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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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.