Open Foundation is a program designed to prepare people aged 20 years or over for university.
If you haven't studied for a while, Open Foundation will allow you to explore your interests and prepare you for study at university level.
The program is flexible and can suit your lifestyle, with options to study on campus part-time or full-time, or online part-time. When you successfully complete the Open Foundation program you can apply for entry to degrees at the University of Newcastle (except the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program) and many other Australian Universities.
There are no course fees for Open Foundation but be prepared for costs such as textbooks and other resources. Open Foundation is offered at our Newcastle and Central Coast campuses and by distance education.
For more information visit our Open Foundation pages.
If you are aged between 17 to 20, you are eligible for a similar program - Newstep. Find all the details on our Newstep pages.
Yapug is a program that helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 or over to gain skills for entry into degrees at the University of Newcastle. The program is offered at our Newcastle (Callaghan) campus.
The Bachelor of Medicine – Joint Medical Program is included in the degrees that Yapug can prepare students for.
Students enrolled in Yapug are encouraged to develop the academic skills and self-discipline required for success in undergraduate study.
The Wollotuka Institute's Indigenous Student Support and Development Unit offers services to support students including counselling, a well-equipped resource centre, audio and visual materials on Indigenous topics and issues, health support and cultural programs.
To find out more visit our Yapug pages.