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Our Pre-programs have been developed in partnership with Nura Gili and UNSW faculties and schools to provide you with a stepping stone to your dream degree.

The intensive programs introduce you to university life within an environment that provides you with culturally appropriate support, as well as opportunities to make new and lasting connections with other students.

You will have the opportunity to meet inspirational support staff and academics who will answer any questions you have about your studies.

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Getting you ready for university

Not only do the Indigenous Pre-programs assess your readiness for university without the need for an ATAR, they also provide preparation and support for your first year at UNSW. If you successfully complete the Pre-program, you may be offered a spot to study at UNSW.

Therefore, our programs also enable you to hit the ground running when you commence as a student. You’ll be familiar with the campus, your faculty, and with the community at Nura Gili, who will be there to help you navigate through your studies. The Pre-programs are also designed to examine your aptitude to study at university and allows students to understand the demands of various degree programs. There is no cost for students to take part in a Pre-program.

If your chosen area of study is not in one of the fields above (Business, Law, Medicine, Social Work, Education, or Science & Engineering) then you can apply for entry to UNSW via our Indigenous Admissions Scheme.

COVID-19

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 programs were run online and not on campus. We will keep this page updated on with information on how the 2021 programs will be run, pending the given situation and the current health advice. Contact us if you have any questions.

What do you want to study?

An intensive residential preparatory course designed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students develop the skills necessary to successfully complete studies in Business. The course surveys a range of business disciplines as well as study and learning skills. You will also have the opportunity to apply your learning through case studies and site visits.

An intensive residential preparatory course designed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to develop the skills necessary to successfully complete studies in law. The program includes a simulation of the law school experience, an introduction to university life, assessment and legal thought. Program content includes an introduction to legal process, Aboriginal Legal Issues, Criminal Law, Legal Writing and Academic Skills.

An intensive residential preparatory course, jointly managed by Nura Gili and the Faculty of Medicine, which is designed to provide support and training to better prepare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for study in the Faculty of Medicine. Please note both application forms below need to be lodged as part of your application to this program. For additional info about entry to Medicine click here.

An intensive residential preparatory course designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students wishing to study Social Work. The program aims to prepare participants for a Social Work degree and assists participants to find out if Social Work studies and university suit them. Course content includes an introduction to Social Work, acquisition of academic skills, History of Social Work and the Australian context, Psychology and Sociology, Community development in an Indigenous context, and Indigenous Social Work.

An intensive residential preparatory course the Pre-program is jointly managed by Nura Gili and the Faculties of Science and Engineering, and is designed to provide support and training to better prepare Indigenous students for study in the fields of Science and Engineering. Students will have the opportunity to have a taste of a range of courses including: Chemistry, Psychology, Biology, Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering Design and Sustainability, all underpinned by a firm foundation in Mathematics. Students will get a chance to explore labs, the local marine environment and hear from current students and alumni, all while getting familiar with the incredible resources and learning spaces Science and Engineering have to offer.

The Pre-Education program is an intensive preparatory course which will help students understand what studying education is like at UNSW. You will have the chance to explore what it takes to become a teacher, meet and work with UNSW academics and current students, and undertake practical experience and site visits. You will have the chance to build both your academic skills and connections to the community -- both the community of learners you will be part of at UNSW and the wider community on Bedegal land where you’ll be studying.

How to apply

To apply for UNSW Indigenous Pre-program, you need to:

 

Supporting documents

For recent school leavers: You will need to supply copies of your year 11 & 12 school reports; transcripts of any other studies/courses undertaken; and any other awards or achievements such as work experience, extracurricular activities etc. 

For applicants who completed school earlier than 2020: You will need to supply copies of the final school read reports and details of the course(s), if recent; a CV/resume detailing work experience and education or training undertaken since leaving school; and anything else that can support your application. 

Apply now

Applications for 2020 Pre-programs are closed. Look out for 2021 applications opening soon.

Stories

"Culture is very important to me. I love my culture and just want to always represent that." – Shay Evans, Marra woman, Indigenous Pre-program student, and professional soccer player.

“Never underestimate what you learn in university and how you can take the education you receive back to your community.” – Rachel Roberts, graduate and Indigenous Awards recipient. 

"Those early stages of university are a big determining factor for the rest of a person’s journey.”  – Shaun Wright, Nyul Nyul descendant and current UNSW Masters student.