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.
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
- 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/