UTS recognises the educational disadvantage experienced by people with a refugee background and have established a wrap-around support package for students to access and succeed in higher education. The package includes access to outreach activities, transition support services and a range of academic, personal and financial support while studying at UTS.
Educational entry schemes
Students who are holders of Permanent Humanitarian Protection Visas are encouraged to apply for the inpUTS Educational Access Scheme and UTS Schools Recommendation Scheme (Year 12 only). These schemes allow eligible applicants to enter a UTS course with an adjusted ATAR, in recognition of the applicants' long term educational disadvantage. Visit UAC for more information and eligibility criteria
Support services available
- Refugee Case Management through the Transition and Academic Support Program
- Tutoring and UPASS
- Mathematics and Science Study Centre
- Book vouchers for core text books and equity-based grants and scholarships
- Student accommodation & Rental subsidy Program
- Enhancing Computer Access Program
- Access to Health & Wellbeing services including UTS counselling service and self help
- Multi-faith chaplaincy
- Social groups, societies and peer networking and support groups.
Internships and Career opportunities:
- All students from a refugee and asylum seeker background will have the opportunity to undertake paid internships through the UTS partnership with CareerSeekers. Visit UTS Careers Drop-in for more information on how to secure an internship with CareerSeekers.
In addition to the suite of support services, UTS have a number of scholarships that students can also apply to:
The UTS Humanitarian Scholarship is to support the full tuition for undergraduate study for students, who have successfully completed HSC or an Australian equivalent qualification and are holder of Asylum Seeker Bridging Visas or Temporary Protection Visas (TPV). Apply Now
Diversity Access Scholarship: UTS offers the Diversity Access Scholarship program to assist students from low socio-economic backgrounds who may also be experiencing other forms of educational disadvantage which make it difficult to achieve their educational goals. Apply Now
Oak Scholarship Trust: The Oak Scholarship Trust offers grants for specific needs to UTS students enrolled in undergraduate study who have demonstrated academic ability and commitment to their studies and demonstrate specific financial needs. The purpose of the grant is to supplement the income of students who are currently experiencing financial hardship alongside other disadvantages whilst pursuing their educational goals. Applications open in February 2018.
If you have questions about the UTS Humanitarian Access Scheme, contact the Equity and Diversity Unit on +61 2 9514 1084.