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Elite Athletes

Sport and study together

The University of Canberra is dedicated to helping our elite athlete students balance their sporting commitments with their academic goals. This is done by:

  • offering bonus points towards entry rank at UC
  • offering the Elite Athletes Program.

If you are an elite athlete or sporting coach whose sporting commitments have affected your previous academic performance you may be eligible for up to 5 bonus points towards your entry rank at UC.

In addition to your university application, you will need to provide our Admissions Office with:

  • a letter explaining how your sporting commitments affected your study in years 11 and 12
  • a supporting statement from the relevant sporting body and the average hours per week spent training and competing
  • either your UAC application number or UC applicant ID.

To be considered for the bonus points the documents must be emailed directly to after applying either through Universities Admission Centre (UAC) or directly through the UC Applicant Portal.

If you are a student with the University of Canberra and you are pursuing your sport at an elite level, you may be eligible for the Elite Athlete Program.

To be eligible you need to:

As part of the program you may receive the following:

  • a specialised orientation session during Orientation Week
  • course advice and academic planning guidance
  • advocacy within the university environment
  • flexibility for assessment deadlines based on your sporting commitments
  • flexibility for attendance at lectures and tutorials (if practical) when you are unavailable due to sporting commitments
  • support for cross-institutional studies where applicable
  • the ability to tailor your workload to your sporting commitments
  • the chance to extend the time you have to complete course work
  • the opportunity to take more than one leave of absence to support your sporting commitments.

In addition to the above academic and administrative support registered members of the Elite Athlete Program will also receive:

  • free access to the UCFit! Gym for the Academic Year
  • free exclusive UC Elite Athlete polo shirt

To apply for the program complete and submit the online Elite Athlete Support Program Application along with supporting documentation. Please note you need to be a current UC Students to access the application form.

Defining elite athletes

The Australian Sports Commission identifies elite athletes as those defined under the EAFU agreement. To be eligible you need to be recognised by one of the following organisations as an "elite athlete or coach":

If you are an athlete who falls outside of these organisations you are still welcome to submit an application to the Student Welfare Office for consideration.

Starting in the 1st Semester of 2019 a number of Sports Scholarships will be on offer to prospective and current UC student Athletes.

Some notable scholarships are the Eldon and Anne Foote Scholarship and the George Gregan Scholarship. There are also Scholarships available for elite female basketball athlete’s through the Canberra Capitals program.

Further information on these scholarships can be found on the UC Sport scholarships webpage.

For a full and updated list of all scholarships available to students at UC please view the University of Canberra Scholarships webpage.