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.

Amy Robinson
"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:


    In addition to completion of the UPP, completion of specific courses will be required for entry into certain programs (see program structure).

    Please note:

    • 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.

  • Key advantages

    • Free with no course fees (although there may be cost for traveling to university and stationary)
    • 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

    As a University of Adelaide Preparatory Program student, you will gain access to the first class facilitiessupport programs and services available to University of Adelaide undergraduate 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.

    Dates for semester 1, 2022

    Applications close: Sunday 30 January 2022
    Students notified on: Tuesday 10 February 2022
    Enrolment information session: Wednesday 16 February 2022
    Semester starts: Monday 28 February 2022

    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.

Student testimonials

Sunho Lee

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

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

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. 


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