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Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program

Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHPP)

Study Mode
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 8 units

  • 6-8 months full-time or 12-18 months part-time

  • -

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Program Information Set

Why choose the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program? (IHEPP)

If you do not have the right school qualifications or it has been some time since you studied, USQ’s Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) is the perfect way to start studying at university. This pathway program has been developed to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the academic skills needed for university study.

You will study 3 or 6 courses (subjects), all with an Indigenous focus, to develop your writing, maths, general study and computing skills. 

Free program

IHEPP is free and you can apply for a number of Australian Government scholarships to help you with the costs of study and relocation expenses if you need to move. You may also be eligible for Abstudy once enrolled.

Pathway to further study

After completing the IHEPP you can apply to study a USQ degree or a degree at another university.

We’ll support you all the way

Our College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research (CISER) will provide you with support at every step. While studying in the IHEPP you are provided with academic, cultural and social support from our staff and fellow students.

There is free access to printers and computers when you need them in our computer lab.

Depending on your entry assessment you may be study a one-semester or two-semester program.

Residential Schools

Enrolment in IHEPP requires you to attend a Residential School to complete the course requirements. It is highly recommended that you attend the Residential School. Financial support may also be available for ABSTUDY recipients to assist with travel expenses. 

Following the Residential School the remainder of the program is completed online.

You will attend class sessions every day during Residential School. All sessions are compulsory and are designed to assist you with your study and assessments during the Semester.

Residential School dates

The dates for Semester 2, 2019 are 15 - 26 July 2019 and 16 - 20 September 2019.
The dates for Semester 1, 2020 are 24 February - 6 March 2020 and 27 April - 1 May 2020.
The dates for Semester 2, 2020 are 13 - 24 July 2020 and 14 - 18 September 2020. 

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 3
Total 3
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 6
Total 6

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

A condition of entry to particular undergraduate programs may also require the successful completion of (an) additional course(s) available through USQ's Open Access College (OAC).

How much will it cost?

All domestic students are offered a fee-free place in this program provided they meet the residency requirements and are Australian citizens.

Regional students attending the on-campus Residential school component includes travel, accommodation and meals. 

Entry Requirements

  • identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • reached an age of at least 18 years in the year of the proposed enrolment.
To assist us in determining your level of reading, writing and understanding of mathematics, you will need to attend an Entrance Assessment Session. To find out more, contact us. 

How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 17 July (QTAC) and 24 July (direct), with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

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