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Online applications for Headstart 2019 are now closed and will reopen for Semester 2 shortly.

2019 application closing dates
Semester 1 Monday 28 January 2019
Semester 2 Monday 1 July 2019

Late applications will not be considered. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday 8 February (Semester 1) or Friday 12 July (Semester 2).


How to apply

  • 1. Check your eligbility

    Before applying to the Headstart scholarship program, thoroughly read this website and ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.

  • 2. Choose your courses

    Decide which courses you want to apply for (up to two courses, once each semester)

    • Read Course Outlines for your course and ensure you check any prerequisites or assumed knowledge.
    • Check the 2019 course timetable (released 1 December) on Course Planner.
  • 3. Prepare your information

    Gather the following information that will be required in the application;

    • Personal Details
    • School Details
    • Contact details of the applicants nominated mentor
      • This can be a year level coordinator, SACE Coordinator or a relevant subject teacher who can act as a point of contact for the applicant and for the University
  • 4. Prepare your documents

    Gather the following documentation to upload (Word or PDF):

    • School Letter of Reference
      • From a principal, deputy principal or year level coordinator
    • Personal Statement
      • Max. 250 words
    • 2018 SACE Report Card
      • Must include grades for all Year 11 and 12 subjects already completed
    • 2018 School Timetable
      • Indicating which classes you would withdraw from, if successfully offered a place in the Headstart program (if any)
    • Preferred university class times
      • Must include class numbers, which can be obtained via Course Planner from 1 December
    • International Student Declaration Form (International students only)

Midyear entry

Students may be considered for entry beginning in Semester 2 if the program has capacity. Midyear entry is only available into courses that do not have a Semester 1 university course prerequisite or assumed knowledge. If you are intending to only study in Semester 2, you are encourgaed to apply at the start of the year.

Students applying for Headstart at the beginning of the year apply for both semesters in the initial application (they do not need to complete a second application for Semester 2 courses).

Key Dates

October 2018 Applications Open
October/November 2018 Information Nights
1 December 2018 2019 University timetable released
28 January 2019 Semester 1 applications close
8 February 2019 Applicants advised of outcome
25 February 2019 Orientation week
4 March 2019 Semester 1 commences
1 July 2019 Semester 2 (midyear) applications close
12 July 2019 Applicants advised of outcome
22 July 2018 Midyear orientation
29 July 2018 Semester 2 commences

Further Academic Year Dates can be found here.

Office of Academic and Student Engagement

The University of Adelaide


+61 8 8313 0165