ACU Pathways for Indigenous Students
Friday 1 August 2014
ACU has campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney and Strathfield and they also have an International representation, with programs available for ACU students in more than 16 countries around the globe. Students can complete international internships and work in community programs around the world while receiving credit towards their degree.
ACU offers a variety of courses across four faculties: Arts and Education, Business and Law, Health Science and Theology and Philosophy. But its major reputation comes from the fields of Education and Health Science. ACU is currently the largest provider of graduate nurses in Australia and has a significant number of Indigenous students and graduates who are teachers.
The centre for Indigenous education research drives the Australian Indigenous Peoples cultural aspect throughout ACU, through collaboration with internal and external partners, identified Indigenous courses, working in partnership with all faculties for culturally-based subjects, providing Aboriginal and Torres strait islander student support and working with the greater community to enable pathways for future students.
The Centre includes the Office of the Director located at the Brisbane campus (McAuley at Banyo), and the four Indigenous Higher Education Units:
Dhara Daramoolen (Earth, Spirit) – Canberra Campus (Signadou)
Jim-baa-yer (To Learn - To Teach) – Melbourne Campus (St Patrick's), also covering the Ballarat Campus (Aquinas)
Weemala (Distant View) – Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo)
Yalbalinga (Place of Learning) – Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary), also covering the North Sydney Campus (MacKillop)
The aim of these higher education units is to create a space that provides social, cultural, personal and academic support to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. It’s a space created for students to meet, gather their thoughts, rest, reflect and study. Yalbalinga staff provide regular guidance on appropriate pathway and degree courses, can assist students with enrolment and admin questions and provide a safe space to develop peer relationships.
ACU Pathways to University
There are many pathways to university and student support officers can help you find the right way into ACU for you. Prospective students can get into ACU through:
- Direct entry: if you have an ATAR score or if you enroll in the undergraduate program, Bachelor of Education (Primary/ Indigenous Studies).
- Alternative entry: even if you don’t have an ATAR score, you can gain alternative entry based on your potential to succeed in a course; prospective students are given the opportunity to demonstrate this through an interview process.
- Away from base programs: allow students to remain in their community while studying. The students attend university for a one-week residential at the start and end of each semester with the remaining study undertaken via distance mode.
ACU has new student accommodation located in Camperdown Sydney, which provides residential assistance and can help students with study techniques and settling into Sydney life.
For more information about pathways available for you please contact:
(Toll free) 1800 733 405
(07) 3623 7379
(03) 9953 3004
(02) 6209 1222