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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

At the University of Canberra we welcome and support all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people looking for a university education.


Ngunnawal Centre

The Ngunnawal Centre is a focal point for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at UC. The Centre is dedicated to helping students achieve academic and career goals, offering educational programs and support services.

The Ngunnawal Centre assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students:

  • providing emotional and spiritual support
  • applying for financial assistance
  • with study support and free tuition
  • with leadership development services
  • navigating placement and internship requirements and opportunities
  • by celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through events on campus.

General enquires can be emailed to ngunnawaladmin@canberra.edu.au.


Elder-in-residence

Aunty Roslyn Brown is a Ngunnawal woman descended from the Bell and Brown families. She provides confidential emotional and spiritual support.

Her role encourages and promotes understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, culture and values.


Financial assistance

As an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, there are a number of financial assistance schemes that can help cover the costs of studying.

  • ABSTUDY is financial assistance for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students provided by the Australian Government.
  • UC also offers a wide range of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students.

Pathway and transition programs

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students can transition to university life through the pathways programs run by UC College.


Tutoring

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you can receive free tuition with a tutor experienced in your area of study. Two hours per week per unit during semester, and five hours over the exam period.

Qualified people can also apply to be a tutor in the program. Tutors are paid per hour and provided with cultural opportunities to enhance their skills.


Internships

UC has a partnership with CareerTrackers Indigenous internship program, connecting students with leading employers offering valuable paid and multi-year internships that complement UC study programs.