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  • The University of Canberra has high academic standards and a professional career-focussed approach to undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
  • Our graduates are among some of the most sought after and highly paid in Australia, and we have been consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the country for "Getting a Job" and "Graduate Starting Salaries" in the annual Good Universities Guide.
  • The University of Canberra is a young and ambitious university, already ranked in the top 5% of Universities internationally by the QS World University Rankings.
  • We engage with the local, national, and international community and our staff and students work on projects and research with direct and immediate real world applications.
  • Canberra, the capital city of Australia, is a unique place that combines a bush feel and aesthetic with the services and opportunities of a modern city, and it is much more vibrant and cosmopolitan than you might expect.
  • Indeed Canberra was recently voted the most liveable city in the world by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This means that our residents have the highest quality of life based on a range of data measuring such things as income, employment, health, access to services, environment, education, safety, civic engagement and housing.
  • Canberra truly is Australia's University town with representation from six tertiary institutions leading to more students studying either part time or full time per capita than any other Australian city. So if you're interested in being around like minded people that can challenge you intellectually than there is no better place. This has been acknowledged by the fact that Canberra has just entered the QS World University Rankings for cities.
  • Commute? What Commute. Due to clever planning and development Canberra has the smallest commute times out of any city in Australia. Nothing is really ever more than 20 minutes away. In addition to this the whole city is covered by a network of extensive bike paths and public transport which means that Canberra is a breeze to get around.
  • Current school leavers applying for undergraduate courses must apply through UAC  (Universities Admissions Centre) and for most courses they will be assessed based on their ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank).
  • Non-school leavers applying for undergraduate courses can apply direct to the University.
  • Applicants for postgraduate coursework degrees can also submit an application direct to the University.
  • The ATAR is The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank. The ATAR is a rank that allows students who have completed different combinations of HSC courses to be compared. It is calculated for institutions to rank and select school leavers for admission to tertiary / University courses.
  • The course ATAR cut-off is based on this process and reflects the minimum ATAR that was required for direct entry into that particular course.
  • There are many pathways available for entry into a university course doing so via direct entry with the required minimum ATAR is just the most straightforward. We understand that many things happen during your schooling career that can affect your ATAR; because of this we have developed a range of pathway options to help you gain entry to university if your qualifications won't allow for direct entry to your preferred course.
  • One option is to commence a similar degree with a lower ATAR work hard to develop a high grade point average and then apply to transfer into you desired degree.
  • Additionally we provide the option to gain entry to the University of Canberra via the University of Canberra College. The University of Canberra College  provides preparatory and enabling courses for school leavers with an ATAR lower required for direct entry to their chosen course or who people who have been out of study for a while and may not have the qualifications required for direct entry to the University.
  • People often feel pressured to study a degree that they think will earn them a lot of money even though they aren't interested in that area of study. While some people will be able to do so successfully others will find it difficult and are very unlikely to complete the course let alone work in that field after completion.
  • At the University of Canberra we believe that the key to a successful university career is to choose a degree that is related to something that you have a real interest in or a true passion for. This leads to higher likelihood of enjoying your classes and sets you up for a lifetime of working in a field that you love.
  • Of course there is no need to feel pressured about having your entire life planned out before coming to university. It is hard to know what you want to do for the rest of your life, regardless of your age, and your professional career is likely to be wide and varied. Therefore we make it relatively easy to transfer from one course to another once you have started your degree and ensure that all of our graduates are taught a range of widely applicable generic skills.
  • Travelling overseas during your degree is a great way to advance your academic studies while developing a greater understanding of yourself and the world in which you live.
  • Students are offered the option of studying abroad for a couple of weeks, one semester, or even a whole year through options including faculty led programs and more traditional exchange programs.
  • Studying abroad does not add any time to the length of your degree. Loans and scholarships are available to defer some of the associated costs and ensure that this opportunity is available to all University of Canberra students.
  • Majors and minors are a way for you to specialise within your chosen field or add another area of specialisation to your chosen degree. They are a series of related units that combine to provide a greater understanding of that chosen filed.
  • To qualify for a major you must typically pass enough related units to accrue 18 credit points within this field, in comparison a minor requires the accrual of 12 credit points. Available majors and minors for each degree are listed on the relevant course information page.
  • At the University of Canberra we believe in teaching you from the basics all the way to the professional applications of knowledge, therefore we have no formal prerequisite for any of our undergraduate degrees.
  • What you will find is that often there is a level of assumed knowledge for a course. This means that previous study in a related field will make it easier for you to grasp the concepts and increase your chance of success.
  • However we do not want to set any student up for failure and it is for this reason that we provide a high level of support to all of our students. If you are studying a particularly difficult concept for the first time there will always be someone available who can provide you with the assistance you need, you just have to ask.
  • The University of Canberra and our accommodation providers are pleased to be able to offer a guaranteed offer of accommodation to all first year domestic students.
  • There are a number of options available for campus accommodation. You can chose from a range of room types and share arrangements in various locations on campus or nearby made available by two accommodation providers.
  • For more information or to submit an application to live in campus accommodation please visit our residences page.
  • The University campus is set in a pocket of grassland and tall trees and is brimming with native birds and other animals providing a peaceful setting in modern Canberra.
  • The buzz of student life and our ongoing improvements and additions to campus infrastructure means that life is anything but boring though. Students can meet and socialise at our onsite cafes, and bar, in the refectory or on the lawns, and our library provides 24 hour access for students to undertake independent or group study.
  • The University of Canberra sporting Commons includes a gymnasium where you might run into a member of the Brumbies Super Rugby team or one of the other professional sporting teams that call the University home, and there is a wide variety of concerts, including the Groovin' the Moo  music festival, held on campus throughout the year
  • The University of Canberra is conveniently located close to the Belconnen town centre and Westfield shopping centre, and 10 minutes from the centre of Canberra by car or public transport.
  • The number of contact hours per unit varies however most classroom-based units have a one or two hour lecture each week as well as a two hour tutorial. Laboratory based units often require more hours of attendance.
  • Units in nursing, education and other professional fields might include practicums or internship style work‑placements with varying hours of attendance.
  • Full-time enrolment for most undergraduate degrees at the University of Canberra is 24 credit points per semester which usually equates to enrolment in four three credit point units. Each 3cp unit is estimated to require 10 hours of work per week for a student to succeed; these 10 hours are a combination of face-to-face teaching, required reading, independent study and working on assessments.
  • Domestic students in Australia are privileged to have the Commonwealth government cover the upfront cost of their university course fees. This is due to all Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders being offered a Commonwealth Supported Place or CSP and being eligible for the HECS-HELP loan scheme.
  • This is a loan that is designed to help you fund your education and prepare for your future; it is a way that the government invests in each and everyone us. You will then repay this loan through the tax system once you start earning a wage over a designated threshold which currently sits at $53,345.
  • The University of Canberra has a number of equity and merit based scholarships available to undergraduate and postgraduate students across all disciplines and during all stages of their study.
  • Of particular interest to school leaving students may be the Outstanding Scholars Program and the associated University of Canberra Chancellors' Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the University of Canberra Undergraduate Scholarship. This program is designed to support high achieving school leaver students and includes a $5000 per annum scholarship for students who achieve a raw ATAR of 95 and above and a full waiver of course fees for students with a raw ATAR of 99 and above.
  • Due to the fact that our scholarship offerings are constantly being refined, updated, and added to we recommend that students visit our Scholarships website and browse the full range of offerings.