Indigenous Students

The University of Melbourne welcomes Indigenous Australian students* to all of our courses and programs. Currently there are around 180 Indigenous Australian students at the University.

We are committed to helping Indigenous Australians meet their educational needs and aspirations. The University achieves this through consulting and working with Indigenous communities, through our teaching and research offerings and our community interactions.

*Indigenous Australians are defined as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Your first degree

If you are currently studying for the VCE or an equivalent qualification, you'll apply for an undergraduate degree at the University. Our undergraduate degrees offer more than 80 major fields of study in total. View all courses at Melbourne on Course Search, or see how to get to your chosen career via a career pathway.

The following information might also be useful:

Bachelor of Arts (Extended) & Bachelor of Science (Extended)
The University has developed these four year degrees specifically for Indigenous Australian students. The programs are ideal for Indigenous Australian students who have not obtained the results for direct entry into the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science. They offer support from the Murrup Barak Institute as well as mentoring, specialised foundation subjects to support students’ transition to University and an exciting opportunity to live on campus at one of the University's residential colleges.

Bachelor of Arts (Extended) Bachelor of Science (Extended)

Access Melbourne
Access Melbourne is the University's Access Melbourne is the University's combined special entry and access scholarships scheme. It can help you get into the course you want, even if you didn't get the required marks. Recognition as an Indigenous Australian is a recognised category under Access Melbourne, so make sure you submit a Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application when you apply through VTAC.

Access Melbourne Access Melbourne eligibility criteria

Non-school leaver entry pathway
This is a pathway to the University for those who finished high school more than seven years ago, or who didn't complete secondary school.

Non-school leaver entry pathway

Indigenous scholarships and awards at Melbourne

"I want to get the best education possible so I can advocate for my people"

Diana David is studying the Bachelor of Arts (Extended), which is a unique program for Indigenous students including foundational studies, support services and accommodation at one of the nearby colleges.

“My name is Diana David. I am a Kaanju woman from Central Cape York. When I decided it was time to further my study, I discovered the BA (Extended). I am now completing my last year at the University of Melbourne my majoring in Politics/International Studies.

I want to get the best education possible so I can advocate for my people. I will never forget where I’m from, but I think bridging the gap can be about making something positive for yourself. I feel I have an opportunity to better benefit my community by educating myself further.”

Diana David
Bachelor of Arts (Extended)

"I want to get the best education possible so I can advocate for my people"

Diana David
Bachelor of Arts (Extended)

Further study

Once you graduate, or if you are returning to study after working for a while, you might be interested in graduate degrees. These courses can enable you to enter a new profession, or can be undertaken for professional development. You can find a graduate course at the University of Melbourne via Course Search.