students to study at JCU.

Popular schools at JCU for Canadian students include

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Find out more about James Cook University and other Australian universities!

Monday, March 7th, 2016

JCU seeks investors for private hospital

James Cook University has opened registrations for an expression of interest (EOI) for a new university private hospital to be built in the JCU/THHS medical precinct in Townsville.

Details of construction will be finalised with the successful proponent, but Stage 1 of the development is expected to offer at least 100 beds.

JCU Medical School

Townsville, Queensland

Independent analysis estimates it would cost about $113 million to build a 100-bed private hospital. Stage 1 of the project would create more than 300 full-time construction jobs and more than 350 operations jobs.

The expression of interest process is being done in collaboration with the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Services and Resources Tricia Brand said the co-location of the university, private hospital, public hospital and medical research institutes would cement the Townsville (Douglas) medical precinct as the epicentre of the health industry in northern Australia.

“The existing public hospital and university medical school will combine with the new private hospital, providing a tremendous boost to medical services, training and research.

“The medical precinct will combine world-class medical facilities, clinical training, teaching and research,” Ms Brand said.

“The private hospital will improve the healthcare options for the people of northern Australia as well as provide a timely boost to Townsville’s skill base and economy to benefit our communities.”

Chair of the Townsville Hospital and Health Board John Bearne said it was an exciting opportunity.

“We are collaborating with the university to look at options that arise from the EOI process and we hope this will result in more opportunities for patients in Townsville and also increase the attractiveness of Townsville to health professionals to live and work.”

Mr Bearne said a colocated private hospital could allow for increased medical services and provide more streamlined services to patients.

“For example, it would allow the efficient transfer of patients from the public emergency department to private facilities.

“It could also allow medical specialists to work efficiently between private and public areas and to provide clinical training, rather than driving between facilities.”

Separately, JCU is also looking to provide consulting rooms for medical specialists and allied health activity to complement the university private hospital development.

Market research conducted by JCU has confirmed there is unmet demand in the region for health and hospital services and an opportunity to source patients from overseas, for example, Papua New Guinea and other tropical locations.

The private hospital will also expand the capacity of teaching and training opportunities for students and support the expansion of undergraduate and postgraduate training and beyond.

“The private hospital will also expand the university’s teaching and research portfolio and foster innovative laboratory research for future health treatments,” Ms Brand said.

It’s expected construction of Stage 1 of the university private hospital will be completed in 2019.

JCU Medical School MBBS program

Located in Townsville, JCU Medical School offers the MBBS medical degree and aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was August 28, 2015.

Apply to James Cook University Medical School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School or the MBBS program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

JCU boosts Townsville’s economy

James Cook University is bringing forward construction projects worth millions of dollars to boost Townsville’s economy.

JCU has brought forward by several months the construction of its $4m Verandah Walk project on the Townsville campus to create jobs and stimulate the local economy.

James Cook University

Verandah Walk (Image credit: JCU)

The covered walkway will provide all weather, undercover access to many of the university’s key academic buildings.

It will also create a series of “nodal” meeting and seating areas that will allow students to study, collaborate and socialise in a landscaped outdoor setting.

An invitation for Expressions of Interest for the construction project has been advertised and locally-based contractors are strongly encouraged to apply.

James Cook University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources, Tricia Brand says JCU is a key part of the Townsville community and its economy, and it wants to do what it can to help the city at a time of need.

“We hope that by bringing forward this project, and hopefully others, we can provide a timely boost for Townsville’s economy.”

JCU is examining other projects that can also be expedited to boost local employment. It’s planning to bring forward several other smaller projects with a combined value of up to $4m.

The university is also planning a number of larger projects with further details to be announced in 2016.

JCU is one of the biggest employers in the region, and already has two large construction projects underway in Townsville: The Science Place ($83M project) and AITHM ($31M project).

Both projects are injecting tens of millions of dollars into Townsville’s economy and, at their peak, provide (directly and indirectly) hundreds of local jobs.

About JCU Townsville

Set in almost 400 hectares of natural bushland by the Ross River and Mount Stuart, the JCU Townsville campus is home to 13,000 students in a safe, friendly environment just 13 km from the beach and downtown area. More than 1,400 students live on campus in colleges and halls of residence, giving the campus a true community atmosphere.

What else is in JCU Townsville? JCU Medical School! The medical program at JCU has a distinctive regional mission with a focus on the needs of rural, remote and underserved communities, tropical medicine and the health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

The JCU School of Medicine aims to lead positive change in health and medical care for communities of tropical Australia and beyond through socially accountable health education, discoveries, partnerships and advocacy that make a difference.

JCU Medical School MBBS program

JCU Medical School offers the MBBS medical degree and aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years

Apply to James Cook University Medical School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School or the MBBS program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

JCU taking care of business

James Cook University and the Townsville Chamber of Commerce have announced a partnership agreement that will kick-start the careers of JCU’s business and law graduates.

