University in Australia

We’re lucky to have some of the world’s best universities in Australia, so start your career on the right foot

Here's what you need to know about going to uni

Choosing to pursue a university degree could set you off on a different path – a degree unlocks the door to many occupations, gives you a chance to expand your knowledge and can give you an edge in a competitive job market.

Going to university is a big commitment, so before you apply learn about what it could mean for your career.

Expand your knowledge

University combines theoretical learning with technical exploration, giving you a well-rounded knowledge base

Gain a qualification

Your degree will be recognised across Australia and around the world

Build a network

Your network can help you access more opportunities than you could find on your own

Broaden your horizons

A degree will open doors to more opportunities, and can take you further in your career

where to start

Think you can't afford to go to uni?

Just about every student is able to take advantage of government support that allows you to go to uni even if funds are tight at home.

You simply pay your student debt back with your tax once you reach a certain income threshold.

Plus, many universities and affiliated organisations offer scholarships and bursaries to make studying even more affordable.

University applications

How to apply to university

Application Rounds begin around August each year, but you need to check the rules for your state on their Tertiary Admissions Centre website.

Lots of people at university have gone there straight after high school (it’s around 75% depending on the university and course). When you finish Year 12, you receive your ATAR or OP, which you can use to apply to university. These rules and the cutoff dates change slightly from year to year, so always make sure you check your Tertiary Admissions Centre when you start planning your application.

Future students

Open Days

Generally, Australian Universities hold an ‘Open Day’ in August or September each year. It’s your chance to get an up-close look at all the universities you’re interested in, so you can make an informed decision about your future.

Sometimes faculties will hold their own smaller open days, or a university will say they’re ‘open all year round’ and you can easily make an appointment to visit.

We list every open day and info session in our Newsletters and subscribers can find all the dates in our Calendar.

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alternative pathways

Things don't always go to plan

While many students still get to uni the ‘traditional’ way, universities offer a range of Alternative Pathways to help you reach your goals if you don’t fit the ‘traditional’ student mould.

Apply for Early Entry

Many universities use a combination of results, recommendations from teachers, and evidence of participation in sport, volunteering or extra-curricular activities to offer some students a place even before the HSC exams take place.

Complete a Preparatory Program

If you didn’t get the marks you wanted then you could enrol in a program through your uni that allows you to take some units, as well as gain essential study skills, then transfer into a degree program on successful completion of the course.

Take a Gap Year

Use the time before you launch into commitment-filled real life to travel or work before you go to uni. You could choose to apply in the usual rounds, then defer for a year, or wait to apply until you are ready to apply after your Gap Year.

Go to TAFE or another College

Why not see what’s on offer elsewhere? Many TAFE Institutions and Private Colleges offer degree-level courses, or you could complete a VET qualification and use the units to gain credit towards a degree.

Future students

Have you been disadvantaged at school?

Sometimes, things don’t go to plan.

If you’ve been affected by circumstances beyond your control in Year 11 or 12, you could apply through your state’s Educational Access Scheme. Generally, you could benefit from bonus points, or from places specifically set aside for disadvantaged students.

There are lots of reasons why you might be classified as ‘disadvantaged’, and some of them are less obvious than others. For example, you can claim under some schemes if you’ve moved interstate during Year 11 or 12, or if you’ve had a serious illness in the family. You can even claim if you’ve had to live alone, cared for a young child, or lived in a rural or remote area.

Each state’s scheme is slightly different, and you’ll need to check directly with each institution before applying.

Special Access Schemes

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  • New South Wales
  • North Island
  • Northern Territory
  • Overseas
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • South Island
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
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