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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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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 via our online portal .
  • Applicants for postgraduate coursework degrees can also submit an application via our online portal.
  • 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.
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