Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Studying at the University of Melbourne you'll be part of a thriving, friendly community of more than 370 Indigenous students. At Melbourne, Indigenous students succeed in their degrees and achieve very high completion rates. Targeted programs and supports are offered through Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, as well as our faculties, graduate schools and residential colleges.

Supported degree programs for Indigenous students

If you aspire to study at Melbourne but feel unsure about meeting the entry requirements, the Bachelor of Arts (Extended) or the Bachelor of Science (Extended) could be for you. These four-year degrees have been developed specifically for Indigenous Australians. During the first two years, you’ll receive tailored academic support and mentoring, plus the opportunity to live on campus at one of the University’s residential colleges. Students enrolled in the Bachelor (Extended) programs will have access to the full range of subjects available to all students enrolled in the three-year Bachelor degrees.

Get access to support and mentoring

The Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development provides support to all Indigenous Australian students enrolled at as well as those wishing to apply for a place at the University of Melbourne. With a dedicated team of student support professionals, the Institute offers information, advice and support on a wide range of academic, cultural and personal matters to help make your transition to University studies easier.

Visit Murrup Barak

Be considered for scholarships

You may be eligible for an Access Melbourne scholarship to help with the costs of study and living in Melbourne. You could be guaranteed entry to select undergraduate degree, plus be automatically considered for scholarships. To qualify, you’ll need to apply with Access Melbourne or Graduate Access Melbourne.

See special entry access schemes
Acknowledgement of country

The University of Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which of our campuses are situated. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have made a contribution to the life of the  University community.

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