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University of Canberra College



The University of Canberra College (UC College) offers a pathway to the University of Canberra (UC).

It teaches academic and language programs for those who don't quite meet the entry requirements for a UC degree program. Students can then progress to degree-level study at the university.

UC College offers the following package pathways:

  • International foundation studies – preparing students for first year UC bachelor's degrees
  • Diplomas – is the first year of a UC bachelor's degree
  • Graduate certificate in academic foundations – a pathway course that can lead to a UC master's degree
  • English language programs – intensive language classes alongside UC studies.

UC College provides plenty of support for international students transitioning from the college to the university.

The University of Canberra is one of the globe's fastest-rising academic institutions. Times Higher Education named it within the top 300 universities in the world. More than 16,000 students study there.

UC College is based on the university's main campus, where students are treated the same as degree-level students. They can make use of all services and facilities available on campus. There's even guaranteed on-campus accommodation.

Canberra, the capital of Australia, is a unique and exciting place to study. It's based between Melbourne and Sydney, and has plenty of fun things to do. The multicultural city is full of restaurants, museums, natural spaces and more. Everything is close by, making the student experience an effortless and unforgettable one.

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What's new

What's new

UC College students are part of the wider University of Canberra community. UC is a university that's recognised globally for its academic excellence.

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021

In its most recent global rankings, THE placed UC within the top 10 universities in Australia. UC also ranks within the top 200 universities in the world.

The university jumped up nine places in 2021. This makes it one of the fastest-rising universities in the international rankings. It joined THE's rankings in 2015, where it placed within the top 501-600 universities.

Further awards

UC has also made an impression in other rankings, including the Good Universities Guide 2019. These study areas all received five stars for the following:

  • Business and Management – graduate starting salary
  • Nursing – learning resources
  • Health Services – teaching quality
  • Computing and Information Systems – graduate employment
  • Communications – overall experience and graduate starting salary
  • Creative Arts – graduate employment
  • Psychology – graduate employment and teaching quality
  • Rehabilitation – skills development.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

UC and UC College teachers are highly qualified and passionate about their subjects. They use their own experiences to help learners develop their knowledge base and skillsets. Teachers provide dedicated support and are committed to helping students reach their goals.

Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Almost 90 per cent of UC's degrees have WIL embedded into them. This means students have many opportunities for practical experiences, where they can prepare for professional careers. This is reflected in UC's graduate employment rate: 89 per cent of UC graduates find work or further study soon after leaving university. They also enjoy high starting salaries (QLIT 2018).


At UC College, students receive a personalised experience. Academic classes have no more than 25 students, and English language classes have up to 18. There's plenty of face-to-face teaching where students engage in collaborative learning. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions and tutorials.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

English language requirements

Programs at UC College are taught in English. Students need to have a good understanding of the language to make the most of their classes. They can demonstrate their language proficiency through the following IELTS test results, or equivalent:

  • International Foundation Studies – overall score of 5.5, with no band below 5.0
  • Diploma – overall score of 5.5 with no band below 5.5
  • Graduate Certificate in Academic Foundations – overall score of 6.0, with no band below 6.0.

International students can contact the college directly and talk about their individual entry requirements.

English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

The University of Canberra College English Language Centre (UCCELC) offers intensive English language courses. These help non-native English speakers improve their day-to-day English skills and academic abilities. The ELICOS course prepares international students for their studies at UC and UC College.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

New international students to UC College in 2021 may be eligible for a scholarship to assist with their tuition costs.

Academic merit scholarship

A tuition fee discount of AUD 2,500 is available for high-achieving students applying to study a diploma program.

Cultural diversity scholarship

A tuition fee discount of AUD 2,000 is available for eligible students.

ELICOS discounts

A tuition fee discount of ten per cent on the ELICOS weekly rate in a program package is available for students from Europe, Cambodia, Japan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam. A 20 per cent discount is available for students from Central and Latin America.

Graduate Certificate in Academic Foundations (GCAF)

A tuition fee discount of AUD 1,000 is available for students on the GCAF course, if it's packaged with a UC master's program.

Eligible students may also receive a follow-on scholarship from the University of Canberra for their UC bachelor's or master's degree.

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Student safety

Student safety

Canberra is a safe and exciting place to live in. It was named the most liveable city in the world by OECD.

The campus offers a safe, welcoming environment. There are many on-site clubs and societies, prayer rooms, women's rooms, cafes and student residences. Measures are in place to ensure the campus is COVID-safe.

Campus security

UC has a dedicated security team. It works 24/7 to ensure the campus is a safe environment.

Services it provides include:

  • Security escort – students can travel around campus with a friendly member of the security team. This is mostly useful in the evenings
  • Help points – around campus and residences, there are help points which can be used to contact the security team for assistance
  • CCTV and campus patrol – the campus is monitored 24/7 through camera surveillance and security patrol officers
  • COVIDSafe App – students can download the app that tracks and contacts those who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. This is to reduce the spread of the virus.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

UC College students often have guaranteed entry to a UC degree program after the successful completion of their studies. Depending on the level of study, they can enter directly to the first or second year of a bachelor's degree program.

University of Canberra

A degree from the University of Canberra is the next step towards a dream career. Learners gain invaluable experiences through work-integrated learning. They develop the workplace skills that top employers look for.

In the 2020 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey, graduates showed a high employment rate. They also had high starting salaries. Both are higher than the national average. UC achieved:

  • Number one in Australia for medium-term postgraduate employment rate
  • Number two in Australia for medium-term undergraduate employment rate.

Canberra was ranked as the world's most liveable city by OECD. International students have the opportunity to stay in the city after their studies. Canberra is an eligible location for an extra year of post-study work rights.

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