University Preparatory Program
The University Preparatory Program (UPP) is a FREE* one year program for anyone who wants to get ready to enter university. It has been designed for those who have never been to university or have not studied for a long period of time. Best of all, there are no prerequisites for entry into the UPP.
The program will help you to improve your skills in numeracy, literacy and research, while providing an introduction to university culture. The program aims to give you the tools to become a successful university student so you will come away from the program with the confidence to go on to further university study.
When you enrol into the UPP you will study at the University of Adelaide's North Terrace campus, having access to all of the first class facilities the University has to offer.
"If it has been some time since you last studied or want to find out if university is right for you, the University Preparatory Program at the University of Adelaide is the right pathway for you. Take time to explore our program for the chance to engage with passionate educators and the opportunity university can offer you."Amy Kay Robinson, Lecturer, Faculty of Arts
What degree can I do after the UPP?
Upon satisfactory completion of the UPP, students will be eligible for entry into a range of undergraduate degree programs at the University of Adelaide, including:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Economics
- Bachelor of Finance
- Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Bachelor of Psychological Science
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts
In addition to completion of the UPP, completion of specific courses will be required for entry into certain programs (see program structure).
- Entry into the Bachelor of Nursing is competitive and based on student Grade Point Average (GPA) across the whole UPP.
- Entry into Bachelor of Teaching degrees will also be based on successfully meeting the non-academic requirement.
Eligibility and entry requirements
You must be 17 years or over by 1 January on the year you commence study. If you have not completed Year 12, you must have been out of school for at least one year.
You must be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen resident in Australia, permanent resident of Australia, or holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa.
You must not have studied for longer than one semester of full-time undergraduate studies at any Australian university, regardless of the results, unless that study was undertaken more than five years previously.
- Free with no course fees (although there may be cost for traveling to university and stationery)
- Centrelink approved as long as you study 75% load.
- As a UPP student, you will have a University of Adelaide student card and access to support services and facilities
- Full-time and part-time study options available. The program can be completed one year full-time or two years part-time.
- No long term obligation: a great way to see if university is for you!
Services available to UPP students
Please note that the above services are only available to students studying on the North Terrace campus.
How to apply
To apply for the University Preparatory Program, please complete an online application form.
If you have not applied for the UPP before, you will need to create a University of Adelaide Account. You can follow our guide to help you along the account creation process.
Dates for semester 2, 2022
Applications close: Wednesday 29th June 2022
Students notified on: Wednesday 13th July 2022
Enrolment information session: Monday 18th July 2022
Semester starts: Monday 18th July 2022
Late applications may be accepted. Please email the UPP Program Coordinator before submitting an application after this date.
Phone: +61 8 8313 5245
Other entry pathways
Wirltu Yarlu University Preparatory Program
This program is for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students aged 17 years and older. For more information, visit the Wirltu Yarlu website.
The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) Foundation Year
This program is for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students wishing to study music. For more information, visit the CASM website.
Rural Background Entry Pathway to Medicine
If you have lived for 5 years or more in a rural or remote location, you may be eligible to apply to study medicine at the University of Adelaide under the Rural Background Entry (RBE) pathway. Find out more in our knowledgebase.
*No course or amenity fees apply, however this does not consider other incidental costs and living expenses such as; travel, stationary etc. For more information visit our other financial considerations page for future students.
Sunho Lee – UPP graduate
I am currently doing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching degree after completing the UPP. The UPP has helped me to prepare for my current studies. I really value the University’s support for students to succeed in their studies including all material, access to Barr Smith Library, friendly staff, the Writing Centre, and many social activities. Once I am qualified, I would like to work in a secondary school as an EAL/D (for students with English as an Additional Language) and Japanese teacher as they would be my subjects specialised to teach.
Todd Smythe – UPP graduate
The concept of learning how to learn will stay with me forever.
Doing a degree was hard but rewarding as I am a role model for my family, and Uni will mean a lot to others beyond me in time.
Carol Whitehead – UPP graduate
The UPP was the perfect preparation for my university degree - it gave me the tools required to succeed and not feel overwhelmed in a new field. As a mature-age student I'm so glad to have chosen the UPP entry option, which guaranteed my acceptance into a Bachelor of Science at the University of Adelaide. I would recommend this course as a pre-university option to others in my position; a year which has proved invaluable to my learning.