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James Cook University (Singapore)


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Anonymous reviewer

5 years, 2 months ago
What do students do when not studying? Tell us about the social and sports life. All of my JCU friends and colleagues are from the Undergraduate degree without any scholarships or financial aids. Therefore, it's no wonder that they can fully enjoy the social and sports life inside and outside the campus. All of them are keen on sports and competitions, especially basketball, football, and running for male students, and softballs for female students. They participate on the campus' sport-related extracurricular, but, they don't tend to enter even local-level of sports competition. In addition, I would also recommend chess club since most JCU students (if not most Singapore students) are extremely great at anything that requires focus, concentration, and mathematic ability. Chess club was one of the clubs I've taken into consideration while reviewing on their prospectus. Social parties are often held among students. Those kinds of parties are often found in places that require a reservation. I remembered when I lurked upon one of my JCU friends' FB page and found her and her fellow classmates having a party at Marina Bay Sands. Wow. I wish I were there, too. What is your overall opinion about this university/college? JCU is a great place to start for Undergraduate students who want to pursue a real-world education. It's also great for students who want to hone their teamwork skills, as most of its' college assignments are done in teamwork manner. With regards to that condition, future students need to have great teamwork and communication skills. JCU might not be a very good place for postgraduate studies since there are only a few postgraduate programmes in JCU compared to another Singapore's world-class universities, such as National University of Singapore (NUS) or Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Due to its enormous number of Undergraduate students, JCU might be not very good for postgraduate students who need peace and privacy in thinking. How is the academic life at this university/college? I haven't actually studied at James Cook University (JCU). However, I have attended their presentation and event sessions, and have chatted intensely with several JCU students (now about a quarter or half of them are alumni), so, I can say that I have obtained all the necessary knowledge about JCU's academic life, students life, inside out regarding the campus. JCU has a lot of programs to offer. At that time, I decided to enroll in Psychology since I love understanding human nature and JCU was a growing private university in several area of research, including humanitarian-related researches. I also love how JCU internals maintain their professionalism and academic integrity while having some lighthearted discussions and lectures. Overall speaking, academic life in JCU is never boring and always filled with practical programs such as real-world application courses and internships. What are the students like? As lighthearted as the curriculum, students in JCU might appear to be lighthearted and humorous. Regardless of their source of fundings, all students in JCU appears to be cooperative and value solidarity, especially on students who come from the same country or city. Like any other developed countries' curriculum systems, students are expected to actively participate in every of their courses in order to get good grades. As the overview of this site has stated, there are more undergraduate students compared to those postgraduate ones, perhaps it's because more Undergraduate programs offered or they pursue more High Schoolers to enter their university rather than those who are already graduated. There are about 70% local and 30% international students, so, most of the students speak English, Malay, and Mandarin--three of the most widely-spoken languages among Singaporeans. Among 30% of international students are wealthy Chinese-Indonesian students who might or might not very good in English but almost always speak Indonesian to their peers. A few Asian students can speak Mandarin well. According to one of the JCU students, there are no need for extremely high TOEFL score or taking the incredibly difficult O-Level Test to enter JCU.

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