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The Office of Indigenous Student Services (OISS) Academic Support team provides high-level support and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through assistance with admissions, academic support, pastoral care, advocacy and referral to mainstream CDU support services.

Pathways and bridging courses

If you don't meet the minimum entry, didn't complete year 12, or haven't studied in a while; we encourage you to enrol in the following entry pathways:

  • Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) is a free program designed for Indigenous students wishing to further their studies. PTS can help you develop your skills, knowledge, and give you the confidence to pursue further study.

    Successful completion of PTS will give you the minimum entry requirements for most Diploma and Bachelor programs at the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) and CDU.

  • Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP) is an entry pathway open to all stuents. With TEP, you'll have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed at university.

    You can complete the free course online or on campus, full time or part time, and in as little as 16 weeks you'll meet the requirements to apply for entry to most CDU undergraduate degrees.

  • If you do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may still be considered for entry into the Diploma of Yolngu Studies, if you are:

    • a native speaker of a Yolngu language,
    • recognised by the Yolngu advisors to the school as having basic literacy skills or experience in research or education, or
    • in regular contact with Yolngu and can demonstrate a sound knowledge of culture and language proficiency.

I'm the first in my family to go to uni

Beth Cooper is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Canberra; passionate about Australian history, design, communication and solving community development issues. Last year, she moved to Darwin to pursue her life goals; kick-starting her study dreams with CDU's free Tertiary Enabling program.

TEP student at CDU
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