JCU Business School

Study business at James Cook University

Under the agreement, graduating students from JCU’s College of Business, Law and Governance will be given assistance to make the transition from the end of their formal education to the beginning of their professional career.

The Dean of the College of Business, Law and Governance, Professor David Low said all business and law graduates from JCU Townsville will also receive a complimentary 12 months membership of the Young Chamber of Commerce (YCC).

“I am delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to our students. It will allow them to further develop their networking skills and facilitate their entry into the business environment where they will be commencing their career,” Professor Low said.

Professor Low said the agreement will allow the College of Business, Law and Governance to support the Young Chamber of Commerce in Townsville to grow, with the college to organise and host two events every year.

“The partnership with the Young Chamber is one I have been keen to formalise, as the major local educator in Townsville, I see it is a natural fit for our college to support the Young Chamber in this manner.

“By supporting a number of events throughout the year we can assist in the further development of the already active program of the Young Chamber,” Professor Low said.

The YCC will support graduating students during their last semester of formal education and the first six months of their professional life.

There will be activities held on campus and off campus, which will be integrated with existing Chamber events. The activities will help develop networking skills and assist students to start developing their own professional networks.

The Chair of the YCC, Chris Rockemer said the agreement is a fantastic opportunity for the Chamber to boost networking and connections between business leaders and the future leaders of Townsville—graduating students from JCU’s College of Business, Law and Governance.

“We’re very proud to formalise the agreement. It’s testament to how important the Chamber sees partnerships with the College.

“It is a true win-win scenario, where students receive support transitioning to their professional careers and the Chamber can deliver to future leaders its charter of economic growth, job opportunities and development for the Townsville region,” Mr Rockemer said.

The Executive Officer of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce, Marie-Claude Brown said the Young Chamber is there to engage the next generation of Chamber members and the next generation of Townsville’s business leaders.

“It is important to support the transition of graduating students into professional life so they can become those leaders and be a voice for local businesses,” she said.

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Would you like more information about studying business at the JCU Business School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com.

Do you have any questions about how to apply to James Cook University Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information: shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, February 13th, 2015

JCU poised for Orientation Week

O what a week! JCU prepares for Orientation Week

Around 3,000 new students, including 500 international students, are expected to descend on JCU in Townsville next week, to learn all about university life during Orientation Week—including OzTREKK students headed to JCU Medical School!

Orientation Week, or O Week, which runs from Monday, February 16 to Friday, February 20, is the official start to university studies. It is held twice a year, before teaching starts for study periods one and two.

JCU Medical School

Welcome to beautiful Townsville, Queensland!

Classes start on Monday, February 23.

Professor Sandra Harding, Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University, said new students were encouraged to take advantage of all that O Week had to offer.

“O Week is packed with the information, contacts and campus knowledge you’ll need to successfully start your studies,” she said. “It also provides great opportunities to meet and make new friends through plenty of social activities.”

Professor Harding said JCU was an exciting place to be—whether students were studying on campus, by distance or online.

“With an international reputation among the world’s top tertiary institutions—JCU is ranked in the top 4% of universities in the world—you can be confident about choosing JCU as your university.

“During your time with us you will discover and explore new ideas, subjects, people and possibilities. You will learn how to build on the core expertise you acquire to adapt to the demands of a changing world.”

Participating in the O Week program was the best way to start a student’s JCU experience, she said.

“The program is designed to help you learn about JCU and all that it has to offer so that you can reap the full benefits of your university experience from the very first day. Our staff are here to assist you to reach your personal academic goals during your time at JCU, and your professional goals once you graduate.

“Enjoy your time at JCU and make the most of the opportunities that a fine university education can provide.”

Some of the information sessions or services available during O Week:

  • Course introduction (includes welcome lunch)
  • International orientation (compulsory for international students visa holders)
  • Student Essentials – Studying@JCU – what you need to do before lectures start – what does study involve?
  • Student Essentials – Money Matters
  • Library and computing workshops
  • Library tours
  • Assignment tips
  • Student ID cards
  • Your email account – getting connected @JCU
  • Up and running with LearnJCU
  • Support services to help you succeed
  • Accommodation
  • Parents and Partners of new students

To assist with the transition into university life, new students are invited to attend the Official O Week Party.

“This event is one of the many highlights of O Week and will provide an entertaining insight into your new life as a university student,” Professor Harding said.

“Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to meet new friends in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Official O Week Party

Date: Thursday, February 19
Time: From 4:30 p.m. onward
Location: On the lawns outside the Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Townsville campus

For more information, visit wwjcu.edu.au, or direct to http://www-public.jcu.edu.au/newstudents/oweek/

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Best wishes to all our OzTREKK students heading to James Cook University!