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First Nations Pathway to University Program

First Nations Pathways to University Programs

Pathway courses to help First Nations students get ready for university, with support and guidance from First Nations mentors and lecturers.

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CDU's pathway programs help First Nations students get ready for university. You can choose a program that matches your interests, like health, arts, education, engineering, science, law, business, or accounting.

You'll have First Nations mentors, tutors, and support services to help you succeed. Once you complete your program, you can get into a range of CDU courses, including additional higher education preparatory units and courses with exit qualifications at Certificate, Diploma, or Degree level.

If you are a First Nations student interested in further education, CDU's pathway programs can be a great way to get started.
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First Nations Student Services

Our team provides multi-layered student support to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from all over Australia in succeeding at university and achieving their tertiary educational goals.

We want to be the university of choice for everyone, and we do that by incorporating First Nations perspectives into everything we do.

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Professor Reuben Bolt

Meet the Deputy Vice-Chancellor First Nations Leadership Professor Reuben Bolt

Professor Reuben Bolt is a descendant of the Yuin/Wandandian and Ngarigo peoples and is the first person of Aboriginal heritage to graduate with a PhD at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney. 

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CDU First Nations Success Stories

  • First Nations Pathways to University Program student Norlisha

    Norlisha's pathway to Indigenous health research

    Norlisha had been working in health research for several years, with the thought of study always at the back of her mind. Not knowing how or where to start, Norlisha says it took quite a while to take that first step. Then, she discovered CDU's First Nations Introduction to University Program. 

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  • Sekari law student smiling

    Sekari studies law for a more equal future

    Raised in the regional Northern Territory town of Katherine, proud Jagalingou and Bandjin woman Sekari Butler discovered a passion for law and advocacy by chance.

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  • Law student Beth in her Brisbane office during an internship

    I'm the first in my family to go to uni: Beth's story

    Beth took the first step in her journey to becoming a lawyer, by completing CDU’s free Tertiary Enabling Program. These days, Beth is well on the way to achieving her dream; she’s finishing her law degree online, while working as a legal intern in Brisbane.

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